The Beaulieu One Hundred Yorkshire Tour


The first Beaulieu One Hundred ‘weekend tour’ was by general consensus greatly enjoyed. Despite the M1 doing its best to deter those heading north, people arrived at various times during the course of Friday afternoon. The weather was benign and the views from The 3-Acres across Emley Moor were stunning. The views from the more modest Foxglove just down the road in Kirkburton, were less spectacular but the compensation was that John Smith joined us for a drink in the evening and entertained us with his Yorkshire tales and humour.

On Saturday morning we made the short drive down to Mirfield to see John’s wonderful and truly eclectic collection of beautiful cars which were displayed in his various garages and around his drive. John explained the significance of each of the cars and the passion for each one was obvious. He admitted that if there was a ‘first among equals’ it would probably be the green Series 1 E-Type Jaguar FHC. The Healey 100 however is clearly a favourite and the Ford Popular was probably the first car he ever travelled in. The Jaguar Mk II under restoration has family connections and the Ferrari, which first attracted the attentions of Helen, clearly has a very significant place in the collection.

After enjoying the tour of the collection at the house, a short break for some northern hospitality as Helen and her mum served us with tea and biscuits (and yes, there were the promised Wagon Wheels!). Next stop was down to John’s business where he was delighted to explain how he had developed from a car breaking business into a sophisticated car component procurement operation with some very attractive margin opportunities – so the link to the fine car collection was apparent. Then there were more cars! Another garage with more beautiful cars including a Daimler Dart, MG, Mini Cooper etc.

On Saturday evening we had arranged a private dining room at The 3-Acres. The room was perfect and even though the complementary glass of sparkling wine was a little suspect, the food compensated for that. The evening was progressing beautifully and then John’s friend Richard was persuaded to entertain us with a few songs from his Elvis repertoire. This totally unplanned development transformed a lovely evening into something that was truly fantastic and will not be forgotten quickly.

On Sunday morning, we left Kirkburton in convoy and took an absolutely beautiful route through South Yorkshire into Derbyshire and to Alan and Tina Beardshaw’s home in Curbar. The roads were superb, the weather remained dry and the views were gorgeous. Tina and Alan made us very welcome with drinks and biscuits while Alan told us a little about his business. Both he and John made this business stuff seem so straight forward we were left wondering why we had all not managed to do the same!

Alan’s collection appeared to have two dominant themes – Aston Martins and Endurance rallying. Quite amazingly he combined these two with a rally prepared DB5!! Once again Alan’s passion for each of his magnificent cars came across as he told us about each one in turn. He naturally values his privacy and all there is to say is that if you weren’t there and want to have the opportunity to view the collections of our fellow Beaulieu One Hundred members, in future make sure you join us!

Sincere thanks to John & Helen and to Alan & Tina for their hospitality and generosity and a special thanks to Richard Green for giving us a little bit of Elvis.

Thank you to John Reed and Tony Vroon for the photographs
Mike Timmins – Yorkshire Tour organiser and “Reporter”

Suggestions for the next Beaulieu One Hundred tour are welcome!

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Workshop welcomes new apprentice Emily

The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu has appointed a new workshop apprentice as an investment in the future of its historic vehicle collection at a time when few specialist workshops are taking on trainees.

Classic car fanatic Emily, who has been a volunteer at the National Motor Museum since the age of 14, is starting a four-year apprenticeship which is being generously funded by a small group of Beaulieu One Hundred members. The Beaulieu One Hundred membership is committed to supporting the work of the National Motor Museum Trust to preserve Britain’s motoring heritage for future generations.

New apprentice Emily Leese, aged 18, joins the museum’s experienced workshop team to help maintain and restore its collection of more than 250 historic vehicles. A young woman in an industry traditionally dominated by older men, Emily’s training will help to keep alive the essential skills needed to look after and preserve the museum’s remarkable machines.

When she completes her apprenticeship, Emily will become the first to do so since Museum Manager and Chief Engineer Doug Hill finished his apprenticeship 40 years ago.

The Interviews with Emily and Doug have been plentiful and if you have not caught any of them below is an indication of the media coverage so far:


o BBC That’s Solent are filming (which may act as a taster to draw in BBC South Today).

o Online article for Honest John Classics.

o Online article for Wheels Alive.

o Mention in Practical Classics.

o Classic Car Buyer

o Classic Motor Monthly (Michael Ware)

o Classic Car Weekly

o The Herald

o Lymington Times

Social Media 

o Facebook 32,186 people reached

o Twitter 5,439 impressions

o Beaulieu Website 309 page views

o Beaulieu Blog 116 views

Emily’s training will be overseen by apprenticeship provider Heritage Skills Academy, which specialises in enabling trainees to work towards industry-standard qualifications as part of its Heritage Engineering Apprenticeships programme, tailored to the specialist automotive restoration industry.
Spending most of her time based in the museum workshop at Beaulieu to gain vital hands-on experience, Emily will also study the skills of the trade with Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialist P&A Wood in Essex as block release study, working towards Level 2 and 3 Diplomas in Classic Vehicle Restoration.
Funding for this block release part of her training will be covered by the Automotive Apprentice Bursary awarded by the Worshipful Company of Coachmakers and Coach Harness Makers of London, a charitable association which promotes excellence in the automotive, aerospace and rail industries.
Draper Tools has generously donated a comprehensive tool kit and chest to Emily from its Draper Expert range, which will be indispensable to her over the course of her apprenticeship.

