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Introduction

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 interest in 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, Dunbottle Lane, Mirfield, WF14 9JJ just off the A62 or the A644 at Mirfield (M62 - junction 25 eastbound or J27 westbound.  You can then meet the members of the friendliest motor club in the North, or apply for membership by either downloading the membership form or by e-mailing membership@northernroadsters.co.uk for details of how to join by snail mail.

Check our calendar page for details of our forthcoming activities.


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Click on the above advert for more about the Raw Striker cars built and driven by many of our members.

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We are by no means exclusively a club for Strikers. Robert Sinclair cars (Raw Striker North) aren't either. They build, sell and work on Westfields, Tigers and indeed any kit, hillclimb, race or road car.

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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.  Oh and Carol has invited the club to Tim's 60th party 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.

Kit Car Party 2016 – with the usual rendezvous at 08:30 Woodall Services. Sec swooped in en-route to Donington Classic. The convoy set off on schedule with a few taking the lead at different stages. Finally Sec peeling off to play with priceless historics and Fencewrecker deviated to 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 garage. Extreme girl came back to save him the remainder carried on regardless in true Top Gear style and set up camp. Cobreman then pitched up but where was Extreme gal? Lost on site. CD2 formally called CD Junior but now renamed MP3 played with the Tigers - the turncoat, but Ma and Pa knew the correct people to side with & joined the proper party.
The day was sunny and warm, the snow of the previous week a dim memory. More members straggled onto the stand to bolster the reasonable turnout with Sec eventually joining the posse later in the day. The show had lots of new shiny bits including some nice Tribute Ferrari 250's, many Z3 based things and plenty of Cobra types from GD/AK/Dax/Hawk, as well as the new Riot and Sylva, Some tried the farm shop for tea, 0GL grazed from GTM to join Fencewrecker et-al at MNR hospitality before the move to the evenings entertainment to be deafened by the live band where the WhatsApp group was formed. Show time over, all returned to the cosy Coleman shelter, befriending Jack Daniels Fire. A few called it quits and turned in for the night. Then twang!! The false Ferrari neighbour trashed his tent in deference to camping. The hardy few continued until Jack had gone then swayed to bed.  Dawn broke and many tried the farm shop cafe big brecky – all bar one who was still under the influence of Jack! Tents and shelter were hastily taken down before the forecasted rain came.  
CD Senior, temporarily known as CD Phantom, formerly known as CD Original but ought to now be called CDLP arrived just as the convoy for home set off. Extreme Gal was running on fumes so, in a roundabout way called in to tank up whilst OGL sped off into the mist. All were soaked by the torrential storm on the way home but skin is as they say waterproof

April Fools Day – well the weather fooled us – Nice and sunny until mid pm then the heavenly power wash arrived so, only the Quantum plus gal drove there, the remaining (including two potential newbies with a VX220) used tin top transport. The Quantum got it first trip out to the Oil Can Café for a HUGE afternoon tea before returning in the rain. Mr. Polish on the way back from London had a bit of T-bone this week (but not the steak variety). Going to need a lot of Autoglym for that one.
This months news: Seasick P is mid engine swap, orders for merchandise were taken, Cobra boy burnt his trousers again! this time on the Quantum exhaust, Mr Corgi has floaty wishbones which were held together only with rust, A few use umbrellas in lieu of car hoods. James helped Richard, who helped Dave, who helped OGL who is a helpful soul anyway. The joys of the club membership. Plenty new dates are now listed on the calendar- see website for new additions but Facebook is taking over from the forum so keep an eye on that for new news and meet ups. Track dates are looming and several are booked to play out especially now since the motorsports bureaucrats new regs seem to be stopping competitors (who pay for these rule makers with self funded fees) from competing in the cars they love and have used for the past 20 years !! We all know the risks of completing so let grass roots be cheap otherwise more than a few are looking to drop out of competition t seek fun elsewhere. The annual convoy to the Stoneleigh camping puddle is organised for a 08.30 Woodall meet for those that like getting out of bed early. Johnny petrol head is looking forward to another chicken sandwich (please send in pictures from the last one!) and he is already collecting fruit ciders now to get his five a day intake sorted. We suspect the rest will all have sausages again ! Roll on the 1st May

