Austin Healey 100M (BN2) 1955 – TAC 620

The striking Austin Healey 100M, ‘TAC 620’ will always stand out in a crowd and certainly did so at Beaulieu’s Simply Classics event in 2015 where she won the Peoples Choice ‘Car of the Day’ Award. Built on 12th October 1955 specifically for the motor show launch of the 100m variant, TAC 620 was the…

Memorial Service for Edward, Lord Montagu

The Service of Thanksgiving for Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu was held on Wednesday, 20 January at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey. This beautiful church was filled with over 600 family, friends, fellow Peers from the House of Lords (where the late Lord Montagu was the third longest sitting peer) and representatives from the many organisations with…

THE SUNBEAM APPEAL

The 1920 350hp Sunbeam is considered to be one of the most iconic and important cars on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu. It was the first car to achieve the land speed record of 150 miles per hour . . .   It achieved two land speed records with Sir Malcolm Campbell at…

A Great Weekend

What a great weekend ! On Friday 4th, Heather had reserved a table for Beaulieu One Hundred members at Goodwood for their Christmas Celebration evening which was hosted by Lord March. We were in good company as Fay and I joined Heather along with another six Beaulieu One Hundred members.  The evening began with an amazing…

FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR

The Beaulieu One Hundred fireworks evening was as I have come to expect, well planned, well delivered and an exciting yet relaxed and casual event. The early evening gathering in the stunning Domus building was the perfect start, with its majestic walk-in fireplace, open bar, seasonal fayre and beautiful tapestries I felt quite the lord…

Octane Awards

We’re getting ready for a trip to London to see ‘Jersey Boys’, when we see there is an opportunity to join the Beaulieu One Hundred table at the Octane Awards on the following evening – so now we’re packing evening dress as well! Our taxi arrives outside the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, where it has to compete…

London to Brighton Veteran Car Run

     ‘It’s 5 am’ says the operator – ‘It’s your early morning call, Madam’. 5 am?!  On a Sunday?! But I’m taking part in the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run and it was my idea, so there’s no one else to blame. Breakfast is at 6, we have to leave the hotel at 6.45 and…

Beaulieu One Hundred Annual Dinner 2015

This was our fourth Beaulieu One Hundred Annual Dinner and what a fantastic night it was! The evening began with sparkling aperitifs on arrival and a chance to have an exclusive look around the museum before being invited outside the entrance to witness the ‘start up’ of the legendary Sunbeam (Bluebird). This is the actual car that…

Driving the Silver Ghost

At last year’s Beaulieu One Hundred Annual Dinner, I was fortunate enough to win the auction to drive one of the cars from the National Motor Museum. The one I was originally intended to drive was unfortunately off the road and as an alternative I was offered the 1909 Silver Ghost; not exactly a disappointment! I…

Supercar Showdown

The Beaulieu Supercar Showdown really came of age this year. It has matured from the 30 cars that appeared at the first showdown in 2011 into a spectacular collection of over 300 extraordinary and exotic motor cars which created a wonderful day out for families and petrolheads alike. Achieving the ambitious target of displaying a…