The car you always promised yourself…

North Yorkshire Classics in a moment of nostalgic madness has bought a 1984 Mk III 2.8ltr Ford Capri – the one to have!!! All we can hear is Carl saying brummmm brummmm!!!!


Described by Ford as the ‘babe magnet’ of the 80’s the car was renowned for tearing up the streets of local towns and seen working its magic with the ladies :)))

We are not sure whether to hire this or sell it so we are going to see how the market develops and make decision in the Autumn. So the option for our customers is to try before you buy – what do you think?

We think it may become a common sight in the Dales over the Summer with Carl and Ryder – watch this space!!

A match made in heaven – Antiques and Classic Cars!!!!

According to Carl there are 2 great treasures in life – beautiful antiques and classic cars!! Following the success of the iconic E-Type last year, we have been confirmed as a supplier once again to the Antiques Road Trip.

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The first car to play host to the celebrity antique dealers will be the VW Camper – Our Geoffrey II and then later in the year the E-Type and MG are planned to follow into TV stardom – we are hope it doesn’t go to their heads 🙂

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As you can see Grandad Carl and Ryder are having a practise to prepare the car for adventures in antiques!! So if you are planning to book a car with us, you can show your friends and family the car on the TV and spend the day with a celebrity 🙂

Can’t wait for the pictures!

Lovely Levisham, plans for Halloween adventures and family time :)

I am happy to say that my daughter in law is due any day with baby number 3 (and grandchild no 5, I’m so proud!) , so to help my son achieve her expectations on the volume of renovation work that they are attempting to complete (I think the term is ‘nesting’), I thought I would take her and the kids out for a family day in the Rolls and leave him in peace 🙂

Weather is expected to be sunny and showers today – where shall we go? A scenic route is needed to catch up on the weeks business and allow Ryder a little snooze!

First stop is lunch at the Postgate at Egton, delicious food with Mark and Shelley Powell, real chips and a we were fortunate to see a rally of Mini’s and motorbikes drive through the village.

Next we head to Levisham for some steam train therapy and also to see if we can find Platelayers Cottages which I found out about near the station, if available these will enable me to put my Halloween plans into operation for the grandchildren!!

The drop down into Levisham is just spectacular…………

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A sneaky icecream for me and Ryder at the station kiosk while we wait to see the steam trains and a visit to the local artist Christopher Ware that has his workshop at the station (envious I am!)

The Rolls even looks good sparkling in a shower 🙂Blogs 228Then off we go in search of Platelayers, just a little way up from from the station, as we are driving up the road, I say “Liz, can you imagine just getting off the train on Halloween with the kids, OMG! the post bus (my preferred form of transport for 5 children to get around) has broken down, we’ll have to find a cottage to stay at for the night kids!!!”, we go up the road, maybe see if we can hang some things out of the trees on the way and BOOM! here we are at Platelayers cottage, with Halloween trimmings everywhere, bonfire and fireworks 🙂 What do ya reckon?! I am already excited to see how they react and Liz loves the idea!!

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So we are booked in for 2014, can I wait that long? I’ll have to have a ponder and see what I can arrange for this year! We head back at a leisurely pace with a quick cream tea to share at – yum!

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Middlethorpe Hall – Lord Carl has arrived :)

After going to the Phillip Memorial Aske Game Fair, I had the pleasure of driving the Craddock family to Middlethorpe Hall after they successfully bid on the silent auction prize prize for a 3 course lunch and trip in the Rolls.

After arranging to pick up at the lovely market town of Leyburn in Wensleydale, we are off to Middlethorpe for 1:30pm taking a nice leisurely drive. You never really know what type of people you are going to pick up but I have to say the Craddocks were some of the loveliest people I have met on my travels and the day certainly for me started well and just kept getting better – I even was renamed – Lord Carl! I quite like it but the family are taking some time to get used to it :o)

When we arrived at Middlethorpe, the guests were dropped off at the door and greeted by the doorman – what at a spectacular place owned by the National Trust with a majestic splendor you just cannot ignore.

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While the guests were dining I was made very welcome by Lionel Chatard (the boss!) with coffee and cake and then headed off to see the spectacular grounds.

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After my stroll the lovely Carol Craddock arranged for a cream tea and we sat on the terrace like royalty enjoying the atmosphere ? this really is a special occasion place and I am so pleased we had the opportunity to come to this beautiful English Country House. I am already thinking of when I can bring my family here, maybe when the next grandchild has finally made an appearance (anyday now please Liz!)Blogs 161

As part of the service, the Craddocks mentioned that they had stayed at Middlethorpe 10 years ago and so Lionel arranged for them to see the room they stayed in to relive some happy memories.

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Then we make our way back to Leyburn and say goodbye after a perfect day!

Bell Busk Beautiful!! Great people and trains – I’m in heaven!

Lovely Summers Day ? destination Tudor House, Bell Busk Malham to see proprietors Bob and Sheila Marchant after contact being made on Twitter (I’m getting the hang of it now!).?I wasn’t sure what car to take but when I saw the sunshine it had to be the E-Type!

There are 2 routes from Richmond to Bell Busk, only the scenic route would suffice for the E-Type via Ribblehead , Settle and Hellifield.?First pit stop was the Cornmill Tea Rooms at Bainbridge? , a change from the normal bacon butty and instead a toasted teacake for Grandad, Brymoors ice cream for Ryder.

