Join us for a long weekend driving adventure to the Isle of Wight.
We’re putting together a bunch of events to keep you busy throughout the weekend – including the Goodwood Revival on Friday and our pitch at the beach front Isle of White Classic Car Show on the Sunday. Alongside there’ll be some great country road driving, glorious sea views and a variety of the islands best kept secret restaurants and beach bars. Darren is even threatening to organise a stop-off at the Sebring Sprite restoration company as a special treat.
A loose itinerary as follows:
Friday 8th September
Convoy down from South London to arrive at Goodwood for a day of vintage motorsport (Tickets: £78), then it’s time to wave goodbye to the mainland as we and the cars set sail from Portsmouth to dinner and our first night on the Isle.
We recommend the 18:00 ferry. That will give us time to check into our hotels for 7:15ish and then meet for a casual dinner about 20:00 to 20:30.
To catch this ferry, we recommend departing Goodwood at 15:30 pm to 16:00 pm (Goodwood closes at 17:30 pm). That will give us enough time to drive the 45 min to Portsmouth and check-in for the ferry.
Saturday 9th September
A day set aside for cruising the island, through some picture-postcard villages and backroads, with potential stop-offs at Bembridge Airfield, St Catherines Lighthouse and The Needles together with some great sea views along the way.
Sunday 10th September
Time to park our fleet up at The Isle of White Classic Car Show in Ryde and enjoy the atmosphere of this super friendly show all along the beachfront at Ryde.
Monday 11th September
A trip to the stone walled harbour of Yarmouth for lunch, stopping at the Wetlands Reserve on the way to take in the views, before hoping on the ferry to Lymington and an afternoon cruise through the New Forest on our way homeward.
Members are invited to join in with as much or as little as they like, but we’re onboard for the full 4 days as the ferry tickets do add to the cost of the trip (approx. £200) and so we’ll be making the most of it.
We’ll base ourselves around the Ryde area and are suggesting that people organise their own accommodation – there are plenty of hotels and camping grounds in the vicinity and even a vintage Airstream Holiday Park if you’d like to continue the motoring theme of your weekend: https://retrostaycations.co.uk/
Ben, who has a family holiday home on the island, does have 3 beds available on a first-come-first served basis, just bear in mind that they are on the other side of the island and so, although free, does mean you’ll need to be up a bit earlier to join the rendezvous in Ryde. He’s also happy to help out with further recommendations for things to do if you decide to stay on a make a week out of it.
NOTE: You can join us for all of this tour or just a few parts of it. It is a DIY tour.
If you wish to join, you need to:
- Choose which days you will join
- Email us (Darren and Ben): firstname.lastname@example.org
- Book yourself. place to stay on the Isle of White: https://retrostaycations.co.uk/
- Book your ferry ticket here: https://www.wightlink.co.uk/
– There is a 20% discount on the ferries for the car festival! Details here: https://www.wightlink.co.uk/explorer/international-classic-car-show
– Outbound: Friday 8th September, Wightlink, Portsmouth – Fishbourne, 18:00 – 18:45
– Inbound: Monday 11th September, Wightlink, Yarmouth – Lymington, 15:05 – 15:45