Events on this page:
...Cotswolds tour, June 2019, event write-up (July 2019)
...International meeting update - June 2019 (click link on left hand grey bar)
...UK motoring events - interactive map (June 2019)
...Scottish Italian Car Day, 26 May 2019 (Mar 2019)
...All Italian car meets 2019 - April, June, August & October (Mar 2019)
...International Meeting 2019 - update - January 2019 (click the two links in the left hand grey bar)
...Try something different - join a Barchetta Club Deutschland 2019 meeting (Nov 2019)
...East Sussex Day Drive, 14 July 2018
...UK Barchetta Owners Club, Summer Meeting 2018 - Peak District (July 2018)
...Italian Stallions - every Friday in July and August, Poole. photos from 20 July meet
...UK Barchetta Club - Summer Meeting 2018 - Peak District
...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting 2017 - South West region - photos
...International Club Meeting, Germany, May 2017
...AutoItalia Day at Brooklands Museum, April 2017
...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting 2017 - invitations
...Silverstone Classic, July 2017 and 2016 - a fantastic event
...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting 2016 - Amersham
...Day drive, Mid Sussex, May 2016
...Monthly Vintage and Classic Car meeting, Kent - an ongoing meeting
...UK Barchetta Club meeting, September 2015
...International Club Meeting, Italy, July 2015
...UK Barchetta Club Annual meeting, June 2015 - Yorkshire
...Day drive at Elveden, October 2014
...UK Barchetta Bluc Annual Meeting 2013 - Suffolk
...Southend Italian Festival, August 2012
...UK Barchetta Club Annual Meeting, 2012 - Bedfordshire
Thank you Colin Metcalfe for not only being our “Official Photographer,” but also for producing this excellent account of our annual weekend away, this time based at Moreton-in-Marsh.
On the 7th June the UK Barchetta Club held their annual weekend drive, this year in the beautiful district of the Cotswolds. True, the weather forecast was not the most encouraging, but anybody who owns a convertible and lives in North-West Europe knows that you cannot let the elements spoil your driving and that is exactly what 18 Barchetta owners decided to do.
Arriving on the Friday afternoon at our base, the quaint market town Moreton-in-Marsh, we were greeted by our smiling (cold and wet) hosts: Sue and Dave Skelding. First up - check out the town with its little coffee bars and shops and then check into our hotel: The Redesdale Arms.
With our allotted carpark spaces now all full it was time to start the weekend properly with a guided tour of this historic location. Dave, our local guide, took us through the history in an interesting and humorous fashion and the rain stopped as well! Like all British old towns Moreton-in-Marsh boasts a rich history. The town’s famous Redesdale Market Hall was painted by Lowry and was also a favoured rehearsal room for Elton John.After the tour some members decided to use the true measure of a town – how good are the pubs? So a ‘quick one’ was had with the Friday night locals before getting back to the hotel to prepare for the evening meal.
I’m afraid our weather break had ended on the Saturday morning as the heavens were open as we set off after breakfast for our first drive of the weekend. Still, even in the rain, the beautiful countryside stood out and by the time we arrived at Bourton-on-the-Water the precipitation had ceased! At least the changeable weather had kept the visitors down in this picturesque little town so you could fully enjoy the streets and shops. Then we appeared to be on a bit of a roll as the weather held offering us the chance to enjoy one beautiful little village/hamlet after another. In particular the village of Icomb was charming beyond belief. Some hardy souls even put their roofs down!
We stopped at the Mount Inn at Stanton, to enjoy a hearty lunch in a marquee within the pub garden. The inn’s location is a popular beauty spot, and before we moved on we took advantage of the stunning vista.
Post lunch Saturday afternoon we pitched up at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway and we got a great parking area backing onto the railway line. The weather although cloudy was staying dry and this allowed us to enjoy some terrific views from our railway carriage diesel train. Of course the star of the show was the steam locomotive that was going to return us to our original departure point. As well as the trains the society had museums and even interactive games.
