Ripon Old Cars Gathering
13 July 2003
by Andrew Coulson
Andrew Coulson writes:
The Classic Car gathering at Clotherholme Farm, Ripon is now in its 9th year, each year the proceeds going to Yorkshire Cancer Research. This year the MG Y types again had a stand of their own for the third time, and thanks to Arlene & Andrew Coulson for arranging the hottest day of the year so far ... and for providing the gazebo for much needed shade!
As well as those already mentioned, Pat & Malcolm (Y Register Northern Rep) Hardy turned up .. sans Y, sans wire, sans plausible excuse! Malcolm, Brian & John were seen in deep conversations throughout the afternoon, and a well informed source can exclusively reveal (see Photo 1) that Malcolm now has a better understanding of the darker recesses of an XPAG!
The Arkley's new restoration looked wonderful, and another spokesperson very close to John (OK, it's his mum) confirms that having ridden for years in a YA she definitely prefers a smoother ride in the YB!
Andrew Adamson's newly acquired black saloon was the second "newcomer" to Ripon, living only some 30 miles or so away, it is highly likely that Andrew & Caroline will be joining other Y type events in coming months/years.
The show ...
Almost too hot, over 500 cars of mixed pedigrees and breeding, with substantial MG representation. Harrogate MG Club, and Jorvik MG had "one make stands" and dozens of As, Bs, BGTs and some Zs were in the general car entries.
Food and drink were in plentiful supply (from Arlene!) but iced drinks and shade (from Andrew) were probably in greater demand.
One idea that seemed popular was to organise a Sunday lunch at the Tan Hill Hotel, the highest pub in England, (sorry Caroline, it really is!) as part of a circular tour of Arkengarthdale and the Buttertubs Pass. Watch for more info ...
... and finally, one gentleman arrived at the Y stand with three carrier bags, one containing used/unused gaskets of varying specifications for Y types; one with two unrestored horns; and the third with a radio plus "all fittings" as removed from his father's YA many, many years ago! These are now in safe custody while their functioning is assessed for a possible future sale!
All visitors to the stand received a copy of the attached leaflet .. just to add to their Grand Day Out!
2003 A Golden Year, for the MG Y Type
The MG Y models were made from 1947 — 1953. This year marks the end of production for the YB. The very last Y model was chassis number YB 1551. This was delivered as a special coupe bodied car to the racing driver Dick Jacobs.
As well as being special for owners of Y types, 1953 was notable because:
Isn't progress wonderful!!
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