Raid Tan Hill 2019 Alan Murphy’s Report
This was the ‘Remembering Brian Senior’ Raid Tan Hill to mark the passing, last January, of the originator of the adventure back in 1990. Around 50 assorted 2CV, Dyane, Ami and Vans, ventured from Leeds through the picturesque Yorkshire Dales to Tan Hill Inn, the highest pub in the U.K. Tan Hill is now under new ownership and has undergone significant updating and refurbishment. At the same time it is retaining its essential charm of a real ale pub with open fires. A welcome incentive to complete the run!
The cavalcade began at the Lawnswood Arms in Leeds where breakfast and coffee were served as usual by the helpful staff who have supported this event since 2003! We nearly lost one unfortunate Cheshire Dragon to a breakdown outside the Lawnswood, but thankfully 2CV City came to the rescue and the journey from Cheshire was able to continue!
We proceeded via Otley, Ilkley, Burnsall, Kettlewell and Buckden to a photo opportunity at Hubberholme. The next stop was Hawes for a comfort break and some welcome low-alcoholic mulled wine and cake. Thanks are due to two of our guests who donated mince pies and some excellent Christmas cake.
Video of some of the cars arriving at Hawes. Click Here
The highlight of the drive, as always, was negotiating the final section through the infamous and challenging hairpin bends and steep climbs (25% on Keld Bank) up to Tan Hill. The 2CV family of vehicles once again brought out the fun of driving with first gear hills, non-powered steering and brakes, dodgy heaters and lack of sound insulation!
The Inn produced a good selection of meals served especially for us in the newly refurbished Barn complete with wood burning stove. There was a background slide show (when we got the technology working!) which included some nice film of Brian and others from past raids as well as a (famous!), ‘Holbeck Moor Mummers’ traditional Xmas play, held at the Adelphi in Leeds, on the night before one of the previous Raids. Brian of course was a member of the Mummers group.
The not-to-be-missed exciting free raffle took place after the meal. This had a number of 'interesting' prizes most of which were donated by a wide variety of people to whom we say thanks. Certificates and stickers were issued to all participants as well as special certificates and bubbly for the furthest travelled, a Dyane 6 at 450 miles and the oldest vehicle, another Dyane 6 manufactured in 1971!
Many participants then left for home whilst the light still held. We are always amazed and pleased with the dedication of the participants coming from all parts of the UK to make this the successful and enjoyable event it is. A few stayed overnight for music and singing washed down with some fine real ale.
We were rewarded the following morning, after a substantial breakfast, with very thick fog for our return journey. Views of the countryside were somewhat limited but at least the roads were clear! Three Les Hiboux cars and one guest from Leominster started back over Grinton Moor to Leyburn where they split up after coffee and made for home.
Thanks to Brian Senior for inventing this escapade, 2CV City for their sponsorship and the new Tan Hill owners for their hospitality, service and goodwill.
Next year will be the 30th Raid Tan Hill. On y Va 2020!