Then it was back into the stunning countryside for the Snowshill Lavender shop. Lavender is pretty big in the Cotswolds apparently.
Our last port of call for the Saturday was the Broadway Tower, near Chipping Camden. It’s a historic folly created by Capability Brown and from the top offers great views. Not all of us decided to make the climb, but those that did were suitably rewarded. Adjacent to the tower was the finishing line for a long-distance cross country event. It must have been early doors as regards finishers as the announcer latched onto us when we first pulled up and kept giving us a plug on the PA. He also had a thing about us sorting ourselves into colour order. So on our departure we decided to humour him and duly complied pulling away with all the yellow cars together and then all the red ones and so on.
That night in our hotel the club’s annual general meeting was held featuring the re-election of the committee members and a discussion over future trips for 2020. The UK drive next year could be in Northumberland, I don’t think it has ever been so far north so that will be nice to explore an area new to some of us. There were also other suggestions for drives to Italy, Ireland and Germany/Netherlands. So if you like a good run out in your ‘B’ it will be a good idea to keep an eye on the events page on this website.
The Sunday morning was bright and sunny and it was decided for our convoy to maintain our colour co-ordinated order. On the way to Dover’s Hill we also tried to organise a Mexican wave in the convoy as we drove through the picturesque high street of Chipping Camden and shake up the locals as they made their way to collect their Sunday morning papers. Unfortunately this attempted wheeze broke down halfway through. Once at Dover’s Hill we were treated to spectacular views. On a clear day apparently you can see as far as the Black Mountains in South Wales. After some group pics it was time to jump back in the ‘Bs’ and have another crack at that Mexican wave as we returned through Chipping Camden. This time we maintained the sequence from the front car to the rear one. However, how much attention we gained from the good residents of this pretty little town is hard to determine.
On the way to our next port of call an old adversary returned – the rain! At least this time it was more like a summer shower and not the deluge we suffered on the Saturday morning. Never mind our next visit lifted the hearts of many of our troupe – The Cotswolds Distillery. With a well-stocked gift shop and copious samples available it proved to be an attractive experience for our non-driving contingent.
On departure the skies had once again brightened up affording us the opportunity to borrow a sports field for some final group snaps. Then finally onto the Falcon public house for a great Sunday lunch. It was also time to thank our magnificent hosts Sue and Dave for a lovely weekend. They’d been kept busy what with the weather and making sure we were all in the right place at the right time (was one of them heard to say: ‘’like herding cats.’’), but had remained cheerful and organised.
Just the goodbyes were left now, although it will not be for a year as usual, as many present on this drive are also attending our International meet in August in Suffolk.
We've received details of an interactive map that enables you to look up motoring events throughout the UK. We thought this may be of interest to members so have copied the supplier's text below.
The map contains over 490 motoring events across the UK and Northern Ireland, ranging from rallies and races to festivals and shows. It has something for everyone and is designed to be as easy to use as possible.
We’ve also added other features to ensure users can get the most from the map:
You can view the map here:
Scottish Italian Car Day is Scotland's oldest and largest gathering of Italian cars, from classic, historic, modern, exotic, modified, to Italian based retro and kit cars. A great family day where everyone is welcome. Further details and photos of past events can be found on the flyer using the PDF link at the end of this article.
Date: 26 May 2019
Location: Hopetoun House, South Queensferry. Edinburgh. EH30 9SL (beautiful venue)
Website: www.aroc-uk.com (where advanced ticket(s) can be purchased). If bought in advance, there is a 50% discount on house tours. See Events tab on the website.
Facebook page: www.facebook.com/scottishitaliancarday
Contact name: Keith Philpott
Committee member Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club – Scottish Section
[organisers of the Scottish Italian Car Day]
Barchetta Club Deutschland (BCD) will hold a number of meetings in 2019. Our UK Barchetta Club community are very welcome to join us! If possible, people intending to join should let us know via our BCD Facebook page to help our admin.
