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2012 HRCR Ilkley Classic Tour 1st Jul


The third running of Ilkley and District Motor Club’s Classic Car Run saw 29 entries ranging from Vintage through Historic to Classic taking part.

As well as the usual club members there was a good contribution from HRCR members looking forward to another event in the Scenic Tours calendar. Simon Marks in his Ferrari even managed to acquire the services of a navigator when he stopped for fuel near the start and got chatting to a local out for a walk with his dog. The dog had to stay at home though!

 Nearly half the entry was made up of MG’s from a 1937 TA to a number of B’s from the sixties and seventies, the remaining entry was mainly made up British makes, Triumph’s, Austin’s a Lotus and a Jaguar.

The start was the Black Bull at Kettlesing just west of Harrogate which had also been the location of a Control the club were marshalling for the ACU National Scatter. 

The control had opened on the Saturday lunchtime and closed on the Sunday morning before the Run started, with Run organiser David Lambourne taking the early morning shift from 06:00 till the close at 09:00.

The 80 mile route in North Yorkshire went from the start via Ripley over the toll bridge at Aldwark, Sutton Park and then headed north to Ampleforth where most stopped for a look round and refreshments at the Abbey or in the village. 

From Ampleforth the route went past the very picturesque remains of Byland Abbey, then westwards with good views of the Kilburn White Horse continuing on the yellows of maps 99 and 100 towards Bishop Monkton, Markington and Birstwith to finish back at the Black Bull.