For our June meeting, as a change from our normal Wednesday evening meetings, we held a “Giro Panoramico” driving day and picnic on Sunday, June 4th . This was planned by Mark and Carol Gardiner.
Mark and Carol planned a convoy run, starting from near the St Leonards Hotel just west of Ringwood and taking a scenic route through very attractive countryside towards Shaftesbury and from there around Cranborne Chase to the Larmar Tree Gardens near Tollard Royal, a journey totaling around 60 miles. We were fortunate with the weather which was warm and sunny all day. We arrived at the gardens at around 13:00 and everyone enjoyed their picnic before touring the beautiful gardens.
Unfortunately due to a last minute issue, Mark and Carol were unable to attend but we successfully negotiated their planned route with ten cars in line. We didn’t lose anyone en-route although sadly, we lost Ray Storey at the start when his 916 Spider, which had got him to the start point with no problems, then refused to start. I understand from Ray that the car fixed itself and started again some time later such that he was able to get home. He suspects an intermittent issue with immobiliser system ! That’s the fun of driving an Alfa I guess !
A big thank you to Mark and Carol for planning the route for the Giro !