History

The Victory Wheelers was formed at 8pm Wednesday 27th July 1977 at Great Salterns Mansion, Eastern Road, Portsmouth (Now a Harvester restaurant).

The existing Southern Roadsters car club had decided to become street rod only. However, in 1977 more and more custom cars i.e. late Capris, Cortinas and Escorts along with Vans, American Muscle Cars and even Classic English and American Cars were being built or restored and therefore wished to be involved in the scene.

popSouthern Roadsters ex Chairman Phil Chappell, well known in the Street Rodding world for his trick painted Ford Pop, and a few others decided to start a club that encompassed all specialist vehicles, but they couldn’t do it all on their own. The fledgling independent local radio station ‘Radio Victory’ was also looking for new ways of attracting listeners and they felt a car club of some sort, allied to their radio station, could be a way forward.

So it came to pass that fifty or so people came together one summers evening to form the club. It then came time to select a name. This was much harder then it seemed, with names like ‘Victory Rods’, ‘Victory Roadsters’ and so on being passed around. In the end Denny Tomlin (Still a club member to this day) came up with the name ‘Victory Wheelers’. Some felt it sounded more like a bicycle club but it was put to a show of hands and a yes vote was successful in adopting the name.

So the club had a name and now a committee was needed to steer it in the right direction.
Chairman – Phil Chappell.
Vice Chairman – Paul Tickner.
Members Secretary – Melvyn Briggs.first_vw_logos
Public Relations – Fred Young & Trish Chappell.
Treasurer – Vivien Hill.
Social Secretary – Graham Wallbridge.
Social Committee – Bob Cross, Sue Jones, John Fordor.
Club Typist – Debbie Rohleder
Voting Members – Richard Funnell, Steve Hill, Mick Malvaney, Toby Taylor.

We then needed a club logo. The first logo appeared as a basic window sticker but most club members felt that its design seemed more in keeping with a Volkswagen club than it was for the Victory Wheelers! The next logo was much more interesting as it had a rear view of a 1932 Ford fenderless hiboy with a jag rear end. It also had Radio Victory’s 257 wavelength on the number plate. Club member Steve Hill designed this logo. T shirts were then produced for club members.

Venues
‘The Harbour Lights’ pub in Paulsgrove was the first venue for club meetings. Because of the number of people that had turned up, the club met only once more there and a move to a somewhat larger location was sought. ‘The Churchillian’ Pub located on top of Portsdown Hill was selected as the next meeting place and the Wheelers had a happy stay there from September 1977 until 1979. Because of expanding membership once again a new location was sought. The Ponderosa Club, which was part of the Boars Head Pub in Boarhunt, was chosen, so from February 1979 the club relocated and remained there for over ten years.

Time lineplacque
1977
July           Club Formed, First Committee voted in
Aug            First club night held at Harbour Lights Pub, Paulsgrove.
Sept           Indoor/Outdoor show held at The Cambridge Garage, Bedhampton.

1978
April         First club car plaque introduced
June         Victory Wheelers first Rod Run held at Chichester Leisure Centre35 copy
The ‘Best of Show’ award was a superb working model of a Jaguar rear end unit made by Tony Lawrence. It was so good that it was decided to keep it in the club and presented each year to a deserving club member.
Sept          First 2 day indoor show held at Huxford’s Garage in Fareham.
Bob Grant of ‘On the Buses’ TV Show fame presented the trophies.

1979
Feb           First club night at new venue The Ponderosa, Boarhunt
June         2nd Rod Run held at Chichester Leisure Centre
Sept          Victory Wheelers win their first ‘Best Club’ Trophy at Riverside Cruisers run.34 copy
Sept          2nd Indoor show held at Huxford’s Garage in Fareham. Radio One DJ Mike Read opens show.

1980
June         3rd Rod Run held at Chichester Leisure Centre
Sept          3rd Indoor show held at Huxford’s Garage in Fareham

1981
June         4th Rod Run held at new venue, The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.
Sept         AGM: Phil Chappell stands down, Paul Ticker takes over as Chairman with John Cross as Vice Chairman.17 copy

1982
June        5th Rod Run at Scott’s Farm Camp Site, West Wittering, Sussex.
Aug         Custom Car show held in three large marquees at Southsea Castle
Oct          AGM: Paul Tickner stands down and John Cross voted in as new Chairman

1983
June       6th Rod Run back at The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.

198425 copy
June       7th Rod Run at The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.

1985
June       8th Rod Run at The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.

1986
June       9th Rod Run at The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.

198722 copy
June       10th Anniversary Rod Run at The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.

1988
June       11th Rod Run at The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.

1989
June       12th Rod Run at The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.
Oct         AGM: John Cross & others stand down from committee, Ray Austen voted in as new Chairman.

19902 copy
June       13th Rod Run – The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.
This was the 13th Rod Run but because of some superstitious committee members it was actually called the 12th Rod Run Part 2!
1991
June      14th South Coast Internationals, The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.
The first time the run was called this due to our numerous european participants.
Oct         AGM: Ray Austen stands down and Melvyn Briggs voted in as new Chairman.

