Area Chairman John Woods

Area Secretary Chris Sant 01423 562360

Meetings are held at the Spinning Wheel ,Admiral St, Leeds LS11 5NG

For information contact Chris Sant 01423 562360




Trans - Pennine 2019

Harrogate Borough Council are hosting a huge Cycling event next September and intend to use the Stray for 9 days in total for this.

The stray has a clause that only allows a few days per year for events our Trans - Pennine being one of those.

They have approached Central government to get this overturned for this year and if they refuse then it may well be at the expense of the Trans - Pennine. on the Stray.

The Government have sent out a questionair asking for peoples views on this extension We all should support this as that should secure our use of the Stray for the Trans - Penine


Please Follow this link and help to support our run.








  Held at The Spinning Wheel, Admiral Street, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, LS11 5NG.  
      Guests welcome, large  car park and refreshments at club prices.
              For further information contact Chris Sant, 01423 562360.

JANUARY  16th.    Peter Seaword, The H - S  transport collection, plus Fodens.

FEBRUARY  20th.    Richard Dobson, showmans living wagon restorations.

MARCH 20th.   John Murphy, working lorries in the sixties and seventies.   

APRIL 17th.   Alan Dean,  Joe Dean Haulage, plus scenes from early rallies.  

MAY 15th.   Outside visit to Sheffield Transport Museum. Meet there 7.30. For further information contact Chris Sant 01423 562360 (To be confirmed )

JUNE 19th.  No meeting  (see below).
JUNE 25th.  (Tuesday). Bring your vehicle evening, in conjunction with York Historic Vehicle Group at Squires Cafe, on the B1222 at Newthorpe, near Sherburn In Elmet,  West Yorkshire. LS25 5LX. ( just off junction 42 on the A1M )
 All vehicles welcome,  For information contact Chris Sant, 01423 562360, or Peter Wray, (York Historic Vehicle Group), 01904 704610. (date to be confirmed)

JULY 17th.    No meeting, (summer break).

AUGUST 4th. (Sunday) Trans - Pennine Run. For further information contact Derek Zientek. 01132 579770.

AUGUST 21st.  No meeting, (summer break).

SEPTEMBER 18th.  DVD of the 2019 Trans-Pennine Run, filmed by David Joy.

OCTOBER  (Sunday) Bring your vehicle day at The Docklands Diner at Goole, organised by Graham Reed of Reed Transport.  The cafe will be open until late afternoon, there is plenty of room, and no limit to the number of people who wish to attend.  
For further information contact Graham Reed 07841421169, or Chris Sant, 01423 562360. ( To be confirmed )

OCTOBER 16th.   Dale Riley.  Senior engineer at Liverpool Industrial Museum

NOVEMBER 20th. A.G.M. followed by Maurice Craven with a selection of all things vintage.

DECEMBER 17th (Tuesday). Christmas pie and pea supper and quiz night jointly with Leeds and District  Traction Engine Club. ( To be confirmed )

DECEMBER 18th.  No meeting ( see above ).




A new venture for the Yorkshire Area this year, a Christmas Pie-and-Pea Supper and quiz, jointly with another vintage club.

The Leeds and District Traction Engine Club also hold their monthly meetings in the Spinning Wheel Club and they invited us this year to join them for a Christmas supper.

A little reorganisation was needed, as the Traction Engine Club hold their meetings on the evening before ours, so we moved our meeting evening forward a day and moved our quiz night from November to December so that a joint quiz could be held.  We were also joined on the evening by a small group from the Middleton Railway Society; they had also prepared a quiz! So with 3 quizzes and a pie-and-pea supper, it had the makings of a good evening.

Our Chairman John Woods compiled our quiz and in the spirit of fairness, made a great effort not to include too many commercial vehicle questions, so much so, that our quiz was won by a team from the Traction Engine Club and not by one of the two HCVS teams!

The Traction Engine Club likewise made an effort not have too much steam in their questions and apart from one or two about traction-engine valve gear, (to which strangely enough, neither of their teams seemed to know the answer), their questions were mainly about the TV series 'Dad's Army', which was very sporting of them and gave all an equal chance.

My thanks to our Chairman John, for once again compiling the quiz and buying the prizes and also to Derek Rayner and Richard Dobson from Leeds and District Traction Engine Club, for arranging the whole thing, we will have to do it again next Christmas !


Chris Sant.





Another successful year for the Area; we have a regular attendance of 20 to 25 people and all seem happy with our new meeting venue, the Spinning Wheel.

We have had eight indoor meetings, with a mixture of speakers, three guests and the remainder from our own members; my thanks to them for their contribution.

The June Bring-Your-Vehicle evening was held at a new venue, Squires Cafe at Sherburn in Elmet, in conjunction with York Historic Vehicle Group.  Around 200 cars, 50 motorcycles and 20 commercials were on show.
The June 2019 evening will once again be held at Squires Cafe.

The 50th Trans-Pennine Run, held on the first Sunday in August, was a great success with good weather and around 200 vehicles in attendance, with no accidents or mishaps.
There is some doubt as to whether we can have the use of Harrogate Stray for the 51st run in 2019 but should it not be available, we have arranged to use Harrogate Yorkshire Showground.

Our October Bring-Your-Vehicle day was held at a new venue, the Docklands Diner in Goole, East Yorkshire, with help from Graham Reed of Reed Transport in Goole. Again a very successful day with an excellent turnout and the cafe owner is keen to host the event again in 2019.

In conclusion, I would like to thank all those who have supported the area over the past year and hope you will continue to do so in 2019.


Chris Sant (Yorkshire Area Secretary).






As our regular meeting attendees will probably be aware by now, one of my favourite subjects is fairground transport, I have long admired the ability of showmen to adapt vehicles to transport their rides and to then keep them running long after similar vehicles have disappeared from commercial road haulage use. Many of the lorries we see at our rallies today are there because showmen kept them running until they were old enough to be of interest to ourselves.

The guest spot for October was taken by our own Chris Rawnsley who is a mine of information on show-land rides, vehicles and families and the proud owner of a vast collection of images of the fairground dating from the days of steam road- locomotives, right up to the present day.

This ability to adapt a vehicle for differing loads or rides was well illustrated by Chris who had grouped together several images of the same vehicle but with a different body, maybe a differing number of axles and sometimes a different cab; the appearance in some cases being so much altered that I had to admire how he knew which vehicle it was.

The conversion of former road haulage vehicles for differing loads is now unfortunately becoming a thing of the past as the old wooden build-up rides have largely disappeared from the modern fairgrounds to be replaced by purpose built rides with integral transporters and three-phase power units which can be erected by one or two men aided by electrics and hydraulics, saving hours of time and a small army of casual labourers.

Our thanks to Chris for our evening trip through fairgrounds of the past, and for the hours of research which had obviously gone into the presentation.



Chris Sant.