Manchester to Blackpool Classic Car Run 2014

Starting from the recently refurbished Worsley Hall Hotel, and blessed with glorious weather, participants ‘signed on’ before they could start the run, with many enjoying bacon sarnies and cups of tea or coffee in the pleasant grounds that surround the hotel.

With the first car off at 9.00am the other sixty odd entrants followed at minute intervals, with a huge variety of interesting motor cars on display

With road books in ‘tulip’style and accompanying route information booklet entrants wound their way through suburbia and out into open countryside passing through Turton, Hoddlesden, Pickup Bank, to the Dog Inn at Belthorn where Paul Ratcliffe and John Hartley were on hand to sign the route cards.

Onwards again via Oswaldtwistle, Clayton-Le-Moors, Altham and into the foothills of Pendle passing through, Sabden Fold, Newchurch in Pendle, Barley, Downham, Worston, and then over Pendle Hill through Sabden and into Whalley, then into Hurst Green and past the impressive Stonyhurst College to the lunch halt at Grimsargh Village Hall.

The afternoon route started on the road to the coast, passing through a maze of lanes before reaching the control at Bowker BMW on Preston Docks, where Paul Hiles and Moya Leighton stamped the route cards. Nearly eleven miles later Glyn and Benedict Hughes with Francis Swarbrick were waiting in Wrea Green to sign the route card, and deliver the news that the route thereafter had been interrupted by serious road works, blocking the road, so entrants just had to use their loaf and follow the brown signs to Stanley Park, where cars were parked in the Italian Gardens, and cream teas enjoyed.

The Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Valerie Haynes presented awards to the following, Malcolm Bailey 1934 MG Magnette, David Manock 1975 Jensen Interceptor, Chris Cadman 1985 HMC V8. The Ken Hadley Memorial Trophy went to Michael Hanson 1926 Rolls Royce, The Judges Choice to Michael Mansell 1971 E-Type Jaguar, and the Blackpool Corporation Trophy and Mayor’s Choice to David Grimsditch in his delightful Austin Seven.

Thanks as ever got to the organisers, marshals, and of course the clubs sponsors and partners particularly, Bowker BMW, Hagerty Classic Car Insurance, Manchester and Blackpool Councils, Blackpool Tourism Board, the local Police authorities, the MSA, and the owners and hosts of the various controls, and of course you the entrants!