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Christmas Cracker Run - December 28th
by Andrew Rudge

“We’re having the top down” I said to my wife. “Pardon?” was the reply.
“It’s warm enough, you’ll see. Having the top up makes very little difference”.
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So we prepared the Jeep ready to depart to Wetherby for the start of the Christmas Cracker Run.
It’s a 40 minute drive to Wetherby from where the Jeep is stored; we wrapped up well and set off at around 9:00am.
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We journeyed through Garforth, stopping off at the Post Office in the town centre to post a letter; there were a few smiling faces and strange looks as I pulled up onto the pavement and jumped out.

We continued on towards Aberford, travelling alongside the A1, arriving in Wetherby at 9:45am. Bacon butties and a hot coffee awaited. We said hello to familiar faces and caught up with the usual Christmas tales of eating too much.

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The convoy of over 20 military vehicles (plus support) set off shortly after 11:00am. As you will see from the photos, a varied selection of mainly smaller vehicles. We turned left out of Wetherby and quickly began travelling through picturesque countryside and villages on the outskirts of Harrogate.
There were several stops on the route to allow vehicles to regroup. More strange looks and smiles, this time from other motorists. We even helped a motorcyclist who fell off his bike trying to avoid a stationary transit van.
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Our journey continued through more North Yorkshire countryside, heading towards our end destination – Millstones & Mill 67 – for a carvery, for those still with room. We opted for a delicious home-made leek and potato soup.

This was another great MVT Christmas run out. A big thank you to Simon Roberts for planning the route.