When Enzo Ferrari famously said “The fact is I don’t drive just to get from A to B. I enjoy feeling the car’s reactions, becoming part of it”, I am prepared to wager he wasn’t enjoying the feeling as much as we Distillers’ Car Club members were on our recent first post lock-down sortie to the gorgeous south coast. There was something truly liberating and life affirming about being able, at last, to once more fire up the motors and wend our ways through the leafy and beautiful Sussex countryside, and to actually physically meet up with and chat to people, in the flesh, without fear of forgetting to unmute or suffering from a slightly dodgy wifi connection.
Twelve members of the car club met for delicious bacon butties and coffee at the Cricketers in Duncton, just south of Petworth before driving our beautiful cars southwards arriving at Bosham Quay. With blue skies and a good breeze, we then took a brisk and bracing walk around the headland, before a picnic and cleansing ale on the green in front of the Sailing Club.
Great to know that there is life after lockdown, and if you happen to share a love for friendly camaraderie and driving the open road don’t hesitate to contact Nick Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about becoming a member. Next stop, hopefully, a visit to the Aston Martin Heritage Centre, sometime in June, followed by a trip to Champagne, travel restrictions allowing, in September.
It’s a Rum Do!
There was nothing odd or strange about this rum do! when members of the Distillers Car Club met with friends and guests for a zoom rum tasting. As we sipped a delicious rum punch, Liveryman, and owner of Cockspur Rum, Steve Wilson, walked us through the history of rum, how it is made, and introduced us to some high-octane cocktails emphasising that this growing category is all about “fun and sun”. Bob and Ann Russell entered into the fun part by donning colourful Barbadian shirts, while we all sipped on the different varieties of golden rum, ending up with the outstanding Cockspur XO. It was also fun to be joined by the Coachmakers; Simon Diffey, Mark Leaning and Philippa Green, who had previously made us so welcome at their Coachmakers’ Zooms.
Steve was hugely generous by providing samples of all his range free of charge, plus the mixers and garnish, so we could all enjoy this wonderful spirit and also make the famous Rum Mojito.
A naval tradition order is to “Splice the Mainbrace” which normally means that the crew would receive and extra ration of rum. It is also used to mark a special occasion. So, Richard Watling issued an order to “Splice the Mainbrace” as we toasted the memory of HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. This was particularly poignant given his long and illustrious career with the Royal Navy and of course its association with Rum.
Everyone was feeling very mellow at the end of the evening all through the generosity of Steve. Thank you, Steve, here’s to the next one. £345 was donated in gratitude which will go to the Distillers’ Charity.