North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report December 2018
Well, it's time to look back on my first full year as Regional Organiser and I have to say it has been lots of fun! We had a pretty full calendar and managed to get a good balance between regular club nights, evening runs, car shows and full-on road trips.
We also welcomed several new members to the region and it was great to see a few old friends returning to the Club. The weather was (mostly) kind this year and the Gods of motoring were good to us - no bumps or scrapes (and only a few minor reliability issues to deal with…)
North Cumbria and the Borders has always had a reputation as a ‘social’ region and I’m proud to say that we’re continuing the tradition; Club nights are a great mix of car talk and general catch up on each others latest news - finding out what we’ve all been up to at work and at play. Our TVR ‘family’ extends to our members’ partners, friends and relations; if you haven’t been to a club meeting or out on a run with us yet, please come along to any of our events - you’re guaranteed a warm welcome.
2018’s events ranged from indoor karting to a wonderful weekend up in Scotland that took in the Kintyre Peninsula amongst other delights. We also fielded ten cars at each of the two largest car shows in our area. The Mad Hatters and Cream Tea runs were huge fun, as were our other social runs that take place on club nights during the lighter months.
On behalf of all of the region’s members I’d like to thank everyone who got involved in organising an event this year. We all lead very busy lives so taking time out to set up something for others to enjoy is greatly appreciated.
Finally - We’re all looking forward to our Christmas Party at the Hundith Hill Hotel, it promises to be our biggest turnout for many years so Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone up here in Cumbria and the Borders - the best place in the UK to own a TVR!
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report November 2018
Things are starting to quiet down as we head into the darker nights, but we still enjoyed a run across to the Lakes Motor Museum to meet up with the Lancashire region. Some great exhibits on show including TVR number 2 and the amazing Speed 12.
The Rusty Nail Run is a highlight of the year for many of us up north, our distinguished Deputy RO Colin Muir has kindly provided the following report and photos on this year’s fun:
Ten years after the inaugural meeting of The Rusty Nail Run, the event returned to Dumfries.
Founder members Sandy and John from Lanark organised great runs across Dumfriesshire and south Lanark on roads seldom used, including the Lead Hills, Wanlockhead and the Dalveen and Mennock Passes. Saturday lunch was at Drumlanrigg Castle and on Sunday The Devil's Porridge, Eastriggs.
Dry sunny weather allowed two days of 'tops off' driving and being a non TVR club event there was an eclectic range of some 40 cars taking part. RNR Eleven will remain in Dumfries and Galloway next year as Neil and Thomasina from Stranraer accepted the baton.
Finally - We’re all looking forward to the Classic Motor Show at the NEC in November. I’ll be supporting the Dream Rides event in the Griff but also looking forward to visiting the Club stand and catching up with old friends.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report October 2018
We had a great time at the Dalemain Show in August. The weather wasn’t brilliant but the show field was relatively dry underfoot and Wigton Motor Club did their usual excellent job of organising a very large event - over 750 entries this year.
We brought 9 wonderful TVRs: Adrain’s 400SE, Ray’s newly acquired V8S (lovely), my precat Griff, Steve’s Chimaera, John’s Griff 500, Richard’s Cerbera, Alan’s immaculate Chimaera, Dave’s Tuscan and Piers’ Tamora.
Lots of admirers visited the stand, Adrian very kindly organised us into chronological order (cars - not owners) and cake was provided courtesy of Piers and Sandra and their award winning honey.
The Dalemain show is one of the best in Cumbria - a mix of classics and motorsport exhibits, well worth a visit. I know this is a TVR magazine but had to put this photo in as my answer to the perennial car show question; ‘if you had to take one car home from the show as well as your TVR..?’
Our club night run was great fun, James and Linda put together a great route out from Cockermouth, up through Buttermere and Newlands Pass, back around through Braithwaite and Whinlatter to a lovely meal at the Hundith Hill hotel.
Colin and Iona were waiting for us there and for once we had some proper club business to attend to: an update on the Christmas Party (it's never too soon to plan a party!) Linda has excelled herself this year with 30 people booked in for the festivities. Rooms are still available, let me know if you want to join in.
