One of our members, Martin Rhodes, has been working with Cumbria Wildlife Trust to ensure that the “Classics over Sands” donation is spent on a specific local initiative. It has been decide that it should be spent on the ongoing management works at Foulshaw and Meathop Mosses Nature Reserves.
These two Nature Reserves are near Witherslack, just outside Grange-over-Sands. They are lowland raised mires (sphagnum peat bogs) a relatively rare habitat in the UK which is concentrated in the North West. Many UK raised mires have been drained in the past so that the land could be used for grazing, afforestation, etc. This causes the peat body to dry out and sphagnum moss to stop growing.
Peatlands store vast quantities of carbon – ‘locking in’ an estimated 3.2 billion tonnes in the UK alone. Where conditions allow sphagnum to continue to grow, it continues to absorb more carbon. Conversely, when peat bodies are drained and dry out, they release the carbon that they have previously absorbed. At Foulshaw and Meathop the CWT management has involved blocking the drains to raise the water table and slow the rate of water loss, preserving the existing peat and allowing to sphagnum to grow again.
This feels a particularly appropriate cause for us to support, given that this work is genuinely offsetting the impact of our cars and hobby, in a way that is much more effective and immediate than planting young trees. It’s also supporting a local wildlife site and rare habitat which is home to other species including Osprey.
For 2023 Classics over Sands will be supporting two charities, both close to our hearts, one a national charity PKD and the other more local, St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.
We have chosen PKD as it gives very important support to children and adults suffering from this not particularly well known and serious illness. PKD is an awful illness impacting the kidney function, in both Adults and impacted babies.
St. Mary’s is our local hospice, providing in patient care as well as outpatient facilities for adults with life shortening illnesses or long term conditions. The hospice only receives limited NHS funding, so local support is vital to its continuing work.
After our successful event on 7th August, we are delighted to present our chosen charity with a cheque for £3,627.59, which included bucket collections “on the day”. Geoff Critchley, our Chairman made the award to representatives of Blood bikes, together with one of the cars displayed at the event. A huge thank you to all the entrants who brought their cars, visitors and helpers who made our event truly special.
Remember, next year we have a slight date change to Sunday 13th August 2023.
Classics over Sands had announced its 2023 date as Sunday 13th August, reverting back to its normal date next year We will be advising both Visitors and entrants of when we will open for entries, although likely to be early in the new year.
A big thank you to all our visitors and entrants to Classics over sands on Sunday 7th August. We were blessed with wonderful weather and a huge crowd of visitors, with a spectacular array of vehicles. This was the first time we have asked visitors to vote for the cars, which certainly went down well, given the huge number of results we had to count!
With a close to full entry list, we will be closing our entry system very soon. We anticipate that the online system will close end of day Thursday 28th July to allow us to organise the administration and ensure that all printing and paperwork is in place.
The show starts at 10am, when the cars start to arrive, by noon we expect to have over 300 vehicles displayed across the field.
Visitors to the show Pay £5 per person on the gate (accompanied children under 16 free) and each family group receives a 40 page colour brochure entirely free. This year we will be expecting entrants and spectators to join in with judging the Vehicles.
Another fantastic entry in Classics over Sands is this 1947 350cc Manx Norton is in unrestored condition, it was raced in the 1947 Junior Manx Grand Prix by rider Anno Domini and finished in 17th place at an average speed of 70.07 mph covering 6 laps which was 226.38 miles.
In 1949 Anno Domini and John Aldington drove all the way from Yorkshire to enter in the Le Mans 24 hour race, Anno Domini and John Aldington drove a Frazer Nash racing car and came 3rd overall and 2nd in class.
We understand Anno Domino was a pseudonym as his parents didn’t know he was racing!
We have a strong entry list of motorcycles now entered for Classics over sands on 7th August, including this gorgeous 1962 Norton Dominator 99. With a 600cc twin, matching numbers and original colour scheme, our owner has looked after this classic since 1975.
Originally owned by BONO of U2 fame, this fantastic Lamborghini Espada clearly predates Bono’s current green credentials. With a thirsty V12 fed by no less that 6 Weber Carburettors, this is one expensive beast to run, at circa ten mpg (yes 10)! In its day the Espada was the fastest 4 seater car on the planet (156mph) and retailed at twice the price of a Rolls Royce.
So make a date in your diary to see this fantastic car, along with nearly 300 other amazing classics.