Mal Rowland & Terry Botto

Solent Region meets 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 at;(

So, this is where you will find the latest information on all our meets. During the winter months, we normally use “The Milbury’s” ( in Beauworth but again, watch the Solent Area Programme for the latest details.


Held at The Milburys Pub in Beauworth, SO24 0PB on the third Wednesday of each month during winter months but as stated above, please check the Solent Area Programme for the latest details.


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SOLENT – First Drive of 2021 @ Ramster Hall Gardens
May 23 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Hi Everyone,

This is the post we have all been waiting for and let’s hope, now the vaccine programme has gathered pace and we gently ease out of lockdown, we will proceed through the rest of the year without another lockdown – fingers crossed!

Permission from the MX5OC has now been given to all AC’s, to resume drives and events from 17th May 2021.

As AC’s, we need to do this safely and the MX5OC have mandated that we only arrange drives and events for a maximum of 30 people and log names and contact details of all attendees, as per last year. Please note that our list will be run on a first come-first served basis, so if you wish to come along, be sure to get your names to us, together with an email address and a contact telephone number soonest.

So, for our first drive of 2021, as we will have obviously missed our normal first Sunday of the month drive (2nd May) we are going to have a mid-month drive and will meet at:

Sainsburys,Hambledon Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire PO7 7UL at 10:30 for a prompt 11:00 departure.

If anybody wishes to gather a bit earlier for a Costa Coffee then we will be happy to see you there.

We aim to be at Ramster at approx 12:00 and there is an excellent cafe on site, which was great last year and I have asked Rosie (Ramster Contact) to update me on what will be available to you all, on the day and will post an update for you, on the Solent Area of the Forum.

Looking at the website, the cost to go around the gardens is £8 per person but they do a group rate, for 15 or more popele at £7 per person, which if take- up is good we should qualify for 😉

We are currently looking at and contacting venues for future drives and events that we can safely arrange for members. So, be sure to visit the forum and Solent Calendar Posts regularly for any updates!

Best Regards

Mal & Terry

Joint Solent Area Coordinators, for the MX5OC


SOLENT – Thruxton Historic **Update as of 1st May 2021** @ Thruxton Motorsport Centre
Jun 12 – Jun 13 all-day

Hi Everyone,

This was a great event for Solent and neighbouring areas last year and we had a great position on the outer grass bank, with a good view of the track and close to facilities, which we have also requested this year.

We took along Area Shelters last year and will do the same this year, to fly the flag for the MX5OC but need to be cognisant of Covid distancing rules!

We are giving this event another push now, as take up has been understandibly relatively low due to Covid but now we are gently easing out of lockdown and being an open air event, it is deemed much safer for members. Also, being an organised event with a dedicated safety team and policies in place, we can have more than 30 members in attendance for each area.

Terry and I have booked the Sunday only tickets and very much look forward to seeing you at Thruxton on the Sunday.

However, if you go the Saturday there will be members from Solent and other areas around for you to chat to.

Booking details to obtain the club discount are given below; 

The MX-5 Owners Club for the Thruxton Historic race meeting on the 12th and 13th of June 2021.  Your club discount code members will need to purchase club tickets is:  MX5212HT 

To purchase tickets at 50% off the on the day price and book a free club display vehicle pass visit the car club ticket booking page

Scroll down, select a ticket type and click ‘ADD TO BASKET’

Adjust the quantity required (to add a different ticket type go back one page) – Noting that it’s 1 ticket per adult and not per car!

Enter code MX5212HT in the DISCOUNT CODE field (bottom left of the basket) click APPLY

Repeat to apply the discount to each ticket type on the order

Please check the total before clicking PROCEED TO CHECKOUT and also remember that you cannot buy 4 tickets for four members in one go, as only one car pass will be issued. You will need to ensure you order one or two tickets at a time to ensure your car has a car pass to gain entry to Thruxton.

Club ticket sales close at 2pm Monday 7th June.  Tickets and display vehicle passes will be sent to club members by first class post on or before this date.

Club displays will be on the banking and grass areas in the outfield and your allocated club area will be signposted.

Event information and latest news can be found here

Under the EVENT INFO tab on that page you will find Thruxton Circuit Covid-19 information page ‘WHAT WE’RE DOING TO KEEP GUESTS SAFE AT THRUXTON’

Please note arrangements are subject to Government and Motorsport UK regulations in force at the time.

Buy with Confidence – Should the circuit be unable to admit spectators ticket buyers will have the option to transfer their tickets or request a full refund.

Best Regards

Mal & Terry