Issue VIII

Yorkshire 300

Autumn 2019

Over the rugged county
where it was created...

There is no better place to push your Twisted to the max than over the rugged county where it was created. Rolling hills, stunning views, and Yorkshire green lanes awaited Twisted owners and enthusiasts who took part in May’s Yorkshire 300 road trip.


Joined by extreme endurance adventurer Sean Conway in his very own Colonel Mustard, the Y300 party formed a 15-strong Twisted convoy across God’s own county, taking in some fine scenery and wonderful Yorkshire hospitality along the way.

Starting in Thirsk and stretching 300 miles and four days across North and WestYorkshire, the party enjoyed the very best of what this magnificent county has to offer.

Under ever-changing skies, the convoy took in the beauty of the North Yorkshire Moors, while there was also an opportunity to drive the famous Buttertubs pass between Hawes and Thwaite, described by Jeremy Clarkson as “England’s only truly spectacular road”.

It may only be six miles long, but the winding pass provides everything you need for a memorable drive, with steep climbs, rapid descents and tight corners.

“The Yorkshire 300 is our own way of paying homage to our county, and nothing beats sharing it with our Twisted family.”

The Twisted Defender is perfectly at home off-road, with green lane highlights including a drive to the village of Coniston Cold from Lake Semerwater. More frequently occupied by trout and the occasional canoeist, the lake shore provided the perfect backdrop for the Twisted convoy to stop for a breather and a well-earned Yorkshire themed lunch.

Famous Yorkshire hospitality plays a vital part of the trip, with guests enjoying a guided tour of the Black Sheep Brewery, breakfast at Betty’s and evening stays at the White Bear, Gisborough Hall and The Coniston Hotel.

The event then finished at Bowcliffe Hall, a well-known destination for enthusiasts who are drawn to the venue’s Driver’s Club and regular Sunday meets, club days, driving events and rallies. The Driver’s Club is owned by friend of Twisted, Jonathan Turner, who shares our passion for automotive excellence.

Twisted founder Charles Fawcett said: “The Yorkshire 300 is our own way of paying homage to our county and nothing beats sharing it with our Twisted ‘family’.

The past Twisted philosophy was ‘anti-ordinary’ and the Yorkshire 300 is just that – there’s nothing ordinary whatsoever about a caravan of 15 Defender vehicles negotiating the best and most challenging terrain that Yorkshire has to offer. It’s quite a sight when the convoy is in motion across the villages and dales of this wonderful county.

It’s always fantastic to share our knowledge and passion and the feedback we’ve had from our guests is amazing.”

Owners travelled from across the UK and even the Netherlands to enjoy this ‘sub-zero cool’ invitation only event.

One delighted owner commented: “The car is still a bit covered in deliciously fine Yorkshire mud and our border collie takes off to the car whenever she can to sniff and considers it a treat.The Yorkshire 300 has been engraved in my mind and application forms for permanent entry to Yorkshire have been submitted this morning!”

Other’s added: “We had a fantastic few days in Yorkshire and what a great group of people to spend that time with. Hopefully we will have the opportunity for another adventure together in the future.”

“A big thank you to the whole Twisted team for giving us a fantastic few days in Yorkshire!”

“Thanks for a brilliant four days!! The meticulous planning meant it was fantastic from start to finish!”

And in true generous Yorkshire style, the event also raised £400 for Variety Yorkshire, the charity that provides mobility aid to local children.

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