March AGM and a good turn out. A much longer than average officialdom for our 10th year anniversary with an  h&s event officer appointed, Money to spend on communal tools or techhie kit. Requests to 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 suggestions to fill the gaps appearing in the calendar. So car shows in Wakefield, Bolton, and Hebden Bridge, muted and subject to sunshiny days got plenty of interest. Rain means no open toppers just tin tops.. Cold rain means snow go - ha ha.
Suggestions of runs out include the new British Sports Cars Saturday coffee mornings, MEV, Squires, Whitby and Harewood Hill Climb. Also social events including meals, bowling, etc. involving those normally left at home lady folk are all options. See the calendar page on the website and use Facebook or the forum for the more ad-hoc adventures. October should see a celebration dinner, maybe with the Dogs at Bell Vue/Bolton?
Two splinter groups then formed with various banter. One side talked about suspension and suspension bushes, poisonous plants, LS7 Chevvy power plants weighing only 150 kg (pure joy!). Corgi man seems to have more bolts than Usane and also has a double decker garage full of bendy wheels to fit on wider wishbones. He has also come of Smartphone age so plenty specialist car apps of interest can now bamboozle him. Cobra Man has a collection of some new ‘breathing bits’ in the greenhouse, especially to delight Extreme Gal. Finally before departing the debate over metric fine and metric course bolts, the tensile and torsional strength of both when tightening was set as homework for Sec to bring ‘The Book’ in for next time.

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

The February 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 flashed through en route home from Brummieland. Extreme Gal has taken a Quantum leap (Yeah 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 afoot with plenty eBay purchases arriving. A few others admitted to double-click shopping under 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 £40k Smart (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 giggled at the sketchy tuning tales of Hooray Henry Caterham toffs. vs. us real world boys 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 yellow 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 the weather until Johnny Redmist mentioned he was experimenting with bonnet snow moulds in frozen Germany.  All said a friendly ta ta, some ready to meet at the Wednesday quiz and Fencewrecker promising to come to the next First Friday on the ‘Land Rover’.

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.

New 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 names (powder blue ‘Wilshire Blue’ and marigold), the new and potty MSA regulations regarding roll bars, classics and kit cars which were unanimously voted as stupid with added confusion about three wheelers and motorbike/sidecar combos.
Then other banter about breaks/ brakes/ bonhomie /bad boys / boyhood boozing and the biggest sign wars battling between McDonald's /  KFC. But nobody has noticed. Fencewrecker divulged how we nearly bought an F1 team under our guise ‘E By Gum Racing’ before tangenting off to the red mist driving of Irving, Hunt, Prost & Senna. Christmas TV had a few enjoyable treats like tractor pulling and monster big feet as well. OGL reminisced about tractor wheelies at Cholmondoly with a JCB GT doing over 100mph !! Cobra Gal wants to ‘Rush’ about looking for Robin Hood but will be happy to be treated to something a bit ‘Extreme’ from Cobra Guy. The correct Blyton days are on the web with high hopes of the 1975 F5000 Andretti car turning up again, maybe with another local collector who also has few to play with. Techie talk this month centred around special paint & flowers on motorways put there to absorb CO2 . How knowledgeable is that ! Well we’ll see at the Quiz on Wednesday night.

‘It’s Christmaaaaaaas !!’ and ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ on ‘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 Tonight’ where it was ‘Christmas All Around’, We were all ‘Rocking Around The Christmas Tree’, all except Turncoat - Lotus Collaborator. Double booked like ‘Last Christmas’.
Seated amidst ‘The Holly And The Ivy’ with some ‘Do You Hear What I Hear’ music playing, Carol's festive feast with ‘Mistletoe & Wine’ was enjoyed by all non traitors. Then surprise surprise, after the last mince pie crumbs had been consumed, turncoat turned up ‘Walking In The Air’ singing ‘Don't Mess With My Tutu’ - yellow of course, giving just a hint of  what could have been. A few shouted ‘Run Rudolf Run’ but thankfully there were no ‘Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire’ or any ‘Silver Bells’ as the ‘Ding Dong Merrily On High’ was not being worn.!
So after ‘It Came Upon A Midnight Clear’ we all ‘Wished You a Merry Christmas’ and said  ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ we  went ‘Driving Home For Christmas’ all except Fencewrecker who said ‘Baby It’s Cold Outside’ and walked.
‘Merry Christmas Everybody’ roll-on 2016.

