Coast to Coast 2017

Presidents Choice Award Winner

For those of you who don't know the Lancashire Automobile Club's Coast to Coast Classic Car Run is in it's 25th year. It is a Touring Assembly and Concours combined which tries to get classics and newer vehicles out for a good days motoring.

It takes about 13 months to organise and uses a Tulip style Route Book which includes both tulip diagrams and written instructions. The mileage is around 160 to 190 miles varying each year as we find new roads for the entrants to enjoy.

Recently we have thrown the entry open to all cars as we are concerned that if we don't encourage newer cars (and younger entrants) the complexities, and costs, of more modern vehicles may mean they will be lost (scrapped) unless we maintain owners interests.

So we had an entry of 68 cars ranging from a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster to a 2015 Healy Enigma with cars ranging from a Ferrari F430 to a Nissan Micra with a brace of Mazda MX5s. One welcome entry was Ronn Middleton in his Jag. Not only is he a former Clerk of Course but entered the very first LAC Coast to Coast for Classic Cars 25 years ago.

As is now our tradition the cars started from the Midland Hotel at 2 per minute from 08.30. Conditions were foul - wet and cold quite a contrast from the previous week. Within 5 miles we ran into a road closure and had to do a rapid re route. (Yes we had driven the route 2 weeks before and checked the County Councils web site!).

The route wound its way north to Killington then west towards Meal Bank. By now the visibility was getting really poor. North from Meal Band via Watchgate to the Shap Wells for coffee. Climbing Shap the fog had really closed in and you literally couldn't see from kerb to kerb in some places. Shap Wells itself was clear but with a dampening mist. Our official photographer, Brian Taylor, had to give up due to water affecting the camera. Leaving Shap we climbed into cloud. One bridge was an issue. Only 6' - 6" wide we had to include a diversion in the route book for the wider cars such as the F430 and Aston Martin Vanquish (such are the complexities of classic car events). Travelling marshal Ben Addison in front of me got through with less than 3" each side in his shiny new Jag F Type.

As we went east the weather improved and over Tan Hill (highest pub in the UK by the way) we were literally above the clouds. On to lunch halt at Akebar Park then new roads to Thirsk and into the Yorkshire Dales. We took in the ford from the beginning of All Creatures Great and Small before a control in Scripps Garage in Aidensfield (OK really Goathland) from Heartbeat.

The final section went through Whitby over the swing bridge and onto a new finish at Dunsley Hall just outside Sandsend to enjoy a rather welcome buffet. The route this year was 182 miles and the first arrival in Dunsley was just before 4.00pm.

All that was needed then was the Mayor to select his choice for the Concourse, Tony Lund's Austin Westminster (the Mayor used to sell them so they have personnel Memories) and Anthony Taylor, Clerk of Course, to select the Presidents choice a rather tasty Ferrari. The marshals voted for a special award to remember our former Clerk of Course David Cuff and of course this award went to an E Type entered by Steve and Deborah Smith.

Pictures of the event are in our Picture Gallery and more pictures from the Start and out on the route are available from White Dog Photography simply click on this link then select 2017 motorsport galleries to see all the pictures (by the way if you look on 2016 motorsport galleries there are pictures from our 2016 events).

All in all a rather brilliant if somewhat soggy day. Special thanks to all the marshals who stood out in some horrible conditions - we really can't do it without them.

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