The 18th Regis Classic Tour –
20th – 22nd March 2015
Another Fun and Fundraising Success organised by the Ladies of Bognor Regis Motor Club
The 18th running of the Regis Classic Tour sponsored for the 8th year by Frosts was boosted by great weather and a fantastic route with lots of interesting rest halts along the way. A delicious selection of 60 Classic Cars were flagged away from the start by Francis Benali, retired Southampton professional football player, at Chilworth Manor Hotel, Southampton on Saturday travelling on quiet country lanes through picturesque scenery to Shaftesbury.
Crews were welcomed by the lady mayor and enjoyed priviledged parking on Park Walk, where there are spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.
After a visit to Gold Hill Museum and a coffee and cake at the Grosvenor Arms it was back in the cars to Bradley House. Home to the Dukes of Somerset where John Seymour the nineteenth Duke proudly showed the crews around his family home. A tasty ploughmans was served in the Coach House.
Well refreshed the crews then turned towards home via the amazing Lamer Tree Gardens at Tollard Royal where a walk around the fascinating pavilions finished with a clotted cream scone and tea. The last leg of the Saturday route returned via the New Forest to Chilworth Manor. Saturday night entertainment included a Gala Dinner and Auction.
Sunday again proved dry and sunny, crews left the hotel for WDK Motorsport and a private visit to the workshops, they built many of the cars for the film “Rush”. This place is Heaven if you are a motorsport enthusiast! Here the ladies of Houghton WI provided coffee, cake and biscuits.
The penultimate leg took the crews through to Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery at Laverstoke where they enjoyed a tour around the distillery and a non-alcoholic cocktail for the drivers. The final leg took the field through to Oakley Hall Hotel just west of Basingstoke for lunch in their Wedding Marquee. For those extending the weekend there was a coach trip and harbour cruise on Princess Caroline with supper.
Another very social weekend, thoroughly enjoyed by both crews and marshals with a fantastic amount of money raised for Against Breast Cancer & Orchid in excess of £28,000 at this stage but is likely to increase considerably once the Gift Aid has been calculated. This should bring the overall total in 18 years to over £480,000.00 raised for cancer charities.The 19th tour is proposed for the second week in March 2016 and will probably visit Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The reserve list is now open for previous tourists and new crews wishing to enter may go on the list for a place. www.theregisclassictour.co.uk. Already 31 deposits have been received for 2016!
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