Prince Michael of Kent leads vintage car rally at historic college



A college in NORTH Yorkshire saw a range of vintage cars from around the world run by a member of the royal family.

His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent drove a selection of vintage cars through the 2,200-acre estate at Ampleforth College last week.

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The rally was led by Prince Michael himself in his classic 1957 blue Bently as the cars drove through the Ampleforth Valley from Gilling East.

Drivers from all over the world, including Mexico, the United States, Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, joined the rally for a visit to the college.

Principal Robin Dyer, and Dean Father Ambrose gave the drivers a brief tour of the school library as part of the tour.

Guests were able to learn about the history of the school, including the intricate furnishings by Robert Thompson Mouseman, which can be found throughout the college.

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The furniture is locally made and is famous for its trademark carved mice, meaning “industry in quiet places”.

The library also features individual family coats of arms above each of the tiles.

Guests were able to enjoy a glass of freshly squeezed, award-winning Ampleforth Abbey apple juice, harvested the previous week from the orchard of Ampleforth Abbey, which has been making drinks since the early 2000s.

The rally preceded the “Concours of Elegance” event which took place at Hampton Court Palace, where car enthusiast Prince Michael is a patron.

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