Celebrating a century of excellence at motor club

NDET 14-5-12 MC 2  The North Derbyshire Motor Club celebrates its 100th anniversary.Anne Buck is pictured with the cake and current club members at its celebration on Saturday in Arkwright.
NDET 14-5-12 MC 2 The North Derbyshire Motor Club celebrates its 100th anniversary.Anne Buck is pictured with the cake and current club members at its celebration on Saturday in Arkwright.

A MUCH-LOVED motor club is still a major driving force in north Derbyshire – 100 years down the road.

Proud members of the North Derbyshire Motor Club are toasting its centenary this week and gearing up for many more successful years ahead.

The popular Chesterfield-based group, which was founded in 1912, is one of the oldest active motor clubs in the country – possibly the world.

Long-serving member Alan Chapman, who joined the group in 1978, said: “It’s a very momentous occasion.

“Everyone is incredibly proud of the club.

“Not many groups reach this milestone and I’m delighted to say we’re more active now than we’ve ever been.”

Scores of past and present members packed into the Arkwright Centre in Chesterfield at the weekend to celebrate the club’s rich history during a special centenary event.

Mr Chapman, 54, of Woodview Close, Wingerworth, said: “It was a really, really wonderful celebration and lots of interesting memories and stories were shared.”

The group, which boasts about 50 members, holds numerous motoring competitions throughout the year and organises a string of social events.

Mr Chapman said: “We’re a very family-friendly club, we don’t break the bank and, if you’re lucky, you can win a nice trophy or two.

“I think that’s why it’s been so successful over the past 100 years – and long may it continue,” he added.

For more information about the North Derbyshire Motor Club and to enquire about joining, contact Mr Chapman by telephoning 01246 276164.

l To see a selection of nostalgic pictures of the North Derbyshire Motor Clubs, see this week’s Derbyshire Times.

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