The Oil Can Cafe
Colin Sidaway, Features Writer
Sunday 15th October saw me driving along the A616 from Huddersfield to the small village of Hepworth to meet up with fellow members of the Mercedes Benz Club from Cheshire. This invasion by the North West Group of the club was to have a conducted tour of the Carding Shed car servicing and restoration workshops followed by and afternoon tea in the Oil Can Café.
The day was bright and sunny and the mill was already busy with the Mazda MX3 club and a host of Harley Davison motorcycle riders. The Mercedes contingent from across the Pennines arrived in good time to go on the workshop tour. The mill is a wonderful experience of going round the workshops where old and almost forgotten cars are put back into perfect order as if they had just been delivered from the factory up to 100 years ago.
The mill was taken over some 30 years ago with a café for up to 30 people a day, now it is more like 130 visitors a day. They also put on events such as vintage clothes show, rock and roll evenings and brass band concerts. The men in the group were interested in the workshops while the wives took to the emporium.
We had a conducted tour of the workshops with cars of all sizes and shapes in various states of restoration. It gave the members a look into what can and does go wrong under the well polished exterior.
The amount of restoration and associated costs were frightening. It could take years while the right part was located. There was painstakingly restoration undertaken on what looked like total wrecks. Amazing!
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The Oil Can Café is open daily 10 am to 4 pm and will be another pit stop for a future visit.
The Oil Can Cafe, 18th October 2017, 16:24 PM