We always seem to be blessed with the most fantastic weather, at our February meet. This was true again for this year at the Beach House Hotel at Milford on Sea. This is a stunning location looking across the water to the Isle of Wight and the Needles. We felt that on such a clear day, you could almost swim across. We had reserved the drawing room for lunch, which was just perfect for the panoramic views. As usual when we have been to the Beach House, lunch was superb. In the afternoon we walked off our lunch, along the sea front, on a route planned by Mick and Wendy. This took a circular walk back to the Beach House for afternoon tea.

Despite being the middle of the winter, February was a busy month for the Wessex crews. Our next event was to celebrate a milestone birthday for one of our longest active members, John Luck. We joined the West Sussex Area Club Lotus at Goodwood Race Circuit, where we held a celebratory lunch in the Control Tower Restaurant overlooking the circuit. John knew something was going to happen but was not expecting to find over 20 Lotus Cars and their owners in the car park when he arrived.

John had brought along some pictures, showing his achievements in both motoring and sailing. He gave a short speech outlining why he was so fond of motoring and what had led him to choose Lotus in particular. After consuming birthday cake and tea, we drove the cars through the tunnel to the paddock area, where we had a photoshoot with all the cars lined up and the owners stood between them. This photo was then framed and presented to John as a memento of this occasion.

Our final February event was our Annual Valentines Dinner at the Bartley Lodge Hotel, Cadnum. We gathered for pre-dinner drinks in the long gallery lounge. The Baronial Hall was decorated for the occasion with lots of hearts, balloons and small treats. After a fantastic meal the games commenced. A raucous game of Musical Chairs caused much hilarity and was eventually won by Mick and Wendy, when Mick’s filly came in first on the last hurdle.

The traditional Mr & Mrs quiz, always provides much insight into the lives of our couples. Some more intimate things were best kept secret! Bill and Maggie won the champagne gift hamper, with excellent knowledge of each other. The table quiz was tied between three winners, Deborah and Kevin, Joy and Kelly and John and Marylyn with the booby prize going to Sarah and Tony. We would like to welcome our new members John and Marylyn who are not new to Lotus by any means but are new to the Wessex Area meetings. Their latest acquisition is a beautiful Silk Red M100 Elan S2.

This is such a brilliant event so please make a note in your diaries as we have booked it again at The Bartley Lodge for Saturday 16 February 2019.

Upcoming Events

Mad March Drive Out – Sunday 4 March 2018

Mottisfont Abbey, Nr Romsey, SO51 0LP. Starting the drive out with morning coffee at the Crown Hotel in Blandford, DT11 7AJ from 9.30am with a view to leaving by 10:45am. Mottisfont Abbey is a National Trust property, so for those of you who have them, do not forget to bring your Membership Cards. Taking a route across Cranborne Chase into Hampshire and down the Test Valley to Mottisfont.

On the day there will be an exhibition of Heath Robinson Dreams and Machines. Discover the quirky machinery and exquisite paintings of William Heath Robinson in their gallery. In the 1930s, Heath Robinson became known as “The Gadget King”, and he is still most widely remembered for his detailed drawings of eccentric, over-complicated contraptions. But he was also a talented painter. The exhibition features over 60 original pieces covering the extraordinary breadth of his work, from witty cartoons to dream-like watercolour landscapes and illustrations, including scenes from Shakespeare. Alongside the gallery show, an interactive family trail introduces children to the delightful world of Heath Robinson.

Trained at the Royal Academy School, Heath Robinson’s ambition was to become a landscape painter. However, in order to establish himself financially, the artist turned to book illustration, and, later, comical drawings for magazines, which proved extremely popular and gained him acclaim.

Hamptworth Walk, Track and Trees – Sunday 18 March 2018

We are planning a club walk on Sunday 18th March. It will start at The Cuckoo Inn, Hamptworth, SP5 2DU where we will also have lunch. The walk is on the northern tip of the New Forest, with possible glimpses of deer, and will be about 4.5 miles. We’ll meet at 10.20am for a prompt 10.30 am start. Please let Jane know if you wish to walk and/or have lunch janefanthony@aol.com. In case of bad weather Jane will send out an email to everyone by 8.30am. Hope to see you there.

Sunday 8 April 2018 – Visit to Haynes Motor Museum
Sunday 3 June 2018 – Sculptures By The Lake
Sunday 10 June 2018 – Joint Historic Lotus Club/Club Lotus Summer Drive In and Lunch at Oakley Hall Nr Basingstoke
Saturday 4 – Sunday 5 August 2018 – Beaulieu Supercar Weekend