Mid Week Tour of Hampshire

Mid Week Tour of Hampshire

The Classic and Sports Section are organising a tour on May 22nd to 26th 2017. A reservation has been made for 20 rooms at the Moorhill House Hotel, Burley, New Forest for four nights, week commencing Monday 22nd May 2017, leaving on the morning of Friday 26th May.  Dinner, bed and breakfast is £80 per person per night, i.e. £160 per couple per night.  If interested in joining this trip, please contact Gail Harrison on classics@shelsley-walsh.co.uk by Friday 18th November at the latest.  A non-refundable deposit of £30 per person will be requested by 30th November.

EVENT REPORT: Sports & Classics Coast To Coast

EVENT REPORT: Sports & Classics Coast To Coast

MAC Sports and Classics Coast to Coast run June 2016

Ostensibly this Coast to Coast run, meticulously organised by Gail and Tony Harrison, was scheduled to start at St Bees Head in Cumbria on Wednesday 8th June and end the following evening at Robin Hood’s Bay on the east coast of Yorkshire. However, many, including these writers, made a week of it ‘up North’.

Several ‘Coasters’ took up an invitation to visit MAC member and Shelsley competitor Keith Thomas at his home in Cockermouth and still mention their warm welcome, and especially the cakes on offer, with great enthusiasm.

In our case, we stayed with friends in Ormskirk on Monday then took a leisurely drive to Ravenglass and a ride on the wonderfully named ‘Ratty railway’ to the village of Boot – more of which later. Then it was back to our digs, The Muncaster Country Guest House, next to Muncaster Castle where we met up with more of the MAC ‘Coasters’ for the mile walk to dinner at the Ratty Arms.

So the majority of the seventeen crews met up at the stunning Muncaster Castle for an extra breakfast and a grand send-off from the Castle’s owner whose wife’s ancestors had lived there for some 800 years.

There were two routes on the first day; one Northern taking in St Bees, Buttermere village, Crummock Water and the 1 in 3 Honister Pass, part of which is the Drum House hill climb used on the VSCC Lakeland Trial every year. On the other side of the lake was Haystacks Mountain, which the comprehensive ‘Harrisons Guide’ informed us, was a favourite of fell-walker Alfred Wainwright and where his ashes were scattered.

The route continued through Penrith to Kirby Lonsdale. Barbon Manor speed hill climb is just down the road and the wonderful views, as the Guide says, are probably best seen from the church which has a grand wrought iron gateway and an ingenious wheeled return – which impressed this Dibnah anyway. The Snooty Fox inn was always a favourite destination. On through glorious Swaledale to our night stop at the Charles Bathurst [CB] Inn at Langthwaite and a pint or two of Masham’s finest Black Sheep draught bitter and the sight of yet another of Ken Taylor’s understated shirts.

The Southern route followed the terrifying-in-places Hardknott + Wrynose Passes and for the first few miles, the 100 year old Ravenglass and Eskdale railway. We called into the village of Boot where we had stopped the previous day on the train, to investigate the mill. Dating from 1578 it has not just one, but three mill wheels powered by water, the third being a modern installation nearing completion which we were told will provide all the electricity for the mill to be self-sufficient. The owners were delighted to show us around even though they weren’t really open and were very interested to hear of the Shelsley Mill.

Next stop for us was the cable-driven ferry over Lake Windermere to Bowness. During the short trip we could see the weather arriving and it wasn’t good. Sure enough, just as we disembarked the heavens opened and within minutes the roads were like rivers – thank goodness for a car with a hood. Those hardy souls Cynthia+Barrie Scully in their beautifully engineered, but completely bonkers, three wheeler Moto Guzzi had to sit out the storm with just an umbrella for protection.

The route then took us through Kirby Lonsdale, Ingleton and Ribblehead. It doesn’t matter how many times you see a significant viaduct it never ceases to amaze and delight. Sadly we didn’t see the steam train taking Harry Potter and pals to Hogwarts School.

And so on through the Yorkshire Dales National Park – God’s country tha’ knows – to meet up with the others at the CB Inn.

Day 2 led us to Richmond and Northallerton and on to the North Yorkshire Moors, again amidst stunning scenery and good driving roads to Grosmont and the steam railway and Goatland, home of ITV’s Heartbeat.

 

There was then a choice of picturesque Yorkshire seaside towns such as Staithes, Whitby [where Gail Harrison was seen heading out to sea in a lifeboat] and the vertiginous road down to the sea at Robin Hood’s Bay from where we could see our ultimate destination, the impressive cliff top pile of Ravenhall Hotel, which by the way, would make an excellent setting for an Agatha Christie murder novel.

With that in mind, we’re pleased to report all the ‘Coasters’ made it through to breakfast the next day.

Our thanks to Gail and Tony Harrison, with special mentions for the dynamic duo of Colin Moore and John Dyas for their inspired route planning and David Moore for his advice  on places of interest and landmarks en route. And thanks to all the ‘Coasters’ for their company which was the most important ingredient in making a really enjoyable and memorable trip.

Coast To Coast
Coast To Coast
The Team
The Team
Ken Taylor’s understated shirts
Ken Taylor’s understated shirts
Colin gave the blessing
Colin gave the blessing
Three wheeler Moto Guzzi
Three wheeler Moto Guzzi

News from the Sports and Classic Team

News from the Sports and Classic Team

MAC Classic events are open to MAC Members only, unless otherwise noted.

Eligibility of cars – Vintage, classics and modern sports cars

DIARY DATES FOR 2016.

THE MAC CLASSIC  Sunday – April 24th 2016.

This will be another of our biennial fund raising events using a number of start venues around the Midlands. Entries are now closed with approaching 200 cars taking part. Spectators will be welcome at Shelsley Walsh.

Spain – May 17th to 25th 2016

This will feature the ferry to Santander and return plus hotel accommodation locally in Northern Spain. Entries are now closed.

Coast to Coast Tour – June 8th/9th 2016

This event will start near St. Bees , Cumbria, on the morning of Wednesday 8th June with breakfast refreshments.  Overnight accommodation has been reserved in Reath, Yorkshire for Wednesday 8th June and in Robin Hood’s Bay for Thursday 9th June.  Dinner, bed and breakfast at both hotels.  It will not be a tulip route event, but suggested route directions and places of interest will be given at the start. There are a small number of places still available , for any further information, please contact Gail Harrison on 01562 700612 or classics@shelsley-walsh.co.uk

Western Loire and the Loire valley – September 7th to 13th 2016

The next visit to France from September 7th to 13th 2016 has again proved exceptionally popular and is currently full. However, if you wish to join the waiting list in the event of a cancellation, please contact Gail Harrison on 01562 700612 or classics@shelsley-walsh.co.uk

September 25th 2016  – Photo Finish.

This event is still in the planning stage but will feature a visit to Shugborough Hall, the home of famous photographer Patrick Lichfield. An entry form will be available in the next issue of the MAC News.

Sports and Classic. Credit: Mark Constanduros
Sports and Classic. Credit: Mark Constanduros