The Geoff Carter Cup

The Geoff Carter Cup is presented biennially by the South East London Meccano Club to the builder of the best small model, and commemorates the life of our former Secretary and his celebrated skills in the Meccano model building world, with a particular emphasis on small models.

Geoff Carter at the International Meccano Model Show 2008, with a typical collection of small models (Photo: NZMeccano)
Geoff Carter at the International Meccano Model Show 2008, with a typical collection of small models (Photo: NZMeccano)

Rules

  1. The cup should be awarded biennially in even-numbered years at the summer meeting of SELMEC (this being the nearest meeting to Geoff’s date of birth of 9th July 1933).
  2. Only small models will be eligible for entry to the award. A small model shall be determined by its size, the main criteria being that it would be possible to fit at least six similar models into a medium sized suitcase. As a further guide at least one dimension should not exceed 5½”: the other two can exceed that dimension if required. The Committee will judge (if necessary) whether any particular model is too big for the competition.
  3. The Secretary will have a supply of labels so that members entering for the cup can indicate the model being entered. The label should be placed in front of the model with the builder’s name and model name.
  4. The cup will be awarded by secret ballot with one vote per member, including those entering the competition. The votes will be counted by a Committee member and the model with the highest number of votes will be the winner.
  5. In the event of a tie, a member of the Committee not in the competition will have the casting vote.
  6. Entries to the Secretary’s Challenge will also be eligible for the Geoff Carter Cup.
  7. The recipient of the award will keep the cup for a period of one year, returning it (in the same condition that it was received) at the next summer meeting, unless advised otherwise by the Committee.

Previous winners

2018 — Alan Wenbourne

Adrian Ashford (right) awards the Cup to Alan Wenbourne
Adrian Ashford (right) awards the Cup to Alan Wenbourne
Alan’s gentlemen’s bicycle
Alan’s gentlemen’s bicycle

2017 — John Gay

Chris Warrell (right) awards the Cup to John Gay
Chris Warrell (right) awards the Cup to John Gay
John’s scooter
John’s scooter

2016 — Eric Smith

Ralph Laughton (left) awards the Cup to Eric Smith
Ralph Laughton (left) awards the Cup to Eric Smith
Eric’s vacuum cleaner
Eric’s vacuum cleaner

2015 — John Gay

Ralph Laughton (right) awards the Cup to John Gay
Ralph Laughton (right) awards the Cup to John Gay
John’s racing car
John’s racing car

2014 — Chris Fry

Frank Paine (right) awards the Cup to Chris Fry
Frank Paine (right) awards the Cup to Chris Fry
Chris’s peloton of cyclists
Chris’s peloton of cyclists

2013 — Jim MacCulloch

Frank Paine (left) awards the Cup to Jim MacCulloch
Frank Paine (left) awards the Cup to Jim MacCulloch
Jim’s mobile crane
Jim’s mobile crane

2012 — Les Chatfield

Frank Paine (right) awards the Cup to Les Chatfield
Frank Paine (right) awards the Cup to Les Chatfield
Les’s traction engine
Les’s traction engine