We have recieved an invitiationn from the organisers of The Lancaster Lockdown Cinema.
They would like some Vintage, Classic and Cherished cars to attend their events. I think they would like a dispay on the first night in particular and will put invited cars on the front row then take shots for publicity photos.
Should be a great evening and a good reason to give the car a run out!
If you want to take part and bring your classic let me know and I will pass on your details to the organisers.
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During the lock-down you may have searched online for motor-related stimulation, and if old Austins are your thing you may have come across a video of the 1939 launch of the Austin 8 in the Lake District. In the video the little Austin, driven by Tommy Wisdom, takes on the challenge of climbing 25,000ft in a day – no mean feat for a car of that time on what can only be described as goat tracks in many instances. Just how many tyres they got through is anybody’s guess!
It really is a fascinating watch, not least because it is the first colour film of the Lakes and shows the area as it was prior to the 2nd World War. If you haven’t seen it, search ‘Austin 8 Introduction movie’ on YouTube.
Obviously we can’t do a present day run following in their tracks because they ‘double use’ many of the passes (this is against Motorsport UK regulations) but Chris Lee has spent hours and hours going through the video to determine where they went (that’s what lock-down does). Chris has now plotted this and prepared a booklet with the history connected to the launch and marked Ordnance Survey maps to give you more detail.
Whilst we can’t exactly follow the route on an organised Club event, we are in discussions with Motorsport UK’s Rally Liaison Officer as to how we can do a run in the spirit of the original whilst complying with present day restrictions.
As Mike Wood will tell you anytime this month we were due to run our 28th Coast to Coast Classic Car Run. Mike ran the Lancashire Automobile Club’s first Classic Car Run from Blackpool to Scarborough but that’s not the whole story!
Long before Mike’s run for Classic Cars, in 1991, the Club ran a run not for Classic Cars but for Kit Cars from Blackpool to Scarborough. The run was thought up by Anthony and Carolyn Taylor after a discussion with Chris Lee.
At the time Chris was involved with a life assurance society, the Scottish Legal, who had sponsored the LAC Doninigton Sprint as well as Chris’s XR3i which he had competed in the club’s sprint championship. The Directors of Scottish Legal wanted an event to give publicity to their annual conference to be held in Scarborough. The previous year the conference had been held in Blackpool so running an event from Blackpool to Scarborough made sense.
The only stipulations were that the event had to be held on the Saturday to meet the conference timetable, when most of the conference delegates should have arrived and before the conference started formally, and that the finish be at the Scarborough Spa where the conference was to be held.
This all tied in with Anthony and Carolyn’s involvement with Kit cars and their contacts locally garnered via their own Aristocat Jaguar 120 evocation.
So Chris got on with designing a route and venues along the way which had to have a reasonably timed start in Blckpool, a lunch halt and an arrival time in Scarborough to meet the Directors time constraints.
We had a good relationship with the then manager of the Norbreck Castle Hotel so that was the start venue in Blackpool and the finish was arranged at the Scarborough Spa with adequate parking reserved. Carolyn arranged a lunch halt at the Devonshire Arms at Bolton Abbey so all that was needed was to link the three up with a mileage to ensure a finish at Scarborough on time.
So at 09.00 in the morning a fine array of Kit cars lined up at The Norbreck Castle Hotel Blackpool ready for their journey over to Yorkshire. The cars ranged from a 602cc 2 cylinder Lomax 3 wheeler to the mighty 4.2 litre 6 cylinder Aristocat. Quite a difference in performance and capabilities!
Following a briefing from Anthony Taylor the cavalcade set off in bright sunshine for the lunch halt at The Devonshire Arms using mainly B roads and the A59.
By the time they reached the Devonshire Arms the weather had closed in and there had been some rain so it was hoods up for the second leg to Scarborough.
The route then went over Blubberhouses towards Harrogate then north past Ripon and on to Thirsk before the cars tackled Sutton Bank. For those who don’t know Sutton Bank it is The A170 runs up the bank with a maximum gradient of 1 in 4 (25%), and includes a hairpin bend just to add to the challenge. Vehicles have to keep in low gear whilst travelling up or down the bank, and it is considered so bad that caravans are banned from this length of the A170.
After completing the climb, the cars stopped for a bit of a breather at the top of Sutton Bank and enjoyed the views before pressing on to Scarborough.
Then out on the A170 through Helmsley and Pickering then on to Scarborough. The weather was now light drizzle but the crews of the cars were in fine spirits as we were met be the Directors and civic dignitaries at the Spa.
