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The East Coast Run 2012

Posted on July 6th, 2012 in Shows | No Comments »

East Coast Run25The East Coast Run is a road run for historic vehicles of all types and was held this year on June 10th. This is the 44th running of what is becoming an increasingly popular event, and has been organised by the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club since 2005.

The event is open to all classes of vehicle, including buses, trucks, cars, motorbikes and military vehicles. All vehicles entered must be at least 20 years old, unless they have special historical interest, in which case the organisers may give them special dispensation.

The day starts at East Park in Hull, where all eligible vehicles assemble and the public can wander around looking at the vehicles and chatting to the drivers. This year was the first decent day for quite a while and the warm sunshine brought the citizens of Hull out in their hundreds.

From eleven o-clock onwards the vehicles make their way along the A165 towards Sewerby, which is just north of the seaside town of Bridlington, where they assemble on the headland overlooking Bridlington Bay. Releasing several hundred vehicles from East Park on to the public highway takes quite a while, as they have to fit in with the Sunday morning traffic. It took us about an hour but eventually we hit the road.

East Coast Run57The journey north was the high spot of the day. Although we were amongst the last to leave Hull, there were still people parked in lay-bys and gateways watching the vehicles go by. We had our photos taken numerous times and by the time we arrived at Sewerby I had waved at so many folk I felt like the queen at the jubilee celebration.

The weather remained kind and, for most of the afternoon, pleasantly warm despite our elevated position overlooking the North Sea. Again there were large crowds wandering around the vehicles and auto-jumble stalls. Along the headland is Sewerby Hall and Gardens, an historic country house set in beautiful countryside and well worth a visit. A land train runs throughout the summer months between the Hall and Bridlington town.

East Coast Run32The East Coast Run is an event, which has grown significantly from its origin in 1969, when only a handful of buses took part, to be a significant day in the East Yorkshire calendar. With the current interest in historic vehicles continuing to grow its future looks good.


View my East Coast Run photos and other events at clivescortina on flickr

Goathland Car Show 2012

Posted on June 22nd, 2012 in Shows | No Comments »

IMG_0172April 22nd 2012 was the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) “Drive it Day” and at 8.45 we set off for Goathland in Colin Cortina. The instructions informed us that we had to be on site by eleven o‘clock and, despite having only 65 miles to travel, I was worried about being there on time.


The weather during the week prior to the show was pretty awful and cleaning and polishing time was limited to gaps between showers. Mechanically the car was fine and I had treated it to four brand new tyres on Thursday. The tyres, which were taken off, appeared fine but were of indeterminate age so had to go. Tyres have quite a short life span and can deteriorate even if not used. Classic cars and caravans often cover low mileages and, as a consequence, don’t wear their tyres out in the same way as a car in daily use. It is however just as important to ensure your classic does not run on “old rubber” as a blow out even at 50 mph can have serious consequences. I shall cover tyres and how to decipher the date codes in a future blog.

North York Moors  4A small detour to Driffied was necessary for fuel and I then decided to let the sat-nav take the strain and take us to Pickering and then over the A169 to Goathland. Thomas, the satnav, was clearly of the opinion that we should avoid main roads and take a more scenic approach to the journey. My local knowledge of the area told me that we were going in the right general direction so I followed Thomas’ instructions and discovered some parts of Yorkshire unknown to me. The downside to this was the muddy puddles that lined some of these minor roads, and in places my driving took on a drunken look as we weaved around trying to keep the car as clean as possible. We need not have worried as a little later on we ran into a hailstorm.

The road from Pickering across the North Yorkshire Moors is considered by many to be one of the best drives in England and can get very busy. Unfortunately not everyone is there for the scenery and some very fast and dangerous driving/riding is frequently witnessed. Since owning an historic car I have noted that driving a forty-year-old attracts some very interesting behaviour from other motorists. For many you are ‘just another car’ but an increasing number are genuinely interested, showing courtesy and often waving or watching you pass by. A small number see you as something that must be passed at all costs; their ‘street cred’ couldn’t possible cope with being seen behind an old vehicle. As a result they come up quickly behind you, tailgate until a gap appears then gun it past only to slow to the speed you were travelling at anyway.

IMG_0181Our journey over the moors, past the early warning station at Fylingdales, was uneventful being joined by a Sunbeam and an MGB. We arrived at the station car park in good time and were shown to our spot. Space is limited to perhaps 40 vehicles but attracts visitors arriving and departing on the steam trains, which run, regularly between Pickering and Whitby.

Being exhibitors of a classic car in the station car park entitled us to discounted rail tickets on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Being too good an opportunity to miss we purchased two tickets and took the next train to Pickering. We travelled in carriages, which would have been a common sight in the 1950’s and 60’s, behind British Rail steam locomotive number 75029. This locomotive was built in Swindon in 1956 and known as, The Green Knight.


The journey was uneventful but picturesque, providing photo opportunities both en-route and at Pickering station where the locomotive was disconnected and moved to the rear for the return journey.

On returning to Goathland a walk around the village was in order, past Scripp’s Garage, The Aidensfield Arms and other landmarks familiar to viewers of TV’s Heartbeat, the fictional village of Aidensfield being in reality Goathland.

Despite the weather’s changeable nature the rain stayed away, the sun attempted valiantly to shine and the cars attracted a lot of attention. We returned home by a more direct route, Colin Cortina having travelled the 130 or so miles without a hitch. We parked him in the garage and put the kettle on.

Drive it Day 2012

Posted on April 15th, 2012 in Shows | No Comments »


On the April 23rd 1900 a total of 64 cars set off from London on a one thousand mile drive. This was quite an event so early in the history of motoring and to celebrate it, the nearest Sunday to the 23rd of April every year was chosen by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs (FBHVC) to be Drive-it-Day.

