YDCCC - Dales Trail 2016
Report by John Gill
The Dales Trail took place on a fine Sunday in September, this year the members decided to adopt the Pancreatic Cancer UK Charity for our fundraising in memory of Gordon Bulmer.
We were pleased that Gordon’s son, Stuart, brought along his dad’s beloved MG and completed the run in it.
Members gathered at Romanby golf club from 10.00 am for a staggered 10.30 start. Before the start members viewed the cars on display and enjoyed a coffee in the club house.
Sheila Mason’s granddaughter Lucy ran a very successful book stall and raised £58 for the charity. We held a raffle and raised a very respectable £178, thanks to members for their donation of prizes for the raffle.
Stuart Bulmer and his wife Lucy were the first to set off at 10.30am. The other 35 cars set off at 5 minute intervals. It was a lovely mild day and I believe every car that had a soft top set off with the roof down.
The route headed left out of the golf club towards Bedale then up to
Hackforth and on to Crakehall and Leyburn. We then drove to West Burton
where the going got tough! After West Burton the roads get a bit narrow
and very steep. Half way up the hill we met a car club coming the other
way. I am not sure what car club they were but there were a lot of
Subaru Imprezas, Fiesta RSs Astra’s with low suspension and big exhausts
and Japanese cars I did not recognise. One thing I did notice was that
the average age of the drivers was a lot lower than ours!
This is where disaster struck me and my Dad, our MGB started to cough
and splutter, it’s get up and go went!! The gear selector also started
to jam. With two issues we decided to keep going through Hawes and
abandon the rally.
Our MG has never travelled from Aysgarth to home as fast as it did that
day on the back of that transporter, Dad was worried the car was still
on the back, on our arrival home he jumped out of the cab to check it
was still there!
The route then wended its way back to Romanby Golf Club for a cup of tea
and the presentation ceremony. All of which was missed by me and Dad.
However our Chairman and Secretary were on hand to organise matters and
our official photographer Andy Ellis took the pictures.
Our Chairman Dave Simpson presented the Cheque to the charity and gave
the award to the crew that had travelled the furthest to take part in
the Dales Trail. This year the award went to Shaun Parkin who had
travelled from Gainsborough which is a distance of some 90 miles, second
place went to Mervin Hayward who travelled from Scunthorpe which is
about 87 miles, a close run thing.