What a difference a day makes! Wall to wall sunshine from start to finish on this now well established event, brought out the sun cream for those with soft tops, and quarter lights open for those in tin tops.
Starting again from the Art Deco Midland Hotel Morecambe, on the Lancashire Riviera, with distant views over the bay towards the Lake District hills, nearly seventy cars lined up for the ‘off’ on a super route eastwards, via all sorts of interesting features, including the two ‘Thankful Villages’ of Nether Kellet and Arkholme, thankful, because in the first world war, all the young men of those villages who enlisted returned home safely, no doubt a rare occurrence in those terrible times. Arkholme is a doubly thankful village, as all their young men returned from the second world war as well. It does make one reflect, and we do have a lot to be thankful to those young men for.
The Fat Lamb at Ravenstonedale again provided a pit stop, and route control, and a rare sight was all the ladies queuing for the loo!! There was only one, (see photo) whereas the boys had plenty to go at!! But standing room only! Thereafter village after village had decorated for the Tour de France which had passed through the area a week earlier, before taking to the high ground, still in the tyre tracks of the ‘Tour’ boys, it was hard work in a car, it must be difficult on a bike. However, even the Police in Leyburn had entered into the spirit of the French Invasion, with Tour shirts and bunting decorating the ‘Cop Shop’
Lunch at Akebar Park gave drivers and passengers the opportunity to get fed, and have a natter with old chums before the afternoon session. Less hilly than the morning, but taking in many new roads as the cars made their way to Scarborough, eventually reaching the ‘Coast’ at Sandsend, where the North Sea provided it’s Sea Fret bank of cloud, but it was offshore and didn’t get in the way. Passing through a busy Whitby to Scripps Garage at Goathland for another check point, after which it was a short drive to Dalby Forest, for a sedate meander through the trees, unlike the rally days of the past, where cars screamed through on unsurfaced roads
The final control and finish was at East Ayton Lodge Hotel where the Lady Mayor of Scarborough, Councillor Mrs. Pat Marsberg together with Mayoress Mrs. Hilary Groves welcomed all finishers and presented each with a finishers certificate and medal. Ladies Who Loo Award winners were, the Mayors award: Anthony Lund and Margaret Polley with an Austin A110, a car owned by Anthony for forty two years. The Presidents award went to Leslie and Jane Ellis, in their Morgan +8.
The event was sponsored by Bowker BMW and Mini, and club member Tony Wood, of Blue Butts Chequered Flag Classic and Specialist Cars, who also completed the event. As ever the unsung heroes of all motoring events are the marshals, and route organisers, without whom nothing would take place, our grateful thanks go to them.