The Buffers Evening Run, 20th May 2019

The early evening sun was shining down on the 17 cars of The City of Leeds MG & Classic Car Club members taking part on Monday’s run from The Buffers in Scholes on the 20th of May. It was only a relatively short adventure of some 20 miles, but the combination of the sunshine and some good lanes to zip down, plus a lovely meal at the end promised for a good evening.

I arrived in the 2CV and was in need of a willing navigator to help me out. Fortunately for me Keith Dungate stepped into the breach and ably navigated me around the route. The cars set off from The Buffers and made their way through Scholes, Barwick-in-Elmet and out onto the A64 for just one junction. From there we proceeded through some wonderful roads and lanes. Up ahead of us was the MGB GT of Tina and Steve Rowe, with Keith on the notes and the 2CV buzzing along nicely I was sure we could catch their car and move into the lead!! However every time we came to an incline our progressed diminished somewhat and we had to regain the ground that we had lost. Maybe next time !!!

The roads that the route took were almost all free of other traffic and were a pleasure to drive along and quite a lot of the route was new to me. Eventually after a great drive we made our way slowly through the village of Thorner (Fact: They don’t have any street lights) and back to The Buffers. With our tables reserved, Darren the landlord of The Buffers promised us a very nice meal and he and his staff did not disappoint. The choice: Fish or Steak Pie (complete with an MG logo on top) was absolutely superb, the staff looked after us very well as they always do.

Everyone without question thoroughly enjoyed the evening and all being well it will not be too long before we have another lovely evening run. A big thank you to Charles and Gilly who planned the route, and of course all who took part. It’s the members that make the club what it is and that it is why it is so successful. As for Keith, well, it was his first time in a 2CV and he coped admirably. Thanks Keith, you are an excellent navigator and between us we made a good team. Are you up for another go? ? ?

Simon Lucas