Mike Hawthorn Memorial Lunches for this Spring were held on 10th and 12th April 2014 at The Barley Mow, Tilford, Near Farnham.
I was very fortunate to be invited to stay with Tim and Sue Ely at their home in Surrey, and to attend the second of the Mike Hawthorn Memorial Lunches on the 12th April, with Tim Ely who has been organizing this popular event since its inception, 10 years ago.
Brucie parked outside The Barley Mow, Tilford at the beginning of the day
The Barley Mow was one of Mike Hawthorn’s favoured watering holes, hence the tradition of holding the memorial lunches here. It is in a wonderful position, set in an idyllic English village location, opposite the cricket green.
Allcomers are welcome, and within an interesting selection of cars from all eras, which spread all the way down the lane, there was a healthy Jaguar attendance, some of which were in prime position, as witnessed below! Mike Ballard’s Mark 1 also attended Nigel Webb’s Mark 1 event the following day!
As is fitting, The Barley Mow boasts an interesting collection of Hawthorn memorabilia, which landlord Charles Barton is gradually building up, and which includes the framed photograph (below right), rescued by the landlord from someone who was going to throw it away!
While I was paying my respects to Mike Hawthorn, it seemed only fitting that I should visit his grave, and that of his father, Les Hawthorn. Mike’s grave is well tended, and it is possible to drive right up alongside it.
Tim Ely, organiser of the Mike Hawthorn Memorial Lunches, and my host for the weekend, pictured with Brucie alongside Mike Hawthorns grave in Farnham, Surrey
Sadly, Les Hawthorn’s grave is not so well tended, but it is hoped that this may be remedied in the future.
Many thanks to Tim and Sue for their hospitality over the weekend, which allowed me to combine the Mike Hawthorn lunch with attending Nigel Webb’s Mark 1 Day on 13th April. For both of these events, we were truly blessed with perfect weather!
If you would like to attend future lunches, full details can be obtained from Tim Ely
While I was at The Barley Mow, I put forward the idea of collecting for a bench in the memory of Mike Hawthorn, to be placed outside the pub, facing the cricket ground. Donations to Tim Ely above, please.
For more information on Mike Hawthorn, or to order a copy of his biography, Mike Hawthorn – Golden Boy, please visit Tony Bailey’s website: Mike Hawthorn – A Tribute
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