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Saturday Evening...

The venue for our Rally dinner is the Shorefield Park Bistro. The Park is a New Forest holiday home centre but the Bistro has been reserved exclusively for our use throughout the course of Saturday evening. Beers, wines and spirits are available over the bar and at our tables as the premises are fully licenced. Ample safe car parking is also available and rallyists will be asked to assemble at 7:00 for 7:30PM. Following our dinner the only formality of the weekend wil be to present the PWMN Harry Edwards Trophy to the 2012 recipient following its inauguration at the 2011 event.

With the longest day of the year just five days hence, travelling back to hotels and B&B's in Minors and M Types after our rally dinner should not unduly tax our six volt lighting systems. Menu details can be found on the Rally Booking Form (see below)

Sunday's Tour...

Assembling once again at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum, the Sunday morning tour is another 35 mile leisurely amble which has been planned to take in some of the coastal roads to ensure that the beautiful vistas of the Hampshire coastline can be 'snapped' and recorded on camera memory cards and our own built-in hard drives! Included will be a visit to Milford-on-sea and a drive past (or stop if preferred) of Westover Hall, a one time thirties residence of Sir William and Lady Morris. They didn't stay in residence for very long long as the 'locals' were less than welcoming. His former home is now a popular hotel and rallyists who wish to immerse themselves in its history can also book their rally weekend accommodation here.

The Sunday tour is also planned to conclude at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum at Bashley. Here 400 vintage and classic motorcycles are on display, including an AJS Porcupine and the six cylinder Honda 250 cc bike that Mike Hailwood rode to TT success on the Isle-of-Man in the sixties. The museum www.sammymiller.co.uk has its own tea-rooms where lunches and snacks are also served, while entry to the museum itself is a very reasonable £6.90 per head.

Sunday morning Rally Tourists will be provided with a detailed route card with easy to follow instructions which should enable the cars occupants to take in the scenery at their leisure as no time restrictions apply. (Other than those demanded by stomachs). No further rally activities are planned for Sunday afternoon, this to allow rallyists to take to the Forest or coastal roads without the restriction of a set route to follow and sample the national treasure that is the New Forest for themselves.

Farewell...

For those of us that are taking the opportunity to extend our stay in the New Forest for a further night before journeying home, there will be a 'farewell' pub meet back at The Royal Oak, Downton SO41 OLA. This is usually the occassion when tales are first told of unexpected 'diversions', slight disagreements between driver and navigator and mechanical horror stories resolved only by the ingenius skill of the chief mechanic/driver! In other words a good evenings entertainment. Definitely worth staying on for.

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Rally Booking Form

The 'bubble' on this Google map indicates the location of The Plough Inn, the venue for our Friday and Sunday evening redezvous.

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