Photos from all of the adventures described above are in our gallery on the region website at www.tvrcc-northcumbria.co.uk
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report September 2018
Another great month, our summer barbeque at Seascale was lots of fun - as well as TVR friends we invited family and a few neighbours (to avoid any complaints about the noise!)
Gordon and Carolyn brought their Chimaera, Peter and Isobel arrived in their Griff. Dave and Muriel left the Tuscan at home but the Merc did look good. Piers and Sandra swapped the four wheels of the Tamora for a pair of push bikes as they live just up the road. A fine time was had by all (at least I think it was, we carried on until fairly late so my recollection is a bit hazy)/
July club night run saw a great turnout: 2 Griffs, 2 Chimaeras a Tuscan and a pair of wedges (420SE and a SEAC). Gordon and Carolyn led us off from Eamont Bridge down the Mardale valley to a (somewhat depleted) Haweswater reservoir. We headed out towards Shap and then back to the Beehive Inn, great roads, amazing scenery and good company.
Lots of interest in the forthcoming Dalemain show, we have a dozen cars registered, photos and a full report next month but I’m looking forward to seeing Ray’s new V8S and meeting up with Alan for the first time in his immaculate Chimaera. I popped along in the Griff to a small local show this month, organised by the Rotary Club in a neighbouring village, it was pretty informal but well attended. One particular gentleman was very interested in my car and revealed that he was an apprentice at the Hoo Hill factory in 1957! His name is Alex Jones and although he only stayed with the company for a little over a year he had very fond memories of Trevor Wilkinson, Bernard Williams, Jack Bailey and the rest of the team. Alex related a few tales about the factory, including how the fibreglass seat moldings were ‘eased’ out with compressed air. The lads quite enjoyed cranking up the pressure to see how far they could get a seat to fly across the workshop…
Photos from all of the adventures described above are in our gallery on the region website. Some great events still to come in 2018, remember to keep checking the club’s main calendar for details.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report August 2018
Summer is in full swing and we’re having a great time. Our latest Scottish expedition saw us head all the way up from Gretna Green to Gourock for the ferry over to Hunter’s Quay. The merry band was led by Trevor and Sam in their Chimaera followed by Bronwen and me in our Griff, Peter and Isobel in theirs, Gordon and Carolyn plus John and Trish (two more Chimaeras). Germany was well represented by Phil and Kate in their Porsche with Linda and James in the Mercedes.
From Hunters Quay we enjoyed a lovely run via Auchenbreck along Loch Riddon and the Kyles of Bute to Portavadie for lunch at the marina. Onto another ferry across to Tarbet and the Kintyre Peninsula. Some more spectacular views and great driving roads were between us and a visit to Torrisdale Castle Estate kindly arranged by Trish. Those not doing any driving were able to sample the latest products from the Beinn an Tuirc distillery - home of the famous Kintyre gin.
Our overnight stay was at the Stonefield Castle Hotel back at Tarbet. Sunday’s route took in the Crinan Canal, Loch Awe and Inverary, with lunch at Otter Ferry before a drive over the peninsula for the return ferry at Hunters Quay and the journey back home. Huge thanks to Trevor and Sam for organising a superb event!
We also enjoyed a run up to Moniaive to visit Ian and Kate (and their Griff!) at Kirkland. Unfortunately I couldn’t make this one but I’ve heard all about the spectacular scenery, great hospitality and cakes complete with TVR logos! Thanks for having us - hope to see you both again soon.
I’m running out of space this month but am writing this as I recover from June club night and the Cream Tea run. Malcolm led us out from the Rheged Centre near Penrith, even his fellow locals Chris and Christine hadn’t ventured down some of the roads we travelled near Ullswater and the villages around Mungrisdale before club night and dinner at Stainton.
The Cream Tea Run was another triumph of organisation by Linda and James. Setting off from Bothel it was great to see Muriel and Dave in their Tuscan. Our route took is over Whinlatter Pass and back along to Allonby for a pit stop on the beach. A lovely run through the hills, dales and villages around Cockermouth and over Broughton Moor took us to the Melbreak Hotel for a gargantuan afternoon tea and an opportunity to get a photo of Trevor tucking into third helpings…
Lots of events still to come in 2018, remember to keep checking the website for details.
