This year’s Mike Stripe Memorial Event will be heading this September to the Isle of Wight. At 23 miles west to east and 13 miles north to south, the island, described as ‘Little England’, offers great driving roads with spectacular views.
The two-day event on the island is hosted by LDC members, Roger and Sandra Dunn, who are island residents and have local knowledge of what the island has to offer and where to go. The event requires a minimum stay of 2 nights so that members can be ready to start our adventure on Saturday morning.
The Saturday will see a coastal tour of the island taking in the most Northern, Western, Southern and Eastern points as well as a short climb to its highest point. Yarmouth on the west of the island will be our lunchtime destination. A short drive from Yarmouth will then take the group to the Needles. Weather and individual fitness permitting, members can take a walk up to the Needles Battery and the 1960s ‘Top Secret’ rocket testing facility. Others may wish to head down to Alum Bay to see the multi-coloured sandy cliffs. From the Needles, the group will then head back east via the breathtaking Military Road along the ‘back of the Wight’ and return to the hotel for an evening meal.
Sunday will see the group take on the ‘Wighty 90’. A picturesque route that crisscrosses the island, passing through picture postcard villages and towns such as Godshill and Ventnor and follows some superb driving roads.
For those who have never had the pleasure of one of the Club's popular Driving Adventures, we can assure you that will not be disappointed. Good roads, food and most of all good company are all assured. Route books will be provided in written form along with Google map links (provided in advance) to enable participants to enjoy each day at their own pace.
Accommodation for this event is at the Luccombe Hall Hotel in Shanklin. Accommodation is half board and members, once registered, will need to contact the hotel directly to book their accommodation and ferry crossing on 01983 869 000 and quote Lotus Drivers Club as a reference. The Club has reserved a quantity and variety of rooms which are available on a first come, first served basis.
2 Nights - Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September. Prices start from £500 for two nights for a standard double or twin room and includes half board (breakfast and evening meal).
3 Nights - Friday 27, Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 September. Prices start from £750 for three nights for a standard double or twin room and includes half board (breakfast and evening meal).
A non-refundable deposit of 25% will be required when making the hotel booking.
Ferry travel can also be booked through the hotel at a reduced rate of £90 per vehicle via Southampton (Red Funnel) return or £100 for Portsmouth or Lymington (Wightlink) return. Ferry travel must be paid in full to the hotel and is non-refundable.
To confirm your place and to help us administer numbers, please complete the registration information for the event, here. The event registration is for those wishing to join the tour. The Club charges £5 per person which covers the administration involved in planning and running the event which is undertaken by our willing Club volunteers.
For more information or if you have any questions about this tour please email Roger Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
Event registration is charged per person. Once registered you will be contacted by the tour organising team to confirm accommodation details and updates. Please be aware that places for this event are limited and, as is Club policy, secured on a first come first served basis. Once places are fulfilled, we will run a reserve list to offer places should they become available. Please follow the Club on social media and regularly check the website for updates on this and all our events.