Successful event at Middlewick House Open Garden

On the last weekend of July SWAM attended the Middlewick House Open Garden event hosted by Nick and Annabelle Mason.  Nick, the drummer with Pink Floyd, has a magnificent collection of racing and classic cars, and the event attracts a lot of attention from members of the public interested in cars.  We were fortunate with the weather, with rain only for a short time on the Sunday morning, and attendance was high on both days.

This car is a 1958 Austin 35 ‘Floyd’.  There is an obvious reason for its colour!


Our gazebo drew plenty of attention as did a Highway Code quiz organised by Robin Clark.  The prize, for the first ten correct answers drawn, was a copy of the new Highway Code.  There were 90 entries in total, of which 12 had all correct answers, and the winners were very pleased to win their prize.  That, in itself, is a good outcome for the weekend as the more people who read it the better, but in addition we had 45 requests from people living in the local area for taster sessions with our Observers.  This was a splendid result and we hope that some of them will become Associates with us.  Quite a number of visitors from outside our area went away with taster session leaflets and we hope they will contact their own local groups.

This was a very successful event and we have every intention of returning next year.  A big thank-you goes to Robin Clark and Dave Edwards for organising the event, and to all the helpers who turned up to man the gazebo.

A selection of some of the cars we were able to see at the event.