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The 6th Regis TAP – Classic Car Tour And Picnic – Sunday 4th September 2016

Generously sponsored by Orchard Restorations of Heathfield

After weeks of sunny skies it looked like the weather had broken in early September, Saturday evening the skies opened and heavy rain followed. Luckily this had all dispersed by the morning but menacing clouds remained.  Luckily that was all they did and the rain held off all day leaving a dry and muggy day.

In a way this weather was perfect for touring, not too hot for old engines and meaning that the fair weather walkers and cyclists were few and far between on the rural lanes.

70 cars arrived at Great Ballard School at Eartham to sign on and collect their packs, sadly 1 did not having put diesel in the petrol tank of his Healey on the way to the start!  The crews then enjoyed a breakfast buttie.  5 Times Le Mans Winner and BRMC President: Derek Bell MBE arrived in time to join everyone and then flagged every car away from the start with a lovely word for each one.  We are very fortunate to be welcomed back to Great Ballard which is a really lovely location for an exclusive venue for this type of event.

The route took cars up onto Portsdown Hill with super views over Portsmouth before dropping down to the picnic venue at English Heritage’s magnificent Porchester Castle.  The TAP was the first car tour/show that has been allowed inside the castle walls and there were strict criteria for everyone to put a ground-sheet under their car to protect the vunerable archaeology lying within 5 inches of the surface.  Luckily everyone adhered to the request and Porchester Castle should now be available for other groups!  There was plenty of time to eat your picnic and take the opportunity to walk to the top of the tower.  We have some great photos of the cars all parked up thanks to this magnificent view point!  Our friends from CSMA Sarum Marshalling Team manned the control and parking here and did their usual excellent job.

From Porchester the tour route went back over Portsdown Hill again and headed via a wide loop back to Jim Stokes Workshops at Waterlooville.  Classics by JSW are sponsors of the HRCR Scenic Tour Series and made us all most welcome.  It was a great privilege to get “close and personal” with some amazing machinery, some being prepared for the Goodwood Revival.  Due to the sensitive nature of the vehicles  and the privacy of the owners there were no photos allowed which everyone respected.

From here it was a short drive to Merchistoun Hall where the crews enjoyed a brief stop and time for a cream tea.

The last leg of the route took crews back across country to arrive at the picture perfect setting of Duncton Village Hall which must be one of the prettiest in the county.  Matt’s Hog Roast provided a delicious hog with salads and while crews munched their hog the TAP team relieved them of money for raffle tickets raising almost £1,000, with the donations included in the entry fee for the tour Sussex Air Ambulance will be benefitting by well over £3,000 this year adding to the £16,000 plus they have received over the previous 4 tours as the first raised £3,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester.

The team would like to thank all the volunteer marshals, the fabulous venues and caterers , plus advertisers and donors of raffle prizes who all pulled together to make the event another fabulous success.  The date is set for Sunday 3rd September 2017 and entries will open at the HRCR Open Day next January.

For more information:

Bognor Regis Motor Club Ltd: www.bognor-regis-mc.co.uk

Orchard Restorations: www.orchardrestorations.co.uk

HRCR: www.hrcr.co.uk

Jim Stokes Workshops: www.jswl.co.uk

Photos of the tour are available from Official Photographer Phil Cutland-Green at eXcepio http://www.excipiomedia.co/registap2016
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