September 2018

Three of us turned up at the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham for lunch and early Christmas shopping.

Whitley Classic Car Show was better attended with many DS’s there plus 4 Tractions. The event was organised by the Citroen Car Club and James Geddes was awarded a commemorative trophy for being so helpful to everyone with car issues.

8th October 2017 Update

The North Tyneside Council started a few years back holding a Classic Car Show at Whitley Bay Links right by the seashore. This year Citroen Car Club thought we Citroen owners should again all get together and display our vehicles together. So on a bright sunny Sunday we had 2 Slough Tractions, (mine and Michael Ridley’s) 2 Legeres, (Dave Faulkner’s and James Geddes) a Commerciale (Ali Iddrissi Subai) 3 DSs ,an Ami 6, 3 2CVs and Ray Andrews C15 twin wheel van turn up for a most enjoyable get together. The event was spacious and entry for both exhibitors and public was free so it was popular and lively. Until about 2.30 when the heavens opened up and we all went home very wet. Its an annual event so hopefully we can do it again next year with many more cars.

I make no apology for appealing to classic car owners to get their cars out on the road. So for the last event of 2017 we met up in North Yorkshire for a mini runabout. The Coxwold Tearooms just south of Thirsk  was the chosen meeting venue. The weather was typically early October and Wendy and I met Nick and Jill Hopkinson, Ali and Mick Popka (the roadster didn’t want to play but the Ami was great) for coffee. The owners of the tearoom had only taken over the business a week earlier and were delighted to see the Tractions. We enjoyed their hospitality so much and as the new owner was a London Chef we decided to go for a short circular runabout and return for lunch instead of going to Ampleforth. It was well worth it and have said we’ll be back.  We went through many pretty villages such as Kilburn where the “mouseman” has a thriving business , Bylands Abbey,  Ampleforth and pulled into Shandy Hall (no nothing to do with beer). Touristy Yorkshire was closing for winter so many places were shut (reminder to self, do it earlier next year) . After lunch and much discussion we decided to go to Thornton le Dale Motor Museum but got there too late, it closes at 4; so we went round the corner to another café for tea. We were well over into East Yorkshire by now and decided to head for home.