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Chichester MGOC Arundel Picnic 9th April 2017


Eventually we all met up in various laybys  on route just west of Petersfield. These meeting points have become BMGOC favourites  but some members added canine connotations that I personally did not understand. So 6 cars arrived at Arundel within the hour after a lovely run as always through Midhurst and Petworth.


We were half an hour early and got stacked in the car park opposite the Castle entrance. By the time the gates were opened the entrance was pretty grid locked and the fight to maintain your car below boiling point ensued. We got in and claimed a prime spot. I was well impressed that we had brought the Club Flags with us. That is the royal “we”. However, I managed to live up to my nickname when I pointed out that we had not applied to MGOC for 3rd party insurance cover should a flag go rampant and damage third party cars or people or whatever.


It was great to see Ian make it and  arrive later with Barbara and then immediately rush into Arundel to make/purchase a picnic. – more about this later.


We all then scattered to do our own thing. Six of us went for breakfast at a local café and watched the arrival of MG’s mixed in with a huge  Mini Club outing – not proper ones but BMW pretenders. Later we learnt that it was taking over half an hour to get down the hill and into the venue.

We all met back up “at camp” for a picnic. The Simpson “how to erect a camping table cabaret show” amused all. We also met up with Adrian who was parked opposite and who had come independently.


Those that had a cooked breakfast somewhat struggled. Ian’s picnic went well until he ate his way through a giant Doughnut to find it was completely jam less. Disappointment maybe does not describe his intense reaction. Anyway, as always a great display of MG’s but possibly not as many as last year.


However, the star of the show and made all worthwhile for attending were the tulips in the gardens. Now I am a self-confirmed and universally recognized Philistine – but they were MAGNIFICENT!