Blast from past as magic memories meet modern motors

The annual SGMW Heritage Day proved another huge-hit trip down a motoring memory lane.

Our fifth Heritage Day, again staged at the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu in Hampshire, was enjoyed by 25 SGMW members, a record number representing three-quarters of our total membership.

Porsche Cayman GT4.

They were joined at this popular blast from the past by 17 PRs, from seven manufacturers, while another four brands sent cars, both heritage and modern models, for SGMW members to drive.

SGMW secretary and Heritage Day organiser Chris Rees said: “The response was overwhelmingly positive at the end of the day.

Ford Escort RS Cosworth.

“People didn’t want to go and they were just glowing about our Heritage Day. People also stayed and visited the motor museum.”

Every single car supplied by manufacturers for the event was driven while some SGMW members added to the heritage haul by bringing their cherished classic cars.

SEAT Terra.

At the end of the day everyone voted for their champion cars – the Car of the Day brought by manufacturers and best car belonging to an SGMW member.

Manufacturers Car of the Day was a two-horse race between the current Porsche Cayman GT4 and 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth with the former winning by a single vote.

Stuart Bird’s characterful SEAT Terra van was the runaway SGMW winner.

The full range of manufacturers’ cars driven were:

  • BMW 1 Series M Coupe.
  • Citroen’s new C5X executive crossover.
  • Ford Escort RS Cosworth, Mustang Mach 1 and Mustang Mach-E.
  • Genesis GV60 SUVs.
  • Honda HR-V SUV.
  • Kia Stinger 3.3 V6 GT-S and original Soul EV.
  • Lexus IS F and NX HEV SUV.
  • Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Cayenne Turbo GT.
  • Skoda Fabia vRS Mark 1.
  • Toyota Yaris Mark 1 and MR2 TF 300 Roadster.
  • Volkswagen Polo GTI.

A big thank you to all the manufacturers and SGMW members who supplied cars and made the event such a success.