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The 11th Regis TAP (Tour And Picnic)

Raising funds for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance

Sunday 5th September 2021

Bognor Regis Motor Club Ltd are delighted to announce that regular participants Hardy Engineering have agreed to take over the sponsorship of this extremely popular charity classic car tour and picnic.  As usual, the event is raising funds for Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.  The recent Lockdown has delayed the ability to get out to visit proposed venues but these have now been secured.  The experienced Organising Team have safety of their participants, marshals and staff of any venues visited as their highest priority.

Having run the 10th tour safely within Tier 2 regulations last September, the Tour will conform to any Covid 19 guidelines still in place this September.  Should there still be major restrictions in place, deeming it unsafe to go ahead, all entries and payments will be held over to a later date (to be announced).  The team have safety as their top priority. There will be on-line entry and signing on.  All tour packs containing a tulip roadbook and rally plates will be sealed at least 3 days before the tour to be collected at the start. Hand Sanitiser will be available.

 

The event will start at our usual exclusive venue of Great Ballard School at Eartham, near Chichester, by kind permission of the Owner, Sue Jay.  Entrants will collect their sealed Participants’ pack. Tasty breakfast rolls with tea/coffee will be served. The first car will leave the start at 10.01 heading north west through beautiful countryside and our glorious “Bring Your Own Picnic” lunch venue is at the hidden gem that is Chawton House, a Grade II listed Elizabethan Manor House, near Alton (this amazing property was built in the 1580’s.  It was inherited by Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight.  The Library holds rare tomes by written mainly by ladies between 1600 and 1830).  For our visit we have access to the park and gardens for our picnics.  For a further £4 anyone wishing to view Chawton House in addition, may purchase an upgrade at the Parkland Pantry on the day, which will then make the ticket valid for a year!  

Our afternoon tea venue is Longstock Park Water Gardens, on the Leckford Estate near Stockbridge.  According to the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society this is “the finest water garden in the World”. It was owned by the late John Spedan Lewis (of John Lewis and Waitrose fame). Here an exclusive visit to these beautiful Water gardens is included and Entrants will be able to enjoy a cream tea.

The route then returns back over the border to Sussex for our usual wonderful finish at The Tithe Barn, Old Ditcham Farm, near Petersfield by kind permission of Jeremy and Margaret Oates. Crews will have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious hog roast roll.

It will be a great day out with a chance to meet up with old and make new friends, appreciate our fantastic countryside and visit some pretty amazing places.  As much as possible the event will be held outside to cope with any social distancing measures if still required.  Please wear appropriate clothing for our fairly variable weather conditions.

The Entry fee for a crew of 2 will be £120.00 to include breakfast rolls at the start, our visit to Chawton House Garden, don’t forget to bring your own picnic - www.chawtonhouse.org. Then onto Longstock Water Park Water Gardens for an exclusive visit  and a delicious cream tea. www.leckfordestate.co.uk/water-garden. On arrival at the finish from about 17.00, at The Tithe Barn a tasty hog roll will be served by Matt’s Hog Roast.  Due to the current situation we will not include a cash bar this year, so please bring any drinks you require plus plastic glasses. Extra crew members are £60.00 up to the number of seats in your vehicle.  £12.50 per person from every entry will be donated to Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.  

 

There will be a small commemorative gift given to every participant at the finish. This annual tour has now raised over £40,000, the first year £3,000 for St Wilfrid’s Hospice in Chichester and every year since for the Air Ambulance.  The team feel The Air Ambulance have done so much to assist the NHS since the start of the pandemic that they deserve every penny raised for them to continue their vital work.

The aim of the event is to raise lots of money for our chosen charity whilst having a great day out with your classic car travelling through approximately 100 miles of beautiful West Sussex and Hampshire countryside with likeminded people.  Please read the regulations before you complete the entry form.  An up to date, unseeded entry list will be found on the entry form page, top right. If you have any queries please email alitherally@btinternet.com or call 01243 542674.

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Proud sponsors and participants of The Regis TAP

                                                                                               Charity No: 1021367

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