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Drive It Day with Middlesbrough Motor Club 26th April 2015
Brilliant sunshine greeted us on Sunday 26 April, despite the more pessimistic forecasts. Jackie and I met Roger and Janice Hall and their pink Phantom in South Kilvington on the northern outskirts of Thirsk. From there up the A19 to Middlesbrough, a distance of about 30 miles, took about the 30 minutes it should have done! On arrival at the Middlesbrough and District Motor Club we were greeted in the car park by a line up of Jaguars, E Types, XJ6s, an XK140, XK8, X Type, XJS and a Fairthorpe Electron. Jackie and I are now members of RREC as ‘Enthusiasts’ rather than owners, as we sold our Mark VI about four years ago. We all do silly things. So - we were there in our 1966 S Type Jaguar, sans windscreen wipers, and hoping it did not rain. We were soon joined by Rod and Dylis Macleod in their 2001 Arnarge Red Label.
We were made welcome by the M&DMC who provided tea or coffee and road books were handed out to be studied by the various navigators. We were soon chatting with friends old and new from the JDC.
Quite rightly, Roger and Janice and their Phantom II were given number one and were first to go off. However, not having any of the helpful technical gizmos, such as a trip meter, they volunteered Jackie and me to lead the way. There were no rules with regard to technological assistance, and although I did find the satnav useful, I did think it was a bit of a cheat, but never mind! An excellent route had been put together for us and we were soon out of the built up area and into the countryside.
The directions were very easy to follow and gave a cumulative mileage, intermediate mileages, tulip diagrams and details of directions on signposts. How could we go wrong? Actually, I do not think anyone did.
The route took us through picturesque villages such as Kirkby, Faceby, Swainby, Scugdale to Osmotherly and then under the A19 to East Harlsey, East Rounton, Hutton Rudby, Seamer, Newby and back to Middlesbrough. There was only one steepish hill with a hairpin, and the only other need for driving skills was in Osmotherley where we were competing with caravans, coaches and parked cars for the same bit of road. Of course, there were one or two horses! On arrival back at the M&DMC we parked on the lawn in front of their impressive club house. A three course lunch was provided but owing to a slight logistical problem some of the food was in short supply.
It was a great day, and it did not rain. A huge ‘Thank you’ to Ricard Adams of the M&DMC for a brilliantly organised event. When I got back home I found an e-mail letting me know that Colin Liddell and some friends had had their own Drive it Day, and had actually managed to gather more cars of the marque than the official one!