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Welcome to the Official Website of the Northern Roadsters Club
Website was last modified on 01/01/2014
Formed initially from a group of like-minded people over a decade ago the informal club became official in October 2006.
Many members of the Club have a long history of competing in motor sport events, with members competing at a high level in Hillclimbs, Sprints, Autocross, Autotests, circuit racing, Rallies, and Navigational Runs. It aims to be encouraging to new members to start competing and then providing the stimulus for them to further develop their skills.
Many members of the club come to it with no competitive inclination, but simply a love of the hand-built car and the open road, and the cheerful friendship of like minded enthusiasts. The club runs many events to cater for these members too. Of course many competitive members like to join in with the social side too!
Our programme of events is formulated annually and constantly updated, and we welcome requests from all members. If people want to do it, in a roadster, and it's legal, we'll organise it! (Probably).
Our main object is to encourage
enjoying wind-in-the-hair, seat-of-the-pants motoring in all its forms,
and our emphasis is on 4 wheeled hand-built or modified cars and
motorsport. Membership is open to adults of any age or sex with neither
age, nor type of car owned, precluding participation. It is not
necessary to own a vehicle to gain the benefit from our club as
armchair enthusiasts and spectators are just as welcome but members
active with their own transport gain the most.
As part of its communication process, the Club also publishes 'Torque
Tales', its own newsletter containing news and information for members.
There is a continuing need for willing helpers, both male and female at
our events and there is a vital and interesting role to be played by
anyone keen to act as a marshal or other representative of the Club.
Are you interested in finding out more? Then come down to one of the
events in our calendar, or our monthly 'first Friday' meet The Old Colonial,
Check our calendar page for details of our forthcoming activities.
The fourth Filey Fish
and Chip Run. 13 Made it. Sec & the Tiger Twins dissented to Silverstone
(two competing on a late passover entry, the other acting as pit boy. Mr. Darkbeer
blobbed because there may be a cloud or two – no excuse! The first rendezvous
was at Miller & Carter and setting off on time in bright sunshine at 9.15
prompt to RV on route with the rest. The remainder arrived at the Old Red Lion to
a photo shoot – the landlady was impressed. Then onwards to Seaways for a
coffee stop & bike feast. Onwards and eastwards into the overcast, passing
the prancing horse and reaching the
Misfortunate June and early attendees having tea saw Mr. Tango shake in after being run into en Route, the posh Jaguar diver likes oranges it seems. Not too much damage but a new wing required. So after tea everyone hotfooted out to look at his car followed by random standing around each vehicle in turn generally chatting and looking at shiny bits. Johnny Petrolhead talked about ‘cats’ for MOTs, Mr. Corgi talked about his new kitty and vets bills galore ! The Tiger Twins have a misfire following the Scammy event and after scrounging some sparky leads & new NGK's are ready for Blyton. Gulfman’s car is still stuck in the garage awaiting completion of the drive. Not turned a wheel in the fine weather - timing is everything! Collective nouns for kit cars were a topic with the most probable conclusion being a ‘frustration’. Mr. MK having just completed jury service brought out some conversational points and showed off the new front wing on the supreme green Saab MK. Everyone likes the green colour. Plans were muted to go to the Cock of the North road race. Various offsets seemed to crop up, Fencewrecker having new spacers to fill the arches properly, Seasick P having some & Mr. Tango now having a big one! Spring rates for a comfy supersoft compliant suspension Filey Fish & Chip run out itinerary was sorted before we all drove off into the warm night.
Sizzling Stonleigh. The weather was hot hot hot and 17 eventually made it in 13 cars to the same place as last year. A good thing since the old camping pitch was still a paddy field after recent rain and the MNR transporter got stuck up to the axles. Mr Darkbeer was on daughter duties and anyway doesn't do camping and Gulfdriver has a good excuse since the baby was on its way. Seasic P was on hospital duties with family. OGL nearly didn't get there - breaking down 4 miles from the Showground running on no electrics alternator. Johnny Petrolhead & Sec came to the rescue put some juice in the battery so he could drive the last 3 miles with the pair riding shotgun. Everyone descended on the car to test what the problem was and confirmed the alternator had packed up but with no warning light.. And attempt was made to pre-book a breakdown for the next day to flatbed the car home but this corrupts the system so it would have to be attempted the next day. Sizzling Stoneleigh. Tigerman wined all the way down (that's straight cut gears for you). A busy show with a few tuning company omissions but the major manufacturers were there (except Caterham). Sporadic barbecues were fired up for an afternoon tea and followed by a perimeter lap round in search of more beer. We chanced on the North West Oners Group stand where CD! And dad were and watched some half price pizzas being delivered (all 17 of them) and MP3 passed round a very swig-able apple whiskey from America before cajoling a few in to the fluorescent orange alcopopapothecary when the next door stand sponsored by a beer company announced that had an excess so we just had to help out! The temperature dropped dramatically in the evening but was survivable if wrapped up warm. The talking continued on into the early hours before the hard turned is as well. The following morning saw breakfast at the farm shop and more laps around the show. OGL phoned the breakdown in and much joy and frivolity was had as the car was loaded onto the trailer with pity for the driver to be trapped in a cab with OGL chattering incessantly fro 120 miles. The reminder set off in convoy an hour behind with Tigerman whining all the way home. Everyone got home safely and let's hope the weather is as good for next year! Talk is there will be a tripleheader band on the Saturday night so it may be a full weekend affair next year.
