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BORDE HILL GARDENS, HAYWARDS HEATH
Sunday 3 June 2007

Fourteen classic Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars spanning ten decades of engineering excellence enjoyed baking sunshine on the South Lawns at Borde Hill Gardens in a prime position with the house as a backdrop for the venue's annual classic car rally.

One of the oldest Rolls-Royce motor cars dated from 1928 and was commissioned by the then King of Spain. Sadly for him, the King was forced to abdicate before he was able to take delivery. Today this prize winning Rolls-Royce 20hp car has been lovingly restored and is enjoyed by its new owners Mr and Mrs Berryman who recently joined our section.

Another superb motor car was a 1929 20/25 owned by Mr Vyse of the South Eastern Section who decided to join us for the day and whose car received much attention from admirers young and old alike.

Other marques displayed elsewhere in the gardens and in the car park included Porsche, Lamborghini, and MG, however a mixture of many individual entries provided additional interest for the record number of visitors to the gardens.

The well-maintained gardens under the care of a new head gardener provided a diversion from the mechanical delights with the splendid rose garden looking, and smelling, beautiful in the bright, hot sunshine. Elsewhere there were waterlilies in the pond of the Italian Garden, irises in the Round Dell, and a mixture of colour along the Long Walk and amongst the ruins of the old potting sheds.

By popular request we hope to return again next year with the venue expecting to include an even larger classic car display.

Simon Buck and Andrew Honour - Section Committee Members


1951 R-type Bentley     Rolls-Royce display
1951 R-type Bentley in the display. Part of the Rolls-Royce display.
MG display Porsche display
MG display.   The Rose Garden.   Porsche display.
1928 Rolls-Royce   1929 Rolls-Royce
1928 Rolls-Royce.   1929 Rolls-Royce.
Photos: Andrew Honour