A preview of our meetings is set out below. Further information can be found on our club events website (https://www.barchetta-event.info) or facebook page (barchetta club deutschland e.V.).
Barchetta Club Deutschland
Season Opening 2019
From Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April 2019, the team from Barchetta Westfalen in southern Münsterland will welcome us to the season opening of the Barchetta Club Deutschland in 2019. The Orgateam with Elke and Pasquale as well as Heike and Andreas are looking forward to seeing you.
Unfortunately, the meeting is already booked.
18th International German-meeting 2019
Traditionally, from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2, 2019, the 18th International German Meeting of Barchetta Club Germany will take place on Ascension Weekend. Aligned by the team Barchetta Nord under the direction of Andreas Janzen and Dirk Neumann it is being planned diligently. The meeting hotel in the castle Tremsbüttel will be the starting point for beautiful tours in the far north. https://www.tremsbuettel.de/
Further information will also be published on the Barchetta event page in the next few months.
The registration list for this meeting will be announced from January 2019, initially exclusively for the BCD members and later for all.
In addition, the BCD members will be informed in good time before the appearance of the registration list by newsletter.
Season Closing 2019
The Caipi Meeting will take place from 11th to 13th October 2019 in South Baden for the Friends of the South. The Orgateam under the direction of our newly married Frank Bischof will then strive for a very nice end to the season. Information about this will be published during the next year on the Barchetta event page.
We only managed to gather five cars for our day drive in East Sussex; however, we were blessed with perfect top down weather and enjoyed an excellent day. We met at Pyecombe, just north of Brighton, and, having breakfasted, drove via Ditchling and Lewes the pretty way down to the coast at Newhaven. From here the scenery was spectacular as we drove across Cuckmere Haven and up to Beachy Head for a quick look over the 600 feet high cliffs. It is no wonder that all of this area has now been designated The South Downs National Park.
The last leg of our journey took us down to Eastbourne Seafront, along the coast and on to Pevensey Bay, where, hey presto, member Paul Martin is the host at The Castle Inn. Paul and Daina made us more than welcome for our lunch. (They kindly bought us all a drink!!)
Members who joined the day were Michael & Linda Cardell (Bromley) David & Helen Brenchley (Ashford Kent) David & Kim Davies (Hemel Hempstead), Kevin Galway (Seaford) and Martin & Jenny Garrad (Burgess Hill).
A record turnout of barchettas, new and existing members, fantastic drives through the beautiful Peak District, the best weather and good times with friends, new and old. What more could we have wished for?
UK Owners Club Members, Chris and Dorothy Pearce, organised this superb event. Their write-up makes great reading:
So after all the planning, agonising and finger crossing, for once the weather cooperated and it turned out to be the best weekend of the year so far. Endless blue skies, perfect for top down motoring and the Derbyshire countryside at its most picturesque. A total of 21 cars attended, a wonderful turnout, with members driving from all corners of the country. The Sheffield Park Hilton Hotel had really pushed out the (little) boat for us and we arrived to be shown to our private car parking. It was so nice to see all the Barchettas together and shining in the late afternoon sun. Check in formalities completed ‘Scuderia Barchetta’ all arrived for pre dinner drinks on the hotel terrace with friends old and new, and so the meeting began.
Day 1 - Friday 29th June
There was a fairly early ‘reveille’ since we were expected at Chatsworth House for a ‘before hours’ private tour. The exterior of the house, following the recent major refurbishment, looked stunning with the honey coloured stone facades and the sun glinting on the painstakingly installed gold leaf. Again, we had a private parking area and the cars formed up to the delight and interest of members of the public. We met up with our tour guides and spent two hours exploring the house and garden. There were some fascinating exhibits and artworks, both ancient and modern, in the collection amassed by the Dukes of Devonshire. The garden, with its input from various designers including Thomas Paxton and ‘Capability’ Brown, is also undergoing a sensitive programme of restructuring and upgrading. The rock garden, with immense rocks and stones balanced and supported at seemingly impossible angles was greatly admired. Given the current water shortages we were also fortunate to see the ‘Emperor’ fountain – once the tallest gravity fed water feature in Europe.