National Motor Museum Manager and Chief Engineer Doug Hill said:

Ever since Emily first visited us for work experience four years ago, I have been impressed by her enthusiasm and determination. I was the last apprentice to complete my training here at the National Motor Museum 40 years ago, so it makes me exceptionally proud to offer this opportunity to a new recruit by employing Emily as our apprentice in the workshop. It has been a long process to make that happen but with the help of our sponsors, the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs and many others, we can move a huge step forward in ensuring our legacy of knowledge is safe for the future.”

National Motor Museum Trust Chief Executive and Beaulieu Managing Director Russell Bowman said:

We are delighted to welcome Emily to the workshop. In her previous role as a volunteer, she has already proven herself to be a very dedicated and hard-working team member. By learning specialist maintenance and restoration skills from our experienced engineers, she will be helping to safeguard the museum’s vehicle collection. We wish her a very long and happy career at Beaulieu.”

Emily is launching a blog to follow her apprenticeship story. Click here to read the first post with a Q&A with Emily.

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Goodwood Revival & Annual Dinner

Here comes the rain again!
Wet and windy was the order of the day for Goodwood Revival this year, but many members, all dressed in period garb, popped into our stand where we had the Brough Superior on display together with some great handling objects from the NMMT. It was a good place to shelter from the rain and catch up with each other!


Annual Dinner and Auction and accommodation details below:

Join us for this year’s Beaulieu One Hundred Annual Dinner, being held on Saturday, 21 October at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu and enjoy an evening of magic and music, where you will be served cocktails and canapes amongst the cars from 6:15, followed by Dinner in the wonderful 800 year old Domus at 8pm.

E-vites with further information will be sent to you this week, but again, be sure to book your accommodation from the following Hotel options below:-

The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard 01590 616253 where we have asked them to set aside some rooms for members please reference that you are from the Beaulieu One Hundred

Montagu Arms 01590 612324

Careys Manor Hotel 01590 624467

Balmer Lawn Hotel 01590 421059

Chewton Glen 01425 282212

Limewood and The Pig are other luxury Hotels in the vicinity.

For local B&B’s 

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International Autojumble

Well, the International Autojumble was certainly a tale of two halves!

Whilst we enjoyed glorious weather for visitors on Saturday, Sunday was by comparison rather damp and just not cricket for most!

Nonetheless the blazing sunshine saw more than 34,000 motoring enthusiasts from across the world turn out for Beaulieu’s International Autojumble to mark the 50th anniversary of the popular event. Read the full release here.

Many members popped through on both days. Some were successful when the hammer went down in the Bonham’s auction (reaching a sale total of £3,271,000!);  others were here on a search for something specific and some were content to rummage around the many stands to dig up a bargain.

As always there was good fun had in introducing the members to each other and a great time was had by all.We are now winding down from a very successful year where all the events were fully booked and in some instances oversubscribed!

Next up!- Tie a knot in your handkerchief!

8-10 SeptemberGoodwood Revival (we hope to see you on our stands 134-135 in The Market 11am-2pm)

29 Sept -1 OctYorkshire Trip FULLY BOOKED (final information about the trip will be sent after Goodwood weekend!)

21 October – Annual Dinner and Auction (information will be coming through shortly for your response) Act now and book your accommodation from the following Hotel options below:-

The Master Builder’s at Buckler’s Hard 01590 616253 where we have asked them to set aside some rooms for members please reference that you are from the Beaulieu One Hundred

Montagu Arms 01590 612324

Careys Manor Hotel 01590 624467

Balmer Lawn Hotel 01590 421059

Chewton Glen 01425 282212

Limewood and The Pig are other luxury Hotels in the vicinity.

For local B&B’s 

Saturday 28 October Beaulieu does Broadway Fireworks!

Friends evenings:

Saturday 14 October 2017 – An Evening with Stuart Graham

Saturday 18 November – Patrons of Motor Sport

Saturday 9 December – The Secret Spitfires

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New honorary member

On Friday Top Gear presenter Chris Harris, and  the indomitable Stig launched the refreshed World of Top Gear at The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, where many Beaulieu One Hundred members came through for the occasion. It turned out to be a lovely warm morning where many members got to meet each other for the first time.

Chris regaled us with some great stories before putting on an amazing driving demonstration,  posing for photographs with members, and then accepted Honorary membership of the Beaulieu One Hundred!  We are very happy to welcome Chris on board!

What’s coming up:

On Sunday July 23rd member and visitors to Beaulieu can see TV presenter and inventor Edd China driving two of his craziest creations around the grounds of the attraction to launch the summer exhibition Wacky Record Breakers in the National Motor Museum.

