It has become a tradition over the short life of the club to hold a weekend away in a pleasant place close to a spirit or wine location taking in some good drives, food, wines, hotels and petrol-head visits.
This time we excelled ourselves by getting them all in – starting in Ledbury the eighteen distillers and partners managed to get to a tour of the Morgan Car Company, a tour and tasting at Chase Distillery, distillers of potato based vodka on their farm, drive up the famous Shelsby Walsh Hill climb, enjoy a Pol Roger tasting, attend a cocktail master class, and still watch England beat Sweden.
The tour around the Morgan Cars factory was particularly special. Family owned business celebrating its 50 th anniversary, producing 850 cars per year, hand made to order except for the engines, and designs over the years which had evolved through whim and opportunity. Modernity was revealed with an updated all electric three wheeler alongside a proud motorsport history which a near class win at Le Mans. We left there with the prospect of a weekend hire of a Plus 4 on our bucket list!
What a delightful part of the world this is. In the heart of Elgar country in Malvern and its wonderful rolling hills, we were close to the mysterious backwater of the Forest of Dean where we looked for (and think we saw) a peregrine falcon at the Symonds Yat Gorge.
As always the atmosphere was jolly – with a little friendly competition on the hill climb, admiration of new cars on the tour especially the rainbow coloured TVR Tuscan of Graham and Sandra Franklin, and noisy banter after the cocktail competition – well it would not be right to waste the delicious liquids we produced.
The weather was of course blue sky from dawn to dusk, favouring the rag-tops the picnics and the country drives. What more could you wish for? We prayed for rain for the gardens – but at home, not here please!
Many thanks to Nick and Richard for their hard work in organising this trip – the recce must have been fun and we look forward to more outings this year.
What next? The Bugatti museum visit on August 26/27th? Perhaps the celebration of the F1 career of Rob Walker – scion of the Johnnie Walker family – at Dorking in October. We shall see but it will be varied and fun. Why not join us? Our hard working Hon Sec Nick Carr would welcome your application.