A welcome lunch was taken by all in the Carriage restaurant, the former stables, we then left Chatsworth with a last ‘over the shoulder’ admiring glance. The afternoon was spent exploring some of the prettier villages. Many had ‘Well Dressing’ displays crafted by volunteers and local schoolchildren. We then arrived in the market town of Bakewell, home of the famous pudding, where there was an opportunity for a wander, before returning to the hotel.
Day 2 - Saturday 30th June
This morning, our first ‘port of call’ was the Derwent Dams, known for their association with RAF 617 Squadron, the famous ‘Dam Busters’. The surrounding river valleys and dam structures were used for training the aircrews in the precise manoeuvres required to deliver the innovative ‘bouncing bomb’ designed by Sir Barnes Wallis. Although the subsequent mission to destroy the dams in the industrial heartland of the Ruhr valley was considered a success, Wallis was said to have been devastated by the loss of aircrew who failed to return. Today, the peaceful and beautiful surroundings provide the ideal backdrop for quiet, private thought.
On the way to Ladybower reservoir we passed by a famous local viewpoint near Hathersage known as ‘The Surprise’, supposedly named by Queen Victoria after she ordered her coachman to stop so that she could take in the exceptional scenery. Unfortunately, a motorist had been so surprised they had gone straight on at the bend and knocked the wall down. We then had the opportunity for some more ‘enthusiastic’ driving as the ‘Scuderia’ ascended the Snake Pass. To see the Barchettas and their drivers being (safely) extended was a joy. At the regroup point we had the almost surreal experience of being ‘invaded’ by a coach load of excitable Chinese tourists who took great pleasure in posing for endless photographs with our cars. We then carried on to an exceptional driving road which descends in to the valley of Edale, with truly spectacular views.
Lunch in the garden at the aptly named ‘Travellers Rest’ and back to the hotel. The AGM then took place, with some lively discussion, followed by a short presentation by Lloyd Powell – a Sheffield University lecturer – who gave us his often very amusing take on the legend of Robin Hood (a local lad). There were some funny moments during the speeches and presentations at the final dinner. ‘Best Car’ was awarded to John and Anne Wright with the ‘Could do Better’ accolade (together with a car cleaning kit) going to Helen Robbins and Tony Barnes. Thanks and gifts were given to this year’s organisers, Chris and Dorothy Pearce.
Day 3 - Sunday 1st July
Another glorious day! We left for a short scenic drive which climbed the hill through the village of Great Hucklow to follow an old drovers road the course of which follows the escarpment with truly exceptional views on both sides. The brightly coloured ‘snake’ of Barchettas gleaming in the sunshine looked magnificent. We descended in to the village of Eyam which gains its macabre fame from a selfless act by the villagers in the 17th century after the arrival of the Plague from London, supposedly in a box of cloth delivered to the local tailor, George Vicars. Under the guidance of their Pastor, Reverend William Mompesson, the village voluntarily isolated itself to avoid the spread of the dreaded disease. In the sleepy sunshine it was difficult to comprehend what had taken place in this peaceful spot. We then carried on through Stoney Middleton, which, with its rock formations, is reminiscent of a ‘mini’ version of the Cheddar Gorge visited in last year’s Devon Meet. Then a scenic and exhilarating drive, time to extend our lovely cars (and ourselves) for a last time before returning to the hotel for lunch and farewells.The exceptional weather, the friendly and fun Barchetta family and the backdrop of the Peak District scenery had all contributed to a hugely enjoyable weekend.
Thanks everyone –you’re all stars!
