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South London Retro Power Crew are relatively new to the scene but making a splash thanks to a big following, reckons Dean Watt.

When and why was the group formed?

We’re quite a new club — August 2018 was when we started. Why? Simple really, there were lots of small groups around the south London area doing there own thing, and I thought, why don’t we all do stuff together? I created a group on Facebook and for the first month we had about 25 members, then word got out and it grew rapidly — we now have 1100 members, with around 50 cars turning up to the meets and runs we organise.

Is it open to all classic Fords?

Yes, and not just Fords — anything that’s retro or classic. We’re not precious, so while classic Fords make up the majority of the cars we see at the meets, there are Mk1 Golfs and even Starlets that regularly turn up, too.

What does the group offer to new members?

We’re not a traditional club — it’s all about the social enjoyment of getting out and about in our cars. It’s a great way to meet up with some great people, and everyone’s very friendly — you’ll be made to feel very welcome.

Can you describe a typical member?

A typical member? Someone going through a midlife crisis and wanting to relive their youth! No, seriously, it’s anyone enthusiastic about the cars, and we have a fair few younger members, too — there’s one young lad, Jonas who attends every event in his Mk2 Fiesta. He turns up early, is always one of the last to leave and he loves it. It’s great.

Do you host your own shows or meets?

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at the 7Hotel American Diner in Sevenoaks — the next one is on August 7. It’s their classic car meet but we tend to take over it. We’ve also held the odd event at the Ace Cafe.

What about road runs?

Yes, almost every weekend! Usually breakfast runs from Sutton to Newlands Corner near Guildford, then sometimes heading onto Ryka’s Cafe at Boxhill for a spot of lunch.

What other shows does the group have a presence at?

During the show season we have club stands at events most weekends — most recently Bromley Pageant. We’ve got 78 cars booked into the Kent’s All-Ford Show in Aylesford, and they’ve asked us to stagger our arrival so as not to block the entrance!

Do you have any funny stories about the group?

On our way back from the Sporting Escort Owners’ Club event at Blackbushe Airport recently one of our members broke down on the motorway. There was no hard shoulder, so we all stopped to make sure he was safe. The police turned up and once we got the car going, stopped the traffic then gave us an escort off the motorway — all 30 of us!

What are the group’s goals for the future?

We’re about to start selling t-shirts and hoodies through the Facebook group, and we’re also setting up a website as a sideline where we’ll be selling performance parts and taking on engine builds. We’re working with one of our members on this — Wayne Wigger of WPE.

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