All the best
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report July 2018
The motoring year is now in full swing, our first car show of 2018 was down at the Westmorland County Showground near Kendal. We had nine TVRs on display and it was great to have Paul Calland and Richard Sails join us. We fielded 3 Griffs, 3 Chimaeras, a Tuscan, a Tamora and Paul’s lovely (and rare) S4c.
Colin’s Mercedes and Andy’s VW bus also drew a number of admirers and we managed to get the event shelter and banners up without too much drama! The weather was perfect and there were some amazing cars on show. The next big show for us is at Dalemain (near Penrith) in August, get in touch if you’d like to join in.
Bronwen and I had a great weekend with the Sporting Bears Motor Club on their ‘non-competitive’ touring event based at Ravenstonedale (Kirkby Stephen). The theme was ‘V for Victory’ (celebrating 100 years of the RAF) so suitable decals just had to be applied. Unusually , we were the only TVR on the tour, glad to say our car never missed a beat all weekend (more than can be said for driver and navigator!)
We’re now gearing up for two Scottish trips with the region - one Sunday run up to Moniaive and then a weekend up to Tarbet/Stonefield Castle - full report and pics next month
It was nice to welcome a new member at the May club night - Ray Fisher has just purchased a V8S and we’re looking forward to seeing it in the flesh very soon, A few of us enjoyed a short run prior to the meeting at Hundith Hill. After almost three weeks of dry sunny weather we managed to get mist and rain but we still had fun
With a bit of luck this is the final update for 2018, as always, check this section of the website before travelling!
The run on Wednesday 25th July will now be starting from The Beehive in Eamont Bridge at 7 pm - NOT the Sportsman's Inn as previously advertised. We will be eating about 8.30 pm, back at The Beehive.- their address is Eamont Bridge, Penrith CA10 2BX. website http://www.beehiveinnpenrith.co.uk/
email me if you are joining - firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of new photos in the gallery from our adventures so far this year - check them out!
Club night this Wednesday (25th) see the main event calendar:
tockify.com/tvrccevents/detail/200/1532541600000 for details.
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report June 2018
We had 2 former ROs at the club night in April - Adrian and Les came along to help keep order and it was great to see them both. Our club nights through the summer months usually involve an hours run out, so our whereabouts will vary during this time. Please check the event calendar on the main club website before travelling. I need volunteers to lead the runs in August and September. The benefit is that you get to choose the start and end points as well as getting to take us out on your favourite roads! Give me a shout if you fancy a go.
The Mad Hatters run in April was a great success, many thanks to Gordon and Carolyn for organising a great route. We set off from Penrith for a run down through Tebay and out to Dent. We then headed down past the Ribblehead viaduct and across to Giggleswick where much artisan cheese was purchased at our tea stop - The Courtyard Dairy near Settle.
As you can see, we had TVRs classic and modern with owners old and young (at heart). All the cars behaved perfectly, as did their drivers. Despite several reminders some neglected to bring appropriate headwear but fortunately I brought some spares! It was a lovely start to the year and really got us in the mood for our forthcoming Scottish adventures.
Bronwen and I are also taking part in a weekend organised by the Sporting Bears Motor Club soon - its a (non-competitive) road rally taking in the Yorkshire Dales and Eastern side of the Lake District, all in aid of the Rainbow Trust. We usually see at least one or two TVRs on this event along with a great selection of classic and performance cars from lesser marques like Porsche, Ferrari and Lotus…
Finally - the region website (tvrcc-northcumbria.co.uk) is starting to fill out nicely with photos and event reports. If you’d like people to be able to see your pride and joy on the site feel free to send me any news and/or pictures and I’ll get them up.
All the best
Setting off from The Craggs Coffee House at Bothel - meet up from 10am depart at 11am prompt.
