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SECTION ANNUAL RALLY - ISLE OF PURBECK, DORSET
Sunday 9 to Friday 14 September 2001

Forty-one members and friends arrived at the Springfield Hotel near Wareham in Dorset on Sunday afternoon. We began with a wine reception and barbecue.

Monday morning found our eighteen car cavalcade setting off for the fairly short drive to Bovington Tank Museum which houses a formidable array of fighting vehicles. Two and a half hours here was not enough for the men but plenty for the ladies! After a ploughman's lunch at a local pub we visited the Blue Pool for a gentle walk round this unusually coloured lake, followed by tea and scones in their cafe.

Tuesday was a free day for members to do their own thing. Before dinner in the evening we had intended to have a quiz and games to follow but, because of the appalling news from America, we decided that it was not appropriate.

Wednesday saw our cars displayed at Kingston Lacy, a beautiful National Trust house, not far from Wimborne. As usual there was a good deal of interest in our cars from other visitors to the house. We had our Gala Dinner with live music in the evening followed by the quiz, which was run by the hotel leisure staff. Teams of four competed and the winners, which happened to be the Rally organisers, won first prize! No - it wasn't fixed!

Thursday was taken up with a visit to the Swannery at Abbotsbury and a lunch at the Tropical Gardens. In the evening a coach took us to see Pam Ayres in concert - a very amusing and light hearted show. Ted Meachem, on behalf of the members, thanked the organisers (Tony and Daphne Leach and Michael and Sue Marriage) and presented each couple with marble vases and bowls as a momento of the event.

On Friday, prior to returning home, we visited the RR and Bentley Dealer in Bramshaw to look at their showroom and sample their hospitality - our thanks to Kerry Davies and the staff at Straight Eight.

The weather was kind to us all week and it was the general consensus of opinion that it was a successful Rally.

Tony Leach - Chairman


Kingston Lacy   Navigators
Derek Smith, Derek Hurrell and Ralph Taylor show each other the way! Photo: Ian Burt
Some of the Club cars at Kingston Lacy near Wimborne Minster. Photo: Jean Taylor
Convoy
Members observe the three minute silence for the victims of the New York disaster whilst on the Dorset Rally. Photo: Jean Taylor