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Buzzin' at the Banyard Backyard Run

Mark Belcher's dare to be different '36 Chrysler in the background


Mid Surrey Roadsters members Steven and Dee Young organised a family-themed hot rod event last weekend, the Banyard Backyard Run, set in the grounds of a private home nestled in the rolling Surrey Hills.  In fact, the idea for the get-together originated with hosts, Colin and Anna Banyard, who asked Steve if he could assemble a small number of guests and hot rods for a one-off party.  Understandably enough, the initial invitation was predominantly extended to the Mid Surrey Roadsters crowd, but as plans progressed, it became clear there was room for approximately 30 cars and about twice that number in terms of guests, so the net was cast wider afield.  While most of the rodders were from the Home Counties, other invited guests came from as far afield as Grimbsy, Halifax and Peterborough.  In the end, about 26 hot rods and 60 hot rod guests were in attendance, with a further 60 friends invited by the event’s hosts.  Most from the latter group were present for the party on Saturday night, and were having their first encounter with hot rods and hot rodders.  Judging by the reactions we witnessed, most seemed genuinely interested in, and fascinated by, what they saw and heard.

Gary Chester's other ride - this very tasty five window, heads the collection of rods on the lawn


“We wanted to organise an event that the whole family could enjoy, not just a bunch of drinking buddies," observed Steve during the weekend.  One of the key aims of the whole activity was to raise money for the nearby Woking and Sambears Hospice, and through a tomobla and various auctions, the amount raised totalled £3000 - quite an achievent, we'd say.  The top prize, of a track day at Silverstone, raised £400, while a group tour of the Hogsback Brewery raised £300.  Steve, Dee, Colin and Anna proved to be the perfect hosts throughout the long weekend, which ran to four days if guests wanted to stay for the entire event.  Highlights included a scenic cruise through leafy lanes to the nearby  Hollycombe Steam Museum, which boasts a working display of fairground rides and engines from the Victorian era, a superb meal and hog roast on Saturday evening, complemented by some great music from the excellent Pitch Hill Union band, a five-mile walk and treasure hunt through the woods on Sunday, and a classic car display at Peaslake Fair on Monday.  Above all, though, there was great company to be enjoyed throughout the entire Bank Holiday weekend.


It was an impressive sight with 26 cars assembled outside the house


It's often difficult to have meaningful conversations with friends at major hot rod events, simply because there are too many people to see and things to do, but this gathering was different.  You could sit, relax, look at cars and chat all day without distraction.  In that respect alone, it was perfect and an extremely pleasant way to begin the wind-down to the end of this year's rodding season.  The fact that a healthy sum of money was also raised for a deserving local charity made it all the more worthwhile. 

The cruise out made full use of the great weather


Congratulations to everyone who played a part in making the Banyard Backyard Run a great success, notably Colin, Anna, Steve and Dee, and Colin Smith and his friend Derek for the kegs of beer! would also like to pass on personal thanks to Steve and Dee for the invitation to attend such a special event.

Story: Andy Kirk & Graham Jones
Photos: Andy Kirk

Everyone gets ready for the start of the cruise and there's a scramble for position.  Phil Mallas gets the jump on us in his red '34

What a great sight out of the back window!

Pat Miles's '40 Ford in the foreground outside the steam museum

Working old engines are a highlight - as is soot on clothes!

Visitors hang on while the Victorian centrifuge ride does its stuff

Cream teas were the order of the day, modelled here by Tracy (right) and Dee

John Martinez's sedan was one of many '37 Fords at the event

Carl & Mandy made it all the way down from Grimsby with their smart black A pick-up - now without the upright spare wheel 

Tony Nash's '34 seems to have benefited from colour matching the fenders to the body, but Tony now says he wants to go for a lighter shade of green. That's the heavily chopped sedan of Andy Miles in the foreground

Pete Angel's Patina'd Model A was in stark contrast to the shiny DRC Model A of Graham Jones

Great entertainment from the Pitch Hill Union Band - everything from Steppenwolf to Mini the Moocher

Maurice Takoor (is there anywhere he hasn't been in that trusty T) and Colin and Sue Ayres were there with their '55 Chevy truck - all the way from Peterborough 

Dan Boone took advantage of the sunshine to motor on down in his roadster, shown here between the pick-ups of Steve Bird and organiser Steve Young

Graham 'whiff' Smith's quad carb'd deuce

It was a surprise to learn that Team DRC Reviewers came runner-up in the treasure hunt and quiz on Sunday thanks to the collective efforts of Louis and Brenda Turner, Phil and Sue Mallas, plus a couple of contributions in the Kirk camp. Steve Bird's team came first - drat!

Martin Kelly's '57 Chevy heads up a diverse group of cars which including a 'Cal Look' Karmann Ghia and Porsche Speedster replica 

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