Chris and Dorothy Pearce
Memories of the Summer Meeting - member photos
(send yours for inclusion!)
Any member within striking distance of Poole, Dorset might like to visit this event. A few club members are interested in going, why not join them?
Every Friday night from 6pm till 9pm throughout July and August Poole welcomes “Quay for my Car”
Car fanatics will not want to miss this event which showcases some of the best cars ever produced.
Each week is themed so one week you may be checking out the open top sports cars whilst the next you could be admiring the Best of British.
The event is sponsored by English Ford and attracts car enthusiasts and spectators from all over.
Situated right on the quay with a range of restaurants, bars and cafes, an evening out here is not to be missed.
Mingle with car owners and learn about these beautiful machines. And if you have a vehicle that fits a particular theme then why join in and show it off!
A great time was had by all at this year's annual event with record numbers attending Fantastic drives through the south west region in glorious weather, followed by lovely meals and social time!
There's an album of photos in the Gallery tab - please send yours for inclusion!
We are grateful to UK club member Sandy Ranson for producing this account of the recent International meeting organised by the Barchetta Club Deutschland to which 11 of our members, in six cars, attended.
We have been asked to organise an international meeting in the UK and are thinking about this potentially for 2019 - volunteers for the organising committee please step forward!
A total of 6 Barchettas from the UK made the journey over to the Black Forest region of Germany for this international meeting, hosted and organised by the Deutschland Barchetta Club. This represented the highest number of UK registered cars at any of the international Barchetta club meetings - well done team GB! Our group was proud to note that we outnumbered representatives from France, Switzerland and the Netherlands and it was certainly appreciated by our hosts that so many of us had made the effort to cross the channel. One of our members received a special mention during the final evening's celebrations, for having travelled the furthest distance to attend. UK member Ross Williams had made a journey of over 1000km.
Day 1: Thursday 25/5/17
This day marked the official start of the international meeting. Some UK cars travelled in convoy and others travelled separately via different routes on the day, arriving at the Hotel Feldberger Hof in Schwarzwald by mid-afternoon. There were well over 60 cars at the meeting and hence, it was a logistical feat of organisation to book everyone in. Some much needed refreshment was quickly sought out at the hotel bar, once everyone had settled into their rooms in this family orientated ski-hotel.
Day 2: Friday 26/5/17
Following a buffet breakfast, there was an opportunity to renew acquaintances for some and make new friends for others. It is fair to say, that the British lack of facility with modern foreign languages was somewhat in evidence! However, this did nothing to dampen our enthusiasm for meeting and greeting our fellow Barchetta owners or indeed, admiring the range and variety of Barchettas assembled there. Cars of every imaginable shade were in evidence, including some customised examples (metallic paintwork, vinyl wraps, personalised accessories etc.) Following the pre-drive briefing, we set off in convoy to drive through the beautiful wooded countryside, taking in view points along the way. The scenery was spectacular and the Italian system of using successive cars to mark each route change throughout the drive, worked very smoothly. Great fun was had by all with lots of waving and hooting along the way. After lunch, the journey continued to the Rothaus brewery, which is notably situated at a higher altitude than any other brewery in Europe. The detailed tour culminated with the traditional tasting - much welcome on a hot afternoon. The return drive to the hotel was equally smooth and again, we were treated to some wonderful views along the way.
Day 3: Saturday 27/5/17
There was a slightly earlier start for this full day of driving through the northern part of the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) - yet again, our hosts had organised a superb route and the scenery was breathtaking. The weather was hot and sunny throughout the whole weekend - plenty of sunscreen required! After a coffee stop, we travelled on to a small folk museum and traditional smoke house with plenty of hams in evidence. A lively lunch ensured, with range of cured meats and cheese followed by a scenic drive back to the hotel.
For the final evening, dinner was in an adjacent restaurant to the hotel. Speeches of thanks were made by the various national groups and gifts exchanged (many thanks to Phil and Linda Healey for organising all the gifts from the UK group).
