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Welcome to the Official Website of the Northern Roadsters Club
Website was last modified on 20/08/2018
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.
Exodus April (or not as it seems) and a few disturbed some settled dust after the winter storage lay up. Tiggergal was absent again so we assumed she is out with the new Stang, although a few muted does it really exist? Tigerman defended his corner and a few claim to have seen it! We welcomed a new member into the fold - Colin’s Chum who regaled anecdotal tales of testing and driving. The two nomads were also away but look soon to be housed again. but Seasick P may soon join the nomadic club with the recent sale of his house. Sparkyman came announcing he has just had a special birthday joining the Septuagenarian Club. The Tiger Twins will both be Quadragenerians this year. We’re all looking forward to the party! The gathering was spread out but Johnny Redmist, Gulf Man and Mr Tango talked carsd on another table Fencewrecker is now back on the road and brought the car following a shakedown to test-the new up-rated diff mounts that look to be holding on well. The racing Tiger is now complete bar the oil change and ready for the first track day. Sec retold the history of Blyton to Colin’s Mate and the associated history with McLaren. A few now also want to be in the 200 mile an hour club. Two impending quizzes and a Blyton testing day on the 29th are pending and Stoneleigh is looming with a new potential Kit Car Show at Santa Pod Raceway in June.
AGM and only a
year since a Beast from the East previously prevented proceedings but where was
the Treasurer this time? Only at the Rhinos
game. Tigerman had flu so Tiggergal was being nursemaid. The AGM agenda was rattled
through although Mr Darkbeer wants to be the adult entertainment organiser! OGL
overpaid subs again due to lack of bank home fund coordination. More social
functions were discussed and wanted. ideas to spend the cash pot to the benefit
of the members needed. Maybe a key fob for each member. The available tools list
requires updating so send lists to Fencewrecker for sharing. Mr Corgi was the only one venturing in his car
the rest whimped in tin tops. But he did proudly announce how he negotiates getting
discount on pound shops.
after dry/vegan/new resolution saw the usual bods but with noted absence from Tiggagal
- set to arrive later. Seasick P needed an early night-and we all thought ‘lucky
fella’. Mrs Nomad - still nomadic but maybe not for long, agreed with the sentiment.
Gulf Man was still plastered so can’t yet drive. Another few weeks before the
pot comes off. Mr Darkbeer was collected
en route and bizarrely his road and only his road was covered in snow. So the
latecomers joined the assembled for food but with no space we moved. Then more
people came so we played musical chairs and moved again – away from the cackle
in the corner. Corgiman has new and expensive Speedo issues not reading no
matter what the factory seems to do with it. Tigerman talked trucks and
trailers and about the wider track upgrade on the racing Tiger asking the
factory for a recommended spring rate. He want happy when they increased from
300 to 350 pounds just because he likes his chips! Fence wrecker got some 4mm plate to
reinforce the diff mountings so his beastie will be back on track soon. Memories of motorboat parties and trips with the
hefty consumption of ale plus the sight issue of a yacht doing only 2 mpg versus
a sailing boat but that used 2 gallons the whole trip. Sec’s single seater is not yet fried up due
to Luluman’s hand being strapped up scuppering plans. The Ginetta trip was
fabulous and the 3-D sim stupendous. Worryingly
conversation moved to the village people and YMCA so it was decided to vacate reluctantly
taking Tigerman as Tiggergal taxi never turned up.
January a good
turnout for the first meeting, but where were the Tiger Twins! Having a curry
elsewhere. They said they would turn up later. We all know where their
loyalties lie. Luluman is expecting a hand op and Lululass needed the new Christmas
present pedometer setting up so OGL obliged. A charged talk of dead and low batteries
with voltage reduction of 2.2 V per cell and motorway blockages, bumpers in the
middle of roads a. Mr Darkbeer was on form. Fencewrecker Junior now has his own
mini that he can grow into. Talk turned to tanks and about the World War 1 heavy
Little Willie derivative needing four
drivers to steer (at 2 mph), the massive noise and smell inside, operators
requiring gas masks and the gunners firing the male or female weapon versions
before a video or two of a T34 in action was passed around. Sec mentioned the organisational
issues of the HMC centenary celebration hill climb and the Motorsport
Association and local council regulations regarding Holme road closures frustratingly
going around in circles driving Sec up the wall. With a call for subs due we
left without seeing the Tiger Twins – well they did say later but didn’t specify
how much later.
Penultimatus and a nice tough quiz started the evening. Mick came and went.
Seasick P had other engagements but CD1 – where was he ? The guest beer on tap
was called ‘7’ and had to be drunk
because we all drive ‘Sevens’ except Mr. Darkbeer who does drive a Seven so he
drank the other guest beer, number 11. With the new beat chum at the bar he now
wants to take up dancing but can't stand the point or all those jazz hands.
However, ‘Digger land’ was well enjoyed by those that went.
October - A very
busy pub for those attending so we had to split into two factions east and west squeezed
into the cosy corner. But where was Seasick P ? -Yerting in a tent somewhere and Gulfdriver
was currying somewhere for an anniversary. The Nomads were there but with no house yet.
September First Friday ..... 8 cars present - 2 of them yellow. Silly quips sent in from those toasting themselves far away places. Non attendance is not an excuse even in foreign climes. Latest car builder picks up first speeding points - seen as badges of honour!
Hot August Panorama
Pictures as 17 bods in 9 cars plus tintops cluttered up the car park. A few panoramic
pics were taken with the more athletic sprinting to pose at both ends of the
Darkbeer had his car there
in spirit but now in heaven so not physically there but he has his eyes
replacement cat so is off to Harewood to seal the
deal. Gulfboy’s car now has its MOT but a lumpy tickover so
took over with magic hands and played the throttle position sensor game
it. Gulfboy was so please he lost his phone under the seat which took a
manipulation to retrieve. Good to see both Mr and Mrs Seasick P and Sec was aghast as she told us
of “Cost Centre number 1's” misadventures. Johnny Petrolhead told tales of
July Expectations. With
the World Cup in full flow with hopes of it coming home one car is dead, one is
awaiting MOT, one is in bits awaiting diff set up for Hillclimb use, one is now
free from its captive drive building jut finished but couldn’t get an MOT slot,
Mr Tango has his car due for a new wing repair as well and Sec just didn't
bring his car! So the cost of repairs was hot on the agenda - where do
values come from Mr. Darkbeer’s car is £17,000 to repair – mostly labour but
there are only three similar in the country for sale –one at £24k. He does now
want a tank. Conversation then turned to the last event where one HMC member
was VERY lucky with a QR boss steering wheel failure at 100 mph but his car is
only £7k to repair. Even so, luckily the tree branch went above the leg Sec worryingly
discussed his Fritzl cellar and regaled tales of plod’s embarrassment with
old-fashioned style seatbelt's and pop out indicators. Conversation then turned
to IVA and required indicator positions, rolling road problems with calibration
of speedos on rolling roads with LSDs. Mr. Darkbeer fancied an automatic
lawnmower then Tigerman then mentioned someone with an auto-vac managing to smear
the doggy poop accident all over the carpet one night ! Blandy's fantasy garage is the envy of many with a tractor
too. Deliberation raged about Mustangs/Mondeos/Mercedes
and Stangs vs. Vettes. OGL liking the
latter but most preferring the horse. A busy weekend of fun sees an
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
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