May 6th dawned bright, but overcast, for Two Peaks Motor Club's Howells Group plc 'Tour of the Peaks 2017. With fog lingering over the tops the 27 Crews entered hoped the day's weather would improve and that the many panoramic views along the route would open up for all to see. Luckily the weather did stay dry throughout the day, but remained cold, for a May day, so the open 'toppers' had a cool days running in many ways.
First car away from the Carding Shed start was Andrew & Jennifer Walker's gorgeous looking XK140 (pictured), followed by a number of Healeys, Porsches and Sprites to name but a few. Our sponsor Mike Howells fresh from the London to Lisbon HERO tour arrived with his replacement car, a superb Mini complete with straight cut gearbox, after his MGB suffered clutch failure 'somewhere' in Spain.
Crews were flagged away from the start by Jason McCartney MP for the Colne Valley and straight into the first section around Farnley Tyas, Honley, Meltham and then into the Colne Valley, as far as up to the M62, via Slaithwaite and then onto Marsden. This first 27 mile section was a baptism of fire, as crews tried to attain the 24mph average, which some achieved and some didn't.
A further three morning sections saw the crews continue up to Wessenden Head, via Winscar Reservoir for a 15 minute break, onto Midhopestones, Wigtwizzle, Dungworth and Ringinglow and with most crews finding the Code Boards they finally ended the mornings section, arriving at the lunch halt at the Dore Moor Inn near Sheffield for a splendid lunch and some tales of woe and others beaming from a good mornings run. Sandy & Sally Goodhall being the first to arrive in their Healey, without dropping any time. The Hall twins in their Subaru were complaining about a dodgy rear axle only to find both sets of wheel nuts had come loose..!
45 minutes later crews set off for the afternoon section with another four sections and another 15 minute break taken at Linacre Woods, near Chesterfield, which was followed by the longest section of the event some 31 miles long. A quick re-route was needed here due to a closed road (courtesy of Yorkshire Water!) and meant the loss of one Code board.
Most crews had a great run through the second half, but sadly, John Gledhill's Healey decided to mysteriously stop and two or thee crews stopped too, so they could help him, with the fault being identified as a screw loose somewhere in the carbs. This saw them late to arrive at the finish but as there were no time penalties they all still featured in the results.
At the end, all crews that started the Tour did finish and some celebrated with Pie and Peas in the Oil Can Cafe, which turned out to be a blessing as it was such a cold day and a Tour around IK Classics workshops and storage facility, which is part of the Carding Shed.
Our sponsor Mike Howells enjoyed himself so much, he has agreed to sponsor the event for the next two years! Thanks Mike.
Thanks also to the Carding Shed's Oil Can Cafe, The Dore Moor Inn, Competitors and the Marshals as without them, the event wouldn't run as well or as efficiently.
Next years event is on the 28th April 2018 - keep an eye out on this website for more details which will be published late Autumn 2017.
Thank you all.