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Beaulieu Events

We are delighted to announce an official link-up with the Friends of the National Motor Museum. Brooklands Members are invited to attend Friends events at Beaulieu with entry at the Friends rate.

Members can also gain entry to Beaulieu itself at the Group rate per cardholder. All you need do is show your Brooklands Members card on entry on any day other than an event day.

Check the list of events below or click on the link to the Friends site for details.

For full details of the offer please click the link below:


Friday 6 December

"Bearback": The World Overland

Imagine jacking it all in, packing your life into a 41-litre pannier and riding into the sunset. This is exactly what GP’s Pat and Ness Garrod did, downing stethoscopes to take off on their motorcycle, The Bear, to see the world. For anyone who has considered escaping the rat race, even for a second, it’s an inspiring story.

Across the deserts of Africa, over the mountains of the Andes, deep into the jungles of Indochina, and beyond the Arctic Circle; 100,000 miles unsupported through 6 continents and 64 countries. A circumnavigation of epic proportions, it was to become one of the longest journeys ever undertaken by a couple on one motorcycle, a journey destined to change their lives forever. Undoubtedly a story of high adventure, determined resourcefulness, and personal discovery, it is also a tale of freedom and love. Capturing not only the beauty and diversity, but also the spirit of our fast-changing world, this is the tale of two doctors, one motorcycle, and a remarkable four-year journey around the world - dirt, dust, flies and all.

The Goodwood Story, with Harry Sherrard

Saturday 18 January 2020

From King Charles II and the creation of the Dukedom of Richmond in 1672 to the purchase of Goodwood by the family in 1697, to what is now England’s premier sporting estate, the Goodwood story spans over 300 years. This talk covers the fascinating life of Freddie March, the 9th Duke, and successful Brooklands racer. You will learn about Goodwood’s role in the Second World War and the creation of RAF Westhampnett within the estate. The race circuit came into being after the war, and Goodwood’s glory years were 1948 to 1966 when the circuit closed for racing. A successful campaign was fought in the 1990s to return racing to Goodwood, resulting in the Goodwood Revival, first run in 1998. 

Harry Sherrard’s dedication to all things motoring saw him compete extensively and become a demonstration driver for Aston Martin, amongst many other adventures.  He has a 30-year association with Goodwood instructing at the circuit, being involved with the campaign for the return of racing, and driving in both the Revival and the Festival of Speed.  In 2014 Harry published his motoring biography, ‘Taking Part’.

Austin Adventures, with George Mooney

Saturday 15 February

George Mooney and Joy, his wife of 58 years, are known to many in the Austin Seven world for their adventures with their Baby Austin Seven cars.

George has been a Life Member of the Friends for 40 years and his presentation, put together especially for tonight, focuses on his adventures with their remarkable Austins since they bought their first Box saloon for transport in 1962.  They still own and use that same Box Saloon which has been joined by several other Austins over time!

When they needed a car for Joy back in 1962 they had no idea of what choosing an Austin Seven would lead to. Joy chose the Austin against a Fiat Topolino of the same year.  They crossed the Atlantic twice with their 2-seater Cambridge Special A7 - in 2005 when they drove across South America and in 2006 driving across the USA Route 66. On both trips, they reached the Pacific Ocean.

George’s presentation will be illustrated with photographs covering most of their trips over a period of more than 40 years. There were many more trips that were not recorded. Their most recent was to Yorkshire in July 2019.​​​​​​​ 

Steph Jeavons Returns

Saturday 21 March

We are delighted to welcome back author, journalist and adventurer, Steph Jeavons who returns to entertain us, this time with her experiences of leading the first-ever all-female riding group from Kathmandu to Mount Everest Base Camp.

Entitled “Girls on Top” Steph admitted: ““I was under no illusion that this was going to be a journey filled with both extreme highs and lows”.

Hear how they battled with Mother Nature as the weather created havoc, and overcame altitude sickness and injury, which sadly ended the journey for some.  With so much thrown at them along the way, they still made it to Base Camp on schedule.  This is a remarkable story of endurance and friendship.  Leaving the last word to Steph: “I knew that they would go home, digest all their experiences and come out the other side wanting more … the bar had been set and now the possibilities were endless.  I am very proud of those women and very honoured to have ridden with them”. 

The Motor Museum will be open from 6.00 pm for viewing on this evening.

The Petroliana Experience, with Alan Chandler

Saturday 18 April

If you are interested in motoring then you have undoubtedly taken part in “The Petroliana Experience” without possibly realising what it is.  Alan Chandler became involved as a result of wanting to add some atmosphere to the storage area for his hobby, the garage. What started as a bit of decoration has developed into a collection approaching 4,000 items, creating space pressures on the cars themselves! Along the way he has met many interesting motoring enthusiasts, travelled around the world, learnt a great deal, written four books and built a website (www.petroliana.co.uk).

Alan says:  “When I have shown others my garage, it is always a pleasure to see the surprise from them irrespective of their interest in cars. Some relate petroliana to industrial art, others are amazed by the atmosphere created, the variety of pumps, equipment and period advertising involved. This industry has evolved mainly in the last 100 years and will no longer be in use after just a few more years. Petrol, along with other carbon fuels, will soon become extinct. Conversely, the hobby of collecting petroliana is growing at a record rate and not just with older male motoring enthusiasts”.

So if you are wondering what petroliana is all about, come along and discover a new area associated to our motoring heritage.  

To book tickets for any of the above, please return the booking form attached and return with a cheque (made payable to National Motor Museum Trust Ltd), to Theresa Browning, National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, SO42 7ZN. Please enclose a SAE.  Alternatively call Theresa on 01590 614792 to purchase tickets over the phone - £7.50 for members of the National Motor Museum, £10.00 for non-members. Tickets will be emailed but can also be collected on the night.  Payment must be made in advance.  Evenings commence at 7.30 pm in the Collections Centre and finish around 10.00 pm.  A pay bar is available for hot and cold drinks.

The Motor Museum will NOT be open on 18 January, 15 February and 18 April.

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