Jorg from the Barchetta-club Deutschland was congratulated on being voted president of the German club. Unbeknown to the rest of us - our membership secretary Martin Garrad had planned a little surprise for Jorg with an 'unexpected express delivery' from Buckingham Palace, of a commemorative OBE signed by Her Majesty. Jorg was suitably impressed!
The festivities continued into the evening with a cabaret much enjoyed by the audience. A great way to relax and celebrate an excellent weekend with the Barchetta family.
Day 4: Sunday 28/5/17
After breakfast and check out, there was the usual photo-call with the assembled Barchettas looking very impressive in the sunshine. Time to say Goodbye, Farewell, Au Revoir, Ciao, Auf Wiedersehen and hit the road for the return journey to the UK. Five of the UK cars then travelled in convoy on a long and hot journey over the Vosges mountains and on to Reims, for an overnight stop. Our final (al fresco) meal was enjoyed in the environs of Reims cathedral and provided an opportunity to relax and unwind before the final leg of the journey back across the channel the next day.
Huge thanks to the German organising team of Baumi, Frank, Verena, Christian, Petra ,Michael and Carola - they did a great job!
Sandy and Paul Ranson.
Post-script: -We have been asked to organise an international meeting in the UK and are thinking about this potentially for 2019 - volunteers for the organising committee please step forward!
AutoItalia Day at Brooklands Museum took place on Saturday 29th April. One of the biggest events of the year at Brooklands celebrating the UK’s obsession with all things Italian. This was Auto Italia’s 32nd Spring Gathering - the UK’s first and finest all-Italian car event. The site was bursting with all types of Italian cars (and a few motorbikes)!
I went along in my barchetta with myself and my car mad grandson. We parked in the area set aside for Italian cars and were delighted to spot at least 10 other Barchettas. (And their crews!).
Members are invited to join the registration list for the annual meeting. At this early stage we already have ten cars registered. Further interest has been expressed by another 20 members.
This year the event is proposed for three nights, although members may join us for two if preferred. As many members will be travelling a considerable distance to join the event you may consider three nights makes good sense.
The trip begins on Thursday 29th June with a night in the Webbington Hotel with spa, just south of Bristol, close to the M5 and includes dinner. Arrive early to enjoy the free pool and spa.
Friday 30th, the planned trip is to drive through Cheddar Gorge (missing the sheep and tourists) and onto The Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford on the A303 for lunch. We will then drive to Exeter via the Blackdown Hills, to arrive at the Devon Hotel in Matford. Dinner at the hotel will be included.
On Saturday 1st July we drive through the Dartmoor National Park (again avoiding the sheep) then stopping in the Tavistock area for lunch and onto the Barnstaple Hotel in Barnstaple for the night, again dinner will be included.
On Sunday 2nd July we will drive along the A39 (supposedly one of the best drives in England) stopping at various locations to admire the views. We will stop for lunch and the meeting will conclude.
The average driving distance per day will be in the region of 100 miles.
The cost for a double/twin will be approx. £ 500 inclusive of rooms, breakfasts and dinners per couple, excluding your booze!!
If you are interested in joining please contact Martin Garrad (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your details will be passed to the trip organisers; Martin Johnson and John Capon.
2017 event - 28-30 July
Jane and Richard Keogh visited the Silverstone Classic event this year and had a fantastic time; you can read about their experience in the article below. At least two barchettas are going to this year's event on the Saturday. If you are also interested in going please book tickets using the link below. It’s an event for the whole family and provides the ultimate annual celebration of classic cars.
by Richard Keogh
This year, I was treated to a day at the Silverstone Classic with Jane. The packed weekend of the Silverstone Classic provided spectacular classic motor racing on the world famous circuit, impressive track parades, infield displays from over 100 car clubs (we could be there next year folks!) featuring more than 10,000 classic cars, plus interactive driving activities and dynamic demonstrations.
