AT LAST! Social Programme 2017

After a slight interregnum to finalizing the programme for the year – due to factors out of our control – we are now live, loaded and ready with an exciting and varied programme for 2017!

Exclusive factory tours, museum visits and dinners, as well as invitations to join events being held by other organisations, along with complimentary access to the Beaulieu programme of events, can now be viewed on our social programme page.

Certain aspects are to be concluded on some events and these will be updated on here as well as conveyed to you in an email.

We hope there will be many opportunities for you to join your fellow members at events throughout the year.

2018

We have a good selection of ideas for next year’s programme but always welcome suggestions and new thoughts – not necessarily motoring related – so please call me 01590 614634 or email heather.jackson@beaulieu.co.uk.

We thank you for your support of the Museum and its valuable work protecting our motoring heritage.

Heather Jackson
Membership Development Manager

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Beaulieu One Hundred Club Gala Dinner

It was all about the unique supercharged teardrop special – Bristol conversion at the 5th Beaulieu One Hundred Club Gala Dinner this year!

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Over 70 Beaulieu One Hundred Members and guests attended this sparkling evening which began with drinks, canapés and live music in the motor museum. This gave everyone the chance to catch up with fellow members and their partners as well as meet and welcome new members to the event.

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There was also the opportunity to explore the museum taking in the excellent exhibits and view Michael Waller’s Teardrop Special – Bristol conversion which was on proud display in the main entrance.

From here the ladies were transported to dinner on an old London bus where they were joined by the gentlemen outside the stunning 13th Century Domus, within Beaulieu Abbey, which provided the enchanting setting for our Gala Dinner!

Entering the atmospheric Domus was very special, with the huge fire roaring, exposed beams and the beautifully decorated tables. We were invited to sit at our tables to enjoy a sumptuous four course meal served by the extremely attentive staff.

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The whole evening was delightful and ended with the traditional ‘end of evening’ auction where guests at the glamourous black tie event raised a dazzling £6000 for the National Motor Museum.

It was a really memorable night!

And for some it didn’t end there…

For Members and guests staying over on the Saturday night at The Master Builder’s Hotel, there was an opportunity, after a hearty New Forest Breakfast, to take their ‘special’ cars down the centre of Buckler’s Hard Village and park on the hill for a very unique photo opportunity (by kind permission of Jane Mills , Manager of Buckler’s Hard). With views over the Beaulieu River, it’s difficult to imagine a more picturesque setting!
This was then followed by a car tour of the New Forest, taking in the famous Ornamental Drive, passing the spectacular Rhinefield House Hotel and eventually arriving at the Sammy Miller Museum which houses one of the finest collections of fully restored motorcycles in Europe.

We took advantage of refreshments in the Tea Rooms where tables had been reserved for the Beaulieu One Hundred members before taking the opportunity to view the excellent collection of motorbikes, memorabilia and personal Sammy Miller artefacts. A fitting end to a memorable weekend!

Kaye Crouch

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Goodwood Revival 2016

Well, what a crowd puller that little Triumph TR2 was! It was unbelievable the amount of people that came on to our stand that either had one, or their father had one, or were busy tinkering with one.

The weather was rather wet and undecided on the Friday, soaking for the Saturday and brilliant for the Sunday, but funnily enough the Friday and the Saturday seem to have a bigger crowd and garnered more interest for the Museum and for the Beaulieu One Hundred. No, they weren’t seeking shelter from the rain!

It was good to see a strong membership turn out – but I imagine the event had more to do with that – than anything else!

What a great event Goodwood Revival is! The persona of the people seemed to alter perceptively as they became the clothes they wore. Gentleman seemed to come out, hats were doffed, as ladies walked by elegantly – it really was like stepping back in time.

It was good to meet a number of new members, I’m slowly getting to meet you all. Hopefully by the annual dinner on the 15th of October – which is the next item on the calendar – I will get to see you all.

I was almost tempted to adopt what would effectively be our youngest member Henry, who is 11 years old. What an interesting young man and such a pleasure to speak to. He and his brothers have built an MG and done all sorts of amazing things with their cars in France – their enthusiasm is refreshing and engaging. We have encouraged them to start a blog  – I hope you enjoy following their progress.

From here on some pictures of the weekend.

