A Night at the Museum by Richard Culmer - 13th July 2016
YDCCC visit to Mathewson’s.
On a grey, not very special evening weather wise, around 18 members met
in Thornton-le-Dale near Pickering for a visit to Mathewson’s. In
addition to renovating, repairing and selling classic cars Mathewson's
hold 7 auctions a year. Our visit was timed for 3 days before an auction
so there would be plenty of vehicles to be seen. We were not
disappointed! Mathewson's used to have a museum full of classic cars but
have given this up to concentrate on the auctions. However, there is
still a lot of memorabilia in the buildings – old signs, pumps, tools,
manuals and the like. They have plans to erect new buildings and
reorganise the site so classic car auctions are obviously big business.
We were hosted by Derek Mathewson. There was no formal structure to the
visit – it was basically wander round, ogle / lust over / discount
vehicles as the case may be and ask plenty of questions. Derek was a
mine of information, knew all about the cars going to auction and reeled
off auction price estimates without hesitation. I think he would have
chatted all night given the chance! There was a very varied selection of
vehicles – Mini Cooper, Mini Countryman, a couple of Jags, two Bs, a
Midget, a Riley, a tractor, a Bedford lorry, assorted motor bikes, 105E
Anglia and a Ferrari previously owned by Pete Waterman (estimate £50k +)
to name but a few. For many people the star turn was the Riley (see
photo) – don’t recall model / age but auction estimate was £12k to £14k.
Looked like a bargain at that price.
There was a bit of rain during the visit but that was not a problem as
we were under cover. However, just as we were leaving the heavens opened
and there was a monsoon-like thunderstorm that turned the road into a
river and had us sheltering under Mathewson's canopy. I think some
members took solace in the local hostelry; others forgot their diets and
sought out the chippy.
The rain did stop but I was extremely glad I hadn’t taken our roadster –
it would have been rather damp inside!