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MG CAR CAVALCADE Yorkshire Section Day Two Harrogate to Maple Garage Sproatley

10/05/2024 all-day
Crimple Garden Centre
The Carr Leeds Rd
Harrogate HG3 1EW

Entry Form word: MGCC Yorkshire Centre Cavalcade entry form copy (1)

Entry Form pdf: MGCC Yorkshire Centre Cavalcade entry form copy (1)


MG 100 Cavalcade – John O’Groats to Lands End


As you will have read about in Safety Fast! this exciting, nationwide event is taking place between Tuesday 30th April and Saturday 25th May and the Yorkshire Centre Leg will be running from 9th of May to the 10th May 2024.

As we continue the celebration of 100 years of MG in 2024, for the enjoyment of members throughout the country, our goal is to link all regions of the UK and all parts of our Club in celebration as a Centenary led expression of the ‘Marque of Friendship’. This is being achieved by way of a series of ‘road runs’ all the way from John O’Groats to Lands’ End.

The whole Club is uniting in this endeavour so that a very appropriate ‘MG 100 baton’ can pass from one end of the country to the other, involving as many members as possible… This is your chance to take part! *

The Yorkshire Centre’s Cavalcade arrangements are as follows:

A handover of the (by now well-travelled) Cavalcade baton ‘Cecil’ from our Tyne Tees Centre friends will take place in Richmond Marketplace around 9.30am on Thursday 9th May. The Tyne Tees leg will finish in Richmond the previous evening and several of their entrants will be staying over locally. Similarly, some of our Yorkshire Centre members will be travelling to Richmond to stay over on Wednesday evening and we are looking to organise a combined informal Tyne Tees/Yorkshire ‘natter’.


After the handover ceremony our Yorkshire Centre leg will begin.

Day 1 Thursday 9th May – Scenic Run – Richmond to Harrogate, will start 10.00 – 10.30am from Richmond Marketplace. We first drive west, before turning south, and heading down through the glorious Yorkshire Dales National Park. Visiting Swaledale, Uredale, Wensleydale, Langstrothdale, Nidderdale and Wharfedale, climbing over Buttertubs and Fleet Moor passes along the way. We will have the opportunity to visit Wensleydale Creamery in Hawes.

After approx. 70 miles our run finishes at Crimple Hall Garden Centre (+ restaurant and food hall) just south of Harrogate.


Day 2 Friday 10th May – Scenic Run – Harrogate to Maple Garage (near Hull), will start 9.00 – 9.15am from Crimple Hall Garden Centre just south of Harrogate. We drive east, around York, then south east through the splendid Yorkshire Wolds with scenery celebrated in many of David Hockney’s paintings. Visit to the Robert Fuller Gallery (famous wildlife artist and documentary film maker) in Thixendale.

After approx. 90 miles our run finishes at Maple Garage (former MG dealership), just north east of Hull. After a light reception around 3.30pm we hand ‘Cecil’ over to our friends in the Lincolnshire Centre for his onward journey.



*Should you plan to be one of the ‘intrepid’ end-to-enders who in celebration of 100 years of MG will enjoy the entire event, then please get in touch with Rob Constant on to express interest.

Similarly, should you wish to do more than just the one local Centre leg, then again please contact Rob so we are aware of your multiple entry intentions. The success of this venture depends greatly on the communication between members, Centre organisers, the Cavalcade organising team and the MG Car Club. Don’t delay – consider your plans now!


The event objectives are as follows:

  • To celebrate 100 years of MG in as inclusive and visible way possible, with support from all the various CRBs, but in particular MGCC Centres, by running a series of consecutive ‘scenic runs’ the full length of the country..
  • Bring to life Club celebrations in a very active way in the UK – MGs on the road!
  • Involve as many members as possible – from all age groups and eras of MG – from Vintage/MMM to ‘Young Members’… The friendship of generations travelling together
  • Devise an ‘overall’ route, which takes in some of the key venues to the overall MG story and iconic motoring / motorsport locations throughout mainland UK…
  • Attract national and local PR – via TV, radio and on-line & print media through our nationwide event..
  • Involve MG Motor UK Dealership Network in the event and fundraise for charity for both Lupus UK and the Alzheimer’s Society…


Where do the origins of this exciting event come from?

The concept originates with Geoff Mansfield who undertook the full Jogle in his 1931 MG M type Sportsman Coupe in his 80th year with a 90-year-old motorcar! A 1,000 mile adventure undertaken during 2021 for both the experience and to fund-raise for charity…


How will it work?

Although there may be a number of ‘end-to-enders’ joining in with all stages of the event, the Cavalcade is not a procession of MGs from one end of the county to the other, but rather a series of individual Centre road-runs.

These are, where necessary, joined together by ‘linking sections’ with ‘handover points’ for the ‘MG 100 baton’ which are envisaged to generally be at MG Motor UK dealerships, passing the ‘MG 100 baton’ one Centre to the next throughout the country.

The event has also been timed to coincide with the Southeast Centre’s exciting Brooklands event over the weekend of the 18th & 19th May, with the dates of the Cavalcade working ‘forwards’ and ‘backwards’ from this to ensure the Cavalcade is passing through the area at the appropriate time. Please see for details.


Where’s Cecil?

The handover points will facilitate the passing of a gloss-sprayed card Cecil Kimber (the ‘MG 100 baton’!) between Centre officials, thereby allowing for the individual Centre’s scenic run to start and conclude where the Centre so desires, taking in such picturesque routes and places of interest as they wish to include.

The whole ‘Where’s Cecil’ concept we believe will bring a fun, engaging and media-friendly angle to the event emphasising the fun and heritage facets of our Club character.

‘Cecil’, will have two ninety-degree folds, one at knee height and the other at the pelvis allowing the great man to sit prominently in the passenger seat of a series of MGs throughout the trip. He will also have capability to be stood up by way of a movable ‘spine’ which will allow display at the Cavalcade start, finish, baton Handover Points and at the Southeast Centre’s Brooklands MG 100 event.

The story of Cecil’s adventures will no doubt make for an entertaining theme through the event and be recorded for posterity in the Cavalcade log-book. Once the event closes, Cecil and the Cavalcade log will retire to live comfortably at Kimber House, Abingdon as a permanent reminder of the event’s contribution to our 100-year celebrations.

We are keen that all parts of the country and all parts of the Club are involved in this ‘rolling’ event, involving as many members as possible, as a very inclusive demonstration of the ‘Marque of Friendship’. This is a brilliant way to unite as the original MG Club which grew with factory support in marking 100 years of MG in the very way MGs were intended; to be driven…