Distillers Car Club “Tour de Yorkshire”

Friday September 22nd – Monday September 25th

Our trip was truly blessed with fine weather in “Gods Own Country”. On Friday September 22nd, everyone met at The Black Swan in the picturesque market town of Helmsley on the edge of the north Yorkshire moors which was to be our home for our long weekend.

Kids in a candy shop

In the morning we were off bright and early to visit the location of the popular TV classic car auction programme “Bangers and Cash”, most appropriately named! Wow, probably 500 cars or so to suit all our age groups, Bentleys to MGB’s with the odd Morris Marina and Austin A35 thrown in. Just the place to buy if you are interested in a cheap run around. No auction that day, just viewing. Rumour has it that Steve might be bidding for a tasty Ford Cortina!

The rest of the day was free, some choosing to visit the magnificent views of Sutton Bank acclaimed by author James Heriot as the “Finest in England”, others visited the stunning UNESCO world heritage site of Rievaulx Abbey, set in a secluded valley, and founded by 12 Cistercian monks in 1132.

Sunday was the driving day criss-crossing the sweeping purple heather covered moors of North Yorkshire with unforgettable and breath-taking landscapes bathed in sunshine. Driving through timeless villages, it is a special place of great beauty and tranquillity, though the throb of Nick’s V8 and Steve’s V12 engines did startle a few moor hens. Our destination, the seaside town of Whitby, famous for fish and chips, Dracula, and Captain Cook. Fish and chips did not disappoint with delicious fresh fish, oysters, and prawns. After lunch, some of us ventured on a boat to see the view from the sea. Others took a detour to Goathland to see the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the North York Moors Steam Railway, as we all returned to Helmsley crossing the moors again.

A weekend enjoyed by everyone with a particular welcome to David and Cara Wilson, two new members who joined us in their beautiful Austin Healey. Please come again. Grateful thanks to our Hon sec Nick and Chair Steve who pulled together yet another memorable DCC trip. Thank you.

Paul Finch