Past Events
May Bank Holiday Weekend - The Lakes - 4th - 7th May 2018

Austin Healey Club Northern Centre Lakes Weekend 2018

This year our weekend took place on fourth, fifth and sixth of May and was organised by Paul and Jacqui Johnson and Mike and Bernadette Stonier. The event was held in the Lake District where the original Northern Centre May bank holiday event originated. The event was based at the Whitewater hotel in Newby Bridge. The hotel is well situated being yards from the Lakeland Motor Museum and the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway The hotel was originally a factory involved in the production of the dolly blue laundry agent. The facilities were excellent particularly the well-equipped gym and leisure centre (and well stocked bar) and the hotel is to be congratulated on its warm welcome and level of service. There were many comments on how helpful the staff were in meeting everybody‘s needs.

The Participants arrived on Friday afternoon. The popularity of this event was such that the whole hotel was booked, some 38 rooms, and unfortunately there was a waiting list of members whom we were unable to accommodate. The weather was fabulous throughout the weekend and this contributed to a most enjoyable event. Most enjoyed drinks in the bar prior to an excellent dinner, catching up with old friends and making new ones and this revelry continued after dinner and into the small hours for some.

On Saturday 5 May following a hearty Lakes District breakfast there was a planned drive along the Mountain and Lakes Trail which included the optional passing through the Hard Knot pass which is a singletrack road with hair raising bends. The only casualties were that one driver sustained a broken throttle cable but fortunately a car driven by Martin Booth behind was carrying a spare and another car lost its wing mirror when the passenger grabbed the same in sheer terror but this was retrieved by the driver. We passed by several beautiful lakes including Coniston, Thirlmere and Derwent water and refreshments were taken along the way notably at Sykes Farm tea and ice cream shop. In the evening the hotel again provided an excellent meal and we were entertained by a Cilla Black tribute artist accompanied by much enthusiastic dancing.

On Sunday sixth of May again after a hearty breakfast there was another planned drive through the southern lowlands to the coast. Again the roads were narrow, steep and bending, in fact excellent roads on which to put our cars and drivers to the test. The participants were free to take lunch whenever they wished to stop and when they spotted a public house or teashop of their choice. Many alighted at the George IV Inn which was located at the cross section of the two runs. The only casualties on this day were Tony Curran losing his radiator cap and Mike Stonier suffering a flat tyre so we were lucky in this regard.

On returning to the hotel the traditional concourse competition was held and all the cars on the event were entered by default. Everyone on the event became judges and helped to select the winners in each category. Winners were to be announced and prizes were to be awarded that evening by our Northern Centre Director.

In the evening the gala dinner was held giving everybody an opportunity to dress up. There was a sparkling wine reception, wine on the table and a special menu which everybody seemed to enjoy. This was followed with our prize-giving, details of which are included below. Our Northern Centre Chairman Paul Johnson was the final adjudicator, responsible for checking the final voting. There was also a Cornish raffle whereby more than 60 prizes were donated by participants in the event and Caroline Curran assisted with drawing tickets and handing out prizes. In total the sum of £610 was raised to be divided equally amongst the St Mary‘s Hospice in Ulverston and the Christie Hospital to help with their proton beam development programme. Our National Chairman Tony Curran then offered thanks to the organisers and participants alike.

The following day many participants made their way home however a large number extended their stay and spent a very enjoyable day travelling on the Lakeside Haverthwaite railway to Windermere then cruised the lake to Bowness having light refreshments in the lakeside town (wine for the ladies and beer for the men as I recall) and then took a return cruise, stopping for afternoon tea at the Lakeside Hotel and then after a short bus ride visited the Lakeland motor Museum and Bluebird exhibition.

All in all I think that this weekend could not be faulted it was of course aided by an excellent choice of venue and superb weather. I think it can safely be said that it was enjoyed by all and our congratulations go to the Organisers. As for next year watch this space.....

Bernadette Stonier

Concours Results

Mike presents Robert with the Best Sprite Cup

Robert Thornburrow - Best Sprite
Michael Stonier receives the Best 100 trophy from Paul

Michael Stonier - Best 100
Ian Gowanlock receives the Best 3000 shield

Ian Gowanlock - Best 3000
Mike presents the Best BJ7 trophy to Paul Lovett

Paul Lovett - Best BJ7
Martin Booth is very happy to receive the Best BJ8 trophy

Martin Booth - Best BJ8
Steve Higginson with the Best Trim trophy

Steve Higginson - Best Trim
Best Sprite 1st: Robert Thornburrow   881 LMH
2nd: Roger Chamberlain   7267 NA
Best BJ7 1st: Paul Lovett   BPR 548A
2nd: Dave Wheeler   7329MU
Best 100 1st: Michael Stonier   YPH 142
2nd: Tony Curran   VPG 609
Best BJ8 1st: Martin Booth   PVV 67DD
2nd: Steve Higginson   JWE 213C
Best 3000 1st: Ian Gowanlock   KSL 690
2nd: Jonathan Sands   YBK 990
Best Trim 1st: Steve Higginson   JWE 213C
2nd: Philip Door   BIG 663


Carolyn on the ferry
More Healeys at the hotel
On t'bus
On t'train
All in a line in t'pub
Lakes 2018