Decadent Double Booked December. Is Gold the New Yellow? Sec (aka “The Traitor“) had a couple of dilemmas;
1/. Seeking approval; for a "Special Underwear Dispensation" for the party, with a gold thong thing that apparently came as an eBay 3-set (which the rest all thought would probably be called a bikini). This prompted many comments and several quizzical looks leading to final approval .....
Then 2/. The Traitor’s bombshell! Double booked ……..again  !! and by his own hand, admits he is losing the plot. So, after a good chastisement and drubbing the history of why we are nicknamed The Yellow Car Club was explained to the newbies who couldn’t understand why the ‘Traitor’ is regaled all in all shades of lemon & custard.
This month heard tales of old runs out,  and various convoy catastrophes, discussion about MGB roasters and a re-body having to go Q plate, Jenson versus Mark in former Karting days, with Fencewrecker confident he could beat him from a standing starter away from the lights but the trophy for that would go to the local taxi drivers! Desires of superchargers on the LS Chevvy, with possibly another one on a Mazda/MNR as well. OGL has had starting issues with ‘old’ fuel and some fuel facts such as the new potions setting like jelly over time. Blyton dates are booked for 2016 – contact ‘The Traitor’ for dates.
So we all departed the Festive Grotto armed with loaves of bread and bananas ready to meet back at Traitors Gate in a week.

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 !!

Omnivore October as a few turned up early for food. Sec was very chipper - stealing everyone else's before deciding on a plateful of his own. A good turnout with several roadsters including the sumptuous snake braving the dark and cooling weather. 
Banter centred on the recent emission scandal with new models likely to be called the ‘Loophole’, or ‘Fiasco’ and sold with an advert called ‘Emissions Impossible’. Anyway anyone who has just bought a new peoples car is probably now fuming - Ha ha !! We reckon all other manufacturers will have similar software but just haven't been caught. Another fine Blyton Test day was talked about, Corgiman got the ‘newbie’ McLaren 650SC intro ride then, found out the Striker’s fuel pump doesn't produce enough oomph, probably due to two 20 year old blocked fuel filters. A few,  bitten by the competition bug wanted to know more about MSA hill climb regs with pending purchases of suits, helmets and tyres but not the super sticky one lap tyres used by the frugal fuel single seater brigade. Motty is now on engine version 4. Not to be confused with a V4.!  Snakeman and Snakewoman are looking to build a new track car but haven’t chosen the type yet. Several had memories of a good final Oil Can Café meet and the beautiful Lola was mentioned by a few. Energy company help lines got some wrath as we learned about Bill’s bills before Fencewrecker talked a lot about his ‘grandmother’ and her rights to tow trailers. Seasick P however, nearly couldn't keep awake due to Tamsin teething troubles terrorising the household.  The last topic was an economics lesson of population growth vs. electricity grid supply and probable future power cuts. 
Choices and numbers please at the next meeting for Christmas dinner on 12th December, 
Finally our good luck wishes go to Mr Tango and the pending lung op. Hope all goes well and we hope you have a speedy recovery...

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Splendid September. Sec 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 the 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.
Plenty of banter and beer, 0GL expounded recent diesel exploits, two tales of devaluation of loan cars,  exploding karts and brakes discs burning in a pit of petrol!!
Mr Tango has bought the new Nankangs but can't use them yet as he is taking it easy with a collapsed lung.  Pah excuses! Fencewrecker likes his three penny bit Tankman remoulds and we reckoned they are now anti aquaplaning too.
Fantasy garages were discussed with imaginings of Fergies to fast Astons. Some nice free red caps were handed out and soon OGL will be as colour-coordinated as sec in Incy the Spyder. Tankman has now fixed all the doors, so installed heaters in the workshop. No excuses now. The car has to be ready for first Blyton or Stoneleigh next year whichever comes first...
Next meets - Oliver’s Mount on the 12th & the Oil Can Cafe BBQ on the 19th September to wave bye-bye to the season. Plans were finalised for Blyton on Monday,. To camp or not to camp was a big question. Christmas dinner was confirmed 12th December.

Sunny Blyton
Grrr thup Grrr thup Grrr thup. 140 mph. Whoa !
Turn ooof, Turn ooof, Turn ooof
Grrr thup Grrr thup Grrr thup.
And that's just the first quarter lap in the MEV turbo busa three wheeler with circa 900 bhp/t !!
Others then transported this reporter around in various jalopies from the quiet and production to noisy fly spatting open cockpits 7’s. All fast and furious. A new circuit layout used. Interesting variety of lines folk take especially in Curva-Grande with the deliberate bumpy bits jus before the hairpin. Good weather, good company, ACE day out.

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.

July 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 ! Neither CD Junior nor CD Phantom was present....  Has 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 of the journey home avoiding BMW / Audi chicanes following a rain storm. The last 30 minutes of track time saw Mr. Tango giving backwards passenger rides to the unsuspecting - gives new meaning to the words ' You've Been Tangoed'.  Now a few tyres are truly trashed, the temptation for new Toyo Triple 8 R’s or other cheap sticky rubbers inevitability 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 next years Glastonbury with his son feasibly featuring on stage. But who needs Glasto stage lighting when you have the recent impressive UK wide storm cloud display and the latest swiftly approaching thunderstorm. So as all were in tin tops a swift exit was made to beat the deluge. See you all at Blyton and next month's first Friday.

