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

Torque of the North - February 2022

Austin Healey Club Northern Centre's Newsletter

Welcome to February’s newsletter, whilst this is a dismal time of year, at least dry January has given us all the opportunity to “exercise” our cars.
 
There is, however, lots to look forward to this year, so keep an eye on forthcoming events.  I know a few of us are attending the Denis Welch event, courtesy of the Midlands area, on 16th February, with the Practical Classics Restoration Show on 18-20th March, where we will have a Healey stand!
 
News from around the North
First off, its good to see that Covid didn’t impact our Christmas events too much, with the Cheshire, Yorkshire and Scottish lunches going ahead and the Welsh event now amalgamated with the normal Noggin, on the 17th February.  Also, Paul Johnson has one room available on Mayday weekend in the Peak District, details under forthcoming events.
 
Whilst some of us have managed to “bag” a space on the Dennis Welch tour, there will be a similar opportunity to book on a tour of the Murray Scott Nelson fascility in Scarborough on Saturday 21st May.  Please  “register your interest” with Jeff Hollinshead: 07800974418 or at yorkshire@ahc-northern.org.uk
Given we only have 15 slots available we expect it to fill quickly, although John has indicated he would be happy to host us again, albeit later in the year. 
 
There is also an open invitation to join the Yorkshire sub-centre in their drive it day on Sunday 24th April.  Meeting at the Lakeside Café in Colne (yep, Lancashire!) at 10am for a drive through the Trough of Bowland with lunch at the superb Midland Hotel in Morecambe.  Again contact Jeff  ASAP to book your place, the cost of a 2 course lunch is £23.95 and we understand you can also just join for lunch!

Centre Contacts Forthcoming events
  • Yorkshire Drive It Day Sunday 24th April, contact Jeff 07800 974418
  • Northern Centre Mayday weekend 2022 Peak District Running 29th April to 2nd May. NEWSFLASH there is one room available due to cancellation - give Paul Johnson a call on 07785 790710
  • Gawsworth Hall Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May in Gawsworth, Cheshire.   Jonathan has organised a Healey area again this year, more details in March TOTN.
  • Murray Scott Nelson of Scarborough have agreed to host a workshop visit by AHC members on 21st May and, if demand requires it, potentially a second visit in September. 
  • Tatton Park, Cheshire 4-5th June Classic and Performance Car Show. Contact Mike Stonier on 07941757648
  • In Angus, the AHCN are proposing to attend the Glamis Castle Scottish Transport Extravaganza possibly in July with dates to be confirmed.
  • “The Cars The Star”, Holker Hall, near Cartmel, South Lakes, date confirmed as Sunday 17th July, we will have a Healey area at this event, speak to Phil Kershaw on 07836 622293
  • Oulton Park Gold Cup 29th-31st July, for more information contact Mike Stonier on 07941757648.
  • "Classics over sands" at Grange-over-Sands is marked in for Sunday 7th August see https://classicsoversands.org for more information on the event or call Phil Kershaw on 07836 622293
  • Passion for Power, Tatton Park, Cheshire, 20th-21st August for more details speak to Mike Stonier on 07941757648
  • North Wales sub-centre, planning is under way for the AHCN to attend Loton Park Hill Climb on the August Bank holiday weekend to support the Healeys taking part in the Healeysport Championship Round there. Contact John or Jill on: 07766 706554 for more info.
So, with such a packed year of events, now is a good time to fix that knotty Healey problem:
  • Talk to Dave Sinclair our Northern Centre tech Guru.
  • Use your local WhatsApp Group to ask local members for ideas.
  • Use the members map to find local members to chat to.
  • Pop down to your local Noggin, a problem shared...etc.
That's all for this month, remember the good weather is just around the corner!