April Fools Run, 7th April 2019

An early start for some on this Sunday morning to our start point at ‘The Toby Carvery’ on the roundabout at Oulton, near Leeds.

Once again an excellent turnout for one of the first long runs of the year. Open to all cars whether classic or your everyday Euro-box! As the route took us through Wetherby, we met several members from their club at the side of the racecourse. Making 40 cars in all. Some began the morning with a big breakfast just in case we got stuck somewhere on the way…

We began the route in staggered times travelling through Oulton, Swillington and Garforth. The display of spring flowers in these villages are to be admired, and rightly so having won lots of awards.

Turning left from the B1217 to the sleepy village of Aberford (once the old A1). Through to Bramham and down to Wetherby, passing the racecourse and on the York road for a while before turning left to Cattal and Whixley. Everyone seemed to be going along nicely, although the weather was fine and dry, rather cold and a lack of sunshine we had the previous day. Eventually reaching Little Ousburn and the Aldwark bridge. Now this is a challenge for anyone who has not crossed this rickety very old bridge before. A privately owned toll bridge with an equally old man collecting 40p per vehicle to cross. And what a trade he was doing with vehicles trying to cross in both directions at once. “no way “ Two smart comedians decided to cross in large 4X4s pulling enormous caravans and completely blocked the bridge for some 30 minutes in both directions. Stan and Jenifer Cox were waiting in the queue by the toll booth in their MGB sports car when the engine gave up. We helped him to push back on to spare land to find the fault. Apparently the fuel pump had failed, so after 45 minutes of trying to get it going again had to concede defeat and call the Green Flag. My son who was the back up vehicle stayed to help until the breakdown truck turned up.

Eventually the bridge cleared so on to Alne – Easingwold – Raskelf to Crayke. Our half way point was The Worsley Arms Hotel. “The ancestral home of the Duchess of Kent” in Hovingham. After which we went through Kirbymoorside to Pickering and left past the rail station and up on to the moors to “The Inn on the Moor” in Goathland. An excellent lunch was served to 67 of our intrepid travellers, with a dozen or so who had brought along a picnic. Hope everyone enjoyed the day and arrived home safely.

Tony and Simon Lucas