Earlier this year I was invited to Join the Beaulieu One Hundred by my friend Niall Holden. As I live in America, I thought to myself “Why would I join something that I will have very little chance to participate in?” But Niall is rather persuasive so I joined anyway.
Two weeks ago, I had the good fortune of visiting Niall in Winchester. He was off to go fly fishing with my recording artist, Thom Chacon, and suggested that I take his 1961 Bentley S2 Continental and drive down through the New Forest to Beaulieu for a visit. I took him up on the idea. It was a beautiful day and the drive was fantastic.
I was given a royal tour of the Museum and workshops by Museum Manager, Doug Hill and saw just how amazing the Collection and attention to detail is in the Beaulieu Collection. Afterwards, I got a tour of the house and thought “This is it, I’ll just move in and work on cars full time.”
I suggested to Heather, who looks after the Beaulieu One Hundred, that I would be happy to participate and help in any way I can in advancing the cause of the National Motor Museum and suggested that digitizing their extensive library as an online resource would be one way to bring the world closer.
I look forward to any and all possibilities related to doing interesting things with the Beaulieu One Hundred.
I will soon be off to Monterey, where I will be displaying six original Meyers Manx dune buggies, including the first one ever made, with Bruce Meyers, the creator, in honor of the 50th anniversary. I understand that another Beaulieu One Hundred member, Nick Mason, will be displaying a car there as well and I hope we get to meet.
My next trip to London will be in November to perform at the Royal Albert Hall with Paul Rodgers. We are doing a Royal Sessions show of all the music we recorded in Memphis. Paul and I are contributing the proceeds from this record to music education at The Stax Academy. I would love to have members of the Beaulieu One Hundred come to the show.
Note from blog editor – We’re so pleased you enjoyed the visit – it was a pleasure to meet you.