The Wolseley Register’s 2016 National Rally was held over the weekend of 20th and 21st August. However, the rally weekend actually started on Friday with a visit to Wolseley PLC at Leamington, for a photo shoot and reception. We were made most welcome and enjoyed a lovely buffet lunch. Whilst there, chairman Clive formally presented Wolseley PLC with one of the earliest Wolseley sheep shearing machines known to exist, dating from the early 1880’s. The machine was previously owned by our late vice-president John Brindley, and generously donated by his widow, Margaret.
On Saturday, members met at the newly revamped British Motor Museum at Gaydon, where we had a designated parking area in which to display our cars. The museum has opened a huge new extension alongside the main building, thus enabling many extra cars to be displayed, (including several Wolseleys), which had previously been stored ‘out of sight’ of the public.
Sunday was the main rally day, where 70 Wolseleys and other classics from all over the UK and the continent converged on Charlecote Park, a National Trust Property near Stratford upon Avon. An excellent line up of models was displayed along the main drive to the house, which enabled many visitors to the house to also admire and reminisce at our cars.