Area Report - July '11
As in previous
years our season started with the York Crank Up on the 10th April.
Organised, as efficiently as ever, by Chris Smyth this was the largest
gathering we’ve seen with 62 vehicles of all periods coming together
to park on the grass outside the Museum next to Clifford’s Tower in
the centre of the city. Steve Carr’s photos are on our website and he
reports “There were a couple of breakdowns, one just before, and one
during the road run to York. One was 'A' Framed to York centre, the AA
brought the other”.
event provides a great opportunity to convoy into the centre from the
outskirts of Tadcaster on the busy A64 dual carriageway. So if you have
not yet joined us for what must be the biggest one day event in the UK (
Chris thinks the World) then look out for the date of next years’ meet
in our Calendar of events on the website. Chris is aiming for 100
vehicles next year so lets try and help him make it or better still
We don’t like to rest
on our laurels ‘up north’ and York was quickly followed by our major
event Wheels & Wings at Elvington, also near York, on the 6th-8th
May. With the site filled to capacity this was yet again hugely
successful and a brilliant weekend. Around 200 vehicles on were on
display of which a quarter took part in the road run. I would encourage
you to look at the photos and report on our website. The show report is
also featured elsewhere in this issue.
know some of you supported the Armed Forces Day in June events so if you
have any photographs please send them it for publishing on the website.
The beginning of July
saw Nev Johnson generously hosting another of his annual summer
barbeques and ‘bash’ at his home. Well attended and as successful as
ever I think the evening revelry took its’ toll as no one seemed up
for a Sunday morning run. Thanks once again Nev. Ingelton War weekend
dates clashed with Nev’s but if you went along I would be pleased to
hear from you.
Yet another event in our
region took place at the Ponderosa in Heckmondwyke over the weekend of
the 9th-10th July just before the print deadline for this issue. Now in
its’ 3rd year a great deal of effort had been put in by the owner
Howard Cook and his staff to build this into a major event.
Stuart Wright from the
club has been heavily involved in its organisation and we certainly owe
him grateful thanks for all his hard work over the past few months. We
were lucky in the main with the weather just having to dodge a few very
heavy showers. This did not dampen the enthusiasm for what the
commentator saw, in his experience, as the largest battle re enactment
yet staged in the UK.
This took place on both
afternoons against a backdrop of ex stage sets and an important
‘bridge’. Tanks, halftracks, 25pdrs, mixed infantry and plenty of
impressive pyrotechnics kept the crowds attention for almost an hour on
each afternoon. I suspect there were a few ears ‘ringing’ after
was with the artillery and we had to take cover from 3 ‘incoming’
rounds which showered us in light debris. One of the large buildings on
site had been transformed from last year with a new stage, large bar and
plenty of tables for the evening dance but also daytime food and drink
and professional entertainment from two of the very best WW2
entertainers Lola Lamour and Paul Harper. There were a few military
stalls but most were aimed at the general public. I don’t know what
next year here will be like, but it’s a superb site within easy reach
of a lot of us and it would be great to see it filled with WW2 vehicles
from our area. See our website for photos.
Please do ring, write or
e mail me with reports of any event that you enjoy.