Tan Hill 2020
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Raid Tan Hill 2020  Colin Pearce’s Report

Near 50 2CV’s and variants (with another 3 2CV owners in ‘euroboxes’ because their pride and joys were off the road) met at the Lawnswood in Adel, North Leeds, for the 30th running of Raid Tan Hill. This year – in addition to the usual welcome pack – all participants received a special Car Rally Plate to adorn their front bumpers, courtesy of Tony Lucas. Many thanks for that Tony! Over the last 30 years not one year has been missed and only once have we failed to reach Tan Hill. In 1997 the snow was just too deep, even for the wonderful 2CV but we did get as far as Reeth – just 11 miles short of the Inn.

The Lawnswood looked after us very well (as they have done since 2003!!) with buns filled with bacon and/or sausage and hot drinks and thus fortified we set off at about 10am. The weather was cool and overcast but (at this stage) remained dry. All went well until Burnsall when we started to encounter wet conditions with wind and low cloud and our usual photographic stop in Langstrothdale (alongside the river Wharfe) was not at its usual beautiful best!  Soon after this our lead car lost power and had to be towed to the top of the hill from whence it could make it to Hawes.

At Hawes the traditional journey break gave an opportunity to take stock as well as refreshment with hot mulled wine and stollen. Our lead car received attention from co-travellers but the problem could not be diagnosed and unfortunately it retired hurt on the back of a recovery vehicle. (Later the problem was found to be a leaking inlet manifold gasket which was speedily sorted out.) Several cars joined in the Raid at this point and near 60 Citroens left for Tan Hill.

The Buttertubs Pass and Keld Bank (25% or 1:4 in old money!) were overcome without incident and we rolled up at Tan Hill in time for lunch.  The Inn did an excellent job accommodating and feeding us all in the Barn and after lunch certificates and prizes were distributed and our wonderful free raffle was drawn. To celebrate our 30th we had commissioned 20 special ceramic mugs which sold like hot cakes at only £5 each. Those who were not staying at the Inn left for home in cold, wet and windy conditions leaving 12 folk who had decided to stay for the night. In the evening we had an excellent dinner and enjoyed some music and quizzes before retiring for the night.

Monday morning dawned bright and dry and, after a super breakfast and celebratory photograph in front of the Inn, we left for Leyburn via Grinton Moor. The route took us over the temporary bridge over Cogden Beck – the old bridge was washed away in the devastating floods in July 2019. The Moor itself was looking beautiful and we had a good drive though to Leyburn where we had a final get together in our favourite café before setting off for home.

Here’s the details of

2CV Specials

25

2CV Dollys

7

Charlestons

4

Vans

4

Dyanes

3

Ami 8

2

Bamboos

1

Beachcomer

1

Mehari

1

Other vehicles

3

the vehicles on the Raid that registered – (there were others that didn’t!) :-


                          The prize for
oldest vehicle was won by TWO 1971 cars -
                                 
an Ami 8 owned by Dave & Angela Brown and
                                 
a Dyane owned by Jonathan Rippon.

                           The prize for the furthest travelled was won by
                                 
a 1981  Acadiane owned by Eddie Noel that travelled all the
                                  way from Jersey – 463 miles! The Acadiane used to
                                  be Brian Senior’s vehicle and although Brian’s old
                                  artwork has been painted over in an attractive blue
                                  it is still known as Clouseau and came on the Raid
                                  in memory of Brian!!

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