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 Trans-Pennine Run - August 2nd
By Mike Humphreys

Despite the previous week suffering from heavy rain and a mixed forecast for the day the 41st run was extremely well attended and the sun shone! We had about 15 mv’s present and most were grouped together under the trees in a rather confined space. In previous years there has been acres of room for us to spread out and, therefore, stand out from the commercials. No matter, it was a great static event and our line up had plenty of visitors throughout the afternoon.
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In the official handbook there are 13 entries, but I must confess I did not see all of them, and I had wanted to meet new member Mark Barrett from Halifax in his newly restored Land Rover S11A Lightweight and have a closer look at Pete Aspey’s Chevrolet Heavy Utility. I missed the chance to see the latter at close quarters at Elvington. Along with the usual suspects Glynn Beresford had brought along his Morris CS8 Aeroscreen 15cwt. These are a very attractive small truck, nearly as good as the Bedford MW!!!, and his looked in excellent order complete with mannequin in full BD.

I had a long chat with Tony Carr, from Bradford, whose 1956 Willys M38A1 is in as new condition after a total restoration by Jeffrey Engineering of Kent. He has owned this 2 years and spared no expense to get the very best new old stock parts for it. 

Fitted with a 2.2 OHV engine and 24v system this vehicle is designed to wade. If you get the chance have a good look at it. He fosters children and intends to take them in it touring Europe. Well done Tony.  

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Congratulations also to John Gray who won the prize for best vehicle in the Military Class for his well kitted out Ford Jeep, reg. DAS 946. The plaque being presented by the Mayor at the end of the show.

As for the run itself, I had a report from my barber, no less, of a quote “large tatty military truck” passing through King Cross, near Halifax. I suspect that this was the GMC CCKW 353, reg. SFF 140, owned by W.T. Gissing of Barnoldswick. Again someone I failed to catch up with. It looked complete, but un-restored and without canvas, and presumably has come from Norway. Clearly sound mechanically, I wonder if he is to restore it to its’ former glory. Did it do the full run?   

I did the route from Halifax picking up Chris and Val Symth at Burley in Wharfedale. They enjoyed a reverse view of the road to Harrogate from the back of the Bedford! Simon Roberts by contrast drove a few hundred yards across town!!

There were certainly plenty of interesting commercials and buses of all ages up to 1989 on show. Vehicles from 1980 seem very modern to me, but age has that effect on you, amongst other things! Some useful parts stalls and plenty of model stands added to the day.

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