1992114 copy
June       15th South Coast Internationals, The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island.
Aug         Ponderosa closes. club relocates back to The Churchillian Pub

1993
June       South Coast Internationals, The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island
Sept       Club locates to The Crofton Pub Stubbington.
Oct        AGM: Melvyn Briggs Stands down and Paul Shadwell voted in as Chairman

1994
June      17th South Coast Internationals, The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island10 copy

1995
June      18th South Coast Internationals, The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island

1996
June      19th South Coast Internationals, The Oven Camp Site, Hayling Island

1997
June      20th Anniversary SCI, The Oven Camp Site Hayling Island
Oct        AGM: Paul Shadwell stands down and Mike Worsfold voted in as new Chairman

1998124 copy
The Oven camp was no longer available to us so unfortunately there was no 21st show this year.

1999
July       22nd South Coast Internationals, The Sunday Show & Shine was put on at The Hayling School, with camping at nearby Mill Rythe Camp Site.
Oct        AGM: Mike Worsfold stands down and Mick Mears voted in as new Chairman.

2000
July       23rd South Coast Internationals, At same Hayling venue as last year
Oct        Club nights re-locate to the Bold Forester pub at Sarisbury Green.

2001
July      24th South Coast Internationals finds a new venue at Thorney Island Army Base, after negotiations with the Army by Mick Mears,  Loads of room for camping!8 copy

2002
July      25th Anniversary South Coast Internationals at Thorney Island. The Drag Strip is introduced and proves rather popular.  

2003
Jan       Club nights re-located to The Chase Inn at Waltham Chase 36 copy
July      26th South Coast Internationals at Thorney Island.

2004
July      27th South Coast Internationals at Thorney Island.

2005
July      28th South Coast Internationals at Thorney Island.
Oct       AGM: Mick Mears stands down and Terry Clifford voted in as new Chairman.

2006
There was no SCI this year at Thorney due to Defence Estates raising the site rental to £25,000!thorn04g
May      A return to Hayling Island was organised by Big Al,  held at The Hayling Billy Pub and called ‘The Hayling Reunion’.

2007
May      2nd Hayling Reunion now held at the Inn on the Beach at Beachlands, Hayling Island
July      30th Anniversary South Coast Internationals held at Broadlands Estate, Romsey.
A good venue but it was very muddy!

2008
May      3rd Hayling Reunion held at the Inn on the Beach at Beachlands, Hayling Island
June     Asked by Beaulieu to help with their Hot Rod & Custom Drive In – to promote their Art of Custom exhibitionthorn04i
July      Club moves to The Railway Inn at Botley
Oct       AGM: Terry Clifford stands down and Alan ‘Big Al’ Partridge voted in as new Chairman.

2009
May      4th Hayling Reunion held at the Inn on the Beach at Beachlands, Hayling Island
June     32nd South Coast Internationals weekend held at Beaulieu
Dec       Alan ‘Big Al’ Partridge passes away, Keith Ellis stands in as Chairman.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

2010
May       5th Hayling Reunion held at the Inn on the Beach at Beachlands, Hayling Island
June      33rd South Coast Internationals weekend held at Beaulieu
Nov       AGM: Keith Ellis voted in as Chairman

2011
May       6th Hayling Reunion now held at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island
May       Club visit to Rolls Royce Factory at Chichester with Surrey Street Rodders & The Brack Pack.
June      34th South Coast Internationals held at Beaulieu

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May       7th Hayling Reunion at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island
Aug        35th Anniversary South Coast Internationals held at new venue. Pylewell Park at Lymington.

2013
Apr        Club Nights re-located to The Plough Inn at, Bursledon
May       8th  Hayling Reunion at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island
June      Help  support Beaulieu Custom & Hot Rod Festival
Sept       One day show at The Plough Inn, Bursledon

2014
May       9th  Hayling Reunion at The Fun Fair. Hayling Island
June      Help support Beaulieu Custom & Hot Rod Festival10659090_10152526792333439_7388405008872195423_o
July       Club nights re-located to The Netley Grange, Netley
Oct        First  Hayling Sunset Show at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island
Nov       AGM: Keith Ellis stands down and Carol Rule voted in as new Chairman.

2015

May      10th Hayling Reunion at The Fun Fair. Hayling Island

Aug       The 1st Stansted House Show negotiated by Carol Rule.

Oct        2nd Hayling Sunset Show at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island

Nov      AGM Carol Rule stands down and Mick Mears voted back in as chairman.

2016

May      11th Hayling Reunion at The Fun Fair. Hayling Island

Aug       The 2nd Stansted House Show

Oct      3rd Hayling Sunset Show at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island

2017

May     12th Hayling Reunion at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island

July    The 3rd Stansted House Show, and the first one to go back to the weekender format.

Aug    Mickey Kimber, one of the founder members of the club, and previous author of this history page, sadly passed away aged 70. It is decided to dedicate the Hayling Sunset to his memory, as he spent his formative years living on the Island.

Oct     4th Hayling Sunset Show at Funland Amusement Park, Hayling Island in memory of Mickey Kimber.

Nov      AGM Mick Mears stands down, and Malcolm Maughan voted as chairman. Club venue moved to the Country Inn, Waltham Chase from Dec, where the club previously met (previously known as the Chase Inn).

 

This is just a brief overview of the club’s history taken from The Victory Wheelers Archives compiled by Honorary Member the late Mickey Kimber, (Founder Member No. 13). He worked tirelessly in the early days to help make the club what it is today. The Archive in several large volumes, which Mickey dedicated to the memory of ‘Big Al’, is available to view.