If Harewood hill climb was the appetiser then Bowcliffe Hall was the main course. Around 100 hundred exceptional cars, from one of the earliest Mini’s to the latest Ferrari graced the grounds of the motorsport themed hotel.
Arriving in style is a feature of these events and the bar has been set extremely high. Coming to my rescue was Les McGuffog from the Austin Healy club who offered me the co-driving seat in his rally prepared Austin Healy 3000. We joined a dozen other Healy’s including a very special ex works car and their display could hold their heads up at any concourse event.
The cars began arriving from 11.30 (this is a very genteel event) and within 15 minutes you could complete the I-Spy book of prestige cars. All the major marques were present including Ferrari, Bentley, Aston Martin and many more. Many had fine examples of classic models as well as the latest machines to come out of the factory.
The atmosphere was friendly, no doubt helped by the exceptionally fine weather, and owners were only too happy to talk about their cars. As well as the cars there was Yorkshire wine and food and vintage music from the Bluebirds.
Some of the most historic cars took part in a parade with a commentary detailing their history. Jaguars featured predominantly with an early SS car as well as some outstanding E-Type jaguars.
I have attended bigger events than Yorkshire Elegance, but I have never seen such a fine collection of cars in a single event. Well organised, excellent venue and a great bunch of people if you get the chance to take part in future events, I would have no hesitation in recommend that you jump at it.
I would like to thank The Fast Lane Club for inviting me along, Les McGuffog for providing the transport, The northern branch of the Healy Club for their hospitality and all the participants who took the time to chat. I will be reporting on more of the cars in future articles.