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Beaulieu Motor Museum Will Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True.

By Tim Smith

I don’t know about you (as I wasn’t there, or maybe I was? Are you Shaun Rudge?) but during my particular childhood, I liked nothing better than doing great big long lines of my toy cars and moving them one by one around the house.

There was simply no better pleasure in life. Apart from picking my nose. Or imagining what it would be like to have Kimberly Short as my girlfriend. This may have been last week.

Yes.

Yes.

Whateve’s, my broken child-heart, isn’t the issue, here. What is of upmost importance, is that I communicate to you that this simple pleasure will now be recreated on a grand scale. I can only guess that it’s a tribute to my glorious childhood, and my rise to power in amongst this widely read and highly successful blog. That something in the region of 5 people read yesterday.

If you want to see this record breaking feat of line making get yourself down to Beaulieu Motor Museum, this Monday 5th of May, where you should be able to see 15,000 plus (FIFTEEN THOUSAND – the ten-year-old me just wet himself) cars arranged in a line doing quite a good impression of a miniature Transfagarasan. Or at least I hope so, because that would all of the bank holiday’s awesome taken care of.

Quentin, or Quezza, as I will now refer to him as. We're like this *wraps middle finger (Quezza) around index finger (me)*

Quentin, or Quezza, as I will now refer to him as. We’re like this *wraps middle finger (Quezza) around index finger (me)*

The line will include cars donated by woman’s right’s botherer Sir Stirling Moss, awesome second-hand car guru (he replied to one of my tweets today, that makes him awesome) Quentin Willson, posho driving ace VB-H and some bloke called Nick Mason. Who done some drumming, or something.

The cars were collected by 21 branches of a certain food retailer, and once the cars have finished their Friday-afternoon-in-Cheltenham impression they will be sold off to the benefit of Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospices.

 

 

 

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Some Actors Will Tell You All About Some Shipbuilding.

By Tim Smith

I used to have a friend (imagine that, if you will) that took part in re-enactments. She would go to fields at the weekend where all other people and stuff would dress up in period clothing and push and shove and generally re-enact a battle from a few centuries ago.

Mostly, as far as I can make out, it was great chance to drink enough mead to make you go blind and/or lose the ability to speak/stand. Or re-enact a battle, probably.

Ah, you’re thinking, that sounds like fun. How could I possibly get in on that kind of historical action, but also involve some ship building? And some actors.

Welly, well, this Easter, from the 5th to the 21st of April you too can experience going to a village where some actors will tell you about what it’s like to live in the past.

Some actors.

Some actors.

They’ll be a Henry Adams actor who will tell you what it was like to build some of Nelson’s fleet. There will be a Balthazar actor who will also be able to tell you what it was like to build some of Nelson’s fleet and what it was like to be Henry’s son and there will be a  ‘labourers wife’ who will tell you what it’s like to be unnamed in history and not have pictures painted of you, or historians talk about you much. Probably.

Some excited children.

Some excited children.

My favourite bit is there will be an Inn re-enactment. The PR says that ‘you can hear residents from the time gossiping about local matters’. Holy of holy’s. If only that were true.

Some Buckler's Hard.

Some Buckler’s Hard.

‘Joking’ aside I can honestly say that discovering how the ‘ell you build massive eff-off battleships with mostly wood and hands looks quite interesting. The village where all of this is set, Buckler’s Hard (stop sniggering at the back, there), was also where sections of the Mulberry Harbours were fabricated. Significant parts of the D-day landing fleet left here just under seventy years ago. Buckler’s Hard is fairly drenched (yep, just typed that) in maritime history.

Interested? Click here

Also, the video on the above linked webpage.

Yeah, that.

 

 

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Massive Ford Meet At Beaulieu MM Will Be All Kinds Of Trotting Excellent

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By Tim Smith

Remember how a while back, just a couple of weeks ago, you know over there, back in time a bit, we said that The Beaulieu Motor Museum is bloody brilliant and has a massive calendar of events for all the family?

No?

Oh.

Well, here’s the story.

And here’s the first widely publicised event.

Loads of Fords.

Loads’a Fords.

Yep that’s a massive event for Ford fans, drivers and aficionados alike. Celebrating 50 years of the Ford Mustang, expect a strong showing of pony cars with their owners/keepers all trotting around, winnying with pride.

The coolest bit might not be the cars though, it’ll be the trade stands. Being up to my neck in car guts is the life for me. Yepidee, yep, yep.

This man is happy he bought a Ford Focus RS. You would be too.

This man is happy he bought a Ford Focus RS. You would be too.

The event will be held on the 4th of May and Ford owners are being encouraged to bring along their own cars to show off to the world. Entry fee’s are £10 for an ‘adult’ and £5 for a child.

Personally, if I had the means I’d prepare a rat-rod style Scorpio. Now, *that* would be awesome.

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This Is What An 18.3L V12 Sounds Like

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By Tim Smith

A few years ago, I drove the Audi Q7 V12 TDI. It really was quite the force of nature.

Do you know what’s better though?

An 18.3L V12, that’s what.

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06/02/2014 · 16:48

We Should All Go To Beaulieu Motor Museum

You know what?

Erm, sorry, forgot.

In other news, we should all go down to Beaulieu Motor Museum, not just because it has loads of vowels in its name, but mostly because it looks brilliant.

I have no idea whether it’s gonna actually happen but latest PR pictures suggest THERE WILL BE A GIANT SCALEXTRIC SET. That’s sold to the man typing on the keyboard right now.

ImageI’m typing all of this because Beaulieu have just released a timetable of the events for the year coming. And it looks fully mint. Mate.

Events include owner’s club meets, Auto jumbles, Easter egg hunts, Pistonheads Sunday services and a record attempt at putting TEN THOUSAND model cars in a line. A bit like I used to when I was a kid, except with about 9,975 more cars.

You can find the events list with dates and details here.

Also, here is a picture of a man in  bunny suit on the back of a vintage double-decker bus.

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