Motoring royalty heading to iconic estate for car rally

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A byword for luxury they are motoring royalty - the legendary marques that have stood the test of time.

And a record number of Rolls-Royces and Bentleys will adorn the grounds of Castle Howard at The Yorkshire Post Motor Show and Classic Car Rally on Father’s Day.

At least 30 cars from the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club (RREC) Yorkshire Section are expected to grace the iconic estate - in the club’s biggest turnout at the event.

Audrey Booth, publicity officer for the RREC Yorkshire Section, said: “I am really looking forward to it. We love going to Castle Howard. When we are at Castle Howard people can ask to look at the cars’ engines and any child who takes an interest will be told what they want to know.”

The cars from the club range from a 1928 Rolls Royce through to a 2000 Bentley.

Mrs Booth and her husband, Howard, will take their 2000 Bentley Arnage to join hundreds of other classic cars and vintage vehicles at the North Yorkshire estate on June 19.

The car has its own place in motoring history.

“Ours is one of the last Rolls-Royce-made Bentleys,” said Mrs Booth, of Clayton West, Huddersfield. “The company split up around 2003. Then Rolls-Royce went down south and Bentley stayed in Crewe. Ours is the original old company so although the car was made in Crewe, it was made by the Rolls-Royce company.

“Anyone who comes to any shows we do always looks at the interior rather then the outside because it is so attractive. Every piece of wood inside matches. The tree is cut into such thin slices that from the glove box to the central radio the pattern is the same. It is unusual to get cream leather. I suppose people think that black leather is more serviceable but cream has never been a problem for us.”

The Yorkshire Section, which has around 450 members, is open to people who do not own a car as well as those who do.

“We were in it for years before we had a car,” said Mrs Booth, 64.

Organisers of The Yorkshire Post Motor Show and Classic Car Rally, which is celebrating ‘best of British’ this year, are sending out a final call for classic car exhibitors to submit their entries.

Lisa Bradbury, Yorkshire Post Newspapers events manager, said: “We have had a great response so far this year. We are urging people to submit their entries soon to avoid disappointment.”

Tickets for The Yorkshire Post Motor Show and Classic Car Rally can be bought online by visiting www.castlehoward.co.uk/motorshow. Those booking online will receive a 10 per cent discount. To enter a vehicle please email karen.cross@jpress.co.uk.