RAID TAN HILL '98
-occurred on Sunday, 4th January
YES!! WE MADE IT TO GREAT BRITAIN’S HIGHEST INN THIS YEAR ..AND THERE WAS SNOW!!
- a report from Tim Ford.
The Oldest car was a 1961 2CV (DAC 876 J) driven by Adrian Stannard (the car was imported in 1971... hence the registration number!) and the furthest travelled was Bill Mitchell who had come up from Gillingham in Kent, covering a distance of 350 miles. (And he set off back towards Leeds, for his overnight stop, by going back along the route we'd travelled to get to Tan Hill.... most of us went over to the A1 or M6 and went back the easy way!)
The Pre-RAID Ceilidh and Folk evening with the "Holbeck Moor Mummers" in Leeds on the Saturday night at the Adelphi was enjoyed by all who attended. Music was from record, for the dancing, and live from members of The Grove Folk Club who entertained with song and instrumentals galore. To those people who made it to the T.R.O.Y. barbecue as well - we missed it 'cos we were putting out the way-markers for the Raid itself... more's the pity, - it sounded as though they had a lot of fun in the Scout Hut that was borrowed for the occasion. (Next year someone else can do the signs and Pauline, myself and Stuart can enjoy BOTH events!)
Most of the 70+ cars arrived and registered by 9.45am with very few stragglers. Therefore, the first group left the DYNELEY ARMS (A660/A658 junction on the Leeds-Otley road) at just before 10.00 am, closely followed by group two about 15 minutes later. Stuart and Andrew stayed behind with Mark (in La Poste) to escort stragglers but then left just before 10.30 with no further arrivals and had caught us up before we reached Buckden. The road to Hubberholme (and then Hawes) that was flooded (and drowned Magrat) the day before, WAS now open so the 'preferred' route (straight over the top!) was able to be used - although we had to pass through the clouds to get there!
We reached Hawes at 12:10, only just - as the Saturday jaunt into the flood had caused damage to Magrat's alternator and the battery wasn't charging. There we enjoyed our (mulled) gluhwein and a chat with all the people who had aimed directly for Hawes rather than go down to Leeds and back up. After a hand-crank start we made it over the tops again (this time via Thwaite to Keld) and then had to negotiate the 1:4 hairpins immediately after the turning to Tan Hill. With the dodgy battery we'd made sure that Magrat was only a few cars from the front (just in case we needed some help from someone.... we didn't!) So, at 1:25 we arrived at Tan Hill.
All done with volunteer organisation and financial, technical and physical support from AIREDALE 2CV of Skipton, Yorkshire's premier 2CV specialists... (now closed as Alex Hosford has retired.)