One year on: moving forward with the Salopian Drivers’ Club

Attending an OS weekend makes you realise just how quickly time flies by. Indeed, a whole year has passed, since the SDC was founded and what a journey the past twelve months have seen. Membership has swelled to almost 80 enthusiasts, roughly a third of whom attended 2019 SDC events; something that its founder, Miles Preston admitted modestly is, “not a bad achievement.” Yet, these are early days and, while the SDC wishes to retain its intimate, inclusive and friendly nature, it is encouraging both current and old Salopians to join the fun.

Supporting the OS Weekend, the SDC displayed a variety of different historic and specialist cars on Central throughout Saturday, including several examples of 1950s and ’60s Americana. After the formal AGM was completed, SDC members were invited to join the Old Salopians that left the school in the ‘nines’ (i.e. 1969/79/89/99) and the take-up was so popular that a separate SDC table was organised.

Proving that the club is not totally about fine dining, Sunday saw many members assemble at Central for 8.30am, prior to departing for a misty and damp Powys Castle for a hearty breakfast. Taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and fast-flowing roads that bless both Shropshire and Montgomeryshire, a specially-organised and mildly-challenging road-route was prepared that led members to an excellent three-course lunch-stop at the Riverside Inn in Cound, near Cressage, before everybody departed for home.

The SDC is especially grateful to Colonel Nick Jenkins and Maxine Dimmock of the OS Club for supporting the new club. The SDC is planning its events for the remainder of the year and into 2020, details of which will feature in the OS magazine and on this website. SDC membership is free; e-mail Miles Preston on to find out more.