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The following article was written in 1995 and describes the club's services. It is reproduced by Kind Permission from: Classic Motor and Autojumbler, The monthly read for Real Enthusiasts
Although more than 10 years have passed since the article was written, the aims of the club and its services are unaltered, though we now also provide additional services. Some changes to the original article have been made to bring it up to date.
SETTING THE STANDARD
"The Standard Motor Club was formed in 1973 to foster interest in products of the Standard Motor Company, founded in 1903 by Reginald Walter Maudsley. Effectively the club caters for cars from 1903 to 1963, the year in which the company's elders adopted the brand name Triumph as its marketing identity, ironically a company that Standard took over and saved from extinction in 1945.
It would be to adopt a puritanical stance with a cut off line drawn to include Vanguard, Standard Eight and Ten, and the Atlas commercial range. However the Standard Motor Club welcomes owners of the Triumphs built by the Coventry manufacturer from 1945 onwards, Roadsters, Mayflowers, Renowns and the Trs. Standard built over 500,000 examples of the much respected Ferguson tractor and over the sixty years supplied running gear to a number of prestigious sporting car manufactures including SS Jaguar, Morgan, Railton and Raymond Mays to name a few. All and any of these Standard relatives are similarly made welcome.
The club's oldest 'member' is, SMC1 the 1907 Roi-
Like so many marque clubs, SMC have an international flavour to the content of their membership. This represents, in the main, a traditional following for Standard product in certain overseas countries. Not unnaturally the heaviest concentrations reflect the enthusiasm and commercial enterprise of the importers, concessionaires, distributors and dealers, for particular overseas territories, typified by Australasia and countries of the old commonwealth. At home the computerised membership data bank shows a membership figure steady at close on 800, with a small annual turnover mainly due to vehicle disposals.
The club is managed under the Chairmanship of Peter Lockley, in the time honoured way, by specialist officers and a committee drawn from the membership, without reference to geographical location. There is no formalised geographical breakdown into sections, areas or regions. Self developing centres are encouraged, built on a concentration of membership. A member can set up periodic meetings in his area, supported by membership and register information supplied by Tony Pingriff. Enterprise shown by a centre, promoting the centre and the club, is supported by 'the management' in the provision of expertise, advice, the 'props' and as necessary a financial contribution.
The all important aspect of technical help covers a wide spectrum, from the potential member, first time buyer, first time restorer to a seasoned veteran first time Standard owner. 3 Spares Officers who are technical specialists in their own right cover Pre-
All of the spares are owned by the club. Auto jumbles, and the Internet are scoured for assemblies and components in prime condition or in a refurbishable state. Trade contacts and individuals are encouraged to 'trade' with the club as a further source of bought-
The Club magazine published twelve times a year is excellent, professionally produced, and justifiably the winner of the Classic Cars Magazine Best Club Magazine award. The Club's events, at both national and group, are known to be well planned and well executed, their high standard of presentation at both outdoor and indoor events is evidence. There is no reason to believe that their Annual International Rally at Bovingdon Tank Museum in Dorset on 7/8/9 July 2006 will be other than top class. Local groups also arrange road runs regularly to enable club members and the public to see numerous Standards on the move.
An exciting newer development is the club website www.standardmotorclub.org which is one of the most comprehensive motor club websites and quite rightly has won awards for its continual updates and information source. It is also a vital communication tool through the members forum where questions can be answered, often within a few hours.
For a small annual fee (on a rolling membership -