May 4th be with you –
Plenty cars came out to play for the first time this year. The nomads are
still nomadic but no Sec this month as he was having a culture night at the
theatre so Darfdriver lowered the tone instead with tales to the assembled clan
about Ravensthorpe ramblings and daylight liaisons - shocking all it seems. The
Tiger twins are set to go racing starting on the 20th. The new tiger
is set for the IVA and should pass easily ready for the roads and track. Mr Darkbeer
enjoyed a 100 : 1 girl boy ratio concert at the garden centre but couldn't find
the correct toilet in the expansive display of 50 new bathrooms but did find
the frog gnomes. Johnny Petrolhead confessed he is into gnomes with a frog adorning
the drive then entertained us with USA relaxed gun laws and the stupid strict
drink laws in Denver where you need an ID drink under 15 but anyone can fire a
weapon ! Mr.Darkbeer also has designs on the plastic palm trees at Batley and
wants to convert his house into a
April & Deferred AGM
- the Coterie attended the postponed AGM- the longest yet. OGL must be
slipping. The Junta sidestepped and
became the banger of the baton loaf admirably assisting proceedings. A new promotional media position created with
existing posts re elected and dynamic H&S risk assessment proposed for
every venue attended and more trips out penned for this year with Thornes Park
car show getting on the list, maybe a mid month venue meet or a First Friday
drive around to pastures elsewhere. A list
was passed around for people to add more ideas summer/winter trips out, social
events or perhaps a barbeque hunt. Ideas
so far muted - going to the dogs/speedway/tractor
pulling/bowling/eating/breakfast club, TOCA, etc. Mr. Darkbeer fancies becoming the Adults
Entertainment Officer! Watch this space.
Snow Show AGM –
The Beast from the East battered the hills and dales and the Pests from the
West were hunkered under drifts so, the AGM is postponed until April First
Friday. A couple of Yokels made it in, Mr Darkbeer and the TiggrTwins plotted a
mutiny with the new sheriff in town clad in ceremonial robes of LUFC shades. The new rules immediately set by ‘Fidel’
Darkbeer consisted of increased club fees to cover the costs of Fidel’s
replacement M&S R888’s and rules of how to get full marks at the quiz with
every answer being Kylie…… Marshals Tigerman and Tiggergal posted possessive
placard rights to
February First Friday and a meal for many early attendees helped down with lots of retro music from the birthday party. The only person turning up in a kit was Mr Corgi braving the sub zero temperatures ! Mr Darkbeer walked the bad week blues away and cheered up once oily bits were discussed. Tigerman now has 7 seats but only 2 cars, and one car has two seats fixed already! Fencewrecker has one car and no seats ! Tiggergal was showing off her partly clad body to everyone who cared to look at the photos. A sight but no blue stripes showing yet Tiger man is barred from working on his own car until ‘Martini’ is completed and a big push needed to finis the build to get ready to fit in with the hectic social events and 2018 competition calendar. Johnny Petrolhead questioned the durability of BMW bushes and Mr Corgi questioned the cost of government courses teaching you how to do the job you do daily and already know. Both the international and league ‘egg chaser’ season started this week and sparked a debate of rugby vs. rugby with a debate of which is the best and proper discipline . No actual conclusion was reached. Sec admitted mixing up his pop artists way back in the day, hob-knobbing with the stars. Seasick P thinks offspring no. 1 looks cool with the accidental skinhead cut but Cost Centre One didn’t seem to agree. Many are sad to see the grade girls go. Most subs are now paid but more will be accepted by anybody not yet handing over their cash. The AGM is next month.
New Years first meet January
2018 and the question is raised - Is it 12th night yet? Some say 5th
some the 6th. The pub decorations were still looking very festive
even though half were removed! Mr Tango is
back and good to see he is OK and is now added to the WhatsApp group. A small motorsports
quiz started the proceedings then various tales of the festive holiday were
told. Tiggergal transformed her holiday
in an exceptional creating much jealously amongst the other lasses! Holly
Willoughby was there too and OGL announced she is his mate although she didn't
know it at the time. Mr. Darkbeer likes the
Christmas Dinner -
Fun friendly frivolity featured & with fab festive food, frothy festive
tipples. A few failed to join the feast
as one had to work in the
December First Friday – The Sec teased all those present with an examination of their understanding of Paddington's rough treatment at the hands of the Robertsonian Golly slayers. There was surely more of which to tell - now let me see, once the Fug n Fog of Booze n Cake begins to clear..........
November and the early meal attendees played musical chairs so that the stragglers could all sit together. Fencewrecker’s car is in bits, Tigerman's car is in bits, OGL's GTM has the door off in bits, Tiggergal hasn't put spanner to the chassis yet so has boxes of bits & Milly is always in bits. The rest said it was raining so everyone came in tin tops. Nige and Dancer are currently squatting, looking for a double garage with house attached. Mr Darkbeer (the music encyclopaedia) says there is one two doors up as he persuaded them to move out probably with engine revving. ‘Twas revealed that two cars will be in Martini livery next year- the white MG and the new Tiger. In fact fact they could be painted Any Time, Any Place, Any Where….. Tigerman will commence the build on Saturday. Ideas formed for next years agenda including days out at the speedway/stock car racing/tractor pulling/Rally cross/ Le Mans Classic (but don't tell Mr Darkbeer he will be camping – he doesn’t do camping), oh and then thee is the camping trip probably to Helmsley this time at the YHA. Blyton dates are set for next year except due to Sec’s Typo; Monday 2nd is Monday 23rd April. Competition is hotting up as to who will be the fastest between the Mr Darkbeer’s Busa or Tigerman’s track car? Both pledged to lose weight to become the fastest. Sec started more intriguing tales and whilst most were intrigued Mr Darkbeer mentioned his embarrassing special Sunday lunch. Christmas dinner choices were ordered, noted and deposits paid for those attending. The rest will be contacted by Sec Plans were made to meet up Sunday morning at new breakfast venue, the Jem speed shop in Batley for a tin of Spam Fritters (as they are now in season) and Busa rides with the usual quiz contest on Wednesday.
