Figaro Dales Rally A Smooth Running Success
The sun smiled - for the most part - on the 120 Figaro car owners from the UK and Europe who travelled to the Yorkshire Dales at the beginning of June for their annual rally, an event which ran as smoothly as the 59 vintage engines.
More than half had never visited the Dales before and were captivated by the stunning scenery and generous hospitality, with many planning to return soon, including Figaro Owner's Club Founder, Kevin Fagan from High Wycombe who observed "I could live here".
The colourful convoy made its way up and down the dales for 4 days following a route and busy itinerary planned by local yellow Figaro owner, Jane Ellison-Bates, showcasing the Yorkshire Dales National Park and taking in parts of Wharfedale, Nidderdale, Coverdale, Wensleydale, Littondale, Malhamdale, Ribblesdale and The Three Peaks.
The Rendezvous Hotel in Skipton provided the accommodation and hosted the Figaro dinner on the Friday evening which featured entertainment from ceilidh band Spinning Jelly and local morris side, The Flagcrackers of Craven.
The hotel's team were praised for the calibre of their hospitality, as were other venues along the way including Skipton Castle, The Riverbank Hut, Stump Cross Caverns, Parcevall Hall Gardens, Cavendish Pavilion, Kilnsey Park, The Forbidden Corner, The Saddle Room, and High Trenhouse - who gave each owner a bottle of alcohol-free G&T from the Temperance Spirit Company as they left.
Other Yorkshire sponsors who provided surprise items for the rally bags included Keelham Farm Shop, Whittakers Chocolates, Yorkshire Tea, Midgley Motor Company, Yorkshire Life, Dalesman, Aspire, Welcome to Yorkshire, Skipton Hand Car Wash and the Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust. Each lady received a hand-crocheted Yorkshire rose by Louise Mappley and for the Sue Hales Memorial Run, a fresh buttonhole rose from club member Penny Williams.
A mini-craft fair was held for the members featuring local artisans and a charity raffle with celebrity guests The Calendar Girls raised £422 for Bloodwise.
Only 20,000 of the cute retro style Figaros were ever manufactured - in 1991- designed with all mod-coms in line with the topical branding theme 'Back to the Future'. The cars certainly turned heads in the Dales, with spectators turning out to watch the cars pass, some even putting out welcoming bunting and waving flags as the procession made its way past.
Figaro Dales Rally A Smooth Running Success, 27th June 2017, 11:06 AM