Compliments, hot off the press!
We wish you a merry Christmas and healty and succesfull motoring 2016!
We will look to the tours you organise next year and let you know (January) the ones we will join you.
P.S. Just to let you know the Monte tour was superb (organisation,hotels, roads,views, company and price!), (don' t misunderstand me, your other tours are always from the same high level, once have to go touring with another company to compare!)
Vivienne and Hugo
EXTRA FLOOD BLOG!
Thank you to all who expressed concern about my well being during the recent Cumbrian floods. I am relieved to say that I live on high ground well above Kendal – and the local pub is even higher! So no problems!
I hope to get my 2016 brochures in the post next week whatever the weather, but bookings have already started to trickle in. No event looks favourite so far, they all have equal interest, and there may be a challenge for the most tours in one year, as someone has booked 4 already with a provisional booking for the 5th
The JEC IRISH TOUR in May is not an ‘official’ National JEC event, BUT it is being organised on behalf of the JEC NORTH LINCS Group. Members of other JEC groups and Jaguar owners in general are quite welcome to join the tour however.
The HIGH ROADS TOUR has been moved forward a day i.e. it now starts with dinner on SATURDAY night, May 30th, with the actual tour starting on Sunday. Everything else is as planned just a day earlier. There will be the option to start on Sunday without the overnight stay at the Haycock – at a suitably reduced price.
PS – The sun has come out!
We have had to make a change to the HIGH ROADS (August 1-7th) itinerary. The LANGLEY CASTLE HOTEL is fully booked with a wedding on Thursday 4th August, therefore I have brought the whole tour forward a day. We will now start at the HAYCOCK HOTEL on SATURDAY night July 30th and finish with 2 nights at Langley on Tuesday/Wednesday. Everything else is as advertised, just a day earlier.
(There is an added benefit - the Great Central Railway doesn't run on Mondays - we will now be there on Sunday!)"
NOVEMBER/DECEMBER NEWS UPDATE
Regular readers of this page will see that the Calendar for 2016 has now been fixed and the itineraries are published. There may be a little ‘tweaking’ to do but most tours will go ahead as advertised. The ‘Drive it Day Tour’ may evolve into something a little different …..? There may even be an extra tour, a couple of ideas are simmering in the ‘Kirk Consciousness’, but for the time being I am sticking to the plan of a fairly quiet year this year (2016) then something a bit more spectacular in 2017. At the moment I am thinking of another trip to the French Alps as it will be my Alpine’s 50th birthday, so I thought an Alpine-Alpine Tour might be appropriate.
Watch this space.
The Alpine is sulking at the moment, despite being tucked away in the garage during all the recent bad weather, it refused to start the other day. Maybe it is just determined to have a rest after completing all but one of my tours last year (2015) and a few other tours, but it did seem to go ‘off song’ on the Autumn Tour. It seems to be a fuelling problem, maybe just the webers out of tune or possibly dirty petrol? I have no plans to go topless anywhere at the moment so it can have its rest for the time being.
Meanwhile the Escort has made a little progress and I am hopeful that it will be able to take over some of the tour duties in 2017. Its original ‘reason d’etre’ was as a competitive rally car but with the amount of money it has cost to restore I am not sure I will want to thrash it through forests and dirty farmyards in the future….. although I don’t know! Somebody recently gave me a photo of the car on the last rally it did (finished 4th overall) and it looked so good it rather rekindled the enthusiasm again – what the hell, its only money, and I would rather use the car than sit in a field with hundreds of others just admiring it.
The other thing that ‘gave me the bug’ again was marshalling on a rally in Grizedale Forest last weekend. (The weather was glorious, after days of pouring rain and gales, there was bright sunshine but the lakes mountains were covered with a dusting of snow to make a spectacular back drop to the rally).
Two things struck me whilst marshalling. One was the extreme diversity of competing cars from £200k state of the art Fiestas to a SAAB 96, a couple of Hillman Avengers, a Mini and an unbelievably ‘tatty’ Suzuki Swift. The other thing that was noticeable was the number of drivers who were of my generation, not all young ‘whizz kids’. I did wonder who had the most enjoyable day, the guys in the expensive Fiestas, the best one only finishing 3rd, or the guy who looked as though he had just come down off the fells after tending his sheep, and drove his battered Suzuki into a firm last position? The whole Suzuki was probably worth less than one of the tyres on the Fiestas. Ironically the outright winner (by one second!) was a PROTON --- mind you it had Mitsubishi 4WD running gear and a 2.4 litre fuel injected Ford engine. An enjoyable day and food for thought.
