This weekend saw the final rally of the year for the members of Brooklands.
The destination was Dorset with the following cars in attendance; 5 Jaguars, 5 MG’s, 2 Bentley’s and one each of the following, AC Cobra, Aston Martin DB7, Austin Healey 3000, Daimler 250 V8, Lotus 7, Morgan, Triumph Stag, Audi TT and something with three wheels called a Gridnall Scorpion.
Our accommodation was at the Royal National Lifeboat Institute College located on the waterfront in Poole.
The RNLI has saved more than 140,000 lives since its inception in 1824 and is a voluntary organisation that gets no government funding and is totally dependent on contributions from the public.
After parking our classics in the secure car park we were taken on a 90 minute tour which included a visit to the simulator where we experienced what life can be like aboard a lifeboat in a force 10 gale.
Arrival day, all parked up at the RNLI
One of our members looking quite stressed as he tries to get us safely through a force 10 gale in the simulator.
The following morning the rally started and we made the short drive to the Swanage chain ferry for our visit to the Isle of Purbeck. The ferry takes just a few minutes to cross the narrow stretch of water and is crammed with cars, busses and plenty of tourists. We spent the day on a scenic tour of the Purbeck Hills, Jurassic Coast and through the country villages and lanes of Dorset.
The second day found us winding our way through the countryside on our way to Buckler’s Hard, which was a shipbuilding village in the 18th century located alongside the Beaulieu river in the New Forest.
When we arrived our hosts kindly invited us to park our cars either side of the village street which forms part of the main attraction.
Many of the visitors approached the cars to take photo's and ask questions - something most classic car owners can relate to.
Some of us took a boat ride where we heard about all kinds of adventures from times gone by and paid a visit to the museum, all very interesting. Once we had seen the attractions we took a stroll around the grounds before taking a leisurely drive home.
Beautiful setting for our cars to park - the main street with the Beaulieu River in view.
Immaculate Austin Healey 3000 owned by one of the Brooklands members.
Jagger alongside some of his relatives and friends.