The Wolseley Register’s 2018 Spring Tour saw 35 participants in 21 classic cars spanning 5 decades, from all over the UK and the Netherlands, descend on the Yorkshire village of Helmsley which lies in the south of the North York Moors National Park.
Most participants were based at the Feathers Hotel in the heart of the village, with a few staying in other nearby accommodation. However, all members joined the evening dinner at the Feathers.
The rally was designed to be an informal, enjoyable and relaxed event, where participants could choose where they wished to tour and how far they wanted to drive. Three circular route guides had been prepared as suggested days out, and particpants were able to use these as guides for their own specific routes.
A scenic, circular drive around the moors, visiting the Rydale Folk Museum and passing through several villages including Rosedale Abbey.
Across the moors to the historic fishing port of Whitby and returning via Goathland, which ‘starred’ as Aidensfield on the ‘Heartbeat television series.
Heading South East to Malton and visiting the famous Second World War museum of Eden Camp.
In addition, participants also chose to visit other sites, including the White Horse at Sutton Bank, Scampston Walled Garden, Castle Howard, Nunnington Hall, the Middlesborough Transporter Bridge, Roseberry Topping, the Scarborough Fair Museum, whilst one member even managed to hitch a ride in a vintage Tiger Moth bi-plane!
Wednesday afternoon was reserved for possibly the highlight of the tour. A private tour of Duncombe Park’s house and gardens had been arranged, followed by a toast to the Register and an opportunity to park all the cars on the house frontage for a fantastic photo session.
The tour proved to be a great success, with everyone enjoying the tours, visiting the many attractions, and of course, each other’s fine company! The Feathers Hotel provided superb accommodation and good food, and the weather was excellent!
A huge vote of thanks must be given to the organisers of the tour, Clive and Debbie Button, who did a magnificent job with organising everything, and ensuring that everyone had a superb holiday.
Roll on the Wolseley Register’s next tour!