Cumbria Classic Weekend 2013

19th August 2013

The 25th Cumbria Classic Weekend proved to be one of the best yet despite enduring heavy rain for part of the event.

The 25th Cumbria Classic Weekend proved to be one of the best yet. The Rose and Thistle Challenge on the Saturday endured heavy rain for part of the event which started at the Reghed Discovery centre and took the 60 crews on a 140 mile tour into south Cumbria and Lancashire before finishing at Lowther Castle.

Sunday saw the Cumbria Classic & Motor Sport Show at Dalemain Mansion. The weather was much improved with dry and sunny weather welcoming over 600 cars and large crowds.

The organising Wigton Motor Club were celebrating their ninetieth anniversary with a display of competition cars covering that age range from a 1923 Bentley to 1 2013 Ford Fiesta WRC car from M Sport. The Club were actively promoting �Go Motorsport� and ran a grass autotest with passenger rides and also the opportunity for cars owners to have ago themselves. The best time was by Chris Bell of Penrith in a Mini who won an award and free membership to Wigton Motor Club.

There was also a world first in a De Lorean taking part in an autotest!

There was also the largest display of rally Toyotas ever seen in the UK which was organised by Toyota rally expert John Midgley. There were also feature displays of Morris, Imp and Aston Martin.

The Show uses self judging in the classes and then all the award winners are brought to the arena where the owners who then vote for Car of the Show which this year went to the Aston Martin DB5 of M. Riley.

Further details are available from: Graeme Forrester on 01900 825642

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Lake District Classic & Lake District Targa Rallies

6th July 2013

This Sunday will see over 40 historic and classic cars tackle the 25th running of the Lake District Classic Rally sponsored by Lake District Hotels Ltd.

Iconic marques like MG, Triumph, Mini Cooper, Lancia, Imp and Saab are represented along with Ford Escorts, Anglia and Cortinas, Vauxhall Vivas and Volvo Amazons. Entries have some from all over the country some crews travelling over 300 miles to take part.

The rally is based a the Penrith Truckstop near Junction 40 of the M6 and features a 70 mile route taking in some twenty special tests and two regularities on private land. Running alongside the Classic is a Targa Rally for modern cars. Targa events are a new type of event introduced this year.

As the event is taking place in National Motorsport Week, the organising Wigton Motor Club have given three free entries to crews who are taking part in their first ever event.

As ever events like this need the enthusiastic support of volunteer marshals and WMC are thanking them with the chance to become a millionaire by giving them a National Lottery ticket in their goody bag as well as a free rally dinner at the end of the event.

The rally counts for the Gates Tyres Historic Rally Awards.

For more details and press accreditation please contact Graeme Forrester on gtfmg@yahoo.co.uk

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Classics Needed!

15th June 2013

A long established Festival needs Classic cars for their event in July.

I've been contacted by Edina Mullin who helps to organise the Warborough and Shillingford Festival.

This year the festival is from Firday July 12 to Sunday the 14th July. All fun, family entertaining, children activities, dancing carnival etc.....

Edina is looking to get as many Classics as she can to exhibit on the Saturday.

If you can help, or know somone that can, please contact Edina on 07818038230 for further information.

It's all in a good cause. This year the Festival is supporting the Kenya Children�s Centres, which rescue destitute orphan girls and care for them in a safe and loving environment.

You can find out more at the festival website at http://www.warbfest.com

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Fine weather for the Earls Barton Festival of Transport.

1st June 2013

There was fine weather for all three days of the Earls Barton Festival of Transport, now in it's third year.

Earls Barton Festival of Transport

The Earls Barton Festival now 'incorperates' the Earls Barton Fire and Rescue Show, and it's certainly true that there was a good collection of fire engines on display, both vintage and modern. My particular favourite is the 1950's "Green Goddess" Military Fire Engines, which I still remember giving good service during a Fire Service strike many years ago.

Earls Barton Festival of Transport

The number of Classic cars was relatively small - less then 100 when I was there, complemented by a number of vintage Motorbikes. There was real quality though, with a Glorious 1935 Triumph Gloria, and a lovely Austin Sheerline 125.

The show was not as busy as might have been expected given the fine weather, which at least meant that there was no queuing for food and drink. The Bank Holiday weekend is a competitive time for shows, so perhaps some potential exhibitors and visitors had gone further afield.

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Cumbria Classic Weekend 2013

25th May 2013

The twenty fifth running of the Cumbria Classic Weekend promise to be the biggest one yet! The Wigton Motor Club organised event goes from strength to strength with increased entries every year.

This year celebrates the centenaries of Aston Martin, Morris & Toyota and fifty years of the Imp. There will be special display areas for each of them.

The Weekend continues its successful format with the Rose & Thistle Challenge run on the Saturday which takes in the delights of northern England and the Borders. Entries on this event are limited to just 60 cars so it is expected to fill up very quickly.

