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Kimber Run

Yorkshire, England

Organised by Costello fanatic Richard Fairclough, this September weekend was the second visit to Runswick Bay for the Costello community, the seaside beauty spot in the North of England where MG's grandfather Cecil Kimber spent many a happy holiday. 

The weather held out for this September weekend being fine and sunny for the second Runswick Bay Costello Kimber Run. Eight Costello’s were present including three from southern Germany. Another couple, who's Costello was unavailable came along in their Bentley, joined by two other friends in classics. 

On the Friday evening we all went to Whitby to eat at The Best Fish and Chip Restaurant in the UK, 2019. Liam, the manager, made us all welcome and the food was fabulous!


Saturday morning drew a good crowd to see the cars and pore over the immaculate engine bays. Watching us depart the Runswick Bay car park close to the waters' edge the assembled throng had heard of the event via Richard's tip-off in the Whitby Gazette.

We set off promptly at 9.30 a.m. with tops down as the sun was shining and set off up the steep 25% incline. Driving through Ellerby we reached Whitby Road and progressed through the charming village of Lealholm, to Castleton, through Houlsyke and to the National Park Moors Centre at Danby. Onwards through Westerdale to Kildale and through Battersby and Ingleby Greenhow. We paused at Chopgate to enjoy the splendid view of Roseberry Topping - a remnant of the Ice Age from a magnificent vantage point.


A further break at Rievaulx Abbey before arriving in Helmsley which was teeming with traffic. We then progressed to Mathewsons in Thornton le Dale. This classic car auction house and museum is currently featured heavily on TV on the Bangers for Cash programme. Derek Mathewson was very accommodating and showed us some his lovely cars and other items on display ready for upcoming auctions. Hildegard and Michael Roehr liked the nice Alfa Romeo Montreal coming up for sale with Richard potentially offering to drive it to Bavaria if they purchased it.

After lunch we returned to the Moors through some stunning scenery. The purple heather was about two weeks past its splendour, but the landscape is just breathtaking with roads to match. The burbling V8’s were in their element on roads like these. We came down the extremely steep Rosedale Chimney into Rosedale itself and then returned to Runswick. 


In the evening the staff at the Runswick Bay Hotel made us most welcome serving up big portions for hungry drivers and passengers alike. All present thoroughly enjoyed the V8-themed chatter with new Costello participants being welcomed warmly.

Thanks to everyone who made the effort to attend, with thanks to Bob Mc Cutcheon who helped plan the route.

The Costellos in attendance were Richard M Fairclough (MkI Roadster), Peter and Elfi Brodt (MkI Roadster), Roger and Gay Anderson (MkII GT), Harry and Janet Irvine (Mk2 Roadster), Guido Baldhof (MkI GT), Colin and Shelagh Archer (MkI GT), Laurie and Pat Way (MkI GT Sebring), Hildegard and Michael Rohr (MkI Roadster), Alison and Andrew Johnson (Bentley Continental - MkII GT in absentia), Mike and Kath Tuero (Jaguar XK150) and Ashley and Gordon Blakeway (MGC GT).

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