This year Sunday April 22nd 2012 is Drive-it Day. All over the country events are taking place, ranging from drives through the countryside to classic car shows, all with the intention of getting historic vehicles out on the road where they belong.

In my area, the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club (EYTCC) is having a gathering at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway at Goathland. For fans of TV’s Heartbeat, Goathland is better known as Aidensfield and a very popular tourist spot.

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The event is very popular and places on the show ground are quickly booked. I was one of the lucky ones and my Cortina, who has now acquired the name of Colin, will be on show.



Feel free to visit as there is adequate parking for visitors to Goathland, together with shops, pubs and places to get a meal or snack. The surrounding countryside is beautiful and the trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway is an easy way of seeing it all, as it wends its way from Pickering, through Goathland and on to Whitby. Most trains are steam hauled with some famous locomotives present.

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For me the journey to Goathland is about 65 miles and will be the longest trip I will have undertaken in the Cortina to date. This week will see me cleaning, polishing and generally making sure Colin Cortina is up to it. Hopefully the weather will be good, the journey trouble free and I will have some good photos and a good story to post in a few days time.

Fort Paull Car Show

Posted on March 4th, 2012 in Shows | No Comments »

On a beautiful Sunday morning in September 2011 we packed the Cortina with deckchairs, sandwiches and drinks and headed for our first car show. The venue was Fort Paull, an historical site on the north bank of the River Humber just east of Hull in East Yorkshire. Now you can be forgiven for thinking that beautiful weather, River Humber and September don’t often feature in the same sentence but this truly was tee-shirt weather.

The short journey was uneventful and we were on site soon after 9.00. Being ushered to a parking space by a marshal of the East Yorkshire Thoroughbred Car Club we were soon joined by a variety of vehicles ranging from a 1930’s Rolls Royce to a home built scale model of a tank. The former was prominently displayed; the later spent its day driving around the site giving rides to children and the occasional “30 something”.

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The Cortina had been the subject of a lot of polish and even more elbow grease during the previous week and was looking its best. A brief history of the car was fixed to the window for anyone who passed by to read and the deck chairs erected at the rear. Off for a coffee and a bacon buttie.


Fort Paull Sept 119Alongside us was a Rover 2000, to the rear an MGB and a Triumph Spitfire. The local Mercedes club had their own area set aside with a number of good looking cars on show; there were a few lorries and tractors in another area and a considerable number of motorbikes on show. One of these took me back to learning to ride back in the early 1970’s, namely a 250cc BSA C10, dating from 1953. Mine was the overhead valve C11 model, and cost me £20.00 when I was still at school. I rode it on the road for the first time on my sixteenth birthday (the law on riding motorbikes was much different back then). Up until then I went everywhere on my trusty pushbike, motorcycling was much better, when you came to a hill you just twisted the throttle and it went up the hill. Brilliant, my pushbike days were over!

Fort Paull is the permanent home of the last Blackburn Beverley aircraft. The four engine aircraft was a static exhibit at the Army Transport Museum in Beverley until the museum closed. It was dismantled and taken by low-loader to Fort Paull in 2005, reassembled and now forms part of the attractions. The Blackburn Beverley was made at Brough, also in East Yorkshire, and saw service with the RAF in the 1950’s and 60’s. Its role was that of a military transport aircraft. This plane’s last flight was into Paull aerodrome, just outside the village, it remained there for ten years before being taken to the Army Transport Museum in Beverley and subsequently returning to Fort Paull. Clearly this is an aircraft that belongs in East Yorkshire. Picture provided by

Hawker HunterAlso refurbished and on static display is a 1957 Hawker Hunter F.6 jet fighter. For many years it stood proudly outside the Humbrol factory in Hull, the manufacturer of Airfix models. The aircraft was mounted on a stand similar to that supplied with the Airfix kits. When the factory closed in a few years ago everything, including the Hunter, was vandalized. Thankfully it was rescued, refurbished and is on display in a secure location.

Fort Paull has been a strategic military site for centuries, the first fort being commissioned by King Henry VIII and opened in 1542. Its last military role was in the Second World War when, amongst other things, it was involved in degaussing, a process which decreases unwanted magnetic fields. This process was applied to ships in the Humber Estuary to help protect them from German mines which had magnetic triggers.

Fort Paull was closed by the Ministry of Defence in 1960 and taken over by a group of volunteers in 1964. It opened as a heritage museum in 2000.

The beautiful day continued with a large number of visitors wandering around looking at the vehicles on display. The Cortina attracted quite a lot of interest, not in the way that a Rolls or Bentley might, but in a nostalgic, familiar way. Comments of ‘my dad had one of those’ and ‘I had a Cortina when I worked for…’ were heard as people passed by. As it was the only Mark 3 on display, it got all the attention.

Three o’clock arrived and with it the judging. The big black cloud I had been watching for some while was indeed heading our way. Being as the awards ceremony was centred around the Beverley, and given my dislike of getting wet, standing under the considerable wing of the aforementioned aircraft seem eminently sensible.

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The prizes were awarded as the first spots began to fall. I was not expecting a prize; there were after all some beautiful vehicles on show. We did however get a small plaque for our attendance which is now fixed to the wooden shield that came with the car. The other plaques on the shield are from the Bromley Motor Pageants of the 90’s where the Cortina was a common sight.

Plaque in hand, an aged sprint to the car, and the heavens opened. We took our leave in a downpour, we now know the sun- roof is watertight, and made our way home.

A thoroughly good day for our first show in an interesting and beautiful (when the weather’s good) location.

Here’s to the next one. Clive