Review - Spring Drive-In & Drive-Out

Spring Breakfast Drive-In

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The Club’s first Drive-In of the year was blessed with spells of Spring sunshine as over two hundred members and guests converged on the Cedar Lawn. In total, over 120 vehicles joined the Drive-In, which encompassed an impressive mixture of modern, classic and historic automobiles. Even a two-wheeled vehicle joined the fray!

Among the standouts were a trio of original Mk1 Austin Mini Cooper S’s in red, white and blue. On the manufacturer’s 60th birthday, those same Minis will be making the journey to Pall Mall for a Club dinner celebrating 50 years since the Italian Job film was made. There were also several impressive Bentleys dotted around the the lawn, both modern and classic, as the manufacturer celebrates its centenary year in 2019.

Always popular at Drive-In events, the Motor House was also open for the morning, with the Club’s Heritage Manager, Jane Holmes, on hand to chat to visitors about the Club’s heritage fleet and its rich history.

Drive-Out to Jack Henley’s Home

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For many guests, the day didn’t stop there. After a breakfast in the Cedar Room, many were to ‘Drive-Out’ to Club member Jack Henley’s country home in Tonbridge for the afternoon.

After a scenic drive through the Kent countryside guests arrived at Jack’s 150-acre premises, parking up on his outside lawn. They enjoyed a glass of champagne in his garden whilst admiring Jack’s own collection of Bentleys, Aston Martins, tractors, motorbikes and an AC Acedes, to name just a few of the machines brought out for the afternoon!

After, guests enjoyed a buffet lunch inside Jack’s ‘Toy Cupboard’, a building filled with amazing collectibles, including old RAC breakdown service memorabilia, toy cars, clocks, posters and more. After lunch, guests ascended the steps to browse more of Jack’s collectibles stored on the second floor, including some rare and intriguing mechanical musical items from around the world.

A few showers throughout the day didn’t dampen the mood of those attending the Drive-Out, and the Club’s thanks goes to Jack Henley for allowing members and guests to enjoy an afternoon in his home.

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