Over 270 cars attended the Drive It Day event at Dalemain on Sunday organised by Wigton Motor Club on behalf of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs.
This was a record number and over £1600 was collected for WMC’s nominated charities; The Calvert Trust and the NW Air Ambulance. Whilst most of the vehicles were from within in a 50 radius some had come much further such and a classic camper that had driven down over night from Tyree while WMC committee member called in on his way back from the Manx Classic Hill Climbs.
Such was the success of the event that the catering arrangements at the Dalemain Mansion ran out of sandwiches! DID is a great started to the season being an informal event compared to the main shows and enthusiasts and come and go as they please. It’s a great chance to meet up with fellow enthusiasts to discuss plans for the new season of events.
Indeed, the motorsport season has got under way and Team Wigton members were out in force all over the UK. Down at Brands Hatch Sam Kirkpatrick started the MG Trophy season with a class win in race 2 after having clutch failure in race 1 when leading.
Malcolm Mousey (Talbot Sunbeam) was on good form in the Pirelli Historic Rally in Kielder which was a counter in the British Historic Rally Championship, a series in which Malcolm won his class last year.
On the Manx Classic, made up of three hill climbs based on part of the TT course, four Team Wigton members were competing. Andy Walkinshaw in his Minis Cooper S, David Wiggins in the Peugeot 205 Rallye, Peter Garforth in his Skoda Estelle and the Paul Eastwood in his Alfa Romeo.
Wigton Motor Club has a full program of event in May with a pub run, autotest and the club’s AGM.
Looking further forward, entry forms for the Lake District Classic on June 23rd and the Cumbria Classic and Motor Sport Show on August 18th are on the website at www.wigtonmc.co.uk