About our club

THE MATCHING GREEN CLASSIC AND SPORTS CAR CLUB

The Matching Green Classic and Sports Car Club was formed twenty-five years ago by a very
small number of local car enthusiasts and has grown steadily to its present membership of around
ninety members.
Basically we are a social club with members having a common interest in classic and sports cars
and we meet on the first Sunday in each month at The Fox public house in Matching Tye for
refreshments and to catch up with club news. There is one exception to this routine and that is the
first Sunday in July when our annual car show takes place on Matching Green starting at 10.30 and
running through to 16.30.
Our club activities each year include one, two and three day tours to places of interest in the UK, a
European tour, a theatre/dinner event, a club dinner dance and a BBQ.
The annual car show has become a village event thanks to the support of The Matching Cricket
Club, The Friendly Club, our sponsors and other local organisations. Between us, our aim is to
provide a pleasant day out for families as well as showcasing a whole range of vehicles for the
motoring enthusiasts that come each year.
At our annual show there is supervised parking, several food outlets, entertainment for the children,
live music spot, retail stalls, a raffle, a parade ring for special interest vehicles with a live
commentary and trophies for prize-winning vehicles in five categories.
In the past four years we have donated any profit from the show to local charities and good causes.
Unlike quite a few other car shows we do not charge for entrance or for parking but rely on the
generosity of our sponsors, income from advertising space in the programme and the sale of the
programmes (£2) to finance this event.
During this period we have donated a total of almost £17,000. Seven local organisations have
received multiple sums of money, two individuals with special needs have benefited from our
financial support and we have helped finance the purchase of two local defibrillators. The four main
recipients are St Clare Hospice, The Little Havens Hospice, Essex Air Ambulance and Matching
School.
The main aim of our annual show is not solely about raising money. It is for the benefit of local
families and car enthusiasts and, if in the process, the income from the day exceeds the cost of
organising it, we undertake to put that profit to good and effective use in the local community.