Welcome to the RREC Wessex Section
Welcome to the Wessex Section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC).
We celebrated our 50th Anniversary in December 2019 and we are greatly looking forward to the next 50 years. And we’d love you to come along and enjoy the ride with some of the most glamorous and beautifully engineered motor cars ever made.
The Wessex Section of the RREC is a great bunch of really friendly people who like nothing better than to gather at some amazing venues, country houses, gardens and characterful hostelries to enjoy our cars and each other’s company.
We are so lucky in the Wessex Section to have more than our fair share of beautiful countryside, amazing coastlines, fabulous beaches and historic buildings than you could visit in a lifetime. We cover all of Dorset, some of Somerset, most of Wiltshire and the New Forest area of Hampshire. Here's a map of the area: RREC sections
If you own a Rolls-Royce or Bentley motor car of any age - and our members seem to own a wide variety of all every model produced - we’d love you to be part of the Wessex Section. Even if you live on the fringes of our area you might find that membership of the Wessex Section opens up a whole new range of social possibilities.
And if you have not yet managed to purchase your first Rolls-Royce or Bentley don’t despair. Our members in Wessex have a wealth of knowledge and experience with these fine cars that they’d be delighted to share with you.
We also have a set of specialist dealers advertising within our quarterly Wessex Section magazine Torque who’d be equally delighted to help you with your first purchase.
The Wessex Section of the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club may only be just over 50 years young but we’d love you to be a part of its future.
Once you’ve joined the RREC you can be involved with the Wessex Section for as little as £5 a year for an online membership or £15 for an enhanced membership with your copy of our quarterly printed Torque magazine.
Some of our members make a further donation to ensure that we continue to offer you the very best companion to ownership of your Rolls-Royce or Bentley motor car.
We have a new online events messaging service, too, bringing you all the latest news of what’s on in Wessex.
After becoming a member of the RREC national club you can join the Wessex Section here:
Welcome to the RREC Wessex website where we bring you all the latest news and information about events and social meetings in the RREC Wessex Section.
Sadly events and social meetings have been a bit thin on the ground during 2021 due to the Coronovirus pandemic and very necessary Government strictures on Lockdown and Social Distancing. But do take a look at our Gallery Section to see what we’ve been up to recently.
Our lively online emailed monthly newsletter was adapted to help fill the gap during Lockdown and continues to bring you news and happenings within Wessex Section.
Stuart Bladon, after gallantly performing the twin roles of editor and chairman since the 2018 AGM, passed over the baton to me in May 2020.
I would like to thank Stuart for handling his duo of tasks with considerable aplomb and for handing over the RREC Wessex Section in good heart.
I’ve known Stuart since I joined Classic Cars magazine in the late Seventies when he was a well-respected journalist on Autocar. I was delighted to rediscover that Stuart was actively involved in the RREC Wessex Section when my partner Keith and I moved down from London to Dorset in August 2017.
Stuart masterminded the Section’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations in December 2019, the highlight of which was the celebratory dinner at Palace House, Beaulieu in the presence of Lord and Lady Montagu along with special guest Wayne Bruce, Director of Communications at Bentley Motors and Richard Fenner, RREC Board Member.
Stuart, I am delighted to say, continues as the editor of our excellent quarterly printed Torque magazine.
My own background as a writer on classic cars for various magazines as well as being actively involved at committee level with three classic car clubs ( chair of the GCCG for 20 years up to the end of 2019 ) helps me a lot.
My current car stable comprises a 1954 Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn in Shell Grey over Mason’s Black; this has been with me for well over 20 years and we have travelled all over the UK and Europe together. I’m always astonished by this car’s capabilities and they really must have seemed pretty special when new if you were lucky enough to have afforded one. More recently a 2000 model year Rolls-Royce Silver Seraph in Deep Aqua joined the garage - two low volume models with a certain understated elegance which I love.
Hold the Front Page - Your Own Car Highlighted
If you would like your own Bentley or Rolls-Royce featured on these pages or on our excellent website do drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with just a few pertinent details - and some artfully composed photos so that we can publish in either or both of these RREC Wessex Section mediums.
And - all budding David Lean’s out there - why not make a movie clip of your favourite car and send it in? Not Gone With The Wind - please - but we'd love a Brief Encounter with your favourite auto to share with others and enliven our new website with real moving pictures.
We are now also actively seeking County Contacts - especially for Hampshire. Though extra volunteers for Somerset, Wiltshire, Dorset would be good.
If you’d like to be a local point of contact, and a catalyst for our Wessex Section supporters, I’d really love to hear from you. We hope to have representation in every County in the large area covered by the Wessex Section to help organise some really great events in 2022.
You may have a wizard idea for a venue, museum, garden or historic house that would be ideal for our supporters to visit. Or even a local pub - perhaps one serving some really good food - that might even be a venue for a regular meet-up point?
Better still, would you be willing to organise something yourself? Who knows? You may even make some new friends this way who also share your enthusiasm for the best cars in the world.
The Wessex Section was founded at the Devonshire Ams at Long Sutton near Langport in Somerset for instance. I’ve already been in touch with the owners and they’d be delighted to see us at any time. How’s that for a great idea? Let’s all see if we can make this happen.