OK so it wasn’t a ‘Classic Car Run’ but it laid the foundation of many runs to come which used the Norbreck Castle for a starting point and finished at the Spa in Scarborough. Over the years things changed and we sought places new to start and finish to give a choice of new and more interesting routes.
One thing is certain at no point on that did we realise that Mike would pick up that mantle and organise an event which has now gone on for 27 years and after a break this year will be back in 2021.
Many thanks to all who organised and took part in the event.
I know this is a long shot but it is something which may promt a memory in one of our members,
I had the following request posted on out Facebook page which I fgound interesting. The chap knows the history of Bucklers (he used to compete one) but this particular model/version has prompted his request. I think he would like more info on the coach builders involved. Basically the car is Ford 10 mechanicals on a Buckler chassis but the bodywork appears unique.
“Following the recent discovery of the attached photo, I am seeking any history of the sports car shown in the making.I do know that the photo was taken at the premises of a coach builder in Leigh Lancs called Kaye, Madely and Fisher, almost certainly in the 1950s. It shows a GT body frame being built on a Buckler Mk.6-4 multi-tube chassis, which would normally build into a 4 seater sports soft top. However the radiator is from a Morgan.
Charley Madely was a coach builder to approved Rolls Royce standards and well known in motoring circles. Apart from the above information, the Buckler is a total mystery but maybe some very senior member of your club, may have known of it, which I know is a very long shot.”
Further information on the Buckler mystery photo we asked about earlier.
Thanks to our friends at Northwest Casual Classics in particular Phil Stott we have a few more facts to go on.
According to Phil’s research there was a coach builder believed to be Queen Street off Chapel Street near what was County Motors in Leigh. It looks like the premises at the back of the picture could be the Highfield Inn? As Phil suspected they did in fact make busses and trams. Info from Leigh history group.
The first picture is a Letterhead from Oct 1955, one of the directors had changed from Mr G.E.Kaye to Frank Reese.
Phil says you are correct in what you say about the Ford-10 with a special body, built by Charlie Madely at his Queen St, car work shop in 1950. But he does’nt think that anyone will remember this particular car project by Charlie with it being seventy years ago.
In the second colur picture Charlie is standing centre but no one knows who the other two males are. Although by comparing with the picture of the group standing with the Armstrong Siddeley it looks like the chap on the left is G.E. Kaye and the one in the middle in the white shirt could be Percy Madely.
The third picture (with the group standing by a grey Armstrong Siddeley)) is of Charlie at his Queen St premises, under the railway arches also taken in 1950, names supplied by Charlie’s son. Standing in front of the Armstrong Siddeley on the right is Johnny Cunningham, Percy and Charlie Madely, Mr Boydell. Standing behind the car are Mr G.E.Kaye and Jack Kinsella.
Finally a photograph of Charles F.Madely in his work yard on Queen street in the 1970s along with an obituary newspaper cutting dated Feb 1988. Charlie’s name is spelt wrong in the newspaper clip by the Journal Editor.
THE VSCC CHESHIRE RALLY ON SATURDAY 24 OCTOBER 2020
Are you getting fed up with lockdown? Are you itching to do an event in your old car?
The VSCC’s CHESHIRE RALLY on Saturday 24 October 2020 could be just what you are looking for. In addition to the usual pre-war cars the VSCC is extending a warm welcome to early post-war historic cars (Historic Road Rally Category 1)
The route has been approved by the RLO and MSUK have granted a permit conditional on the government guidelines, at the time, permitting.
The original idea was to run a 90+ mile Day/Night rally from lunchtime through to early evening and we still hope to do so but we may need to be flexible in the current circumstances. Certainly changes will be made to arrangements for Signing-On and social distancing at the Start etc but we may amend the format by reducing the mileage and run from mid-morning to mid-afternoon thus reducing the need for overnight accommodation, meals etc.
Entrants may choose which class they enter: the Trophy/Expert Class will be as demanding and competitive as ever for the experienced diehards but the Clubman and Champagne Classes will be more relaxed appealing to novices, beginners and those who just want a more laid-back, relaxed day out. Experts and the Clubman Class will use OS Landranger 117 (Chester and Wrexham) with the Clubman Class having easier instructions and longer plotting time. The Champagne Class will have an easy to follow Road Book containing tulip diagrams and TL, TR instructions.
Rally HQ is Bickerton Village Hall, near Malpas, Cheshire. The route will wend its way through the delightfully picturesque lanes to the south west of Oulton Park.