The 2016 MSA Spring Classic took place on the weekend of 23/24 April and offered two wonderful days of motoring through the beautiful counties of Monmouthshire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.
The weekend was based at the luxurious Celtic Manor Resort hotel, where Saturday night's Gala Dinner was held and where the cars were parked up on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Leaving the Celtic Manor on Saturday morning, the cars headed north towards Ledbury for the first coffee stop at Westons Cider Farm which has been producing cider in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle for over 135 years. The extensive range of ciders and perries were not recommended for those behind the wheel!
The journey continued northwards to arrive at the stunning Hampton Court Castle in Hope under Dinmore, where we enjoyed not only a fine lunch but also a tour of the award-winning gardens of this magnificent 15th Century castle.
The return journey took us through more glorious countryside before a mid-afternoon stop at the Grade I listed Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club. This was the ancestral home of the Rolls family from 1767 until 1987, the most famous descendant of course being Charles Stewart Rolls who founded a small car company with his friend Henry Royce at the beginning of the 20th Century...
Saturday evening's festivities took place back at the Celtic Manor Resort. For those who were there in 2013, the fabulous five-star catering lives long in the memory and this year was every bit as delicious.
The following day the event headed into Gloucestershire, beginning with a good run out to the Cotswold Motoring Museum at Bourton-on-the-Water. Owned by the CSMA and overflowing with vintage car collections, classic cars, motorcycles and caravans, as well as an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities, it offered a captivating experience for the first stop of the day.
Lunch was taken at the Sudbury House Hotel & Restaurant, nestling on the edge of the Cotswolds between Oxford and Swindon. Having been completely refurbished and renovated in 2015, Sudbury House welcomed us to the relaxed and informal Magnolia Brasserie, with its feature open kitchen and wood-burning stove.
The weekend concluded at Castle Combe race circuit, the perfect place to burn off the excesses of the weekend. The Wiltshire venue is one of the most enjoyable circuits to drive in the country, with long sweeping bends and enough technical elements to keep it interesting; it's the perfect track for older cars to stretch their legs and open the pipes.
Please click HERE to view the 2016 MSA Spring Classic Entry List.