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The Bobby Shafto Hills of the North Run

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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