Christmas Menu 2017
glorious 12 attended and OGL demonstrated the benefits of a Nano to the
uninitiated. Questions were raised as to
why Vettel took such care of the Ferrari steering wheel and what are they
hiding? A brief resume of the latest
track day and we were honoured as we were attended by a current Renault f1
engineer. Mr Corgi brought a box of Emeralds
(ECU) and recounted tales of how incredibly nervous he was thinking the engine would
self destruct on the rolling road. The Mulsanne
Straight - nobody could remember what year the chicane was installed. General babble from the throng included car
electrics and smoking wires that tell the tale of where the fault lies, more
bad driving tales of woe and the Tiger gearbox has a few missing teeth (don’t we all !– ed ) and they are straight
cut gears! This led to a discussion on gear theory. Next years camping is set for a venue change other than
Masham. Possible options are Yarm (as
Croft is very close),
Masham Camping the rendezvous was set at 12 in Yeadon but
all bar one came in tin tops, no kits. The CD1’s (aka LP) exhaust fell off en-route
so he had to return home. Fence wrecker’s
car was slightly customised by some pro-driver tuition so couldn’t bring it.
The Tiger Twins were late (collecting bits and running errands) but had
problems with the manic tiger gearbox mounts and clutch levers. OGL had way too much camping gear to fit in
the GTM. Only Mr & Mrs Corgi turned
up in the kit, but then they are local and were not stopping. So a nice drive to Masham accomplished and a
light lunch in the cafe on the corner next to the church. Very tasty. Then it was off to pitch camp (except
those doing posh B and B Mr & Mrs CD1). The Tiger Twins arrived confusing the
and the assembly talked about an eclectic variety of subjects including bonkers
tractor pulling, truck racing, quarry hill climbing with Mr Darkbeer interested
in the sport of canal boat turning! We
though watching paint dry could be more fun.
Plenty to look forward to in Septembris such as Seasick P’s stag do,
Blyton and the Hospice Challenge, Harewood, Cars in the Park and Olivers Mount,
to name but a few. Tiggergal and
Tigerman are now well suited and booted in Nomex and ready to collect a racy
trailer. Concensus is don’t buy tyres
for next year yet. Wait until the new MSA list is published. Masham camping was
sorted with the challenge from Curlylocks that if she can then Tigerman should. Then the topic of cats on competition cars
came up. Johnny Petrolhead has to fork
out for yet another Beema steering rack at £3000 per pop! Mr Darkbeer’s Busa has
problems cold starting - many cures were proffered.
July and a tardy
few arrived from a busy Thorns Park Car show.
Mr Darkbeer wants a Man but will settle for pulling a tractor on 31
August and not in July as texted as that that's an agricultural show. He is slowly rewiring the Westie, maybe two
batteries, two separate charging circuits considered. One for ignition, one for
sundries Tiggergal admits Tigerman has rhythm ! He paints dancing to Little
Mix but now wants urgently needs a fan since the last one went up in smoke.
Amazon won't have any as they are staff to down today. Apart from the limited
availability off the shelf a few ideas evolved ranging from hair dryers to punkawallah
flaps that can be adjusted to add downforce.
Topics for discussion centred on the new battery power hybrids. Not environmentally sound with heavy metals
and power station generating. Plus where do all the plugs and leads go? Steam might be the new low carbon emission? A traction engine at each end of the motorway
– cars lock on & get pulled along. So driverless cars and eco friendly all in one
go! An eavesdropping heckler contributed
to the bespoke track question. Audi four
rings design quizzed the minds of a few with the companies that they were
Filey Fish n Chip Run
– the estimated departure time came
and went as the organisers arrived tardily, but nine cars set off in convoy to
the first RV point to collect a further four. An emergency P pit stop was added
in to the itinerary urgent relief before the RV3 and the scheduled stop off for
coffee at Seaspray cafe.
