A 1998 convertible Bentley Continental GT – one of only 160 made – a Jaguar ‘C’ Type (replica) and a 1968 Greeves Griffon Scrambler (Motocross) – the very last works motorcycle to leave the Greeves factory – were the star attractions of the Square Wheels Club stand at the National Classics Motor Show, held at The NEC in November 2018
The Greeves was ridden in the British Championship by Andy Hare, who is a member of Mike Hailwood Lodge No. 9839 in Warwickshire, and is still owned by him.
In addition, a couple of record-breaking Suzuki Hayabusa Turbo motorcycles were also on display. One was ridden by one-armed Square Wheels member Andy Slade who set up a world record of 225mph. All the controls are on the right side, as Andy lost his left arm in an accident.
The other bike is a similar machine and was ridden by Becci Ellis at 264mph. She is now the world’s fastest women on a motorcycle.
The club had decided that to attract new members it was necessary to promote a very special membership show offer and over the course of the three day event, over 100 new members signed up, whilst around 20 Freemasons showed an interest in the new Square Wheels Lodge. Visiting members of the public also took the opportunity to ask questions about Freemasonry.
During the summer, the Square Wheels Club – formerly the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club – have been active with a programme of events for members’ participation around Britain and Europe
From 6-8 July the club attended Le Mans Classic, held for the ninth time at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in France. A trip into nostalgia to again remember Steve McQueen in his Porsche in the Le Mans film. This year the reality was 75-year-old Henri Pescarolo racing in his Matra-Simca MS670.
The partisan French crowd were ecstatic. As a central display the Porsche stand was immense, showcasing their 70th birthday and featuring every model and year.
At the Silverstone Classic – 20-22 July – the club had a display area which featured six contrasting cars: a bright orange Ford Capri Mk2; a pristine red Austin Healey 3000; a green Renault V6 Clio; a Ferrari Mondial QV in blue: a lovely black Ford Zephyr Zodiac and a stunning Jaguar XKR.
The Square Wheels area attracted a lot of interest from visiting Freemasons, and the general public. As always, the stand was completed with the Classic 300 Arch, whilst the circuit racing programme was varied, with an eclectic mix of race cars.
On both Friday and Saturday evenings hot air balloons were released into the Northamptonshire sky, whilst the crowds were entertained with concerts, including UB40.
During the weekend of 15-16 September, the club had a stand at the Manchester Classic Car Show and met and talked to many Freemasons from the North-West.
HRH Prince Michael of Kent has agreed to become president of Square Wheels, formerly the Masonic Classic Vehicle Club
Formed in 2002 and open to non-masons, the club has been renamed to reflect the national reputation it enjoys. Prince Michael is also president of the Royal Automobile Club and an honorary member of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.
Pictured here, Square Wheels chairman Mark Pierpoint shows Prince Michael his Rolls-Royce Shadow 1 at Buckingham Palace in 2016, when Prince Michael inspected 90 British vehicles on behalf of the Queen.
The Masonic Classic Vehicle Club has undergone a makeover and been re-branded 'Square Wheels' at the NEC’s Classic Motor Show
This is the largest indoor classic car show of the year, attracting nearly 71,000 visitors over the long weekend of 10-12 November. The theme of the stand was the Classic 300 - a series of vehicle runs which took place throughout England this year.
Vehicles on display at the NEC were a stunning 1922 Rolls Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer, a 1967 Ford GT40 in Gulf livery and an XKSS Jaguar, as well as a 1957 BSA A10 Super Rocket and a 1999 Honda VTR Firestorm, both courtesy of the Widows Sons Chapter.
On the Square Wheels stand, 20 new members were signed up, whilst lots of little teddies were also sold to visitors to help swell funds for the Teddies for Loving Care campaign.
As part of the rebrand, meetings will now be centralised in the Midlands to make the club more ‘national’ and the range of activities will offer members many additional diverse events, to help it appeal to all interests. The new Officers are: Chairman Mark Pierpoint, Hon. Secretary Phil Cottrell, Hon. Treasurer Mark Bigam and Press and PR Secretary John Cole.