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Till the dinner, cheerio for now!
Heather

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House of Lords Dinner

For those of you who were unable to attend the Beaulieu One Hundred Dinner in the House of Lords to celebrate the life and achievements of Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu – it was a thoroughly enjoyable event. For those who were there, the evening was a great success, with a welcome and introduction from Lord Crathorne, and wonderful tributes from HRH Prince Michael of Kent and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.

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These were followed by the auction of Edward Montagu’s motoring goggles in aid of the 350hp Sunbeam Gearbox Appeal, which were then gifted back by all the bidders involved and we are finding a suitable resting place for them within the Museum.

Not only did the Sunbeam break records – it appears we broke a few ourselves! On possibly the hottest day of the year, and with an incredible skill of auctioneering – from the supremely talented Robert Brooks – the auction enabled us to meet our deadline in raising the money for the Sunbeam Gearbox. The appeal was launched at Pendine Sands on 21st July 2015 – and a year to the day from the launch – we reached our goal to build a new gearbox and restore her to her former glory. The date also marks the 91st anniversary of the Sunbeam 350hp being the first car to reach 150mph.

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Obviously going forward we will keep you updated with progress reports on the restoration and possible special inaugural run of the completed car when the gearbox is finally installed.

Thank you to those responsible for making this a memorable evening, and to Veronica Strucelj for the wonderful photographs.

Heather Jackson

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Tour of The Tank Museum

The Beaulieu One Hundred visit to the Bovington Tank Museum on Thursday 21 April may not have had broad appeal but the enthusiasm among the seven members and guests that attended combined with that of our guide, the Museum’s CEO Richard Smith, more than made up for it. Richard is a historian whose university dissertation was on World War One tanks – a natural for the job he now finds himself in! His enthusiasm for his topic was infectious and his dialogue focused on the way the tanks reflected the national characteristics of the nations that made them. It was a fascinating insight into the strengths and weaknesses of the various approaches and the significantly different solutions this produced to the same problems.

Unbelievably within our party was one member who actually owns a tank! In fact, he actually owns FIFTEEN tanks!

Mike Timmins

Thank you to Jim Carr for this selection of photographs from the day.

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Williams F1 Heritage Collection Tour

This visit, on 11 February 2016, was well attended by the Beaulieu One Hundred members and a number of their guests enjoying a beautiful spring-like morning drive to this wonderful facility set in rural Oxfordshire. The site and the buildings are impressive even before their content is revealed – the first example of which is the Jaguar C-X75 which plays the villain’s car in the latest James Bond film Spectre. It has a family resemblance to the XJ220 but is better proportioned and is arguably a

The site and the buildings are impressive even before their content is revealed – the first example of which is the Jaguar C-X75 which plays the villain’s car in the latest James Bond film Spectre. It has a family resemblance to the XJ220 but is better proportioned and is arguably a challenger to Bonds DB10 in the appearance stakes. It is an excellent illustration that Williams advanced technology goes beyond their F1 flagship.

We were treated to a tour of the magnificent Heritage Museum which exhibits step by step the extraordinary achievements produced from the enterprising partnership of Frank Williams, Patrick Head, Adrian Newey et al. For those who didn’t make the visit, there is an excellent website and an article about Williams in the April edition of Octane magazine.

The tour of the museum ended with a visit to the heritage workshops. Once again the influence of Williams engineering was demonstrated with the Metro 6R4 which had originally been developed with Williams and the early example in the workshops was back for some ‘recommissioning’ by its creators.

The tour of the manufacturing facility was no less impressive and we were guided by Frank’s son, Jonathan Williams. The pride and passion for the brand which his father and Patrick Head created is understandable.

The statistic I will remember is that Williams’ employs 600 people and produces two cars a year! That is not the conventional business model for a successful motor car business!

Mike Timmins

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Aston Martin Visit

Everyone who went to the Aston martin day had a fabulous time. Whether it was looking at how the cars had evolved over time or simply getting a chance to see the new DB11, there was something for everyone.

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Sometimes it was easy to see how Aston martin has struggled to make money over the years. That kind of passion is hard to come by and even harder to make money out of. Everyone in the factory is devoted to quality and having now seen a car being built at first hand, it is easier to appreciate why they are such a great marque.

A big thank you from Beaulieu One Hundred for sharing such a great day and giving us some small insight into that passion.

David Walker

A selection of photos taken by Jim Carr.

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