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

Torque of the North - November 2021

Austin Healey Club Northern Centre's Newsletter


Welcome to Novembers’ newsletter, we’ve held back this issue until we have the report from the AGM, held on the North Wales Sub-Centre turf in Pulford, near Chester, but more of that later.  This month we’ve news of some of the last events before we winter the cars and with an eye on Christmas events being organised.
AGM Northern Centre 2nd November 2021
I’ve listed below the changes to the committee, some old friends and fresh faces!
  • Paul Johnson who stood down as Chairman of the centre after 5 years but remains on the committee as Vice Chairman with a particular responsibility for the May Bank Holiday events.
  • Mike Stonier who stood down as Centre Director but remains on the committee as Events Coordinator and rep for the Northwest.
  • Doug McClymont has taken on the Chairman’s role, as well as representing the Northern Centre at the NEC as Centre Director.
  • Tony Curran who retires from the committee having held many of the posts over a very long period of time during which he organised many very large and successful national and international events and capped with a term as Chairman of the National Club,
  • Donald Gordon who retires from the committee as the Scottish Sub Centre Rep - a role that he has held for as long as anyone in the club can remember.  Ian Walker joins the committee this year as the rep for the Scottish Sub-Centre, filling Donald’s shoes.
  • Jeff Hollinshead who remains as the Yorkshire rep but also takes on the responsibility for Membership, from Doug, across the Northern Centre,
  • A big welcome to Trevor Gammage who joins the committee as a general member.
  • All the re-elected members of the committee who have kindly agreed to serve another year on the committee in their current role:  Phil Kershaw, Jonathan Pilkington, Robert Thornburrow, John & Jill Bowman and John Stangers-Leathes.
  • In addition, thanks were given to: John Ridyard  Valuations Officer & Dave Sinclair Technical Adviser and to Mike Rasmussen who has successfully got a group of drivers going up in the North East.
Yorkshires “Last of The Summer Drive”
Twenty-one members met on Sunday 3rd October at The Motorist, Sherburn in Elmet (the site of the old Mintex Brakes test track) for The Yorkshire Sub-Centre's Last of The Summer Drive. The venue is an all new motoring themed garage, showroom, cafe and open-air cinema.  The venue was not only the meeting point for our nine Austin Healey's, plus Stag and daily drivers, but a James Bond themed Aston Martin gathering.  Breakfast butties and drinks were served outside from a converted 1960's Bedford RL Army Truck.
New member Roger Brook kindly led us off on the prescribed route, as he was local to the first part of the drive and conversant with the route to the topside of York. John Gaunt then took over as the lead on superb roads through beautiful villages and outstanding scenery on the edge of The North York Moors to The Angel. Here we enjoyed a warm welcome and a good lunch before making our various ways home.

Sub-Centre Contacts

Northumbria - Contact John or Jen on tyneside@ahc-northern.org.uk for details of future events and noggins.
Yorkshire - Contact Jeff Hollinshead on 07800 974418 or at yorkshire@ahc-northern.org.uk or via WhatsApp
North Wales - Contact John or Jill on 07766 706554 or via WhatsApp
Scotland - Contact Ian Walker on 07740 148881 or at scotland@ahc-northern.org.uk
Northwest - Contact Mike Stonier on 07941 757648 or at events@ahc-northern.org.uk

Forthcoming events
  • Cheshire - Late Christmas lunch Golden Pheasant, Plumley Moor Road, Plumley, Knutsford WA16 9RX on Sunday 9th January 2022.  Contact Ivor Davies on 0161 928 5286 or ivor.davies@ahc-northern.org.uk
  • Yorkshire Sub Centre Late Winter Lunch Sunday 30th January 2022 at The Black Horse Inn, Clifton, Brighouse West Yorkshire HD6 4HJ   Details in December and January Revcounter, Northern Centre Website & Torque of The North
  • North Wales - Christmas Lunch.  This is planned at the Cricket Club at Northop Hall on 16th December subject to Covid restrictions.  Contact Jill for latest details.
  • Scotland - Plans are afoot for the late Christmas Lunch on 22nd January on the outskirts of Edinburgh.  Keep the date and  watch the website for more details.
  • Northern Centre Mayday weekend 2022 - Peak District Running 29th April to 2nd May 2022, the event is being held a new 4* Hotel The Tytherington, with a full catalogue of events.  Saturday is a run through the north Peaks, with interesting stops; Monday covers a route through the South Peaks (Chatsworth).  Whilst the event is nearly booked up, there are 3 rooms available. For more info contact Paul Johnson on pjcon@hotmail.com or 07785 790710
Look out for further Christmas events on the Northern Centre Website or December’s edition of TOTN.
That's all for this month, I’ve tucked my cars away, inflated the tyres, sprayed the engines with WD40 and applied the covers for the winter.