June it came so soon
saw 17 turn up but mainly in tin tops due to the power wash from the sky, those
that arrived early having food. Nice to see Mr and Mrs CD Junior. Tigerman is already looking to change the Tranex diff to a
torque bias in the new beast and is impressed with the constant whining from
the car middle (not from Tiggergal but the straight cut gears ) . Power loss
from helical gears was explained to all. Tiggergal wants a Martini Williams .colour scheme on her new
toy and ‘carped’ on about the new "swimming pool" which is actually a
Newby P's & Q's An early rendezvous at the Three Nuns for the part one convoy to travel to Mr Corgi for coffee and for other locals to join up. Several tripped over Tigerman’s bottom lip as the new purchase wasn't quite ready for being set free yet. Then convoy part two set off with Seasick P popping in to take pictures before having to hunt iPads for cost centre one offspring. With Corgiman leading the way proudly confident of venue knowledge led us along some nice back roads before promptly getting lost just by the event. So Tiggergal took charge and took us down some nice scenic farm tracks (deja vue anyone?) so after a minor delay we arrived via back roads to join the front of the queue by the entrance rather than the back of the queue by the A1. Entry was slow with a single file queue fanning into a triple lane queue before filtering back into a single file queue. Then there was some confusion as to where we were supposed to park so an executive decision was made en-masse. Many trotted off for P’s before a nice picnic followed by walkabout to see the various cars, gardens, teddy bear collection, partake in train rides before returning back for soup and sandwiches. Cars included Italian and British exotica and supercars, Japanese and past British sports cars, yank tanks, Fords and Porsche’s everywhere, There were some nice reunions with Mr.Polish popping by. Tank Man and family came as they were in town and it was nice to see a lapsed member from afar - Dave Roberts still racing (but about to retire) who expressed interested in Blyton days one the 750 club boots are hung up. Queues built again as exit cars ripped down the drive showboating so we all waited before setting off home before some final P’s. Mr Darkbeer made it to a garage running on fumes but all got home safe and sound. Great day with some nice cars
First Friday May
- the usual suspects arrived early for Carol’s cuisine and two new potential
members - Mr Marlin and ‘she who thinks she is obeyed’. Mr Cobra and Quantum Gal
enthused having secured a BOGOF deal from Tiger Cars so they are now renamed - to
be called the Tiger Twins or Tigerman and Tiggergal. Mr. Darkbeer was extremely chuffed as the wheels of unknown
origin have been sold, packed and posted with the MG rising up the price scale on
the seaside auction site. A few groups formed with the normal banter. Topics including
Stoneleigh 2017 The appointed RV at Woodall for most except
Johnny Petrolhead who decided to try Woolley Edge instead! Some motorway chaos ensued with two separate
rolling road blocks on the way down, one due to animals grazing the central
reservation. Ten cars met, parking close
to a snobby Stratos that didn't even say hello! The convoy set off with no anticipated issues at
the new airport junction. The new plot
was easily found (next to GTM) - a much drier plot and still close to
everything. Camp was pitched in windy
conditions, the event shelter acting like a sail in the lee of the support van. Then after a relaxation break where the April, OGL away
so no report unless someone feels they want to wax lyrical.
April, OGL away
so no report unless someone feels they want to wax lyrical.
March and AGM
–one hour of officialdom rattled through with new posts created- Club Tools Coordinator,
a new Social Secretary a Facebook administrator . Recently purchased club tools and existing items
are now collated into letting list. This now includes members own tools for
assistance throughout other club members. See Fencewrecker for details. Keep a
close eye on the event calendar which will increase with newly added dates
soon. We have confirmation of a new pitch at Stoneleigh now away from the paddy
field. Space to pitch gazebos and have
official barbeque time for quality social club interaction.
babbling conversationalists swarmed the pub. Subs were taken all around except
OGL who had no cash so paid his by standing order (note everyone this is an
option!). Merry banter abounded - too much to be specific but Cobraman is after
a campervan and just has to persuade ‘she who thinks she is obeyed’ that it is
a good idea to have one. Tales were told
of house extensions and planning department woes but at least there is a spare oven
now going for grabs if anyone wants one for powder coating. Mr Darkbeer will just use the one in the
kitchen anyway but don’t tell ‘she who is obeyed’.
Surprise Surprise Birthday Boy - 21 of us, mostly dressed with items of yellow attire attended the surprise party for Sec who unusually wasn’t dressed all in yellow. The party was a well kept secret with the bemused Sec aghast that he had no idea. The vibrant yellow wig was passed around for photo opportunities for those that wanted to look like a Limoncello Gelato. Mr. & Mrs. CD Original baked a HUGE yellow cake adorned with car and road icing, Carol laid on a buffet and thanks go to Extreme Gal for organising the party and Mr Darkbeer for the balloons. One very notable conversation discussing fantasy cars had the usual R8, Lambo, Ferrari, Healy 3000 dreams but with Mrs. Fencewrecker just wanting a light blue car (that will be Wilshire Blue then?). Cobraman and Extreme Gal had a very Radical time over the holidays but neither was as fast as the instructor. Mr. & Mrs Santa from HMC arrived later being double booked for a 50th to join the party.
Christmas Fayre - 24 jolly souls enjoyed the festive feast. Sec dressed in yellow of course. A car quiz was passed around after the fine food then those with babysitters on overtime left, the rest reclined to more comfort to sign off the rest of the year. Thanks to Carol and Tim for hosting us and feeding us favorably again. See you all in 2017. Merry Christmas
December Grotto The
festive season is here. Sec announced 24
for Christmas Dinner. A few are looking to put CV's into
McLaren for the new job.
E By Gum Racing can act as driver agent. Consensus was Nico had to go
can't be fined retrospectively for cheating the way to the title.
Bumble is now
in hibernation as Gerry defaulted on the Brexit deal. Sec entertained
history lesson on the M62 motorway and 1,800,000,000,000 gallon dam
project and is a ‘special’ key holder worth
£6000 a throw if lost. HMC put high
pressure (ha-ha) on the Water Board to make a special track up the dam
- one of
only two dedicated car tracks in this country (Corby being the other).