There was plenty of non-car entertainment to enjoy too, with live music from headline acts The Boomtown Rats and The Stranglers, aerial displays, a vintage fun fair, and a shopping village.
On the day we visited there were 11 races to watch plus other driving sessions:
Morning 09:00 - 13:10
Race 1: Commander Yorke Trophy For Historic Formula Junior
Race 2: Stirling Moss Trophy For Pre '61 Sports Cars
Race 3: Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy For Historic Cars (Pre '63 GT)
Race 4: Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Trophy For Pre '56 Sports Cars Presented By Jaguar
Session: Legends Of Modern Formula One
Afternoon 14:10 - 21:00
Race 5: FIA Masters Historic Formula One
Race 6: JET Super Touring Car Trophy Session: 90s Endurance Legends
Race 7: Can-Am 50 Interserie Challenge
Race 8: Maserati Trophy For HGPCA Pre '66 Grand Prix Cars
Race 9: FIA Masters Historic Sports Cars
Race 10: International Trophy For Classic GT Cars (Pre '66)
Race 11: Group C
This year's annual UK Club Meeting weekend took place on the 24-26th of June in the Chiltern Hills, Buckinghamshire.
A huge thanks to Colin & Denise for organising a thoroughly successful club weekend, with more members attending than in recent years. A great time was had by all, with interesting visits and wonderful drives through the local countryside, including celebrity spotting! (Photographs of the event will follow)
A guided historic walk through the old town before an evening meal
Exploring the Chiltern Hills, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), and probably the last chance you will have before they start building the High Speed Rail Link straight through it!
A visit to a picturesque retirement home for horses http://www.horsetrust.org.uk/home/visitourhorses/
An invitation to 'drop it down a cog' and roar up Aston Hill (observing the highway code of course) venue for a noted hill climb event of the 1920s and inspiration for the name of the famous Aston Martin car company
A visit to Royal Air Force Halton House, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halton_House a Rothschild built country house and now an operational officers' mess and the location for many of your favourite films! This venue is not usually open to the public, but for us, as well as a house tour there was the opportunity to park in front of this magnificent building for photos.
Thanks to those intrepid few who joined the Mid Sussex Day Drive on Saturday 28th May. We had a total of six cars meet near Brighton for a farmhouse breakfast before undertaking an exhilarating top down spin (not literally) through the lanes and villages from Pyecombe to Ditchling, Danehill, Ardingly, Balcombe, Handcross and many more. We stopped to see the grave of Lord Nelson’s Sister, to add a little edification to the occasion, just before completing the day with a pleasant pub lunch. Two local members Paul Martin and Kevin Galway joined Andy Weeks all the way from Bristol, Chris Rocker and Sharon from Bournemouth and Kim and David Davies from Hemel Hempstead. The weather was, eventually, fine!
Martin & Jenny Garrad
"The number of classic/vintage car and bikes attending has been increasing lately so plenty to see and friendly company. I always get questions about the Barchetta and most people are interested in what is becoming a rare car." Geoff Norton Jan 2018
For the second time this year, UK Barchetta car club members enjoyed an excellent club meeting. Following on from the very successful Yorkshire weekend in June, this slightly extended meeting saw 7 Barchettas getting together for some serious driving and sight-seeing as we headed down to the Charente-Maritîme region of France. The meeting was organised and facilitated by club members Jerry and Hilary Larthe de Langladure who are local residents - huge thanks to them for all their hard work in making this trip so enjoyable.
Day 1: Five Barchettas and their passengers met at Newhaven on 23 September for the cross channel ferry to Dieppe. Our destination was Angoulême with an overnight stop in Chateauroux on the way. For this first stop, we stayed at a lovely family-run guest house on the outskirts of the small town. Our host prepared a delicious evening meal which was served in a family setting at one large round table in very stylish surroundings and was just what we all needed after a long day's travelling.