Great run out organised by Linda and James, ending up near Cockermouth for afternoon tea at 15.30
Booking essential - contact Linda ( email@example.com ) before 08 June if you are joining us for tea so she can add you to the reservation,
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report May 2018
We enjoyed a great club night in March - the big turn out made up for cancelling February’s meeting. It was nice to see some familiar faces, especially former Griff owner Andy Matthews who runs Rainbow Camper Hire at Keswick. Swapping a TVR for a VW camper requires a certain ‘strength of character’ but even though Andy’s seven vans take a fair bit of maintenance, he says another TVR is a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’. You can take a look at Andy’s fleet by visiting www.vwcamperhire.net and he’ll be joining the region on our stand at the Cumbria International Motor Show in Kendal on the 20th of May
Following a winter of tidying, maintenance and polishing I took the Griff to Club night for the first time this year. Seascale to the Hundith Hill Hotel takes in some nice roads, especially if you can follow the more leisurely route! It was a lovely sunny evening but no-one told Cumbria County Council who decided to use the last of this year’s gritting budget by sneaking out under cover of darkness to cover every inch of my route back home.
TVR Club night conversations never fail to amaze and entertain; Where else can you go and hear the latest triumphs and disasters experienced by owners of our favourite marque but also get advice on poultry, knitting, male grooming and archery? Come and join the fun - the last Wednesday of the month is our regular night and we’d be delighted to welcome new members, returning members or anyone who enjoys good company and great cars.
Finally - I thoroughly enjoyed the AGM at Gaydon and the Classic Car Restoration Show at the NEC the next day. The club is clearly going from strength to strength due to the efforts of the members and the committee, but thanks also to Alison and the team at the TVRCC office who have been very patient with me as I get to grips with the RO role.
All the best
Click to download a copy of the 2018 event calendar.
Gordon and Carolyn are in charge for our first proper run of the year which will start from the Rooster cafe & filling station Penrith - next door to Cranstons, website here
This will give those that are coming from afar chance to have a cuppa and use the facilities!
We will depart at 11.00am sharp so make sure you have fuel for around 120 miles.
First stop will be the very pretty cobbled streets of Dent at around 12.15pm where you can can explore the various tea rooms, pubs, shops (wool wear) and heritage centre.(approx 1 1/2 -2hrs)
Stop 2 will be the Courtyard Dairy on the A65 just out side Giggleswick at around 3.15pm. We will probably stop for approx 1hr this should be enough time to visit the shop, the museum, the cafe, the toilet or just kick tyres.
Stop 3 and the end of the run will be Tebay north bound at around 5.00pm Coffee & toilets
The tour will pass through stunning rolling hills, bubbling rivers, towering viaducts and possibly one or two lambs.
North Cumbria & the Borders Region Report April 2018
It's been a quiet month - the Beast from the East gave us some lovely scenery but unfortunately we had to cancel our February Club night due to the road conditions. Howling blizzards and minus 6 degrees outdoors gave me a chance to sort out some more photos from last month’s Go-Karting event and get them onto the region website (just type ‘tvrcc n cumbria’ into your favourite search engine).
The snow (and the gritters) are still keeping most of us off the road for now but better weather will soon be here and we’re looking forward to getting some miles in. The event calendar is now on the North Cumbria region forum on the main website but email me for a copy if you need one. As always, details of our events will be going onto the main club Events Calendar a few weeks in advance.
In the meantime I’m heading off to the Classic Car Restoration Show and there are still one or two little jobs to finish off on the Griffith as winter hibernation comes to an end - roll on Spring!
All the best
Our 2018 Event Calendar can be downloaded here. Be sure to check the main TVRCC event calendar before travelling as sometimes events are cancelled or rescheduled at short notice.
Unfortunately we had to cancel February's club meet due to the Beast from the East - driving snow and icy roads got the best of us!
March was great though - good turnout for the meeting and the meal afterwards. Roll on Spring!
We'll be heading to the Hundith Hill on Wednesday 31st January, starting at 1900. All welcome, main order of business will be the 2018 Event Calendar.
If you'd like to stay on for a bite to eat, drop me an email and I'll add you to our booking.
Great fun had by all at our 2017 Christmas Party at the Borrowdale Hotel near Keswick.
Our collection for West Cumbria Hospice at Home raised £130 in memory of our good friend Paul Brown.
We took the opportunity to thank Colin and Iona for all their hard work during Colin's years as our Regional Organiser. He's staying on as deputy RO and looking forward to seeing us all in the New Year.
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