New Forest Foray Report

New Forest Foray Report

Monday 22nd May was the day when 31 “Classics” descended on Moorhill House Hotel. They arrived in a variety of cars from an AC through a BMW MGBs,MGFs, Mazdas, a Morgan, Morris, Moto Guzzi, Porsche, Saab, two Jaguars and a TVR. Although just a short distance from the village of Burley the hotel was not easy to find, in our case we did two laps of the locality before finding the entrance to the lane, covered in deep stone chippings, leading to a narrow, tree canopied, tarmac downhill section with hard to see speed bumps, and a similar uphill section also with speed bumps (had someone warned them we were Shelsley people?)

Dinner was at 7pm prompt and the food and service were very good with diners having plenty of time for chat and storytelling between courses and early to bed for most after a long and tiring day.
Tuesday saw visits to the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, the beautiful Exbury gardens nearby and also some of the other attractions suggested in the tour itinerary .During a break in the evening meal diners spent a few moments in quiet contemplation of the tragic events in Manchester.

Wednesday saw us meeting for lunch at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club as guests of local MAC member John Bence. The weather was ideal for sunning on the terrace (or should that be the quarter deck?) We had a great time, with an abundance of good food, and the visit was made complete by the surprise appearance of Jeremy and Melodie Nightingale who were staying in the area.

Thursday was another day for sight-seeing, some visiting the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, others Hurst Castle and some for a course of retail therapy.

The New Forest Tour was another Classic and our thanks go to the Sports & Classics team organisers.

Cynthia and Barrie Scully.
Photograph Richard Warner.