One event that isn’t in the calendar is my usual ‘Birthday Bash’ the STUFF THE TURKEY TREASURE HUNT on December 29th 2015. The usual format of cryptic clues and a short scenic run based at the Station Inn, Oxenholme. I had run out of ideas and different routes and did consider resting the treasure hunt, but as ever it is back by popular demand. (I have a cunning plan). Well, it would be a boring birthday otherwise! See below.
Merry Christmas and a Happy Touring New Year
TO ALL CUSTOMERS/FRIENDS – AND FUTURE CUSTOMERS
KIRKBY LONSDALE MOTOR CLUB
In Association with
CLASSIC CAR TOURS (MK) and THE STATION INN
STUFF THE TURKEY
TREASURE HUNT/CLASSIC CAR RUN
TUESDAY DECEMBER 29TH 2015
START STATION INN 11.30AM
ENTRY FEE £10 per car
includes coffee and mince pies.
CRYPTIC AND ‘OBSERVATIONAL’ CLUES
30 MILE SCENIC ROUTE
PRIZES FOR CLASSIC AND/OR ‘TOPLESS’ CARS
N.B. TO BOOK AN ENTRY PHONE OR TEXT,
MIKE KIRK 07795204533 BEFORE MONDAY 28TH.
e-mail – email@example.com
TREASURE HUNT/CLASSIC CAR RUN
1.0 EVENT DEFINITION
1.1 The STUFF THE TURKEY is a non-competitive “Touring Assembly” for all road going classic cars of any age. All vehicles must be correctly registered, currently licensed with a valid MOT Certificate, and be in roadworthy condition. Trade plates are forbidden. Cars may be scrutineered for compliance with the RTA prior to the event.
1.3 The event will run on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015.
1.4 The event will be exempt from the General Regulations of the RACMSA Ltd .
Entrants need not be members of any MSA recognised motor club, nor possess an MSA Competition Licence. Drivers must posses a current and full driving licence, and have valid insurance in accordance with the requirements of the Road Traffic Act.
2.0 THE ROUTE
2.1 The total route is approximately 30 miles, starting and finishing at the STATION INN, Oxenholme.
2.2 There will be no timing. However, Entrants will be expected to reach the Finish by 5.00pm.
2.3 Entrants will be given detailed route instructions at the start of the event. The onus on finding the correct route rests with the Entrant. The route will be defined by abbreviated instructions explained in the route notes, and ‘cryptic clues’ should be answered on the way around.
3.1 Entries will be accepted on the day but a phone call or text to 07795 204533,
24 hours beforehand would be helpful. E-MAIL; firstname.lastname@example.org
The entry fee will be £10 per car which will include; coffee, and mince pies at the start. Bar meals will be available all day at the Station Inn.
4.1 Cars may leave the Station Inn any time from 11.30 am, subject to paying entry fee and obtaining route information.
6.1 Clerk of the Course; MIKE KIRK, 01539 728832
Secretary of the Meeting; MIKE KIRK
Results; MIKE KIRK (see below)
7.0 RESULTS AND PROTESTS
7.1 The organiser’s decisions will be final ---- however un-solicited gifts of alcohol may be taken into account.
8.0 CLASSES AND AWARDS
8.1 There will be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd overall, based on the highest scores (see 7.1 above!)
8.2 Subject to sufficient entries there may also be awards for the best ‘classic car’, and best ‘topless car’ i.e. an open top car that is driven with the hood down all day regardless of the weather.
8.3 ACCOMMODATION Contact organisers.
Well, that’s it, another year’s tours finished, and plans already underway for next year. The last two tours of 2015 couldn’t have been more different – weather wise at least.
Apart from the ‘tail end’ of a hurricane one morning in central France, the Summer Monte Tour was “topless” all the way. The hotels and meals were universally praised and I was surprised at how many well travelled people hadn’t experienced the spectacular scenery of the southern Alps and Gorge de Verdun. Even our friends from Belgium and Switzerland were impressed and expressed a desire to return. I think regulars, Brian and Helen some it up best though;
“Well, we’ve been on some brilliant tours with you over the years but the scenery on the Monte one just about beats them all! We’ve been all over the world and seen a lot of stunning sights, and we wondered if we were getting a little blasé, but the Gorges and Passes you took us over certainly had the “Wow!” factor – and seemed to get better and better each day. Just too big to fit into the photos! Add to that some lovely French hotels, splendid weather for our first foray into open-topped motoring, and some excellent food and company – what more could we want.
