Chateau Impney Hillclimb.


We went to the Chateau Impney Hillclimb at the weekend staying at the rather fabulous Stanbrook Abbey Hotel which as you can see from the photos used to be an Abbey.

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A very interesting weekend for architecture as we then went to Chateau Impney another stunning building owned by a member of the Bentley Drivers Club, for the hillclimb.


Had VIP tickets which meant we had some good food and drink and the best view from the Chateau terrace.


Here is the view from the terrace of one of the corners, as you can see my camera skills are pretty useless, but I suppose if you choose to take a photograph with a telephone, what can you expect. Still, it’s a better result than trying to make a telephone call with a camera, however as I’m typing this little jokette I expect there is some clever spark either making or already selling a camera that makes phone calls. It’s a shame the photo doesn’t portray the experience of standing close to vintage motor cars travelling at speed protected only by a straw bale.

We have been away recently quite a lot so this blog has turned into a bit of a travelogue recently and will continue in a couple of weeks when we go to a Forties Weekend in March, Cambridgeshire, I hope the weather has cooled a little by then as I shall be wearing my 1940’s three piece tweed suit from Chester Cordite.


About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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