Drive It Day April 2015

At the invitation of Terry Hartley and Bob Walker of the Yorkshire 24/39 Group, a dozen or so members of the North Yorkshire Natter headed to Sutton Bank, near Thirsk. Some of us, Paul Croft, Mike Payne, Bill Poole, Granville Gott, and Jack Tinker with their wives, had started out from the Bay Horse at Skipton, whereas Steve and Andrea Coltman, Julie and I joined the Wharfedale TR Group at Poole Bank, near Otley, heading for Kilburn in the same area. The run through the Vale of York was perfect, and we passed many other classic car groups going various directions, taking in the spirit of “Drive it Day”.

The Yorkshire Gliding Club is situated at the top of Whitestone Cliff, one of the most spectacular viewpoints in Yorkshire with views north, west and south from the raised area of the club café, as well as the edge of the cliff.

Some of us took advantage of the absolutely perfect flying weather to have a flight, including Jack and Wilma Tinker, and your ‘scribe’. The sky was clear, but plenty of Alto Cumulous clouds providing perfect lifts – some as much as 400ft. per minute. I could see to the top of the Pennines and the North Sea, near Scarborough.

The club offered excellent meals at really good value, and we got the opportunity to park a couple of our cars near the gliders for a photographic opportunity. The Club are keen to support such groups as ours, and I would recommend MG clubs take advantage of their enthusiasm.

Enjoy the photos of a great day.

Ken Cothliff

More photographs of the day on the revue/gallery page