by Gar Cole
by Gar Cole.
I think it's fair to say that 2019's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show has been our most successful to date, despite having one of the smaller pitches compared to the past. We crammed it with 5 diverse and fabulous vehicles; I saw people show every emotion from surprise, delight, envy and appreciation, you just couldn't ignore the stand.
Massive thanks to the 5 vehicles owners Paul Green, John Dickson, Mick Taylor, Nick Arthur and Tosh and Gus Brooks. You guys gave brilliant support all weekend from setting up to chatting with the public, special thanks also to Phil Allin, Gill Taylor, Lincoln hunt , Ian Woodward and Bernard Owen for helping with setting up and manning the stand. It was a lovely and genuine surprise when our stand won it's first award for the collection of vehicles the judges would most like to take home. A big thanks to Dave Youngs at Lancaster for all your support.
Last but definitely not least our head admin Paul Sweeney who does a lot behind the scenes folks never see, helping me with the show forms and emails from the different departments as well as managing the website and online shop, and of course my fellow 'fat bloke' Mike Peake for his tireless support and enthusiasm for these show, it was a team effort and we nailed it!😀
by Gar Cole
Date: Saturday 26th September 2020
To celebrate the joint 60th birthdays of Group members Nick Arthur and Gus Brooks I'm announcing by far our most ambitious driving tour to date, taking place on Saturday 26th September 2020 .
The convoy will meet at the Quayside in Castletown on the southern tip of the island with members of the islands classic car club , from here we head across to Port Erin, then we will head north using as many rural and coastal roads up the western side of the island, taking in towns with such great names as Peel, Ballaugh, The Cronk, Jurby and the northern-most village of Bride.
From here the route heads south down the East coast through Ramsey and stopping at the Laxey wheel, the largest water wheel in the world, just next door we will park up and take a ride on the Snaefell electric mountain cog railway to enjoy the amazing scenery.
To finish up the convoy will head into Douglas for a pre booked celebration birthday dinner at one of the larger promenade hotels/restaurants .
To answer a few frequently asked questions as best I can:
This is a joint tour with our sister group Pre Millennial Motors, so all vehicles British and foreign built before 2000 are welcome.
by Gar Cole
Our first driving tour of 2020 promises to be a cracker, starting from the picturesque coastal village of Charmouth on Dorset's 'World Heritage Jurassic Coast ' the tour will follow the beautiful B3157 coast road passing through West Bay, Bridport, Weymouth, Abbotsbury and reaching Portland Bill for a refreshment stop at the Lighthouse restaurant.
From Portland Bill the convoy will take a different route back to Charmouth via Cerne Abbas, Maiden Newton, Beaminster and a refreshment stop at the Half Moon at Netherbury. Beautiful country roads, quaint villages and great scenery with endless photo opportunities.
Upon returning to Charmouth we will park in the secure beach car park. A cooking permit has been acquired to have a BBQ and dinner on the grass land surrounding the beach. Food will be cooked by my brother who is a Charmouth native and an excellent cook; you're all welcome to join us.
This is a joint meet with our sister group Pre Millennial Motor Vehicles group; hope to see you there.
by Gar Cole
Driving tour - Saturday 23 November 2019, Yorkshire
To celebrate Bernard Owens ' our groups elder sage ' 80th birthday and to break up the long winter months we have decided to do a scenic drive during November along the stunning Yorkshire Moors.
Starting from the Cross Keys Hotel in Upsall, we will cross the Moors to Pickering Station, explore the local attractions, drive on from there to Goathland, whose village and station featured in Heartbeat and the Harry Potter films.
From here we will take the coastal road down to Whitby for an organised Fish and Chip lunch, finally a visit to Whitby Abbey ruins for photos with our cars before returning to the hotel.
Expect the weather to be bitterly cold, all vehicles welcome on this tour either classic or modern. You are welcome to just join us for the Saturday drive or if you prefer some of us are staying the weekend at the Cross Keys Inn near Guisborough Friday and Saturday night.
It is free to book through booking.com and you pay at the hotel, you can cancel free of charge up to 24hrs before check-in if we have to cancel due to snow.
Feeling brave? Then see you there! 😀
by Gar Cole and Paul Sweeney
We have once again been offered a club stand at next March's Restoration Show at the NEC. It is easily our largest stand to date at a whopping 142 sq mt, which means we should have room for up to 8 display vehicles. On top of that we are right next to the live action at the Sporting Bears Dream Rides in Hall 5, stand 060.
Offer your classic for display on our stand
We are looking now for members' classics to display on our stand.
Here is the deal if yours is selected:
We realise this is a major commitment in time, money and effort but will do our best to make you feel welcome and part of the team. Those who have displayed previously tell us it was a great experience.
If you are happy with the terms above, please complete the form below including at least one high quality photo of your classic. Make it a good one as its likely to be "make or break" in terms of whether your classic is chosen.
ENTRIES CLOSE midnight GMT 31 December 2018
Following on from the success of the Jaguar tour and by popular request the group will be making an official visit to the Morgan Motors Factory in Malvern. You will see arguably the last true British car company still employing traditional construction methods and it should be fascinating.
We have picked the 22nd February to help break up the long dark winter ahead, plus with onsite parking and restaurant it doesn't matter if the weather is poor.
Priced at a very reasonable £24.50 per adult + £1 fees and processing.
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