Day 2: - Weather was fair and we had time to explore the local town with its pretty shops and cobbled streets. There were references to WW2 resistance activity in the town and some interesting 18th and 19th century buildings. After a quick lunch, we started on the second leg of the journey and headed off for Angoulême. We arrived in good time thanks to sat-nav (and passenger map-reading skills!) and spotted hosts Jerry and Hilary outside the hotel as we drove up - perfect timing! After check-in and time to unpack - we headed off for aperitifs and the customary Italian meal, out of respect for our Barchetta heritage. In the restaurant we met up with another club member, who had travelled separately via the Cherbourg ferry, thus completing our party of 7 cars and 13 club members for this trip.
Day 3 - Beautiful drive through the rolling countryside as we headed over to Brantôme, known as the Venice of Perigord, via a coffee stop in La Tour Blanche, a typical Charentais village, where we had the first photoshoot (of many). Parking up near the riverside in Brantôme we were intrigued to spot another Barchetta in the car-park. It had obviously been there a while, so probably hadn't made an appearance just in our honour. For the style-conscious, it was a fetching shade of teal and would certainly have added something to our line up!
After an excellent al fresco lunch by the river, we drove on to visit the Chateau De La Rochefoucauld. This was particularly interesting as the chateau houses archived documents dating back hundreds of years, all neatly kept in numbered boxes. The evening was spent back in Angoulême. We really enjoyed this vibrant and exciting town with lots of street music, bars and restaurants and another good evening was had by all.
Day 4 - Again - we enjoyed the beautiful 'top-down' weather that was to characterise our whole trip. We took a scenic drive to Cognac through the vineyards, and more pretty villages criss-crossing the Charente river. We arrived at Domaine Remy Martin where our guide Margot gave us a very informative and interesting tour of the domaine. We sampled two cognacs (unfortunately not the Louis Treize at +6000€ per bottle!) accompanied by canapes made by their personal chef ... lovely. After lunch in Cognac we drove west to the Île d'Oleron - where we were able to walk along the seashore and enjoy visiting the port and fish market. Again - a superb evening meal was enjoyed by all on the last evening of our organised trip.
Day 5 - Fond farewells and a final car photo-shoot after breakfast and then return journeys began - 5 cars drove up to the north of the island where we swapped 4 wheels for 2 legs and walked along the coast and and up to the lighthouse. Views from the top of the lighthouse were spectacular and everyone enjoyed the fresh air and chance to stretch our legs before making the return journey. This time our overnight stop-over was based just outside Angers.
Day 6 - Angers is the central town in Anjou and proved to be fascinating. There was time in the morning to walk around the historic centre of the town and to visit the cathedral and the 12th century castle with its 17 towers, roof gardens and vineyard and stunning Tapestry of the Apocalypse which is housed in an extensive hall. It was a real privilege to see this amazing piece of history.Our 5 cars made perfect time in reaching Dieppe for the return ferry back to the UK.
This was a very memorable trip continuing the high standard set by the UK Barchetta club members. Thank you once again to Jerry and Hilary for their superb organisation and to everyone for their friendship and contribution to making this a great trip away. We're already looking forward to next year's ventures!
With many thanks to Sandy & Paul Ranson who wrote the visit report and to all the photographers who provided a wealth of pictures of which we can only show you a few.
Paul is Very Pleased to announce that the re-scheduled summer day meeting went ahead on Sunday 12 October. Seven cars, including 4 new recruits, completed the 50 mile trip taking in parts of Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. It was great to welcome several new members to the Barchetta owners' club. The day started at Elveden and covered Thetford Forest and parts of the Cambridgeshire levels, passing through Brandon, Mundford, Lakenheath and Lode, where the journey concluded at the National Trust's Anglesey Abbey.
Barchetta UK Owners Club
11 Bramble Gardens
West Sussex RH15 8UQ
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