At Ribblehead a stop is a necessity for a photo of the viaduct, I think I might even get this one framed……

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………….then we arrive at Tudor House by a Bob and Sheila, a fantastic cup of coffee, and delicious homemade cakes ? Ryder eyes widen!!

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Bell Busk is a hamlet on the Skipton to Carlisle railway, the trains still run through and for any railway enthusiast or person looking for Yorkshire tranquility is a stay at Tudor House which has been converted from the old railway station ? perfect! There is even a room themed to a railway carriage even with the bunk beds and passing trains with friendly drivers are happy wave and toot to the kids.

Aswell as the hotel, the grounds are perfect for sitting out on a Summers evening, colorful, relaxing and tranquil, Bob has even created an outside dining room which I was immediately tempted to sit in with a chilled glass of wine. You really have everything you need here for a perfect stay with welcoming and friendly hosts.

As we left Bob recommended the route via Malham for a quick visit and then headed back via Kettlewell. Another day to add to Ryder’s portfolio, he and the E-Type looking lovely in the sunshine!

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A little village, a little trip with a little lad – Hovingham

The bank holiday is over so its time for me to relax again with Ryder, the MG and our adventures in Yorkshire.

We head out to Thirsk, turning right just before Helmsley on the Malton Road and find the beautiful village of Hovingham

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Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty we sample?the fabulous tearoom – Hovingham Bakery and Spa Tearoom.

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What better that a delicious cream team beside a trickling stream, I’ve heard that listening to water relieves stress, I can certainly vouch for that!


Fine houses, fine cars, fine food – a weekend of Yorkshire tradition!

Thank goodness – the weather was good for the Bank Holiday weekend!

Arriving bright and early at Constable Burton in Wensleydale receive a warm welcome from the Wyville’s and are met by a blanket of daffodils that you cannot resist taking a stroll through.

Taking prime position the cars looked amazing in such a magnificent setting! I cannot believe I haven’t spent time here before, the kids have no restrictions, its perfect for a picnic and everyone takes the time to make you feel welcome.


After sampling the delicious homemade cakes and tea served by lovely Yorkshire ladies we decided to explore the grounds and found them full of natural beauty, daffodils and tulips that would appeal to any imagination……….ConsBurton?Const Burt2

I am already thinking about the adventures my grandchildren would have here.


Later that afternoon, Ryder (grandchild number 4, 22 months) is peckish and blows the horn on the E-Type to grab my attention –image[18] so its time to sample the Dales Food & Drink Festival at Leyburn. After attempting to browse sensibly we descend on the free samples with enthusiasm and walk away with a range of goodies for tea. Particular favourites from fabulous Yorkshire providers include Ampleforth Beer, Yorkshire Ales, The Wensleydale Creamery and the Little Chocolate Shop :o)

With all of this on your doorstep we really are in God’s own country – bliss!


A weekend of fantastic Yorkshire Festivals – come and join us!

We will be enjoying the bank holiday weekend in beautiful Wensleydale in North Yorkshire. Normally a quiet peaceful place, but for this weekend will be bustling with food and flower lovers!

We will be mainly enjoying the tulip festival at the magnificent Constable Burton with 2 of our finest cars – The Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and The E-Type Roadster. In a true traditional Yorkshire setting, you can come and visit us – we would love to meet you for tea and cake in the gardens.DSC03834[1]

To make sure that the youngest (Ryder now 22 months) has sufficient supplies we will be making a couple of trips to the fantastic Dales Food Festival to stock up on top quality Yorkshire food!

Let’s pray that the weather is kind to us all, be lovely to see you and discuss any special days you may wish to arrange – we currently have some great offers for the school prom and Father’s Day.

Who’s Game for Aske?

After getting my head round Twitter, we received a recommendation to exhibit at the Phillip Scott Memorial Game Fair & Shoot at Aske Hall, Richmond on Sunday 2nd June.

Spoke with the very pleasant organisers who confirmed that this year will include a great day out for the family (so we are going to take the kids!) and it includes a range of competitions such as a national dog trial, Falconry, Terrier Racing and Fly Casting. It sounds great so we are planning to take the Rolls Royce for family appeal, and the E-Type for the sporting gentleman or woman 🙂

We would like to encourage people to come as its a charity event, kids are free to get in, adults £5 each and free parking, here is the link if you need more details?

Look out for our tombola prize, something special if you win!!

Classic planes, classic cars – all add up to a class day out!

A Lot of people who love classic cars will also love classic planes so I decided to goto the revamped Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, World War II airfield The star attraction being the Halifax World War II bomber, my Rolls Royce and of course the grandkids for the day!

There must be over 60 classic aircraft to see including replica’s of the Spitfire and Hurricane. There is also a number of 1960’s jet fighter planes and the famous Dakota airline.

The kids had loads of space to run about, nothing boring or restrictive at the museum, they particularly loved the simulator and were full of stories of how they had flown a plane when they got home to Mum and Dad.

The cafe was great value for money and good homemade local food, Elsa loved the cakes (and so did I!)

On the way home, a quick stop off at Beningbrough Hall for a blast on the adventure playground and just to make sure the standards were as good as ever – we limited ourselves to one piece of cake and shared it, much to Ryder’s disappointment!