Sunday sees the Cumbria Classic Show at the picturesque Dalemain mansion near Ullswater and only five minutes from Junction 40 of the M6.

As well as over 500 classic cars there will be arena action, special marque displays, dozens of club displays, autotests where enthusiasts can have a go, trade stands and autojumble as well as the delights of Dalemain House and it�s famous gardens. There will be a big motorsport display along with the Go Motorsport display.

For those coming for the whole weekend, there are special rates at local hotels courtesy of Lake District Hotels Ltd and there will be on site camping for a small fee for exhibitors.

Full details and entry forms are available on www.wigtonmc.co.uk

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Lake District Classic & Targa Rallies

25th April 2013

Wigton Motor Club is embracing National Motor Sport Week by offering three free places to crews who have not previously taken part in rallies

Wigton Motor Club is embracing National Motor Sport Week by offering free places to three crews who have not previously taken part in rallies. They can take part in either the classic rally or the targa event for modern two wheel drive cars.

The �Lake District Classic Rally� will be based on the popular venue of the Penrith Truckstop close to Junction 40 of the M6 in Cumbria. Within easy reach from all points of the compass this is easily a one day event for most potential entrants but for those wishing to stay overnight competitive accommodation rates are available. The event will incorporate twenty spacious, open tests involving no reversing or Mensa puzzles.

The route is by preplot map references with directions of approach and departure. Route instructions will be available at signing on and there will be at least an hour available to put it on the maps.

The route will be compact and limited to 70 road miles allowing for results and prize giving to be over by 1800 hours. This event is organised by current competitors who know what clubmen want from rallies. The entry fee is �95 with morning coffee, light lunch and evening meal included and competition licences are not required.

Regulations are available from the Wigton Motor Club at www.wigtonmc.co.uk or from the

Entries Secretary � Ron Palmer at ronpalmer777@hotmail.com

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The Festival of Vintage - York

15th April 2013

On the 27th & 28th April, a Vintage Festival at York Racecourse, celebrating Cars, Vintage Music, Vintage Fashion & Vintage Life in the1930's-1960's

A fantastic vintage festival featuring live music, a Vintage Cinema and photography exhibition, vintage fashion and much much more.

For 2013 they will be holding parades showcasing Vintage Fashion, Vintage Inspired Clothing & Vintage Wedding Dresses.

Over 120 vintage dealers of fashion, ceramics, textiles, music, toys, furniture, books, magazine and much, much more.

Music from Cherie Lawrence, Paula Marie, Miss Marina Mae, The Vintage Belles and many more.

27th & 28th April 2013 - not to be missed! see http://www.festivalofvintage.co.uk/ for details

Buy Day Tickets on the Gate �8 per adult, per day and Children Under 16 years FREE

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Classic Cars wanted

1st March 2013

BBC Filming a production of 'The Great Train Robbery' requires classic cars of the Era.

We've been contacted regarding the filming of 'The Great Train Robbery', to co-incide with the 50th Anniversary this year.

Filming will take place in Royds Hall Lane in Bradford BD6 on Saturday 16th (possibly Sunday 17th March) and the producers are in need of about 25 cars, that could have been around in 1963.

There would be a small payment for anyone who brings their car and it should be a fun and exciting day.

If you are interested, you should contact the production team directly as follows:

Matthew Peacock

Production Secretary

'Great Train Robbery'

E: matt-peacock@hotmail.com

M: 07834 357840

T: 0113 244 9088

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Wigton Motor Club Novice Speed Event Scholarship 2013

29th January 2013

Once again Wigton Motor Club is assisting up to six newcomers to the sport to take part in speed events during the 2013 season.

The Novice Speed Event Scholarship is open to anyone who has not previously held an MSA Competition Licence and is run as part of the Brockbanks Solicitors Cross Border Speed Championship.

The championship covers a full range of cars from roads cars through kit cars to single seaters and always has a strong classic entry with several MGs, Triumphs and Jaguar amongst others on the entry list.

The 6 Scholarship winners will receive part payment towards an MSA approved race suit to a maximum of �100, a free test day and tuition, mentoring during the year, a free entry to the final WMC sprint in the Brockbanks Solicitors Cross Border Speed Championship.

Application forms are now available at www.wigtonmc.co.uk and they have to be returned by March 10th. The pre season test day will be held on March 23rd.

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Snow Hits outdoor shows

18th January 2013

The Nationwide snows will hit some of the events that are planned for this weekend.

Snowy conditions

Happily for Classic car fans, this weekend features two indoor events: Huddersfield Autojumble, held in the Old Market Building - Huddersfield, and Malvern Classic Car and Bike Autojumble, held at the Three counties Showground in Worcestershire.

Of course, you still have to get there through the snow.

I'm hoping that by Sunday the snow will have been cleared on the main routes, so reaching the shows should not be a problem!

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