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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.
Raw Striker North
Click on the above advert for more about the Raw Striker cars built and driven by many of our members.
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.
DEJA VU !!
TO THE NEW OLD MEEETING
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.
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.
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
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
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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