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Past Events - 2017


750MC National Rally - Beaulieu 2017

1-2 July 2017 - 750MC National Rally to Beaulieu

I only went for the Sunday, and after driving the best part of 90 miles in a noisy open special I was very disappointed to find that they had stopped serving bacon rolls by 1115. Same thing at Brooklands VSCC Double Twelve a couple of weeks earlier - what are things coming to when you can't get a bacon roll at a car show?

The weather was perfect, and a good entry of Austin 7s were on show.

I met other Club members there, and whilst some chose to play with their cars, others chose to enjoy the day quietly under a shady tree.

If there are other stories and photos from the rally that might grace this web site, please let me have them.

driving tests

driving tests

shady tree

shady tree

Ilke - green and red

Ilke - green and red


June monthly meeting

28th June 2017 - Club Run to Englefield Green and Windsor Great Park - by Jane

Robin organised lunch and a walk in Windsor Park. The only trouble was Robin had to, "see a man about a dog" and rushed off to Birmingham!

We met at the Four Horseshoes in Chobham for coffee then had a short drive to the Barley Mow at Englefield Green for a delightful lunch. It turned out to be Jim Robinson's birthday, he assures us he is 21 +vat!

After lunch we drove to Bishops Gate and walked in the Great Park. Although rather dull, Windsor Castle was clearly seen through the trees. We had a lesson in bird spotting from Stephen, then drove home in time for tea. And a jolly good day it was.

lunch

lunch

selfie

well, that's the selfie they sent me


Brooklands / Tunbridge Wells Joint Club Run

25th June 2017 - Joint Run to Godstone and Tandridge

On a fine June morning Brooklands 750MC members enjoyed a pleasant drive to Knight's Garden Centre just past Godstone on the A25, meeting there for coffee at about 1100.

After very good coffee and pastries, we drove the sort distance to the Barley Mow in Tandridge village where we met Marcus from the Tunbridge Wells Centre.

Following a good lunch it was only a few hundred yards back to the Chauffeur's Flat garden, open this day thaks to NGS. The approach is from a circular courtyard where classic cars are allowed to park.

The gardens are quite small, but being at the top of a hill offer extensive views across the weald to Ashdown Forest (I think). There are many distinctively planted 'garden rooms' very much at their best in June.

After enjoying it all at our leisure we withdrew to the courtyard where afternoon tea and cakes were partaken, and Mike, another Tunbridge Wells member joined us.

roses

roses

poppies

poppies

mulberries

mulberries

questions

questions

viewing the view

viewing the view

taking tea

taking tea

who's this? who's this

and this? and this?


Brooklands/VSCC Double Twelve - 2017

17th June 2017 - Inauguration of reinstated finishing straight

swinging swinging

made it made it

they're off they're off


Club Tour in Wales 12-15 May 2017

25th June 2017 - Club Tour and Holiday in Wales - by Judy

Our return to Llanachindda Farm was eagerly anticipated as we had had such a great time there in 2015. The welcome was just as warm and we settled into rooms in the Farmhouse and two cottages 23 people in total. After a hearty Welsh breakfast the next day we assembled in the Conservatory for a briefing by our host Martin. We had been provided with maps and instructions for the two Day tours.

Day 1 took in the Elan Valley and Rhayader a distance of 66 miles which was spectacular and at 2pm we arrived at the Kite feeding station where a hide had been reserved by our hosts for the 3pm feeding. From about 2 o’clock the Kites stared to circle and by the time the tractor appeared in the field there were hundreds of Kites above us. What a sight it was fantastic and well worth a visit.

Day 2 we set off through the Brechfa Forest and the Towy Valley and ended up at the Botanic Gardens of Wales which was very impressive and beautiful. Each time we arrived at an attraction our Host martin was already there to make arrival smooth and our visit enjoyable. The attention to detail in this operation is truly impressive and the makes the “Wheels run very smoothly “indeed.

Each afternoon on our return to the Farm we were greeted by Tea and coffee and homemade cakes and then at 8pm a superb three course Dinner cooked by Lynn and her son Mark.

Andrew and Mark the sons of the operation were on hand for the whole weekend photographing and advising and making our stay memorable.

Thank you to Martin Lynn Andrew and Mark for another wonderful stay and we look forward to a return visit maybe in 2019.

the cars the cars

the stars the stars

Elan Valley day 1 - Elan Valley

the kites day 1 - the kites

Towy Valley day 2 - Towy Valley

Brechfa Forest road day 2 - Brechfa Forest road


Buttercup Bounce - 2017

2017 Buttercup some of the Austins

2017 Buttercup thanks to our hosts, Betty and Graham

2017 Buttercup Paulo at work, judging Austins

This year’s Buttercup Bounce was the 20th, so well worth celebrating. As always, it was held in the grounds of Betty and Graham Currie’s home at Ash Manor. This year , after a cool start, the weather was kind and we gathered at lunchtime for picnic /BBQ. Each year we present the Bob Smith Memorial Trophy in memory of our dear friend and Committee member Bob Smith, whose Grandson Paulo chooses his favourite Austin in the line-up and does the honours with great aplomb. This year we were also pleased to welcome younger Brother Lorenzo and Father Luigi. Jim Robinson's Austin 7 was judged best this year. We also presented flowers and a gift to Graham and Betty to thank them for 20 years hospitality. This is probably the most popular Brooklands Centre event every year.

2017 Buttercup

winner, Jim receives Bob Smith Memorial Trophy

2017 Buttercup

treasurer's perks

Not an Easter Egg Run - 2017

2017 Not Easter Egg lunchtime line up

2017 Not Easter Egg riding with Robin

On Sunday 9th April, a few of Brooklands members joined Tunbridge Wells Centre for a lovely run and were for once blessed with spectacular spring sunshine.

We met at Ide Hill for coffee in the Community Shop and set of on a beautiful run in the Kent/Sussex lanes stopping for lunch at the Mark Cross Inn near Tunbridge Wells. We had a super lunch in the garden with superb views of the South Downs.

Many thanks to Marcus and chums of the TWC for making us so welcome.

2017 Not Easter Egg en convoi


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