The HMC new
project is to try to re-instate Holme Moss Hill Climb where Mr.
holds the hill record. In those heady days the gravel had to brushed
the track after the event ! Now you just have to sweep bicycles out of
Then talked about helicopter display rides with Bells and a Lynx at a
function. And finally mentioned the Citroen Dyane squished by a hay
bale on the
– a mischievous
night with a few eating plates of Sizzlers
and Bangers. Sec feeling under the
weather with man flu sneezing like a Volcano
wanted to share it with everyone sitting close by erupting like a Roman Candle occasionally. Corgiman
like a Comet with some Sparkler tales. Quantum Gal has sold
so the new car shopping list-includes a Riot/J 15/Striker/Westie/and
even a cat
C Caterham write off (must have missed the Traffic
Lights in a Snowstorm !).
in with their favourite – even an MEV Rocket
was mentioned. Mrs. Fencewrecker broke her leg on the first day of half
currently isn’t a Jumping Jack! Conversation centred the
rallycross day out, tales of retro
car racing-Renault 4’s, Sporting Trials intricacies (with
Fencewrecker & Johnny
Petrolhead wanting to take a look sometime). A few potential events
mentioned for next year for fun days out – such as tractor
pulling, more rallycross,
and trials. Blyton is booked for 2017 - the dates are in the diary.
announced he is into recycling, Brexiting bottles back to Krautland -
person to be taking boot-fulls back into
turnout but where was Sec? We all missed him but where was he? We were
for a jazz jape in Marsden so – we’re not good
enough? Unbelievably we had a CD
and CD 2 – rare so refuelling the debate of LP/MP3,
Senior/Junior debate. Plus
a welcome back to Mr Tango after all his trials and tribulations of
this year. The
last Blyton of the year was a wet affair with a few calling quits by
lunch. Bumble is up
for sale and Extreme Gal wants a
dedicated track car. Everyone put their two-panned in suggesting
Indy/J 15/MEV/ et al,et al…..… Mr. Tango has some
slick ‘n trick Toyota Racing
oil but isn't sure whether he can actually
use it. Lecky Man came
bearing gifts but there were
no takers for the open face helmet up for grabs.
There were plenty tales of Masham & tents
and return home woes sharing the road with Le Grande Départ
wannabies !! The whole evening was a babble of happy
Fencewrecker entertaining us with the
beautiful hot weekend, 12 noon the appointed rendezvous
and most arrived late. Quantum Gal tripping over her bottom lip due
use of the tin top carrying camping kit as Bumble was in dry dock. So,
man redistributed the camping wealth around the remaining so she could
in Cobrastyle. The posse set off on the scheduled route via LBA to
more northern members. About a gallon of 4-star was consumed in the
throttle blipping gusto sounding divine. Then onwards through
September 'Twas a fine , dry night - and a GTM owner travelled many, many, many miles to the Old Colonial in the hope of meeting the driver of a special red machine. Pa ! OGL couldn't be bothered to turn up, AGAIN, (excuse no. 231 – Sunnier climes) our valiant crew made the weary traveller welcome, whilst he in turn showed a very brave face. Some have endured many a sleepless night wondering whether that poor northern soul will overcome his disappointment and join us again – Please do, OGL will suffer many slings and arrows and will be truly repentant and may even have a few pennies ready to fund a welcoming glass. (No chance – Brasso Inlcutcho Intacto – Ed !!) Otherwise many a tale was told and a jolly and fulfilling evening so, all departed in a glow of good cheer.
Filey Frolics & Fish ‘n Chips – a rendezvous at 10am then Sec speedily set off in the direction of the rising sun with the rest following but every traffic light turning red holding half a pack back. The convoy whistled past the nominated late rendezvous point before turning off the A64 heading for the back roads. So, the first stop was to wait for Corgi Man to catch up. Then it was onwards to the Sea Spray for a cuppa and comfort break. Sec then speedily set off eastwards again turning left here, right there in a very scenic route but without the rest on his tail. Eventually when we all got together Sec led us through some interesting roads (a.k.a. farm tracks!) before we got to see the seaside spray. Parking on the cliff top - cars now polished underneath! we eventually paid before heading down to the beach for a compulsory paddle. Seasick P and Jo met up with the young ‘uns and after fish ‘n chips the sandcastle competition began for some with others enjoying the sun. Then a walk up into the town past the band playing in the gardens where, a few had refreshments (the stragglers missing out) before a final walk along the prom then up the cliffs back to the cars. OGL did a fine job of wending a bit more of a direct way westwards back home. A grand day out enjoyed by all 12 attendees.
Hot August Night a fine warm eve with 14 of us, yellow cars prevailing apart from one Wilshire Blue and orange (3707 Zenith Blue, and 3957 Tangerine by the way), one furious navy and one red GTM being the exceptions. Mr Polish and Johnny Petrolhead in a tintop The Silverstone Classic featured highly in conversation as did the Sunderland Air Show trip with about 15 on the boat.! Blyton fired the cockles of the hearts of those that attended again with Quantum Gal topping the lap league with Fencewrecker equalling 86 laps apiece. Many poured over the throttle body conversion with the anticipated aero screen and FIA spec roll bar upgrade ready for competition after the 2 L Zetec is installed. Then comparisons between the Elise and VX 220’s with much detail such as 145bhp/875kgs vs. 134bhp/725kgs, height, width, length down to roof & doors all compared Plans were set for the Sunday run and the route taken from Sec’s old fashioned analogue map - yellow of course. Masham weekend is set for 10th of September with probable camping and the anniversary celebration plans simmering for 10th of October - a probable Italian with Zizzi's in Birstall being favoured. In between times Carol has invited the club to Tim's 60th party on on Sat 17th September.