Then it is Beaulieu’s Supercar Weekend on August 5th and 6th, an unmissable two-day showdown gathering together more than 450 of the most impressive supercars on the planet. A Supercar newsletter all about the weekend will be circulated.

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Summer round-up


Along with thousands of car enthusiasts, a number of Beaulieu One Hundred members attended the spectacular 2017 Festival of Speed to see the stunning collection of cars on show and in action – popping into the Beaulieu Stand whilst there. It was good to see new members as well as get to know some members I hadn’t yet the chance to meet. The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed once again provided a thrilling mix of exotic supercars, famous racing cars, concept cars and the incredible array of race and road cars from years gone by. Definitely a fast paced weekend on our stand, where the record breaking Flux Capacitor generated great interest along with a quirky bird that set up residence!
See the video of the speedy little flux here


From Festival of Speed some members enjoyed a day in Solihull on a Land Rover manufacturing tour – the dissimilarity between McLaren and Land Rover production lines couldn’t be more marked, with Land Rover successfully automating their line and making savvy use of their floor space as well as upwards to the ceiling. Seeing the robots in action was a tad reminiscent of Jurassic Park and the velociraptor scene for me! The tour ended with the members being introduced to the stylish new Range Rover Velar.

Thanks to John Healey for the picture

It was also good to see some members at the second Simply Jaguar rally on the 9th July which attracted as many as 634 participants and an impressive 282 Jaguars of every shape and size which purred into Beaulieu. The graceful ‘big cats’ gathered in the grounds to join the display which ranged from post-war classics to the latest models of the legendary British motoring marque.

New at Beaulieu

You will by now have received an invitation to the press launch of our new-look World of Top Gear on 14th July at 10.45am, where there will be a guest appearance by Top Gear presenter Chris Harris, The Stig, a precision driving demonstration and a possible photo opportunity for members.
In an exciting summer launch a refreshed World of Top Gear will reflect changes to the new-look BBC Top Gear. Amazing new exhibits from the world’s biggest motoring show include the impressive Ssangyacht built from the world’s ugliest people carrier, the longest limousine selfie opportunity ever and a marine feature displaying boat challenge vehicles. While the Enormodrome boasts a brand new studio in keeping with the style of the latest series with presenters Matt LeBlanc, Chris Harris and Rory Reid. In homage to the past, there will still be plenty of vehicles and memorabilia from the show’s 40-year history.

Don’t forget to experience the crazier side of motoring with Wacky Record Breakers, the brand new summer exhibition in the museum. This awesome collection of off-the-wall automotive oddities brings together unbelievable creations by TV presenter Edd China and YouTuber and inventor Colin Furze. Wonder at the motorised bathroom suite, road-legal garden shed and double bed, and prepare to be amazed by the world’s fastest fairground dodgem, pram and mobility scooter. On Sunday July 23rd, see Edd driving the bathroom suite and a sofa around the grounds of the attraction at our launch event.

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Murray Walker Waves Off Rally From Beaulieu

Beaulieu One Hundred Honorary Member, the Legendary Murray Walker was flying the flag to start a 3,600-mile rally being staged in the national battle against one of Britain’s biggest killers of over 10,000 men in Britain every year.
Jaguars from the 1950s were given a rousing send off on June 12th for the Round Britain Coastal Drive (RBCD), to raise awareness of Prostate cancer and fund research into the disease.

From the start line, which was from the National Motor Museum, was Murray, a sprightly 93, who officially “flagged away” every single one of the classic Jaguars and their eager crew; an endurance event? Well it certainly was for Murray and no doubt will also be for the veterans, both cars and crews!

Murray said: “Although this is not a race it sounds like a great event. I wish the crews a really enjoyable drive.” A similar rally staged last year netted £60,000 and organisers are hoping that the 2017 event will be even more successful.
Self-confessed petrol head Brian Johnson, lead singer of rock band AC/DC and another visitor to The National Motor Museum described the event as a “fantastic adventure”. Praise indeed! From ACDC to RBCD!

After leaving Beaulieu on June 12 the cars will head for Exeter. They will visit various parts of England, Scotland and Wales before returning to Beaulieu on June 29.
Planning to take part in all 18 stages and pictured here in his 150 Drop Head Coupé is London-based XK Club member Patrick Hanratty who is currently being treated for prostate cancer, having already battled bowel cancer.

Murray, who lives near Fordingbridge, is a frequent visitor to Beaulieu and Beaulieu One Hundred member. His father Graham, who died in 1962, was the first curator of what was then the Montagu Motor Museum.
An RBCD spokesman said: “Few men even know where their prostate gland is, so encouraging them to learn and check will save lives.

Heather Jackson Beaulieu One Hundred Manager comments “When you realise the statistics, it emphasises just how significant and important this rally was. When I heard that Prostate cancer is the 2nd most common cancer in the UK with 130 cases being diagnosed every day – this race made sense”


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