Mal Rowland & Terry Botto

The Solent Area covers Portsmouth, Southampton and Hampshire, the Isle of White and extends to Salisbury and Andover. We meet twice a month, for a Sunday Drive on the first Sunday of each month, which takes place all year round and an evening event on the third Wednesday of each month.

Full details of all our events, are provided in our “Solent Area Programme”, which is posted on the Solent Area of the Forum and is a live document and can be found pinned to the Forum.


First Sunday of the Month: please check the Solent Area Programme for the latest details

Third Wednesday of the Month: please check the Solent Area Programme for the latest details


SOLENT AREA – A drive and visit to The Hampshire Hog, Clanfield for Supper @ The Hampshire Hog
Apr 17 @ 6:45 pm – 9:45 pm

HI Everyone,

A bit of time until we do this run in April, which will be our first drive after the clocks go forward, so it is early notice of this one but the seeds of the event have been sown and a reservation for 15 to 20 people has been made, which can be updated to add more, as desired.

We will update the venue on our numbers nearer the time but in the meantime, if you let us know if you are likely to attend this event, we will compile a list and then send out a menu for you to pre-order your meals.

Please note: The menu on the website is likely to change in the spring, so will not necessarily be the same is the one currently shown!

Best Regards

The Solent Team



SOLENT & Neighbouring Areas – Simply Jap 2024 @ Beaulieu Motor Museum
Jul 21 all-day

Hi Everyone,

Following on from previous years, when we have attended Simply Jap at Beaulieu, which has always been a great day out, with lots of Japanese Marques present, we are returning again on Sunday 21st July 2024.

This year however, the MX5OC is using this unique venue to celebrate 30 years of the MX5 Owners Club & 35 years for the MX5.

For full details on this event and instructions on buying your “early bird” tickets, please click on the following link; Simply Japanese Beaulieu, Sunday 21st July 2024 – MX-5 Owners Club Anniversary Display – Events / Club Events – MX-5 Owners Club Forum (

Please note that; The MX5OC stand has already been registered for this event and Iain Fleming has asked that once members have purchased their tickets, they are also requested to register their attendance by completing the form form online and submitting it!

Best Regards

The Solent Team


SOLENT – A visit to Awbridge Village Fete on Saturday 13th May 2023

Hi Everyone, Its been a few years since we last did this one and as many of you know it’s a good’un🙂 Mike’s wit when narrating these tour is wonderful and after the tour we return to the barn and have a wonderful Ploughmans Supper – with those famous Lyburn Cheese’s of course Lyburn Cheeses, […]


Solent Area – A drive and visit to the Chocolate Frog Tearooms and Barns on Sunday 2nd October 2022

Hi Everyone, Here is another event for you all, courtesy of “Wheelers Fine MX5 Drives”  Patricia & John have kindly arranged a Solent Area drive to visit The Chocolate Frog Tea Rooms and Shopping Barns, Oakhanger Lane, Oakhanger,Nr Bordon, Hants, GU35 9JA Due to the interest already received, since this event was posted in the Solent […]


SOLENT AREA – A visit to Simply Jap at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu on 24th July 2022

Hi Everyone, Gerry Hall has arranged a visit for us to Simply Jap at Beaulieu to display as many MX5’s as possible, so please come along if you are free for a good day out in nice surroundings. Terry and I went to this a few years back but have not been since, so now […]


SOLENT – Fish and Chips on the Beach on Wednesday 20th July 2022

An ever popular Event, in the Solent Area Calendar, as we had a lovely time sitting on the beach in stunning sunshine in 2021, so we are hoping for the same this year   So, its back again this year, “to titillate your taste buds and make your mouth water” and Caroline & Nick Greest […]


SOLENT AREA – 16th February 2022: A visit to Rancho Steakhouse, West Street, Fareham

Hi Everyone, In liaison with Tug & Clare, as they had kindly organised our Cafe Tusk visits in past years, before Covid, we have been discussing where to visit now Cafe Tusk has closed down in Fareham  We discussed various options/venues and have come up with; RANCHO STEAK HOUSE, 109-111 WEST STREET, PO16 0AB  A […]

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