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Hello and welcome to the South West Midlands Area of the MX-5 Owners' Club

Our monthly meetings are normally held from about 19:30 on the first Thursday of each month.  Most Members take the opportunity to dine at the venue.  Some even take to drink!

As well as monthly meetings we arrange regular drives and events.  As you will appreciate, the winter months do not lend themselves to open air driving, so January and December tend to get a miss.  There is usually a break for the main holiday month of August. Drives are normally held on the Sunday seventeen days following the monthly meeting.

Apart from the locally organised meetings and drives, Members can enjoy other events and national events.  The club's main site www.mx5oc.co.uk has more details of the national events.

Monthly Drives

As well as monthly meetings we arrange regular drives and events.  As you will appreciate, the winter months do not lend themselves to open air driving, so January and December tend to get a miss.  

Drives are normally held on the Sunday seventeen days following the monthly meeting.

Some ideas for future drives and events...

  • visit to a National Trust or similar property
  • take a picnic
  • treasure hunt
Download useful notes for organisers and participants.
Organisers may claim 45 per mile up to £100 for doing their run twice. VAT receipts for petrol totalling minimum of your claim, a copy of the run and  a completed expenses form should be handed to the Area Coordinator.

If you are planning a drive and wish to use Tulip Diagrams then click here

NOTE: always check the SWM Discussion Forum for latest info on drives

Click here for record of previous drives


Drives 2018

November   December  

November 18th            Gerard and Frances

Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

Date: Sunday 18th November 2018
Start: Strawberry Field Pub, Charity Crescent, Evesham WR11 2UT (next to Morrisons Garage off the A46)
Time: 9:30 for breakfast / coffee
Depart: 10:15 (10:30 latest)
Coffee / Lunch Stop: The Blue Lias Inn, Stockton Road, Stockton, CV47 8LD, 01926 812249 (must book a table in advance if eating)
Finish: The Midland Air Museum, Coventry Airport, Rowley Rd, Baginton CV3 4FR, Cost £6.50 per head
 
Distance: 59 miles

Drive Details:
A run across the cotswolds and into Warwickshire taking in some great views (weather permitting, it is November after all). About 90 minutes into the drive, we have a lunch / coffee stop planned at The Blue Lias Inn, Stockton Road, Stockton, a canalside pub with open fires.
Website http://www.bluelias.com/
They have a full menu with Sunday lunches served from 12 noon offering a Traditional Roast Beef dinner for £8.75. You MUST book a table in advance if you want to have lunch, please ring 01926 812249 to make your booking. Tell them you are with the MX5 group to be seated together and served quicker.

The Blue Lias Inn is on the Grand Union Canal, originally 18th century farmhouse and haunted by the ghost of a farm labourer murdered by the farmer who found him in bed with his wife. The pub sign features a dinosaur as fossils of marine dinosaurs have been found in the blue lias clay which is quarried locally. A piece of blue lias, complete with fossil, can be seen in the pub's fireplace.

We then have a further 30 minute drive to the Midland Air Museum where we will be parking our cars on the site alongside the exhibits, giving a fantastic photo opportunity.

Website http://www.midlandairmuseum.co.uk/

You can "do your own thing" viewing the exhibits with opportunity to sit in the cockpits of some of the planes including the Avro Vulcan Bomber with knowledgeable museum volunteers on hand to explain the exhibits. In addition to the outdoor exhibits, the Sir Frank Whittle Jet Heritage Centre houses a unique collection of aircraft, engines and supporting exhibits illustrating the fascinating story of the jet age. The story of Whittle's jet engine is told in pictures, video and artifacts including an animated display.

There is a very small cafe at the museum which offers hot and cold drinks and light snacks but can't cope with a large group of people wanting serving at the same time so be patient .

The museum closes at 16:30.



December Wednesday 12th

Christmas Meal at Gupshill Manor, cost £23, deposit £5


Please pay the deposit to Penny by the October meeting and the balance in full by the November meeting.

Click Here to Download The Gupshill Christmas Menu
Please send your menu choices to Penny by the November meeting, contact details are on the SWM Discussion Forum.


Venue: Gupshill Manor, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SY, 01684 292278
Time: 19:00 for 19:30 sit down


Drives 2019

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February 24th            Vince and Junie

TBA

Date: Sunday 24th February 2019
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March 24th            Terry

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Date: Sunday 24th March 2019
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April 14th            Ken and Gina

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Date: Sunday 14th April 2019
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May 19th            Ajit and Katarina

Journey to the source of the Thames

Date: Sunday 19th May 2019
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Drive Options: Stop at Inn there for lunch. More details to follow.



June 23rd            Gavin and David

Oh no, not another stately home drive!

Date: Sunday 23rd June 2019
Start: Gupshill Manor, Gloucester Road, Tewkesbury, GL20 5SY, 01684 292278
Time: 09.00hrs for coffee / breakfast, Please call direct to arrange bacon baps / breakfast etc.
Depart: All cars need to leave Gupshill by 10:30 latest.
Finish: Broughton Castle near Banbury : Postcode OX15 5EB

Distance: 85 miles.

This is a rerun of the September 2018 drive which had a low turnout due to inclement weather. It was a super run with some great driving roads through the beautiful Cotswold countryside and villages to Broughton Castle near Banbury with optional comfort & coffee stops at Broadway Tower and Hidcote Gardens(NT).

Broughton Castle is a moated and fortified manor house near Banbury in North Oxfordshire set in parkland and built of the rich local Hornton ironstone.
The core of the house was built in 1306 and the gatehouse in the early fifteenth century, but most of what you see today dates from the 1550´s. It was a centre of opposition to Charles I and was besieged and damaged after the Battle of Edgehill in 1642.
Still a family home, Broughton Castle is lived in by the 21st Lord & Lady Saye & Sele of the Fiennes family. Beautiful formal garden and park. The ownership of the Castle has remained in the same family since 1447



July 21st            Jackie and Dean

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Date: Sunday 21st July 2019
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August 18th            Keith and April

'A trip round Mortimer country' or 'Meandering in the Marches'

Date: Sunday 18th August 2019
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September 22nd            Theresa and Ron

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Date: Sunday 22nd September 2019
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October 20th            Volunteers Needed

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Date: Sunday 20th October 2019
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November 24th            Gavin and David

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Date: Sunday 24th November 2019
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December TBA

Christmas Meal


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Time: TBA for TBA sit down



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