Each year we are lucky to be allowed to return to Athelhampton House for our big charity fund raising event and we again thank Patrick and Andrea Cooke for hosting us. The setup started on Saturday afternoon, we were very lucky to have fantastic numbers of members turn out to help. We set up all our gazebos and event shelters in a record time of just over one hour. Early Sunday morning we arrived to dress the stalls in readiness for our 10.00 am opening. A steady line of cars kept the gate crew busy taking entry fees and directing cars to their parking area where our marshals parked them in neat lines. 140 cars arrived and parked on the front and rear lawns of this historic house, the weather was good and the music from the New Forest Dixieland Band was again very much enjoyed. The now traditional Duck Race was won by Peter Chance who donated his prize to our charity fund. Car of the day was won by Alex Garvey with his Jubilee MGB GT, the furthest travelled award went to Angela Magee  from High Wycombe MGOC and Mary Lou Ball won the Name the Dog competition with 'Jazz'. This year we raised £1665 on the day for our charities which we intend the round up to £2000, providing both Macmillan Caring Locally and the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance with £1000.00 each. I thank all those who helped run the event for their hard work and of course our visitors on the day. Athelhampton 2018 is already booked for Sunday 12th August. make a note in your diaries.

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The front lawns at Athelhampton


 
36 cars and occupants set off for this road run, devised and planned for us by Adrian and Rita Mullins. The route was very picturesque with spectacular views of some of the Dorset countryside. The first section of 45 miles led us to our lunch stop at the 'True Lovers Knot' at Tarrant Kingston where 60 members sat down to a very good carvery. The afternoon route  of 28 miles returned to Avon Country Park for afternoon tea. Our thanks to Adrian and Rita for providing us with a great day out.

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Looking for the True Lovers Knot car park


 
This year over 40 members attended with their cars washed and polished. We had a reserved area put aside for us but this quickly overflowed into the general car park. After due deliberation and counting of the voting slips the winners of the "Pride of Ownership 2017" were Derek and Oli Joy with their immaculate 1959 chariot red 1600 Mk1 MGA. The tankard was presented by last years winner, Colin Sexton and Wayne Healey also presented a prize of car cleaning products.

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Derek on the right with Colin and Oli with Wayne


 
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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This year over 40 members attended with their cars washed and polished. We had a reserved area put aside for us but this quickly overflowed into the general car park. After due deliberation and counting of the voting slips the winners of the “Pride of Ownership 2017” were Derek and Oli Joy with their immaculate […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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