Sunshine greeted 1020 entrants at the Bank Holiday weekend Wessex Car Show hosted by the Dorset Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club at Breamore House near Fordingbridge.

The 13 vehicle strong club line-up spanned more than half a century of MG production and included a diverse collection of cars from a 1952 YB saloon through the usual ranks of MG roadsters and GTs as well as a strong contingent of Midgets plus an MGB V8, a modern TF and the very latest model from the marque – the new GS.

As well as a broad collection of both classic and modern vehicles the show featured an informative falconry display, a marching band, crafts and autojumble stalls, live music and homemade cakes.

There were prizes for the best cars in various categories although many people had departed the grounds before this as the threatened heavy rain started to arrive.

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Although not a 1020 event, many of our members have attended over the years so I am including this entry to try and help popularise the event.

This is an excellent event organised for the last four years by Vicki and Geoff edge from Boston MGOC. Running from Friday night through to the following Tuesday night we were never short of things to do. Wine receptions, Gala dinners, scavenger hunt, pride of ownership competition, fancy dress disco, quiz competitions and the opportunity to join with the islanders for Liberation Day. All provided us with a superb choice of entertainment through the long weekend. Keep your eyes open for the announcement of the date of next year’s event and if you do decide to join in I am sure you will not be disappointed. This year the group from 1020 was reduced to four with some members having to drop out due to illness, I hope they will be able to join in next year.

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Preparing for the Pride of Ownership competition.


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the-quiet-womanA packed room for our bank holiday Monday meeting enjoyed a talk from our guest speaker Rob Curtis. His subject this evening covered many old pub signs abd their history, together with some of the lesser known stories and history of Dorset's pubs. These stories went from the ordinary to murder 'most foul'. I feel sure that we all learned much from this talk, Rob is a very professional speaker who is also a Wessex tourist guide.
Meeting at Phoenix Classics at 10.00 am  for an 'open day' with complimentary coffee and pastries prior to the run, provided a chance for all entrants to get together , check their routes and get ready for the  61 mile run to Harmans Cross village hall. On arrival at the hall, which is situated alongside the Swanage railway line, adjacent to the Harmans Cross station, arrivals were greeted by more tea and coffee before being served an excellent pulled pork hog roast with all the trimmings and various salads. The weather was very good and many members ate outside the hall on the patio. Dave Bailey and George Parrott are to be congratulated on again producing a first class route.

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Members gathered at Phoenix Classics prior to the run


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A packed room for our bank holiday Monday meeting enjoyed a talk from our guest speaker Rob Curtis. His subject this evening covered many old pub signs abd their history, together with some of the lesser known stories and history of Dorset’s pubs. These stories went from the ordinary to murder ‘most foul’. I feel […]

Meeting at Phoenix Classics at 10.00 am  for an ‘open day’ with complimentary coffee and pastries prior to the run, provided a chance for all entrants to get together , check their routes and get ready for the  61 mile run to Harmans Cross village hall. On arrival at the hall, which is situated alongside […]

The majority of the local car clubs entered teams into this annual challenge, this year there were 15 tables of up to 6 players each. 1020 entered two teams, both putting up a very good show on behalf of the club. The ‘B’ team of Les & Jackie Cherrett, Adrian & Rita Mullins and Brian […]

Each year we are invited by Dorset Historic Motor Club to join them at their club night for a light-hearted skittles match. This year I am pleased to report that we were the winners by a margin of 29 pins. This followed three years of poor results, loosing by 3, 9 and 33 pins respectively. […]

41 members and guests boarded our coach the the Hamworthy Club, we stopped at Rownhams services to pick up four members of the Morris owners club who have often joined us on our coach trips. Driving to Abingdon was uneventful and was our first stop, for a late breakfast / early lunch and the chance […]

Hoofing down the Stour. ‘Hoofing’ is a marines term for something good!! The trip down the Stour, from Stourhead Gardens to the black house on Mudeford Sandspit in Christchurch Harbour was thought up to raise funds in memory of Royal Marine Adam Brown, godson of Mike and brother to James who accompanied Mike. Many months […]


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