The club was
originally known as the ‘PANTHER OWNERS CLUB (HOME COUNTIES) and from
the records it was another ‘group’ of the Panthers owners club.. The rent
for the clubroom was 21 shillings per quarter paid for by subs set at a
shilling to join and 5 shillings per year. All club runs had a short and
long route because of the petrol situation. The first set of rules was
taken from the ‘London touring club’. The club was made up of different
geographical areas of London each section holding there own runs to
which the other sections were invited.
The first AGM took
place in June and was attended by 46 of the 50 members in the club.
The first change of
clubroom took place in Feb moving to the ‘Rising Sun public house’ in
Garter Lane, Ludgate Hill. In Nov the LE Velo owners club were the
guests at a club night seemingly enjoyed by all present. The first
‘Holly run’ a club tradition every since was held in Dec.
Another change of
clubroom in Feb to the ‘Crown & Sugar loaf public house’ in Garlick
Hill Mansion house. This to be the last move for many years. The AGM
announce that Club funds stood at £10-2s-0d. The programme for the
following year was very impressive with:-the first Sunday in the month
being allocated for short runs, with the third Sunday for long runs, the
forth Sunday for places of interest, the fifth Sunday of which there
were three for race meetings. This meeting also decided that the Club
could not accept members with other make of machines but could be
accepted as ‘friends’.
Mr Marions of ‘Phelon
& Moore’ (the manufacturers of Panthers) was elected Club President.
The first club one
day rally took place in June at Gustard Wood with a Ladies v Gents
cricket match and Concours de Elegance as a part of the programme.
The first club
magazine called the ‘Panther Gazette’ was published quarterly at 1
shillings per copy. The first edition sold 29 copies.
A model 100 engine
was presented to the club by Phelon & Moore for demonstration purposes.
Many club nights in the next five years or so were on stripping this
The first change in
rules allowing non Panther owners to continue membership was passed as
three existing committee now had other marques.
Our longest serving
Life member Les High joined. Les held most posts within the club over
the next 20 years or so. Petrol rationing came into force in Dec which
led to a curtailment of club runs Including a proposed visit to the
Hendon school of motoring.
The Fed was formed and
the club was present at the first meeting in Cambridge, but there was a
reluctance for the club to affiliate even though many members were
involved in its early years.
The first increase in
subscriptions to 7s-6d was introduced. This stood until the early
seventies when it was increased to 40p because of introduction of
Membership through the
late fifties held at about 50 but the number of non Panther Owners
continued to increase along with car ownership.
The 12th AGM in 1961
led to a desire for a change of name to better reflect the make up of
the club. Eight names were originally suggested of which three were
The names were as
Panther and Associates Sidecar club.
Panther and Associates Motoring club.
Panther Family club.
A large majority
choose the P.A.S.C.
A event took place on
a club run which is still remembered today when Les Faulkner a founder
member receive a snake bite and due to a reaction to the serum he became
seriously ill. Les never recovered.
The Les Faulkner
memorial trophy was insigngated. This trophy is still given annually to
the best club member.
Our current longest
serving member Ken Crisp joined and quickly became involved in club and
Fed activities. His support continues to this day.
The club joined the
Federation of Sidecars (FED)
One of the big events
of 1963 was the decision to make Tea cosy’s for the Mrs Feathers Trophy.
A move to a new
clubroom at Universal youth centre (Repton) in Bethnel Green. The club
continued to grow with a influx of new members with children.
Bob & Joanne White, Colin & Anita Bembridge,
Charlie & Maureen Sharpe, Jim & Beryl Anker to name just a few.
The club belonged to
the southern section (area 4) of the Fed. 21 clubs were in this section
which was by far the biggest and most successful. but it did lead to a
degree of resentment in other sections.
Due to a lack of
support for the concours at the day rally, it was suggested that the
rally should become a 2 day camping event. The first rally to this
format took place in Sept 1968 at Debden Green.
The club moved from
Bethnal green in 1971. A number of clubrooms were home before the move
to the ’59 Club’ in 1974, which was to be the club’s base for many
A popular event
thoughout the next 20 years was the ‘Club holiday’ which was always well
Attended, with Norfolk and Devon being the normal venue.
The club won the
‘Canterbury cup’ at the Fed rally in 1972 & 1973.
A proposal to auction
the ‘Club engine’ was not carried and also a approach for the engine to
be on permanent loan to the Science museum was rejected by them.
The eventual fate of
the engine is not recorded?.
Due to some
dissatisfaction with Debden the rally was moved to the ‘Essex
showground’ near Chelmsford in 1974 for an inclusive fee of £66.
The following years
event was badly effected by a gale.
The formation of the
new ‘Panther Owners club'. They became known as the Midland Panther
owners club to avoid confusion with us.
The 1976 rally moved
to a green field site in Billericay. The following years rally was the
last open event to be held due to some rowdy behaviour.
The 1978 rally was
cancelled at the last moment but a small camping weekend took place
attended by mainly overseas members who could not be contacted in time.
1979 saw the rally
return to Debden and the first ‘Sidecars are fun’ button badges which
were to have such a big impact.
early eighties saw a slight decrease in
membership. The club purchased a large marquee for use at our rally.
This proved to be one of the best asset the club ever bought. The
Federation’s Silver Jubilee meeting in 1983 at De Haan in Holland was
well attended by Club members.
By 1985 there was a
growing feeling that the club name was holding it back.
The name changed twice
in 1986 after a disputed referendum. The original choice of ‘Capital
City Sidecars’ was overturned after a heated EGM led to another vote
with only one nomination put forward. The ‘London Sidecar Club’.