M.G. Car Club 'Y' Register
Spring Run 2005 - Sunday 17 April
Two reports, by
Andrew Adamson and
Photographs by Andrew Adamson and Ted Gardner.
The Spring Run has
been the first major run in the MG Y Type social calendar for a number of years.
Each year, the event organiser, Jerry Birkbeck, manages to find a suitable
location where cars gather before and after the run. This year's venue was
Sudeley Castle near Winchcombe, a historic setting deep in the Cotswold hills.
the week leading up to the run, the weather had looked decidedly unpromising,
even for Yorkshire. It may have been tempting not to take the YA out of
hibernation, but I had made arrangements to travel down to the Cotswolds with
Mike Silk, who's lovely YT had won the prestigious NTG cup at last year's run.
Mike was accompanied by his son Chris. My own navigator had the initials MG,
surely a good omen.
We duly met at the Woolley Edge Services on the M1 and
trundled off down the motorway, hoping that the weather would remain dry. After
several miles of being dodged by assorted large vehicles I noticed that one of
the YT's bonnet catches was not fastened. Pulling up at the next service
station, I imagined a brief pit stop before continuing the journey.
Unfortunately, an under-bonnet check revealed that the entire engine bay was
covered in oil. Mike traced this to the oil filter casing and reluctantly had to
arrange for the car to be taken home.
The YA continued its solitary journey and was going along
quite happily until there was a sudden loss of power on the M69. This turned out
to be the brand new fuel pump on which the points had jammed, swiftly rectified
by a quick tap with an RAC spanner! The rest of the journey was broken only by
fuel stops and we arrived in Winchcombe by late afternoon. That evening we met
up for an enjoyable meal with Mike and Chris, who had completed the journey in
the family TF.
all the rain on last year’s run it was wonderful to draw back the curtains on
Sunday morning to reveal a cloudless blue sky. Following a hearty breakfast and
the customary car checks, we travelled the short distance to Sudeley Castle
where we had plenty of time to chat to fellow owners and admire the assembly of
Y Types and other assorted M.G.s. These also attracted the attention of a group
of French students and other passers by. Maybe the damp conditions of last
year's run had put people off, but attendance levels were disappointingly low,
with a record 8 cars failing to start the run. Considering the number of Y Type
owners around the country, it was a shame that more of them couldn't join us for
this premier Y Type event. Surely they couldn't all have been doing the
London Marathon! Still, quality is more important than quantity and there were
some wonderful examples of all variants of the Y Type, including a unique
convertible, salvaged from the remains of a YA saloon with rear accident damage.
The run itself took us along windy country roads, passing
through beautiful Cotswold countryside and unspoilt villages. The route gave
participants the option of a pub lunch at various locations, or the opportunity
for picnics in the warm Spring weather. Although all the cars probably did
slightly different versions of the route, I think it is true to say that the run
was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The combination of old cars, fine Spring weather,
wonderful countryside and excellent company is hard to beat. My YA struggled
slightly up some of the steeper hills where the procession of vehicles prevented
it from taking a good run at them. Having two fairly large people aboard
probably didn’t help the situation!
The run passed all too quickly and the cars were soon
lining up at Sudeley for the concours and prize giving as follows:
The NTG cup (YA/YT) was won by Dave Dudley-Toole for his
1950 YA in Regency Red.
The Bill Atkinson cup (YB) was won by Eric Dodd for his
1953 YB in red and black.
The Dennis Doubtfire “Piston Broke” award for the
unluckiest entrant was won by Mike Silk, who remained cheerful throughout,
despite the disappointment.
Unfortunately there was no award for the furthest distance
Driving up the M1 at 10pm in constant rain wasn't exactly
the highlight of the trip, but overall it was a great weekend. It's a long time
until next year's run, so maybe we can organise a mini Y Type Yorkshire run
combined with a pub lunch somewhere? Perhaps it would encourage some of the
lesser-spotted Northern Y types out onto the road. Anybody interested?
go to David Hague and Jack Murray for setting up the stand, to all those who
took part in the event, making it such a memorable day and, last but not least,
to Jerry for his unbridled enthusiasm in organising the day. It would be nice if
Jerry’s dedication to the Spring Run could be rewarded by a turnout in excess of
50 cars next year. Why have a Y if you’re not going to use it? HappY motoring.
Castle for the Spring Run 2005
Richard Dick wining the
Ted Gardner 'Surprise' prize
The Bill Atkinson cup (YB)
The Dennis Doubtfire “Piston Broke”
enlarge the pictures, double click on them.
This years Run in the Cotswolds was in better weather than experienced last year
and Suzie and Peter Arnell, Mollie
and Jack Murray, and
I agreed to meet at a Pub in Streatley on Saturday lunchtime after which we
would amble up to our accommodation about 12 miles
from Sudeley Castle.
Jack and Mollie
picked up Paul & Felicty Gresser in their Y en route and they too stopped over
at the Pub.
had a pleasant drive up and stopped on the way in Chipping Norton where Jack
fiddled with his points.
The following morning all three
Y’s drove via the country lanes (by the way the map we were using is wrong!) to
meet others who had already arrived at the Castle, a very suitable venue.
It’s nice to see so many Y types
and also our friends in other MG’s attending but still a few more would be
acceptable. Maybe we should tell members there will be free petrol and have the
Run on April 1st?
who does so much to organize the Run, can be seen exhorting participants to get
on the road with flag in hand. This is what we did eventually, still in sunny
weather but again we found our maps to be wrong (not Jerry’s). One wonders if
anyone else has also got these rogue maps. We followed the “spirit” of the route
if not the actual route and from time to time met Y’s travelling in the opposite
direction, clearly they were lost! For a while we tagged on behind Jerry but
rather unfairly he stopped in Bibury for lunch and we had planned to stop
further along the route!
However pressing on the 3 Y’s
eventually stopped for refreshment in Northleach where we saw Lionel Reeves and
his wife had parked in their early YA.
rest of the route back was relatively easy though the first fine spots of rain
were showing on the screen. Back at Sudeley the cars eventually gathered for the
prize giving after further encouragement from Jerry whilst a couple of us held
on to the gazebo which had it’s own ideas about where it wanted to be.
Packing up the bits and pieces we travelled
off in convoy via Stow on the Wold and A roads this time and in progressively
heavier rain. A stop was made in Blewbury for refreshment before the final leg
home. Peter and Suzie got home at 2045, Jack & Mollie
at about 2000 after a long but enjoyable day, thanks to Jerry and Company.