A mid morning start on a beautiful sunny day and a trip to the North Yorkshire moors for David Archer & myself (Graeme Bowser). A fairly local location and only a drive of about an hour saw us head off down the A19 with the roof down on the MX5.
The cars had an early start from Oulton Hall heading for various tests including the Hill Climb at Harewood House, over two laps the crews and the cars were given the opportunity to show just what they were capable of, Olaf Pothoven was the fastest the first time round in his Bentley Derby closely followed by William Medcalf who was fastest on the second lap in the Bentley Supersports.
We first caught up with the cars at Spauton Moor just prior to the steep downhill know as “The Chimney” leading into Rosedale Abbey. With wall to wall sunshine there were stunning landscapes to show off these fantastic old vehicles.
We then followed one of the cars to the next location at the village of “Aidesfield” from Heartbeat AKA Goathland. I was lucky to catch the shot below of steam train & Car with the timing being impeccable.
The cars then made their way to Whitby for lunch comprising traditional fish and chips on the quayside. Once cars & drivers were refuelled it was back into the hills of the North York Moors and more time control sections and regularities on their way to the Gosforth night halt via Croft Circuit.
Day two took them through Northumberland & the Borders for an overnight halt in Edinburgh before reaching their final destination at Gleneagles at the end of day three.
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