started off as an idea at Helen’s birthday meal came to life
on Sat 28th June…
of preparation by numerous people who I’ll name later, myself
and Sarah (Sez) arrived in the Flying Legends car park at 6 o’clock
ready to set up and send people on the hunt. Already waiting for
us were two cars that had come from Goole, and we were pleased that
word had obviously got round about the event.
and more cars turned up and by 6.45pm we had 26 cars ready to go.
There was a nice selection including BMW M3, Ford Ka, Sapphire Cosworth,
Corsas, Peugeot 307, Golf Cabriolet, and many more…
Once the instructions
were given from on top of Trev’s bonnet, the running order
was decided by picking numbers out of a hat then the cars lined
up ready to go.
Trev and Baz
were the first to set off at exactly 7 o’clock in the trusty
(or should that say “rusty”) Nova, and then the rest
of the cars left at one minute intervals. After the cars had left
the car park, Dave and I collected the camper van and all the equipment
for the finish. After arriving at the Stockton on the Forest pub
car park, Dave and I sat and waited patiently for news of the runners.
Two hours after
the start Sarah rang to say the first car had been to her check
point running half an hour behind time, at this point we started
to wonder if we had made a mistake with the length of the route.
Another phone call was received from Nick in his Nissan Primera
to say he had reached Scawton which was one of the scheduled stops.
The problem was that he had rung Danny’s Dad for directions
and had been sent to the wrong Scawton; he was at Scorton near Northallerton……….
think he’ll be allowed to forget that!
At 10 o’clock
my parents came to see the cars coming back in, we were in for a
A few more phone
calls were received to say that people were running late and struggling
to find the answers to the questions on Oliver’s Mount, which
were all at the monument. After a seriously long time, one or two
people decided that they’d had enough and headed back towards
York. This included Dawn who had taken 3 hours to reach the check
point at Malton, and three others for various reasons.
By this time
it was nearing 10.30pm and we still didn’t have any cars back
at the finish, my parents and Sam (Danny’s girlfriend) took
the camper and all the equipment for the BBQ round to the field
before it became to dark.
Slowly but surely
cars started arriving back at 10.45pm. What a relief it was to see
Dom and Stretch come back! When Stretch lifted his bonnet the down
pipe on his exhaust was glowing red, not bad for a 1.4 Saxo! Nick
arrived back from his little excursion to the wrong Scawton; he
was very quiet for some reason….!
arrived back, we took the answer papers from each car and started
marking, in the meantime people made their way to the camping field.
They must have got as much of a surprise as I did when I pulled
in through the gate - all you could see were a string of fairy light
draped across the camper and food all laid out ready to eat.
At 12.30am the
last car rolled in much to our relief. After a very stressful night
for those of us who organised the event it was time to get to the
field and relax.
The last thing
to do was to announce the winners:
1) Ian (Stretch)
and Lisa, Saxo 1.4
2) Dom and Karen, BMW M3
3) Frank and Scraft, Pug 106 Rally
4) Rob and Helen, Honda Civic Type R
We collected the money for camping and food, which most people donated
towards generously - thank you all very much for that. A quick game
of pass the parcel was set up with the use of Buzz’s sound
system in his Corsa, and with that it was time for Sez and I to
finally put our feet up and enjoy some food. We stayed up talking
till 4 in the morning and the sun was coming up.
Thank you to
all who kept the field tidy and especially Dawn! We woke up at 9
o’clock to find Chris and Beki were the only people left,
but the field was spotless. At 2.30 on Sunday afternoon we finally
left the field as we found it and thanks to this we have been offered
the use of it as a venue for further events of this nature.
People we must
thank for there support and help:
- for the cold food provided
2) Badgerhill Bakery - for the bread buns and for the use of the
generator and fairy lights
3) Halfords - for the Autoglym prize
4) Camerons - for the goody bags and trolley jack
5) Kershaws - for the rolling road session
6) Motosave - for the 1:18 scale models
7) Unicar of Doncaster - for the jackets and power wash
8) Wetherspoons - for the champagne
9) Grayfin Associates Ltd - for the webcam and joystick
10) Harpers - for a cash donation of £60
11) Chase Performance – for the induction kit and hosing
12) Fast lane - for the printing of flyers and application forms
1) Sarah - for
the massive amount of time spent sorting all the questions out and
masses of paper work
2) Andy - for the design and printing work
3) My parents and Sam (Danny’s girlfriend) - for setting up
and looking after the BBQ
4) The farmer - for providing a venue for camping and trusting us
not to make a nuisance of ourselves!
5) G - for storing the food during Sat and not eating it all!
6) Mark (yorkproton) and C.C - for helping Sarah at Malton
7) Buzz - for the use of his car during pass the parcel
8) Last but not least, everyone who turned up and trusted me (and
didn’t slap me when they got back) in setting the event up
Thanks to your
participation and support we raised £200 for Macmillan Cancer
to everyone involved.
Heres to the