Torque of the North
The monthly newsletter of the AHC Northern Centre
August 2021

Torque of the North - August 2021

Austin Healey Club Northern Centre's Newsletter


Welcome to August’s newsletter, it almost feels like normal, given the drives, days out and lovely weather.  This month we’ve news of July’s busy events and new happenings across the North coming up in August and September.
First off, Dave Sinclair, our technical advisor's webpage has gone live on the Northern Healey Club website.  So if you've a question for Dave, go to www.ahc-northern.org.uk when the page loads you will see the technical advice button in the menu at the top of the page.  Click the button and follow the instructions!  Please remember that it may take a day or two for Dave to answer queries.

Sub Centre News

Northumbria - Contact Jen on austinhealeyclubnorthumbria@outlook.com for more details of future events and noggins.

Yorkshire - On 14th July, Doug McClymont and Jeff Hollinshead attended an E-Type 60th birthday celebration in the splendid setting of Bowcliffe Hall, Wetherby, with its reception bar full of classic motoring photographs and memorabilia.  Here, amongst the sea of Jaguars, was an Austin Healey 100S, owned by Stephen Owens.  Following interviews with Stephen Owens and John Scott Nelson about their experiences in the Mille Miglia in the 100S, the highlight of the day was Stephen started up the 100S. Healey heaven!
North Wales - 2021’s North wales Pandemic Permitted Picnic goes ahead on Saturday 7th August, location “near the Shropshire border”.  For more details or to join in, contact John or Jill on: 07766 706554.

Scotland North East - Mike Rasmussen organised the 1st meeting on Saturday 17th July at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, Aberdeenshire. Mike is one of the Trustees at the museum & was able to arrange a free visit for the four members who were able to attend. The group have agreed a run to a different part of NE Scotland each month with our next meeting at Tomintoul, on Saturday 28th August via the Lecht Road - to join the fun contact Mike on mikerazz@icloud.com  or mobile 07968 196888.
Lakes - Despite grim weather forecasts, Holker Hall Classic Car Show went ahead with some glorious weather. Four Northern Centre members ignored the forecast and pitched up at the Show, an early start from Wilmslow (6:30am), meant that Doug McClymont and Phil & Lesley Kershaw were amongst the earliest cars attending. Richard Craig (from Manchester) joined in, but all were outclassed by the enthusiasm of Hugh Barry who had travelled all the way from Edinburgh with his very smart Healey Blue 3000 MkI.  Thanks to the Kirby Lonsdale MC for this cracking show in the Lakes.
Forthcoming events
  • Classic Car Show, Blyth, John Gould from Northumbrian sub centre involved in running the show.  For more details call John on 07811 171917.
  • Tatton Park, Cheshire; August 21st and 22nd, contact Mike Stonier on 07941 757648, still places available and the usual superb barbie planned!
  • Loton Park, Shrewsbury 26/27th August, Hill climb with Healeys present. Looks to be an interesting event. More details on: www.hdlcc.com/events
  • Oulton Park Gold Cup 28-30 August, club has a stand booked but ticketing has changed & you will need to book yourself in!  More details from Mike Stonier on 07941 757648
  • Great British Car Journey (change of date) Thursday 9th September.  Jeff Hollinshead has organised a trip to the Great British Car Journey (check it out on https://www.greatbritishcarjourney.com ).  Meeting at the Oil Can Café in Holmfirth for coffee at 10am, then travelling to Ambergate in Derbyshire for a trip around the museum.  Please call Jeff on: jeff.hollinshead@ahc-northern.org.uk or 07800 974418
That's all for this month, enjoy the weather and look out for September's Torque of the North.