Ripon Old Cars Gathering
14 July 2002
Andrew Coulson and Andrew Adamson
The annual Ripon Old Cars classic car gathering is a charity event
(£27,000 so far to Yorkshire Cancer Research) which had its best turn out ever
this year. As well as some 450+ individual entries, there were 17 “One Make”
Stands, of which the MG Y Types was one.
Organised by Andrew & Arlene Coulson, the five cars on the Y stand were 4
YA plus Andrew’s YT. Bernard Maynall drove down from Middlesborough, David
Hilliam up from West Yorkshire, and Brian & John Arkley brought one of their 3
Y’s down from Hartlepool! (Two are still in the restoration stage)
"The thoughtful addition of a shaded gazebo (hottest day of the year so
far!), fluids and food on which to graze completed a most pleasant day, topped
off with 'guest' appearances of Malcolm and Pat Hardy (YA still in rebuild)!
"The location is a lovely, stream side site, with cars from 1919 – 1980
being judged, plus a handful of veterans and steam cars along with commercials
and agricultural machinery.
"As the stands are booked about one year ahead, Andrew & Arlene are
already putting their marker down for another hospitality session next year!
Among the attractions then (so we are promised) will be Malcolm’s YA fresh from
Bury and the long awaited unveiling of Mike Silk’s YT (Wakefield). A maximum of
10 cars per “one make” stand are permitted, so space is still available for the
adventurous few! Of course, we cannot guarantee a repeat of the weather, but it
would be great to have to book a YA stand, a YB stand and (if we can get 3
tourers) even an exclusively YT stand!"
and Andrew Adamson writes:
"Having attended many a rain-soaked classic car show
in the hope of spotting the odd Y type, the event organised by Ripon Old Cars on
Sunday made a welcome change, with not a cloud in the sky and the only worry
being that ice cream supplies might dry up. The event was staged in the rural
surroundings of Clotherholme Farm and is now in its ninth year. With several
hundred classic vehicles in attendance, there was something to interest
everybody, from Austin Sevens to Austin Healeys. Those of us with an interest in
MG Y types were delighted to find their very own one make stand, organised by
the ever resourceful Andrew and Arlene Coulson, whose own brace of Y
on display along with no fewer than three more examples.
"The cars themselves were all
well turned out. The deep maroon paintwork of Bernard Meyell’s beautifully restored
1950 YA positively sparkled in the sunlight, as did John Arkley’s model of the same
year. Another Y type on the stand, not listed in the programme, was painted in
MG’s "Cream Cracker" scheme of Brown and Cream. Although this was a non-standard
colour scheme it suited the car very well indeed. Andrew and Arlene Coulson’s
cars looked as well cared for as ever. The rare YT finished in red is reported
to be the oldest of its type in the country and attracted a lot of interest. Its
companion 1951 YA in a pleasing shade of green is used on a regular basis,
including the Historic Monte Carlo Rally.
"The whole day provided much
enjoyment for classic car owners in general and Y Type enthusiasts in
particular. It is nice to see these models getting the recognition they deserve.
For those within reach of Ripon, come along to next year’s event and bring your
Y type with you."
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