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Area Report - Windscreen November/December Issue 175
We closed our last area report reminding all of our “Crank Down” event, so let’s with a summary from Brain Slingsby of our popular area event which took place over three days, 27/28/29th Sept. Base camp was East End farm, Garton on the Wolds. We would recommend this for anybody visiting the area, camp owners are very friendly and helpful, with good modern facilities.

On day 1, the route was a long 84 miles loop east and south of Garton, taking in a number of scenic points. Making the first stop was at the 158 SQDN memorial in Lissett, see photo of excellent modern sculpture dedicated to lost aircraft from the war in the form of modern turbines which are each named after a lost aircraft. The motto is ‘keeping propellers turning’ on the old RAF base. It really worth a visit, and worth a google beforehand. We moved on past Mappleton sands, the nearby cliffs were used as a RAF bombing range and is still today giving up unexploded ordinance today as the cliffs erode. Finally, after a big touring loop we stopped for lunch at the splendid Burton Constable Hall. In all we had 15 vehicles on the run (sadly the weather forecast deterred some of our members from joining us).

Sunday’s weather was worse with torrential rain all day, but the hardy few were still up for our run out with a loop to the east and north, through some very varied countryside completely different to that we had experienced the day before. We covered approx. 50 miles before lunch at Sledmere house, again another very splendid stately home with huge gardens and an interesting history.

After lunch we made our way back to camp via the ‘Sir Tatton Sykes memorial’ which again if you haven’t seen it is worth looking up, and seeing it is the flesh is quite something, it’s an impressive monolith erected by the grateful local residents to Sir Tatton upon his death. Another successful weekend for our crank down, enjoyed by a grateful and hardy few. Brian says haven’t been before - you should try it, don’t be frightened, we are a friendly, helpful bunch up here in Yorkshire!

Some of our members have been not just touring but competing too - Gary and Steve Docherty in their Jeeps - MB and GPW respectively attended the Land Rover Club Patina National RTV trial at Helmsley in September. Gary wining Class 1 ( leaf springs up to 87in wheelbase ).
We did get a few days of better weather and the Otley Vintage Transport Extravaganza show was blessed with glorious September weather. Most who attended left with a good late summer sunburn glow.

The good weather attracted another huge turnout from punters and exhibitors from Steam engines and shiny HGVs to Pushbikes and everything in between. Yorkshire MVT were well represented in the Military Vehicles section, with a 1st ,2nd & 3rd for best in class prizes.

Well done to…Brian Fox ( Jeep ) Derek Stead ( Dodge Command Car ) and Debbie Balding ( Dodge Ambulance ) took the top 3 awards, with Debbie's ambulance winning 1st place and the Clive Fox Trophy.

Lastly, perhaps the highlight for some of our members was the XXX Corps 75th Anniversary run to the bridges, with a few of our members with British or Canadian vehicles making the trip. Simon Balding and his son Oliver made this a real father & son trip to remember with their Canadian Dodge enjoying the Dutch hospitality and dry weather along the journey.
Tot ziens!!


Paul Mayo