Wheels In The Park. A gaggle of cars turned up at OGL's house at 10 am Sec having arrived earlier then all trickled down to the Park to line the cars up opposite the bikes and tractors before bacon butties & tea all round. I&K Classics arrived next in a cacophony of V8 burble and some clubs stragglers arrived later. The weather was good (better than the pessimistic forecast) with no rain. The Ferrari 308 and McLaren never showed because of the threat of rust-aid but all in all a nice family day out and plenty interest in the cars from Jo Public with a few knowledgeable about kit cars having wanted them in their youth. Than mid afternoon some returned to home to watch the GP. The party organisers have given us big thanks to all who turned up and they were very pleased with our support. Feedback might include some local garages & AA/RAC on stands next year?
OCC Breakfast Tour - a convoy party met at the Three Blue Ladies with other making their own way. 15 went on the tour and the anecdotal history tour conducted by Ian. Through the body shop to the garage’s inner sanctum. Then back into the cafe for tea and cakes before zipping off home again. A nice trip out.
Woulda Coulda July - wet wet wet and full of excuses of could've brought the VX 220, Escort 1600, Cobra, Quantum (although mid TB conversion), Westie, Caterham, Fury, Striker, Raw but all remained cosy, tucked up in garages. However two cars did brave the deluge the GTM & MR2, Some Caterham guys came looking for CD Phantom - but so are we! A good turn out - a bit like the referendum. Discussion centred a lot around brexit vs remain and whether we would still masticate bratwursts, or buy BMWs, K-series cooling and engines featured a lot along with Blandy's car collection, how Castrol R is the best perfume (at which point James said it worked for him! ) and using dishwashers to clean oily bits. Corgiman is looking for some new tyres. Sec has installed new R1 carbs and OGL now wants them too. Fencewrecker showed off GoPro videos of the Hayabusa turbo MEV on track zipping by on a wet Blyton day. Dancer and VX man invited Sec to a class but Sec thinks her mates wouldn't keep up with him. Corgi man is worried about cats catching fire on Millie. The meeting time and venue was set for the convoy to OCC Sunday then Darren & Fencewrecker legged it home whilst others paddled.
An early mid summer June night and a good turnout on a warm night sitting out and a few eating al-fresco. CobraMan & Quantum Gal went on a racing school and taught Marc Hynes how to drive but cam away with copious notes from the day which, we all enjoyed. Mr Tango returned with Frazer Nashman albeit trussed up like an Eater Turkey with hospital bondage. Sec enjoyed the Monaco Historic F1 and the disasters with the recovery hoist dropping a McLaren back on track just as the safety car pulled into the pits! only to come straight out again mid field causing havoc with a Tyrell. Track day tales were told & Johnny Petrolhead recounted memories of Circuit de Frog and sleeper Xantias plus super fast Trannies (the van type not the people type). Liveried merchandise was handed out for those that ordered, with sec and Quantum Gal both shining out in day-glo yellow. OGL had to leave early with excuses of family commitments and the meet carried on ……….. Maybe more to add later
Oil Can Spring Meeting, OGL got there early (for a change) to blag a "plot" all together. But where was everybody? The convoy had steering issues with union joints coming adrift on a Westy! Still plenty of hands helped speedily mend it. Once mobile again the convoy joined the tale of a very oversubscribed meeting which saw cars queuing as far back as New Mill to get in on a one in one out basis. So the reminder got there eventually with a good turnout of 11 cars to view an eclectic mix on display of cars, bikes, wagons, tractors and even a whirlybird helicopter. The party was good, barbecue & beer stand well attended, then, black clouds loomed ! A few spots started. Many put the roof up and a mass exodus ensued to get home before the downpour. Roll on the next HMC meeting in July.
Balmy May - a warm balmy evening sitting out and a first run out for a few. Cobraman was playing in rugby all day so left the V8 at home. Seasick P showed off the Fury with the new engine and thinks Dennis Vessey is the man to tickle the carbs. Johnny Petrolhead entertained us with more tales including the one about Viagra - why did James Bond take Viagra ? SO he could Roger Moore Ha Ha. She who thinks she is obeyed learned of OGL's new engine desires – a shock to her! Interest was seeded in the potential Sylva Mallory track event in August. A few were looking to Harewood for Saturday & also Sunday to watch the big boys blast up the hill. Sec got fully up to speed with Facebook getting friendlier by the minute with WhatsApp in the wings as well. All left with plenty events to fulfil those with an empty diary in the next few weeks.
Car Party 2016
– with the usual rendezvous at 08:30
Woodall Services. Sec swooped in en-route to Donington Classic. The
off on schedule with a few taking the lead at different stages. Finally
peeling off to play with priceless historics and Fencewrecker deviated
McBurgers to purchase promised treats for cost centre 1. The rest
travelled in convoy until the
airport when Cobra Man lost his tickover in traffic to trickle to a
girl came back to save him the remainder carried on regardless in true
style and set up camp. Cobreman then pitched up but where was
gal? Lost on site. CD2 formally called CD Junior but now
renamed MP3 played with the Tigers - the turncoat, but Ma and Pa knew
people to side with & joined the proper party.
– well the weather fooled us – Nice and
sunny until mid pm then the heavenly power wash arrived so, only the
plus gal drove there, the remaining (including two potential newbies
VX220) used tin top transport. The Quantum got it first trip out to the
Can Café for a HUGE afternoon tea before returning in the
rain. Mr. Polish on
the way back from
March AGM and a good turn
out. A much longer than average officialdom for our 10th year
anniversary with an h&s
officer appointed, Money to spend on communal tools or techhie kit.
be voted on at the next First Friday meeting. Memorabilia
uptake was mentioned and a
request for hoodies (yes possible).
