A few members of the Fchat (please forgive my language!) forum based in the South West, recently met up to put faces to names and we thought it would be a good idea to have a venue for regular but informal meetings: an arrangement that doesn’t require any pre-planning by long-suffering organisers, or forward commitment by attendees to come – people can just pitch up, for as long as they want, if they feel like it on the day.
The place we met was the Haynes Motor Museum at Sparkford. We chose this because they already have a monthly “Breakfast Club”, so no prior planning was necessary, and the location was about the same distance from each of us (coming from various parts of the South West).
It proved to be ideal - a venue with a motoring interest (but no obligation to incur the cost of going into the museum if you don’t what to), plenty of parking, and a café on site for coffee / breakfast. There was, however, one problem: there were an awful lot of attendees, so our Ferraris were rather lost among a throng of rather mundane cars, and the queue for coffee and bacon sandwiches was horrendous!
After considering a number of options, we decided that the answer was to stick with the venue, for the reasons mentioned above, but to go with different dates, when (hopefully), there will be less other cars filling up the car park.
We are, therefore, going to try the second Sunday of each month, aiming to arrive around or soon after 9.00 a.m. (when the café opens – half an hour before the museum itself, so the car park should be fairly empty), planning to be gone by around 11.00 a.m., so as not to interfere with our families’ various Sunday lunch and other plans (though of course there is no reason not so stay later if anyone wants to do so).
The plan is initially to make this a gathering for Ferrari owners (though not just for FOC members), and, if it flies, then perhaps to open it up to other appropriate marques like Maserati and so forth.
Date: Sunday 10th. June (and the first Sunday of the month thereafter)
Time: 9.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m.
Venue: Haynes International Motor Museum
Location: Post code - BA22 7LH
So, if you fancy coming along, that would be great.