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2012 Tyne Tees Old Speckled Hen Run

2012 5th Tyne Tees Old Speckled Hen Run – 16th September 2012

On a clear September morning 42 cars assembled at the International Whitewater Centre at the Tees Barrage. Committee member Dennis Hope suggested that as we had David Coulthard amongst us, having just won the Cockshoot Cup at Croft the weekend before, David might do us the honour of flagging everyone away. David was delighted to do so and hence he is the most photographed person in the following line up of beauties!

…. and of course, David having flagged everyone else off, Dennis Hope returned to see David safely away:

After the initial 15 or so miles crossing several bridges over the Tees in the industrial areas of Teesside the cars found their way through the splendid grounds of Wynyard Hall. Wynyard Hall is now owned by Sir John Hall with a neat twist in that the Hall and its thousands of acres were built from the profits of the coalfields owned by the Londonderry family and is now in the hands of the son of a coalminer. The carsĀ are seen coming out through the Golden Gates – even if they are black!

After a lunch stop at Mainsgill Farmshop on the A66, the cars headed off towards the source of the River Tees, but not quite as far, to Newbiggin just beyond Middleton-in-Teesdale. They then returned to Barnard Castle for a cream tea at the splendid Bowes Museum.

Repeating his success in the 2010 Old Speckled Hen Run, Graeme Curtis, below, again took the honours for the car the Judge would like to take home. The Judge’s duties were kindly provided by MIke Jones, himself a car enthusiast from the Museum, who took a fancy to Graeme’s TD.