Yorkshire Centre ‘MG Car Club 85’ Run

 

Twenty Eight cars turned out at the Star Inn in Roberttown, near Liversedge, West Yorkshire on Saturday 10th October for a run organized by David and Carol Copeman to celebrate the 85th birthday of the MG Car Club, founded on 12 October 1930. Eighteen were MGs; there was an E-Type Jaguar, and a Mini Cooper S, and the others were everyday cars, for those members had ‘retired’ their beloved vehicles for the winter.

We were fortunate to have a dry day, initially with light cloud which slowly cleared during the afternoon to give a wonderful colorful autumn day for the trip to the western end of West Yorkshire. The participants included seven cars from the North Yorkshire Natter, Richard and Jill Coates from the Tiger Natter in East Yorkshire, and we were particularly pleased to see Sue and Terry Hartley from the 24/39 Group, albeit in the ‘day car’. Paul and Rosemary Croft took the opportunity to sell some more of the North Yorkshire Carrier bags – don’t get caught for 5p when you can have one of these lovely souvenirs!!

The route took us through the edge of Brighouse and over the hills at the ‘back’ of Bradford to the Raggalds Inn, where an awkward left turn took us down Perseverance Lane towards the little villages around Midgley. This is an area your ‘scribe’ does not know well and it was a wonderful introduction to an almost hidden area of Yorkshire.  After passing through Mytholmroyd, we ended up at the picturesque Hebden Bridge nestled in its valley. Julie and I took the opportunity for a browse around the shops and a ‘cuppa’.

After a U-turn we headed up the hills past Harcastle Crags, a National Trust site, and over the moors towards Colne, and Trawden, before turning east again to Haworth, finally ending the trip driving back across Bradford via the Raggalds and Heptonstall again, returning to the Star.

Some forty two members stayed for the excellent carvery at the Star, after which our Yorkshire Area President, Alan Dakeyne, cut the special cake for the 85th Birthday of the MG Car Club, decorated in due style, with a model of an MG RV8.

A great autumn afternoon out, and congratulations to David and Carol for organizing this run at relatively short notice – good idea, son!!!

Ken & Julie Cothliff & “Marmalade”.

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