The trip down to Hayling Island drew a large selection of varying shades of blue MX5s, with a smattering of other colours, and a Lexus to boot. We scooted through Berkshire, starting from the Bushe Café at Blackbushe airfield, and quickly into Hampshire, heading south. One of the positives, if not the only one, of having a miserable overcast day is that it keeps all the fair-weather Sunday drivers off the road. This meant we had, in general, a hassle free convoy to the coast. However, that doesn’t take into account the incorrect directions I had given when turning off the A3(M) for the A27!

For some reason I’d written down the wrong junction, but due to the low visibility from road spray, some cars didn’t notice that the leading convoy had remained on the A3 until J5, rather than coming off at J2 as I had instructed. But sat-navs are a wonderful invention for car-club convoys and, eventually, we all arrived at the Ferryboat Inn on the far western side of Hayling Island.

The Ferryboat Inn is a large pub and we congreated in the bar area with views over the sea.  We had lunch and a good old chin wag before deciding to go for a quick stroll along the beach whilst there was a slight break in the drizzle. We didn’t venture far before we had to head back before our car park ticket expired.

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