The Nottingham group of the RSOC was founded in 1992 , founder members were Greg Lee and current RSOC president and still Nottingham group member, Kev Cannon, both who are now life members of the RSOC. In September last year a new chairman, David Gascoigne (AKA Bam), took over the helm of the Notts group, appointing a new secretary, Mark Flint, along with the current committee members.

Bam asked the group what they wanted, and a regional day was unanimously voted for! The last Notts group regional day was in 2010 at Thoresby Hall, so a group show was long overdue!

With 2017 being the 25th anniversary of the club, it would prove the perfect opportunity to celebrate. Bam, along with the committee and the members, worked furiously for months in preparation for the big event…

Sunday the 16th of July 2017 will be a date that the Notts group members will have etched in their memories! The event was a huge success!

Held at Ferry Farm Park, Hoveringham, the meet attracted over 300 cars throughout the day! With some 200 or more on display in the show. The meet attracted displays from various other RSOC local groups plus an array of visiting car clubs too.

With free access to the Park, there was plenty to see and do for all the family – even a digger dancing display from one of the show’s main sponsors, J.C Balls & sons, was thrown in at lunchtime.

A fantastic display of concourse cars on display and in competition on the day , the meticulous detail that the owners go to in order to present the cars is simply amazing! The winner of the best concourse car award was a stunningly-presented Mk1 Focus RS owned by Steve Evans from Wales. Trophies were presented to various classes of concourse, each and every one a well-deserved winner.

This may have been a local group show, but the event attracted Ford fans from all over the country, and further afield! There was even a special trophy for the furthest distance travelled, which was presented to Chris Celis, who showed massive commitment by travelling all the way from Belgium in his S1 Escort RS Turbo to support the Notts group and the day!

The best visiting group award was presented to Clayton Borg for the always impressive display from the Mk1 Focus RS Owners Club.

A show and shine contest saw over 100 entrants, with the top prize going to the Notts group’s very own Darren Vincent and his immaculate Fiesta RS Turbo, The ‘best in show’ trophy went to a very impressive Escort Cosworth from the Aire Valley group – unfortunately the owner was not there to receive his trophy, which was collected by a fellow member on his behalf– we hope he received it!

After such a huge success, Bam and his committee will be planning other smaller events before holding the next Regional Day (currently planned for 2019), and they welcome all to join in with their group. To keep up to date with developments and to be kept informed of the club’s upcoming feel free to join the Nottingham RS Owners Club page on Facebook, or visit the RSOC forum where posts will be added as things develop.

The Notts group look forward to hopefully seeing you at one of their next events, and if you can’t make it be sure to look out for the next Regional Day as this years has proved it’s one not to be missed!


Nottingham RS Owners Club