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THE PRESIDENT'S PICNIC AT BLENHEIM PALACE
Oxford - Sunday 22 August 2004

A few Central Southern members attended this year's President's Picnic at Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, that also coincided with the three-hundredth anniversary of the Battle of Blenheim. Blenheim Palace is the seat of the Duke of Marlborough and was built on the orders of Queen Anne as a mark of the nation's gratitude to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough and victor of the battle of Blenheim.

The Palace provides a magnificent setting for this annual picnic event and in this centenary year, some 200 Club cars of all ages and varieties graced the lawns on a bright if at times somewhat breezy day. Also present as a guest of the President was HRH the Sultan of Selangor in Malaysia who, as the Regent of Selangor under his late father's final illness, was a fellow participant with several Central Southern Section members on the 2001 Malaysia Truly Asia rally. He had come to display his magnificent Silver Wraith limousine recently restored by Messrs P&A Wood following its return from Malaysia at the end of the 2001 rally. The highlight of the day's proceedings was a parade by fifty or so selected cars, representing a century of the marque, around the landscaped grounds and lakes, much to the pleasure of participants and visitors alike.

Simon Buck - Section Committee Member


Parade of cars   Blenheim picnic
Parade through the grounds of cars representing the marque.   Blenheim Palace provides the ideal setting for the annual picnic.
Pininfarina Bentley   HRH the Sultan's Silver Wraith
A fine display of Bentleys included this Pininfarina model.   HRH The Sultan of Selangor and the Club President.
Photos: Andrew Honour