Best regards Brian/Helen.
In contrast the Circuit of Cumbria was blighted with the worst weather conditions possible for a scenic tour. It is one thing to drive in pouring rain so long as you can see something, but fog and mist and low cloud just defeat the whole object! Fortunately there were a few clear spells over the four days and newcomers to the area were suitably impressed with what ‘God’s OwnCounty’ has to offer. Some new roads and variations on past themes also kept the regulars interested and there was certainly an ‘end of term’ atmosphere amongst the group – all planning to do more next year!? Roger and Marie who completed a ‘full house’ of 2015 tours summed it up;
Many thanks for the 7 tours we took part in this year, starting in March
with the Devils Diamond Tour and ending in October with the Circuit of
Cumbria. We always have such a good time and it would be difficult, almost
impossible to find better.
We look forward to the 2016 season.
Roger and Marie
So, it looks as though I am fully committed to a programme for 2016. There have been a lot of suggestions, and I have taken these into account. It would be impossible to do everything that has been talked about and certainly some past tours warrant repeating. However, at the risk of disappointing some regular customers, I do not intend to run any major European events in 2016. I will be sticking to ENGLAND, IRELAND, SCOTLAND and WALES.
I already have 2 trips to Ireland planned and was considering ‘resting’ Scotland after 15 consecutive years, but popular demand means I will be doing it again, albeit at a different time of year. Wales was already in the plan and of course England and particular the North is ‘my own patch’ and I am sure I can come up with some new ideas. With some events already confirmed I felt a major event at the end of the year would not only create a lot of hard work but may compromise entries on existing tours. But I am working on a European tour for 2017 ---
Therefore, the 2016 Calendar looks like this;
TOUR DATES 2016
APRIL 3-8th COTSWOLDS AND CYMRU
1 day in Cotswolds, 1 Welsh Borders, 3 , Central Wales.
Gaydon Heritage Centre, BlenheimPalace, SevernValley Railway, Long Mynd, Lake Vyrnwy, Snowdonia.
APRIL 24th DRIVE IT DAY – TOUR OF 97
A circuit of Ordnance Survey sheet 97 – Kendal and Morecambe
MAY 21-29th JEC TOUR OF IRELAND - Jaguars Only
Dublin, 4 nights in Killarney, Ring of Kerry, South Coast, WicklowMountains. Guinness Factory, National Stud.
JULY 3-10th MOUNTAINS AND GLENS OF IRELAND
Start in EnglishLakes, S.W. Scotland, Glens of Antrim, Giant’s Causeway, Titanic Experience, Mountains of Mourn, Gordon Bennett Circuit and WicklowMountains. Guinness Factory, National Stud.
AUGUST 1 -7th HIGH ROADS TOUR
Start Peterborough, Rutland Water, Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Northumberland and Hadrian’s Wall
SEPTEMBER 12-20th SCOTTISH TOUR
Start Lake District, Borders, Falkirk Wheel and Kelpies, Forth Bridge, Glen Eagles, N.E. Coast, Pass of the Cattle, Loch Ness, Glenfinnan, Dukes Pass, finish in Northumberland.
OCTOBER 13-16th AUTUMN LAKES
4 nights at Crooklands. Some parts of 2015 Circuit of Cumbria reversed with interesting additions, and day in North Lancs, Trough of Bowland area.
The photos below show the (slow) progress being made on the Escort and a signpost that proves CCT(MK) Tours reach the parts that others don’t.
It has been another busy few weeks with trips to Ireland, France and the Grand Yorkshire Tour. Ireland was just a ‘fun weekend’ at the LURGAN PARK RALLY. Lots of sideways Escorts and a few other modern rally cars. Unfortunately I left my camera in the hotel! So no pics.
France was the recce for the SUMMER MONTE TOUR which we did in a heatwave, 38 deg. C some days. It was a case of windows closed and air conditioning on. We found some spectacular roads though. I always thought the famous Col du Turini was the most awesome road in the Alps but now the vegetation seems to have grown up to hide some of the bigger drops. The hairpins are just as tight though. However the Col de Rousset and Mont Ventoux more than made up for that.