The UK Cobra Replica Club - North East Area Group

Welcome, The UK Cobra Replica Club was formed in May 1988 and now has over 1200 members who either own or are building a 427 Cobra Replica, 289 or Daytona Cobras. The Cobra Replica Club is dedicated to the AC Cobra Replica Marque.

This site will record the adventures of the North East Area Group of the Club, including details of meets, details of the members cars, updates on members builds and anything else that may be of interest.

We meet regularly on the Third Sunday of the Month at The Manor House Inn at 12 Noon.

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Meet the Cars Gallery Updated

Added Galleries for Geoff's Dax and Ian H's AK427. Go on.... Have a Look..... why not leave a comment?

Monday, 26 October 2009

Build Update - Malcolm's Sumo

Malcolm is in Forrest Hall and has been building a Pilgrim Sumo Since December 2006. He's got up to having a Rolling chassis with a Rover V8 from JRV8 fitted and has started on the wiring.

Malcolm has changed form the Pilgrim supplied cable clutch to the better arrangement of a hydraulic clutch conversion.Won't be long until he's needing a body by the looks of things. Some Build Photo's have been added in the "Meet the Cars" gallery.

Apparently we all drove past Malcolm who was out and about on our way back to the Manor House Inn at the last meet - must have been a surprise for him. Hope to see some more updates soon Malcolm.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

Monthly Meet - October 2009

A good turnout for what might have been the last meet of the year (we'll have to see what November's weather throws at us). 5 cobras: Simon, Jimmy, John C, Ian H and Geoff all with a passenger each.

As usual there's always time for a bit of chat and some bonnet opening before the off.

Ian  H's recently aquired AK427 was on its first proper run out with the gorup and drew some attention from passers by. This young chap came dressed especially to burn his legs on the sidepipes - careful!

The chap in the photo admiring Ian H's car is Ian C (too many Ian's) who is just about to embark upon a Pilgrim Sumo build. All the best Ian with your endeavours and I hope to be able to publish some updates as the build progresses.

Before too long it was time to embark on the run out to Hartside. This would take us from the Manor House Inn to the Hartside Cafe at the top of Hartside Pass. Thr route would take us through Riding Mill, Dilston, Fellside, West Hexham, Fourstones, Haydon Bridge, Bearsbridge and Alston before arriving at the Hartside Cafe for Lunch.

The return leg would be back through Alston and then onto Nentheads, Cowshill, Allenheads, Allendale, Fellside and Slayley before returning to the Manor House Inn. The whole route can be seen on the fully interactive google map below:

View Hartside Drive Out in a larger map
The roads were not too busy, just the odd dawdling driver and small queue of traffic at Langley Castle to Negotiate. Here we are on the approach to Langley Castle:

And an action shot by Resident Photographer Tommy on the final ascent to Hartside Top:

The only problem was that being 1904 feet above sea level at the top we ended up in the cloud, it was a bit dreary as you can see:

Here's John C and I wondering a) if al-fresco dining in October is a good idea, b) if the couple of Cumbrian Cobras we had arranged to meet were going to venture out into the rain we could see all across Cumbria.

Needless to say the rain crept upon us and we decided to run away, in the process causing Ian H and Andy to miss out on thier bacon sandwiches - sorry guys. The run back was pretty good with only some sheep and some errant cyclists to deal with. However, within a stones throw of our journeys end we lost Ian H and Andy, or rather they lost us. Some say his arms were frozen in the cold and he couldn't turn the wheel, all we know is that he was probably having far too much fun on his first run out to be bothered!

Rest assured though, they did make contact later that eveninng so a happy ending all round.

Fingers crossed for  some decent weather in November for the next  meet - you might see a seaside lunchtme barbecue!!