Chairman Vice Chairman Secretary
Russ Herbert Dr Valerie Smallwood Margaret Ball

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Valerie Smallwood

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Keith Taylor Ted Carver John Ball

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Meet the people behind the names

CHAIRMAN - RUSS HERBERT and wife Jackie joined the RREC in 2010 after acquiring a Rolls-Royce 20/25 with a single coupe body by Park Ward, having purchased his first classic car, a 2.5 litre Riley back in 1978 which he still owns. Starting his engineering career in 1961 with a formal apprenticeship, Russ qualified with Chartered status in four professional institutions, in time becoming a main board Director of a top 20 PLC and subsequently Chairman of a high-tech software company. Since retirement he has been involved with various charities at local and regional level. A motor cyclist for many years, he has spent many years preparing candidates for their IAM Advanced Motorcyclist Test with the Bristol Group of Advanced Motorcyclists. Russ sold the 20/25 after seven years and invested in a Bentley S1, James Young Sporting Saloon (1956) which he has regularly campaigned on the RREC Continental Rallies. Following the 2021 AGM, Russ took on the role of Section Chairman


Valerie is a founder member of the Great Western Section, has served as treasurer and events secretary and was appointed Chairman in November 2009. Even as a non committee member she continued to organise events and over time these often reflect her liking for machinery and “ anything that is man made and demonstrates ingenuity, taste and, all importantly, style”. Valerie has a passion for industrial archeology, in particular the history of the canal system, which she says, “has been something to wonder at when compared to what is happening today when almost everything has inbuilt obsolescence” She is an Ottoman scholar and Turcologist and “other obscure languages also have occupied my time”. Valerie and her late husband Simon took their 1932 20/25 by Freestone & Webb on a RREC Euro Rally to St Moritz , their most adventurous journey , and an experience they both said they would never forget. The Section owes its name to Valerie, who was a member of its first Committee. Following Simon's death, Valerie recently married Michael Broadbent but has again sadly been widowed again. Following the 2021 AGM, Valerie stood down as Section Chairman, but took on the role of Vice- Chairman


Roger and Margaret Stowell joined the RREC on the 29th July 1985 having purchased their Gurney Nutting bodied 3½ litre Derby Bentley the previous year.

In 1986 they attended the inaugural meeting of Great Western Section and later joined the committee. They took on the production and distribution of the section newsletter from Nicholas Finch, then Section Secretary. Roger died suddenly in January 1997 but Margaret was prevailed upon by family, friends and Committee to continue to organise a presence at Stanton Drew Steam Fair in August 1997 and there met engineer and fellow motoring enthusiast, John Ball, a widower of only 8 weeks. John was there with his newly restored 1927 Flat Nosed Morris, and knew Roger’s nephew.

In 1998 John accompanied Margaret on the Welsh Weekend. They married in August 2000 and shortly afterwards John was invited to join the Committee. In 2009 John spent 11 months of hard work totally restoring a 20/25, purchased for that purpose by Roger many years earlier, so that it could be used for the wedding of John’s son that December.

They also have a bright red 40/50hp with a three position body by Gill of Paddington, a 20 hp tourer, a Silver Cloud II, another Derby Bentley which has been used many times for frequent rallying on the continent, a Phantom I, a 20/25 and a Silver Shadow 2, all of which they are thoroughly enjoying. 

At the 2012 Section AGM, Margaret, then Vice Chairman, agreed to become ‘acting’ Secretary and subsequently Secretary in 2013. John was appointed Vice-Chairman in 2012 and continued in that role until January 2020. Between them they produce the Newsletter and are still enjoying all aspects of this great club.

TREASURER - KEITH TAYLOR bought his 1975 Silver Shadow in April l994. Since then, he has had the body completely re-sprayed from bare metal, the back and side bright work re-chromed and the wood renovated. More recently, he has renovated the engine bay. the project is described over 5 episodes in the Club magazine - the Bulletin, issues B342,B341, B339, B337 and B336. Link:


My wife and I joined the RREC on the 22nd November 1997 and we received our 20 year badges in 2017. I have served on the Section Committee for several years and have organised some events that were well supported. From the age of 16, I was sure that the best car to aspire to would be a Rolls Royce. That ambition was achieved in 2004 with the purchase of a Silver Spirit in Magnolia. We then participated in our first event – a 3000 mile tour of Greece. Local events have thankfully been more relaxed. I have restored cars ranging from a Ford 8 to a Series 1 Land Rover. Now aged 80, I think this year should be the last I serve on the Committee. However, I hope to support events for many more years to come