On Wednesday 1 September we were delighted to welcome a selection of the finest and rarest vintage cars from around the world.

The rally, led by HRH Prince Michael of Kent in his 1957 classic blue Bentley, made its way through the Ampleforh Valley from Gilling, allowing the drivers to take in the spectacular views of our 2,200-acre site. Drivers from all over the world, including Mexico, USA, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK joined us for a short visit to the College where Head, Robin Dyer, and Dean, Fr Ambrose, had the pleasure of giving them a brief tour of the school library.

The guests were fascinated to learn about the history of the school, including the intricate Robert Thompson Mouseman furniture, which is found throughout the College, and the individual family coats of arms which can be found above the carrells in the library. They also enjoyed a glass of fresh Ampleforth apple juice which was harvested onsite just last week.

The rally precedes this weekend's ‘Concours of Elegance’ event taking place at Hampton Court Palace, where keen motoring enthusiast Prince Michael is a Patron.

It was an absolute pleasure to host their visit and we do hope to welcome them back to the Valley again soon.

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