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Tan Hill Run 2015

Many of you will have seen Tom's invitation to drive up to Tan Hill in Yorkshire, and meet up with enthusiastic 2CV owners who gather there every New Year. As the Highest Inn in England is only about 60 miles from where I live, and the weather forecast was reasonable, this seemed a brilliant way to spend the first weekend of the New Year. Besides, if Tom was prepared to drive from Edinburgh in his Pembleton, it would be a poor do if those more local didn't go to meet him. So Saturday 3rd of January was the occasion for the streets of the usually quiet town of Hawes in Wensleydale to thrum with the beat of V twin and flat twin engines, as Colin, Tom, Duncan and I met for lunch and a "wee refreshment".

Thus fortified, we had a brisk tour of the challenging and entertaining minor roads of Langstrothdale and Coverdale, taking in the challenge of Park Rash, an old "test hill", and scene of mighty deeds in the past by Albert Crackleport et al. (see PAG archives).Duncan then left us, with regrets, to attend to grandpaternal duties. The evening was spent in the pub sampling local produce (well, there's nothing else to do, nowhere else to go up there!), and discussing the merits of Pembling, as the cars built up the ¼" thick layer of frost which coated them by the morning.

Despite the sub-zero temperatures, all the cars fired up after we were turfed out by the landlord in the morning, and I led the fleet down Arkengarthdale to a very minor road over the top between Swaledale and Wensleydale. The pace was unusually slow because of icy patches, but it gave us the chance to admire the stunning scenery glowing in the winter sunshine. We met a flock of 2CV's in Hawes, had lunch, and Tom and Colin followed them up to their meet at Tan Hill, and then departed north across the border.

To anybody who could have come, but didn't, you missed out! It was an excellent weekend of great company, beautiful scenery, and roads which suit a Pembleton perfectly. Yes, it was cold, but my Machine Mart lined overall or motorbike jacket/trousers can make it bearable, and Tom had toasty hands thanks to cheap hand warmers found on the Internet. And all that nice alloy attacked by winter salt? I've found an answer to that, too, as my car sits out under a plastic cover (garage full of old motorbikes), and is used all year. It's called ACF50, a product originally developed to protect aircraft. At around £14, it seems relatively expensive, but one tin will protect the whole car, top to bottom and inside and out, with some left over. There are plenty of reviews on the Internet, but you could start here. I have no connection with the manufacturers or retailers, for me, simply, it works, and allows me to enjoy driving the Pembleton all year round - what more could you ask?


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