The Bobby Shafto Hills of the North Run

May 9, 2018


The weather on Sunday the 29th April was overcast but good enough to go topless in the car from The Beamish Hall Hotel on the 16th Bobby Shafto Run.

After a coffee and delicious homemade biscuits we left the hotel driving through Tanfield and the aptly named Sleepy Valley via Dipton and Lanchester  and over to Wolsingham and turning left in Frosterley we started the true ‘hills of the North’ from Hill End over to Egglestone. There was an optional stop at Egglestone Hall for a coffee/comfort break for those that required it. The route passed the Grassholme and Selsett reservoirs South to the A66 then headed East to the Barnard Castle turnoff. The morning run ended at the Buttercross in Barnard Castle with an option to go onto Bowes Museum for lunch.


Over 40 cars parked on the gravelled area of the Parterre garden in front of the museum and although the Maserati club had booked the upper level we had a better display down in the garden. We had a couple of unusual cars on the run, this one from Robert Cook was a Chevrolet wearing it’s winter wheels.


The afternoon had a shorter run back via Tow Law, Cornsay Colliery, Lanchester and Stanley to the Beamish Hall Hotel. Prizes were presented by Julie Collins after we had tea and more homemade biscuits. It was an excellent run over new interesting and picturesque roads that we have never used before, a big thank you to Derek May for the route and the prizes and an equally big thank you to our partners  giving out routes and rally boards and the marshals, judges and Julie Collins for presenting the prizes and making it such a superb day.             





MG04 CAS     Duncan Reid          

TF05  DAV      David Sandersfield

S196 BMV      Jonathan Cockburn

VA03 VK         Richard Bowyer








MGB/C/V8 Open cars, roadsters


XPX 936L       Bob Luke

TFD 400G      Peter Hurst










MGB/C/V8 Closed cars GT’s



BPT 612L       Ed Harvey

KPG752K       Gordon Russel












MG Midgets



TTF 435 M     Andy Halsall

SKU 402S       Keith Hancock










Classic MG’s T/A/Y



HEA 642         George Robson

OUT 835         Eric Robson

404 NHK         Kevin Coston










Longest Distance




P339 NLY      Neville Walker








Classic Cars non MG


Ford Zodiac  

EGM176     Eddie Crann

T Spitfire      

EUE 787T    Deryck Beadling

XBR 290L    Lisa  & Steve Overall







Best Bobby Shafto Cars


Sunbeam Tiger           

LHH 37D        Gary Buick

Mazda Eunos              

M359 HSU      Brian Fish












Most Interesting Cars



Chevrolet Coupe 

VXS 336        Robert Cook

VX Cavalier            

NUP 372P    Jerry Moss








Cars ready for the off  at the Beamish Hall Hotel











Who said Mazda drivers are hairdressers? Brian Fish is more of a comedian with this car that he brought to the run



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