The Barn is home to an eclectic group of old and unusual cars.
We welcome all motoring enthusiasts who like to use their classic vehicles for touring. For guests in our Self Catering Apartment there is ample off-road parking, and in some circumstances (very valuable or vintage cars) we may even be able to provide stabling.
A Mixed Bunch of mostly CitroŽns - our small collection currently comprises:
1975 CitroŽn Dyane 6 - Hilly bought Orangina from our good friend and 2CV expert Steve Hill in 1992. This car is still in fairly good original nick but has been 'resting' for a few years. She'll come out to play again one day . . .
Ugly Bug Fiat Multipla,replaced the VW Camper a few years ago. It is the only people carrier (6 seats and very short / easy to park) available with any really original thought inherent in its design. It's not old, but it is interesting and great to drive (like a huge Mini - but you can see over hedges).
NOW SOLD 1960 MGA (modified). Bought by Dan in 1979 as the proverbial pile of bits (most missing!) and rebuilt over an 11 year period. MGB 1800 engine and o/drive box. Telescopic shocks all round and MGB front disc brakes. Wider Triumph TR6 wheels. Fast (although not by modern standards) and uncomfortable but lots of fun. Now sold to Graham Morton, who has fitted it with (difficult to clean) wire wheels . . .
DRK 3-Wheeler - aluminium and timber bodied Renault Special, assembled by Dan in 1987 from a high quality kit. One of about 60 in existence. Used to be dark blue and travelled to Germany and LeMans in the late 80's. Back on the road in '02 after long rebuild and colour change. Fast & Scary, and the mudguard stays crack, but you get hooked. Our Tom (age 10 this year) and I are now planning a future European trip on 3 wheels, taking in the Stelvio Pass (after seeing it on Top Gear). Latest news is that I have bought a low mileage 1400cc R5 engine to replace the 1100cc - should mean a bit less gear-changing on those mountain passes . . . See some Club DRK pictures
1980 CitroŽn Dyane 6 4X4. We are rarely without a Dyane on the road and in 2000 bought a yellow car off our friend John Sobey (who is well known to those in CitroŽn circles). A few years later Lemongina was made into a 4-wheel drive by Louis Barbour who has been slowly developing his simple but well engineered conversion for many years now. More recently (2007/2008) she has undergone a comprehensive body rebuild, which included completely stripping the shell of all paint and seam-sealer and epoxy-priming, before re-sealing and painting. The car was carefully reassembled by me, using some high quality fibreglass wings from Bob Marshall at Isle Twins. She should last a few years of Yorkshire Winters now . . . See pictures of the Dyane 4X4
Following the sale of our 1964 Slough-built ID Safari a few years ago, in January 2011 we fulfilled a need to join CitroŽn DS ranks once again, and purchased a part-restored 1968 CitroŽn ID19 from Graham Morton of GMVS near Holmfirth. Watch this space for details of on-going restoration work at GMVS and elsewhere.
NOW SOLD 1977 CitroŽn Ami 8 Convertible (LHD). See full description with links to detail pictures.
NOW SOLD 1975 CitroŽn GS 1220 Club Estate (RHD). See full description with links to detail pictures.
Ami 8 Trailer - a recent project was the building of a Trailer to match the Ami Cabrio - the excuse for doing this was being able to fit the family + all the camping gear etc. in it, for 2CV camps and holidays. In reality, the main reason is just to show off when we get there . . .This is a very complicated trailer - My friend Ian and I built a special chassis which uses modified 2CV suspension arms upside down; so that the tie-rods and springs point backwards instead of forwards. This means the whole suspension assembly is much shorter and better balanced for a relatively lightweight trailer. The body consists of 2 pairs of fibreglass Ami rear wings, cut and grafted together end to end + 2 fibreglass boot panels, all hung on an aluminium frame, with ali inner panels. It was displayed at the 2009 and 2010 2CVGB Nationals. See photos of Trailer build.