The IOW convoy started on Friday 16th of September at 8.00am in Leicester by Felicity. She travelled down to us in Little Addington and then to Thame, then Marlow where we were joined by the others, making us a colourful line up of 10 cars.
We stayed in Sandown a short drive from the ferry, where we met up with two more members. With all the cars safely parked in the hotel car park, we set off into town for a well-earned fish and chip supper and then an early night to be ready for the show the next day.
Saturday we drove through the lanes to Newport receiving waves from people along the way and parked by the Harbour. There was a huge array of cars all sizes and colours but none as pretty as ours which always fetch more than their fair share of attention. It was a cold day by the sea, but there were plenty of quaint shops and tea rooms to explore in Newport, so all in all it was a very good day.
Back in Sandown that evening saw us strolling into town looking for a restaurant big enough to accommodate us all. We found what used to be a bank, which had been converted, into a really lovely restaurant and we were made very welcome by the staff and locals.
The food was superb and the entertainment was exceptional, a very good-looking guy playing a guitar and singing. We ladies really enjoyed having a sing along even if he didn’t know any of the songs we requested! We also had our own little party with a couple of birthdays to celebrate.
Sunday was a much warmer day when we drove into Ryde. We parked along the sea front and were able to sit and enjoy the lovely sunshine after strolling along the promenade looking at all the cars. The event here was for charity and there was much to see and things to buy to help the local charities.
We were delighted when the Mayor of Ryde came along to us and announced the Fiat 500 Club cars were the winners of the best car group and presented the club with a plaque and some motor oil, which will be raffled at the AGM. We returned to Sandown that evening very proud of our little cars and had reason to go out again and celebrate.
On Monday we said our goodbyes and thanks to the Hotel owners and left to explore a bit more of the island. We drove to Newchurch where we visited a garlic farm. We couldn’t believe how many types of garlic there were. We walked around the farm to see how they were all grown and harvested and then we had a tasting session. Some of us made purchases before leaving to go onto our next stop Nettestone. Here we parked by the sea and had a stroll around and found a nice deli where we bought fresh crab rolls for the journey home.
We returned to the ferry for our homeward journey. We said our goodbyes before we got off the ferry to head home. It had been a very happy and exciting weekend and we would like to thank Paul once again for organizing and booking ferries and hotels for us all.