With the demise of various shows ideas of days out were given as
fill the gaps appearing in the calendar. So car shows in
Let’s get Quizzical Again All participants felt thickos but a few good 50-50 calls gained fine points. Some tuff mudder questions were asked and we talked ourselves out of a few answers - again! But Ben-Hur helped us out. So, all in all a reasonable showing as we did OK. Next quiz second Wednesday in March
Reunion saw Bracey re-emerged from hibernation and CD Phantom
swoop in. But
you never see CD Phantom at the same time as CD Junior. Corgi man
through en route home from Brummieland. Extreme Gal has taken a Quantum
it's yellow!). Garage space is full of a snake so either it’s
a bid to go into soft
fruit production or, the car is nesting in a poly tunnel. Plans are
plenty eBay purchases arriving. A few others admitted to double-click
the affluence of incerhol. Seasick P wants more
GG’s under the bonnet so
going black top. Trucker Tim turned up but without the bike LK. Maybe
March. Banter centred more around luxury
manufactures lowering average EEC emissions like Aston Martin and a
(is that it called an Aston Smartin
groan !!) , OGL liked the YouTube vid of the Smartuki GSX
engined ForTwo overtaking
Porsches on track days, few
the sketchy tuning tales of Hooray Henry Caterham toffs. vs. us real
and girls, caravan car trailer conversions to hide your pride and
joy. Webber’s book furtively swapped hands with a
few subversive comments but not about ‘multi 21’
– apparently a good read.
Extreme girl really really wants some
seat belts like SEC got cheap last year and Cobra Boy has a new
wardrobe now after
the snake burnt most of his coats and trousers. Some complained about
weather until Johnny Redmist mentioned he was experimenting with bonnet
moulds in frozen
Quiz – We named ourselves The Yellow Car Club - of course !! The first round of photos was hard, followed by forty questions of varied topics. We talked ourselves out of some answers and didn't write others in. All in all, three points off the winners who had equally low showing. Carols super hot curry and buffet to finish. OGL winning the chance to win £100 in the raffle but fluffed the first London Undergrounds tube station to have an escalator question. Still he was a bottle of red to the better. More revision required for next time boys and girls.
Year New Member
- Newby Dave with a Saab Turbo Indy
and Omega gearbox joined the madhouse and was treated to
‘Turncoat’ turning up
in full yellow, getting animated about the official Gulf Racing colour
blue ‘Wilshire Blue’ and marigold), the new and
potty MSA regulations regarding
roll bars, classics and kit cars which were unanimously voted as stupid
added confusion about three wheelers and motorbike/sidecar combos.
Christmaaaaaaas !!’ and ‘O Come All Ye
‘The Twelfth Day Of Christmas’, at ‘The
Most Wonderful Time Of The Year’ we ‘Made
It Through The Rain’. for it‘s ‘Only A
Winters Tale’ to ‘Santa’s Party
where it was ‘Christmas All Around’, We were all
‘Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’,
all except Turncoat - Lotus Collaborator. Double booked like
Double Booked December.
Is Gold the New Yellow? Sec
(aka “The Traitor“) had a couple of dilemmas;
Twas a Dark November Night, and OGL never stirred. Corgiman asked a simple electrical question, and left for home with a head reeling from a flood of complex answers. In between talk was of the Christmas Dinner, with names and choices added to the chart - if you're planning to come along, then get your details to Mr Sec. by Friday 4th December then turn up in your party frocks with cash in hand on Sat the 12th. WARNING !! _you might need your sunglasses if Sec chooses the yellow attire again !!
October as a few
turned up early for food. Sec was
very chipper - stealing everyone else's before deciding on a plateful
own. A good turnout with several roadsters including the sumptuous
braving the dark and cooling weather.
having played out close by opted to
arrive way before time rather than fight rush the hour standstill home
back. Then promptly fell asleep in the car park. Tim nearly called in
hearse! Lots turned out and two newbies came to
investigate in a very tidy Dax Cobra with a nice sounding 5.7 (or was
it 5.8) Chevvy
& camber compensated front end. Very trick.
Anticipated August OGL & Sec nearly didn't make it when their mini convoy was attacked head-on by four cars going up a one way/no entry!! They parked perfectly, but there was some pretty poor parking performance practiced by Fencewrecker. Corgi man however has the excuse he just followed the diagonals. The 7’s were outnumbered by shapely roadsters but all were highly coordinated in red, yellow and blue (except the silver MR2). After cheers and plenty thumb voting, talk turned to tyres. Toyo TR1’s & Triple 8’s plus Yoko AO48’s of course featured highly but praise from several sources sung for the new kid on the block Nankang & the cheap NS-2R’ and they do 13” too. It was mentioned that the coloured spots on the wall are there to align either the rubber or ally valves for good wheel balance. But does Mr. ThickFit actually take note? Corgi man fumed about repeated incorrect gas bills invoicing Cu ft as CuM then others mentioned the freebie gas from the aged next door. The can of gas worms now opened, gas pipes replacement, road works and high pressure siphon back problems everywhere gave us a little entertaining talk. Cheap diesel prices noted - put down to supply and demand (not) or, is it juts some ‘cracking’ good offers before we get the noxious tax!! Other banter involved re use of V8 engines as a wine rack but a 24V head holds more, the best use of a selfie-stick is to assist with holding books for reading with aged eyes, ball joints for strikers, sparky lead degradation and modern car multi-compound. OGL may have a possible water rail leak that needs investigating but replacement late K-series Freelander with cams has triple thick head gaskets & is a strong replacement 135 hp engine. The next Test Days are September 7th and 27th.
