Can you piece together motor club’s history?

Do you know who these members of the Rushden and District Motor Query Club are?

Do you know who these members of the Rushden and District Motor Query Club are?

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The hunt is on to piece together information on a motor club that was once a social hub in Rushden.

The Rushden and District Query Motor Club folded in 1995 after more than 60 years of enjoyment for members and a town councillor is determined to make sure the club’s rich history is not lost.

Action from a Rushden and District Motor Query Club autocross meet in the 1970s.

Action from a Rushden and District Motor Query Club autocross meet in the 1970s.

Rushden town councillor Richard Lewis said: “I have been working on piecing together the history of the Query Club for quite some time.

“I have been putting together bits and pieces by collecting photographs of meets, minutes of meetings and speaking to previous members.

“But the problem is that I now have a lot of photographs but do not know all of the people pictured in them and I do not know certain details about the club.

“The intention is to fill in the blanks and pass on my findings to the Rushden Historical Society, so the club’s rich history is not lost.”

Cllr Lewis is now appealing for anybody who may have any information on the club, or who may know people pictured in the photos he has collected, to contact him.

The club was set-up in 1931, when a group of motor enthusiasts joined together at the Railway Inn, on High Street, Rushden, and decided to set up a social group.

The Query club was an instant success and put on more than 30 events in its first year – putting on scrambles, races and social events such as meals.

It continued for 65 years with scores of people from Rushden, and the surrounding area, joining the club or participating in the many events, but much of the club’s history has now disappeared from the public’s view.

John Holloway (left) and Richard Lewis (right) pose with their car.

John Holloway (left) and Richard Lewis (right) pose with their car.

Cllr Lewis, who was a member of the group himself for more than 20 years, said when the club was established in the 1930s many of its members were prominent businessmen or managers from Rushden and surrounding areas.

However, as the years went by and it became easier to afford and access motorbikes or cars, a large number of people from different backgrounds joined the Query Club.

He added: “It was great fun in the Query Club and a lot of people joined from around Rushden.

“I was a navigator and my friend John Holloway was the driver – we had a great time during all the meets.

“Farmers would donate their land at certain points of the year and we would arrange scrambles.

“I have met so many people over the years in the Query Club and I know a lot of people were members, so there must be someone out there who knows who these people are in the pictures and it would be great to hear from them.

“I know it will be difficult because some members from the ‘50s and ‘60s, which I would like information on, are probably now quite old or unfortunately no longer with us.”

Cllr Lewis said that residents may remember the club taking part in the Rushden Carnival each year as it grabbed people’s attention.

If you think you can help Cllr Lewis, he can be contacted on 07960 950821.