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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From Porsche to Supercar

Simply great to see a few members turn up for the biggest Beaulieu Simply Porsche yet, as more than 1,000 Porsches set a record the celebration of one of the best loved sports car marques. Nearly 2,000 visitors turned out and car numbers were 200 up on last year’s figures and continued the success of Beaulieu’s Simply rallies, following another record turn-out at Simply Ford in April.

Simply Porsche is one of eight Simply rallies in the 2017 Beaulieu season that are part of the Beaulieu One Hundred social Program where members are free to take part if any of them if they wish.


Simply VW is the next Simply rally on June 17th, followed by Simply Land Rover on June 25th, Simply Jaguar on July 9th, Simply Japanese on July 30th and Simply Smart on November 12th. Each event celebrates a particular marque or motoring theme, giving enthusiasts and attraction visitors the chance to see some of their favourite machines close up.

View the full release and related files here

As well as marking the above dates – don’t forget one of the highlights on the Beaulieu calendar is BEAULIEU SUPERCAR WEEKEND – AUGUST 5TH & 6TH . Put this in your diary now if you haven’t already!

With more than 400 incredible supercars already booked to attend, the Beaulieu Supercar Weekend on August 5th and 6th will be a celebration of high-octane motoring and an unmissable treat for any petrol-head this summer. Members have already been requested to reserve tickets ahead of the general public notification which goes out this week – if you are still interested in booking hospitality tickets before the July 21st deadline, call 01590 612888 or book online.

View the full release and related files here

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The 999 Show

Beaulieu One Hundred members were invited to a reception on Bank Holiday Monday to celebrate the start of Mary Montagu-Scott’s year in office as the new High Sheriff of Hampshire. It was a great day out where members mingled and caught up with each other, and even though the rain put in an occasional appearance, it did not spoil the day.

As many as 5,700 visitors turned out for Beaulieu’s The 999 Show to see action-packed demonstrations including a kidnap attempt featuring Southampton Football Club legend Francis Benali and a CSI Beaulieu murder mystery at Palace House.


Double-time marching military band performances by the Rifles Band Winchester and the rescue of a casualty from the scene of a crash in an extrication display were also highlights at the Bank Holiday Monday show which was held to celebrate the work of the emergency services.

The event in the grounds of the National Motor Museum saw police, fire and rescue, ambulance, judiciary, coastguard, National Health Service (NHS) and the prison and probation services talking to show-goers about their vital work.

Read more about The 999 Show in this press release

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Behind the Scenes: NMM Collection Centre

Two Behind the Scenes tours of the Collections Centre, Museum and Workshop took place this week.

The tours – one for Beaulieu One Hundred members and their guests, and the other for Lloyd’s Motor Club members, were a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who came.

Lloyd’s Motor Club, who had a large number of their members come through a year ago were a captivated audience. Fascinated by the size of the collection in the Reference Library fronted by Caroline Johnson and Patrick Collins; mesmerised by the old film footage shown to them by Sarah Wyatt in the Film and Video department and blown away by nuggets of information about the preservation of our Photographic collection as told to them by Mandy Schaller and Tim Woodcock and then it was down into the basement to meet up with Gail Stewart Bye – Curator of Objects – who lets people open drawers and discover what incredible objects lie within. This culminated with a great finale in the workshop where Chief Engineer and Museum Manager Doug Hill held them captive with all the jobs on the go in the small workshop, finally knocking their socks off with a great engine start up.

We finally managed to prise them away for some lovely lunch where they wanted to show their appreciation and made an on the spot donation to the Trusts adopt a book scheme. After lunch they went back into the museum and lost themselves amongst all the exhibits.

We have had a lovely letter from John H about the great day where he says…

Just a short note as promised to provide my contact details but more importantly ..thank you, Patrick, Dominic, Doug & your other colleagues for a truly  great day yesterday. I feel the only adjective appropriate is ‘Passionate’….”

And a great tweet from James Pepe, who made the tour in the nick of time!

Thank you both!

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Spring Autojumble

Along with a great number of visitors on the search for that elusive something, this weekend was another great opportunity for the Beaulieu One Hundred to meet and catch up with each other in the lovely sun at our 24th Beaulieu Spring Autojumble.
It was the obvious place for them to come and search for those classic car parts and automobilia. Spring Autojumble, on May 13th and 14th, was also the perfect setting for the enthusiasts among them to catch-up and refuel their enthusiasm for classic car projects.
It was good to meet up with you all and find out what projects you are on! We also had two new members join us on the day and I look forward to you meeting up with them on our various outings and events.

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