Japes - In
accounting terms all the cars attended in
‘full employment’ with one driver per car. All kit
types with the exception of Alberto
in the Tonka Truck. The meeting was back at the new old venue
following dissent for the old new venue. Mr Polish wasn't there, a few
suspecting he couldn't get the car over the pebble on the drive !
Junior nor CD Phantom was present....
their parallel time warp now collided them as one? Fencewrecker was
full of the
joys of cricket and describe how the cricket ladesses
‘seam’ the ball. As
Mr. Evans is the new Top Gear presenter.
Who would make a good co-host? Maybe we should
join forces with the wooden Suzy P fielding the full ‘Eee by
Gum Racing’ team
for track tests.. Anecdotes of the last Blyton were told with
those F1 Williams/McLaren mechanics joining in on the fun, plus tales
journey home avoiding BMW / Audi chicanes following a rain storm. The
minutes of track time saw Mr. Tango giving backwards passenger rides to
unsuspecting - gives new meaning to the words ' You've Been Tangoed'. Now a few tyres are truly
temptation for new Toyo Triple 8 R’s or other cheap sticky
torment the wallets of the needy before the next Blyton play day on
27th July. Other news; Seasick P only securing second
dibs, missed out on a tidy 1800 Zetec on the Locost Forum, Lekky man has designs on
Glastonbury with his son feasibly featuring on stage. But who needs
lighting when you have the recent impressive
Back on the Run Again Nuns in June …… Return to
the Colonial in July.
2015 - breakdowns, boggy, booze, banter, bourbon & a band The
plan was for 16 to meet 8.30 am at Woodall
for onward convoy to the show, but the Mr T breakdown on Friday night
torrential rain saw only five, comprising three Westfields, 0GL and
The latter two only just, as the red car got waterlogged on the slip
the service station & the blue Fury few miles before. Both
drive onwards to the show. The rest of the troop set off at different
to avoid the initial downpour & make best use of an improving
arriving on the stand in a ‘bath’ with waterproofs
of course yellow coordinated
with some snazzy fimbles gloves.
Day Mayday, Mr.
Tango with the car ticking over at
3000 rpm !! It was ‘fixed’ but only to break down
again on the way home for a 4
o'clock end to his night ! Sec looked dapper in a bowtie plus all
16 came in various cars; CD phantom (nee CD 1/CD Senior) appeared, but
no CD Junior.
Funny they are never in the same place together? Maybe they live in a
April Fools Our brave adventurers arrived at the ‘New’ venue only to find that the “we must move brigade” had not turned a wheel - and the usual suspect(s) will surely have a good excuse! We didn’t even outnumber The Nuns. Two of our three knew that the Old Colonial drive had been modified by the council, so the little convoy returned to try it out and see Uncle Tim. On arrival, we learned that CD1 had turned up, found himself alone, and set off to find us. Ringing home, we learnt he had not returned so presumably he found a party elsewhere. So now the question is “Whither meetuth us?”
March A hairy month, for those without were
definitely in the minority!! Mr. Tango has been cultivating his all the
and it's now down to his toes, Seasick P looks a bit upside down with
head and full face fungus, Fencewrecker and Leckyman sport the usual
Albere is cultivating some competition to Mr. Tango. Sec got bored with
one so shaved the middle out of his creating a fine pair of Mutton
Nobody understands what hair grown in ears is for.
February Frolics. Sec arrived early, and when the boys turned up, they found him basking in the afterglow of that Steak Pie n Chips. Lips and fingers duly licked clean, it was time to collect the subs and issue pretty yellow cards – Seasic P received a good hand of them for his growing team. In and amongst the usual banter, quizzical looks were exchanged when it was suggested that a regular face was missing – no name could be conjured to fit, but it was agreed that whoever it was bound to have a good excuse! (I wonder who could that possibly be ?? Must pay my dues too– OGL)Only Just January and soooo close to New Years Days some may still be recovering, Seasick P had a cold so he is excused.
The meet started with OGL regaling a day playing out over the holiday with a Russian T-34 tank, then tales turned to tractors, combines and new MOD tanks vs. old ones and tank theory with modern versus the old from Mr. Tankman.. It was decided that women accessorizing with cushions everywhere (and why have them on a bed?) is OK as we men accessorize with tools, fluffy dice and car DVD’s. Stoneleigh in May is the only show as the Newark date is still vacant, so we can possibly look at another venue on the calendar such as Croft Touring Cars with camping in Yarm or, possibly Helmsley Hall with camping and a car show.
The fastest car Sec has ever been in was a BMW CSL fantastic car with uber speed for such an earl type. Fencewrecker is upgrading the Ferrodo’s over winter as Clive is still trembling from almost not stopping at Blyth with a stuck open throttle.
A bit of F1 banter re Hammy being excellent and a deserved winner then talk switched to rally cars and Erik Carlsson's skill, agility and speed. We like the local TV using local locations - The Northern Lights studio filmed in last Tango, Happy Valley, etc. Some road range chatter ensued, followed by tales of youthful battles between Mods and Rockers in Scarborough and then Mr. Stag and Porsche Man came to join us for a while before we went our separate ways.
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