Ripon Old Cars Gathering
24 July 2011
Text by Andrew Coulson, Photographs by Malcolm Hardy and Andrew Coulson
Biggest yet! Best yet! Records tumble in Ripon!
THE Y Register Summer event – Ripon Old Cars’ annual Charity show – took place
on Sunday 24th July on a gloriously sunny (though a bit windy) enlarged site at
Arlene & Andrew Coulson had again fought with the gales of the previous
afternoon to set up the sun/rain shelters and were delighted that by Sunday
morning nothing had been blown out of the county. Even better, blue skies and
strong sunshine stayed all day as did the largest Y gathering at Ripon since
11 Y types were hosted, along with Chris & Ann Pick whose TD was elsewhere on
the field (while their Y is being restored) and from the first arrivals –Dennis
& Joan Greenwood – helping to decorate the stand to the last leavers – Roy & Sue
Clapham – helping to demount gazebos; everyone pitched in with food, good
company and tales of woe/wow with their Y.
The role call was (in alphabetical order):
• Brian & John Arkley, Hartlepool with 2 cars;
• Don & Lin Avery from Huntingdon in their newly acquired sun bronze car (and
longest distance arrivals);
• Roy & Sue Clapham, Chorley complete with a dirty engine!;
• Andrew & Arlene Coulson, YA, YT, YB pick-up & BGT Jubilee (!);
• Dennis & Joan Greenwood, Keighley with delicious home baked cakes;
• Malcolm & Pat Hardy, Bury in their lovely 2 tone green;
• David & Pauline Hilliam, Liversedge (look it up!) in the newly finished two
tone silver/grey; and
• Bernard & Margaret Meynell, Middleborough – this year’s quiz winners !
Roy had blown off his filler cap on his high altitude trans-Pennine journey and
sprayed the usually immaculate engine with oil (hard to see though as the oil
was of course spotlessly clean as well!) but that seemed to be the only
seriously unsuitable behavior from any of the cars all day. As for the owners;
fuelled by cold beers, wines, etc and sustained by what was described by an
immaculately turned out Bentley owner as “The best picnic on the site!” the Y
owners saw the entire Racecourse fill to record numbers with over 200 entrants
deciding to join the fun as ‘late entrants’. Added to the nearly 450 pre-entered
cars, the event had record numbers.
The vastly increased numbers did pose their own problems – not least of which
was running out of space for everyone, especially as no one (Y type or mixed
marque) seemed in a hurry to leave at the usual 2, 3, or even 4 o’clock!
What has now become an annual addition – the Y Quiz of the Year – for the much
coveted trophy, was hard fought for after much of the drinking was done and was
won this year by Bernard & Margaret with an outstanding score of 3 (out of a
possible 14). For them the challenge next year is to write the quiz, mark it,
deal with the hecklers and find a winner from among the finest brains … and the
afternoon was topped off with the Strolling Jazz Band from Ripon Grammar School:
just to emphasize that this year was really a splendid Yorkshire PartY!
Many thanks to all who came and helped; all you came and ate/drank/talked; and
of course to whoever it was that gave us a wonderful Summer’s Day actually in
the middle of Summer!
Photographs by Malcolm Hardy
Photographs by Andrew Coulson
Greenwood (black) Hardy (green) and Hilliam (silver) Ys squeeze in
sunny and food greet Arkley Clapham and Hilliam
to L) Avery Arkely Arkley Clapham Hilliam
Coulson YT and Coulson YB pick
Oh yes Roy cleans the filler
cap oil spray
To enlarge the pictures, double click on them.