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

Torque of the North - March 2022

Austin Healey Club Northern Centre's Newsletter

Hi ,

Lots going on in the coming weeks, with Drive it days, on the 24th April, as well as the first of our events at Gawsworth Hall, near Macclesfield on 2nd May.  We’ve also news about the Club “Toolbox” and some interesting events planned for later in the year.
News from around the North
First off, several of us joined the tour of Dennis Welch’s premises near Utoxeter, kindly organized by the Midlands Centre.  We all had an excellent time, topped off by fish & chips at the local pub.  Events like these give a real insight into the work Healey specialists are involved with in supporting the Marque, particularly the CNC milling machines making parts for the cars.
If you missed the Dennis Welch event and fancy a visit to Murray Scott Nelson,
the North's largest and most well-known Austin Healey restorer, get your name down for a visit to Scarborough!  Known for the quality of their restorations and display at the NEC Show, John Scott Nelson will be in attendance to answer questions on all aspects of owning/running an Austin Healey.  Give Jeff a call on 07800974418
Once again, we are attending Gawsworth Hall on 2nd May (see https://gawsworthhall.com/classic-car-show/) The cost is £5 per person (not car) pre-booked directly with Gawsworth.  For more details email Jonathan on treasurer@ahc-northern.org.uk who will pass on booking info.
A couple of other interesting events worth looking at are:
  • Truro Motor club have a classic run on 26th June with lunch at Donald Healey’s old home Trebarth Gardens, ending at Healeys Cyder farm, owned by his Grandson with a show of the family vehicles.  Its ticket only and check  www.trurodmc.co.uk for details.
  • The club have been sounded out about attendance at Bowcliffe Hall, a very posh 3-day event in Yorkshire 18-21st July.  If you fancy a peek, check out http://www.thefastlaneclub.com/yorkshire-elegance .  For more details chat to Jeff 07800974418 or Doug 07940 313947.
Finally, Trevor Gamage has taken charge of our “toolbox”, a selection of specialist tools for our cars.  In concert with Thames Valley area, Trevor is pulling together arrangements to extend the service across the Northern Area of the club.  To get in touch with Trevor email on trevor.gammage@ahc-northern.org.uk .
DRIVE IT DAYS  Sunday 24th April,
  • Yorkshire Drive it day: Starting at Colne and driving through the Trough of Bowland to Morcambe for Lunch.  This is a great drive open to all members who can get to Colne for 10am! Booking is required as the Midland Hotel (stunning place) needs numbers.  Let Jeff know if you want to join ASAP 07800 974418
  • North Wales drive it day: still in planning talk to John or Jill for more details: 07766 706554
Drive It Day is organised by the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs which this  year is supporting the NSPCC's Childline. Rally Plates are available on the FBHVC website at £10 each.  https://www.fbhvc.co.uk/news/article/drive-it-day-rally-plates-for-sale

Forthcoming events
  • Gawsworth Hall Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May in Gawsworth, Cheshire.   For more details email Jonathan on treasurer@ahc-northern.org.uk .
  • 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.  Give Jeff a call on 07800974418 
  • Tatton Park, Cheshire 4-5th June Classic and Performance Car Show. Contact Mike Stonier on 07941757648
  • New Event - Sunday 26th June 2022.  A drive to The Fat Lamb at Ravenstonedale for lunch. Jeff needs to give the Fat Lamb an idea of numbers so we can reserve places. If interested in this drive can you let Jeff know by Thursday 10th March - Call Jeff on 07800 974418
  • Glamis Castle Scottish Transport Extravaganza Vast event, 9th & 10th July 2022, Club will be represented both days.  Contact Ian Walker on 0774014881 or at scotland@ahc-northern.org.uk
  • Newby Hall, Ripon -lovely setting, with a huge turnout of up to 1500 classic cars.  On Sunday 17th July, website suggests the numbers will be limited to 500 cars.
  • “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.
Centre Contacts That's all for this month, time to get the cars out and service, Spring is nearly here!