Nuns Back on the Run Again  Nuns in June …… Return to the Colonial in July.
There were several new faces at our June get together (I’m not even going to guess at the excuses for the usual missing bods). Interesting vehicles featuring great touches, good chat – spoiled only by the lack of seats. After much deliberation, the consensus was – we are back at the Old Colonial from July.
See you ALL there !?

Stoneleigh 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 & wet torrential rain saw only five, comprising three Westfields, 0GL and Seasick P. The latter two only just, as the red car got waterlogged on the slip road into the service station & the blue Fury few miles before. Both recovered to drive onwards to the show. The rest of the troop set off at different times ad-hoc to avoid the initial downpour & make best use of an improving day. Sec arriving on the stand in a ‘bath’ with waterproofs of course yellow coordinated with some snazzy fimbles gloves. 
Camp was pitched by the hardy 10 albeit in the paddy field again but in glorious sunshine as the day improved. Due to the lack of dry ground all were squeezed together in the strip of high ground, much to the delight of Johnny Petrolhead once more worried about his snoring. Notable absences were Mr Polish (under the thumb?) and Mr T whose car was lifeless. 
The day got warmer the barbecue came out and the hardy enjoyed a night of frivolity, Seasick P, worried about the journey home texted to say he'd made it safely so Johnny petrol head could now have a drink. (who had forgot and had already been oiling the tonsils since 6 pm). So booze, banter, bourbon & a band - the deafening tones of The Original Members kept the team occupied.  James managed his five a day - all in one glass drinking fruit cider, followed by beer, honey and eye bourbon. Once back at the camp. The stamina boys hit the wine and shots before bed.. 
Johnny Petrolhead’s alarm went off 6 am to wake all those who didn't want to get up to a nice morning but more rain in the night had re-filled the paddies. (New pitch has been requested for next year?  Another look round the show and some bits were bought including relays with inclusive beepers. Interring bits:- for the Striker boys, a nice retro fit anti roll bar set up on the Stylus Stand, an exquisite new Ultima spinning showing all its glory and some low entry high lift hydraulic lifting ramps that the club will purchase for sharing.

May 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 clothes yellow. 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 time warp zone……
The next Blyton track day is set for 22 June, display banners were discussed, camber and castor mentioned, Mr. Polish didn't bring the snow plough & Johnny Petrolhead is rekindling interested on the Pinto boat anchor now back on eBay yet again. The new F1 girl, Carmen Jorda raised plenty approving comments
The plans were set for Stoneleigh and an 8.30 start at Woodall approved. Corgiman and Lou wimping out of camping. Johnny Petrolhead needs to be in the next field to avoid snoring. Tank man and Mr. Polish aren't planning to make the Stoneleigh trip (told so by 'her who thinks she should be obeyed’).  Seasick P exhibited how to count to 4 3/4 on the fingers of one hand.  See you all Sunday Bright & early

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?”

Beardy March A hairy month, for those without were definitely in the minority!! Mr. Tango has been cultivating his all the winter and it's now down to his toes, Seasick P looks a bit upside down with shaved head and full face fungus, Fencewrecker and Leckyman sport the usual Goatees, Albere is cultivating some competition to Mr. Tango. Sec got bored with a full one so shaved the middle out of his creating a fine pair of Mutton Chops. Nobody understands what hair grown in ears is for.
0GL rattled through the AGM shouting over the noisy bar props with apologies from the ill Mr Tankman where the phantom treasurer remains elusive.  The AOB section  proposed a change of venue due to the car park size so, from April First Friday the new venue is now the old venue of the Three Nuns Cooper Bridge. The First Blyton track day of the season beckons on the 30th March.
Albere is on with another new car having restored his brother’s Ford, James has a tappety 1.8 and Paul chirped he has one too, but nobody cares as replacements are only 100 notes from a scrapper. Sec announced that James’s old Red Westie has been repaired yet again after it being parked in the barrier at Harewood. Mr Polish is keeping the warranty in check with the Elisything ECU “Big Brother” printout of all activity since driving it off the forecourt. Mr Tango wants some Bluetooth comms  and it looks like a new Kit Car Show is penned for August 22nd at Croft – it’s just one day so we may be looking for camping on the Saturday night with a run over the North York Moors Sunday? Other weekend ideas were muted; maybe a Lakes weekend and camping in North Wales.
OGL showed some nice pics of a very shiny mx5 engine churning out over 500 gee-gees. Fencewrecker bought some nice blue supercheap Silicon hose right on his doorstep & Bill announced Milly is nearly back on the road with a new tank.

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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