|La Carrera Pandemica: 26-29 October 2020 Report by Dave Spence|
we go again! In April the Club ran its first ever ‘virtual’
tour ‘La Carrera Lockdown’ due to the harsh Covid
restrictions being applied at that time preventing us getting out and
about in our classic cars. The event proved popular attracting 36
entries from as far afield as Italy and France.
The event was so
popular with our Italian friends that they decided to run a similar
event based in north east Italy called the ‘Trieste Opicina
Historic Virtuale’ Little did we know that the
restrictions, albeit slightly more relaxed, would still be in place in
October, and our cars would remain, with few exceptions, firmly locked
up in the garage!
Throughout the summer virtual events seemed to
be the way forward for car clubs with several virtual navigational
rallies taking place, so it was decided that CCHMSC should run a second
tour, this time ‘La Carrera Pandemica’ to be held in late
It was to be on exactly the same lines as the April event with
maps and questions on the route being sent out on 4 consecutive days
and scoring based on the number of correct answers. Gold, silver and
bronze award certificates would be given based on the number of points
scored. The entrants would also choose their ideal
‘virtual’ classic car and would be eligible for the
‘Car of the Event’ award.
The overall winner would receive
a ‘real’ prize for their efforts. Entries were invited and
a total of 31 submitted an entry, not quite as many as in the
springtime but still a healthy entry. As last time there were entries
from far and wide including Italy, France, Ireland and England. The
variety of virtual classics varied enormously too – from a 1948
aluminium bodied TELL special to a 1963 Thames Trader lorry.
the route and questions were compiled and the route and questions for
Day 1 sent out on 26th October. The route was very loosely based on
what was going to be the route of Highland Car Club’s La
Crofterra Pandemonia this year (of course that never happened). So on
to Day 1
start of the event was in Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland
starting at the new roundabout at the Aldi store on the north side of
the town. From here the route led north on the A95 then turning off by
Boat of Garten passing the water tower at the railway station and
ending up on the A939 east of Nethy Bridge.
From here the
route led via Bridge of Brown (Norman Tooke reported that the hairpins
were a bit tight for his Thames Trader lorry with no power steering)
and Tomintoul to the Lecht and its ski area with its various
‘birds’. Descending the Lecht to Cock Bridge and Gairnshiel
led the competitors to Crathie and Balmoral Castle.
Balmoral they used the South Deeside Road, the B976 passing by Ballater
on the opposite side of the River Dee. At Dinnet they turned north to
Alford and the Grampian Transport Museum with its impressive Mortier
dance organ then turned east through Kemnay and ended the day at
Inverurie, with its largest livestock mart in Scotland at Thainstone.
So, the first day – relatively easy, most crews scoring well on this section.
2 took the crews east from Inverurie to the River Ythan estuary then
north passing Slains Castle, with its Dracula associations. Then to
Boddam and the Buchan Ness lighthouse. The organisers thought the
question about the contractor that built the bridge would stump most
people, but a surprising number got it right.
From Boddam it
was north, by-passing Peterhead and on to the Moray Firth coast at
Pennan with its famous red phone box. The route then led inland to
Turriff (the Turra Coo incident) and Aberchirder (Foggieloan) then back
north to Portsoy with its marble jewellery and ornaments. From Portsoy
the route carried on along the coast via Buckie to end up at the
overnight destination of Elgin. Again, most crews managed a high score
on Day 2.
to keep the crews on their toes, a wee navigational test was thrown in
at the start of Day 3. Didn’t fool anyone – most got it
100% correct! From here the route meandered via Texas (sorry –
Dallas) to reach the Spey valley.
There was a short diversion
via the Haughs of Cromdale to catch the question about the battle, then
back via Grantown and Dulnain Bridge with its Roches Moutonnees to the
finish for the day at Aviemore. No problems here for most crews again.
we went west. Leaving Aviemore to the south west led crews past the
Highland Wildlife Park with its Amur Tigers, then down towards Laggan
and Loch Laggan giving a view over the Loch to Ardverikie Castle, the
film set of the Monarch of the Glen TV series.
on through Spean Bridge towards Fort William crews then turned right on
the A830 and right again at Banavie passing the spectacular canal locks
of Neptune’s Staircase. Returning to the A82 via the Commando
Memorial the route then led north east through the ancient Great Glen.
It was surprising how many crews got the 3 ‘geological’
questions in the event correct (Portsoy Marble, the Roches Moutonees
and the Great Glen Fault).
Fort Augustus the crews turned off on the Old Military Road, the B862,
passing the viewpoint at Suidhe. The next part, the distance from Point
C to the finish proved a bit tricky for some of the crews, but a few
got it spot-on, going through Inverfarigaig to the finish at the 3
Witches Restaurant. Apart from the last bit this section proved
reasonably easy for most.
that was it, another virtual tour over. The top point scorers with 38,
proved to be car 17, Craig McGibbon and Karsten Brown in the 1955
Lancia Aurelia Spider, joint with car 24, John Stuart in the fearsome
Our joint winners were sent a special prize for their efforts, with every finisher receiving a certificate.
One of our members suggested prizes for the best 'Foreign / non Scottish' entries. So here they are:
Car No 1 Tim Hunt in a 1955 Jaguar D-Type Long Nose
Car No 6 Angelo Maria Tresoldi in a 1963 Porsche 356B S90
Car No 31 Rosella Carrera 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante
Rosella also won Car of the Event, as chosen by the other crews, and is being sent a prize for this as well.
were 12 gold awards (36+ points), 11 silver (31 – 35 points) and
5 bronze (up to 30 points). In addition, the beautiful Alfa Romeo C52
Disco Volante, car 31, of Rosella Carrera won the Car of the Event
award. Unfortunately, there were 2 non-finishers due to outside
Where does that leave us now – we were all
desperate to get our cars our in the summer, but no organised events
could take place, so are we stuck with virtual events for the
foreseeable future? Who knows? If the situation continues the
Club may run another winter themed virtual tour early in the New Year,
but with a very different concept – watch this
But we are ever hopeful that in 2021 we can run a full season of real touring events – so watch the web site for details http://www.caledonianmsc.freeuk.com/
Italian friends who joined the event have written a report on their
website. Prominent is the Saltire flag. Fino alla prossima volta (Until
The Scottish friends are back in charge to chase away Covid-19 with a
new virtual tour in the Highlands and North East Scotland aboard the
most beautiful vintage cars.
Thirty-two (Ed, actually 31 as no No13) crews departing from Aviemore,
including seven Italians, in excellent company with the English, Scots,
French and Northern Irish. Wolves weather or “cats and dogs weather”, as
Doug & Pat say aboard their Toyota MR2 Rev2, upon arrival in
First overall, with equal merit, the Scottish crews Craig
McGibbon & Karsten Brown on 1955 Lancia Aurelia Spyder-B 24 and John
Stuart on 1963 Shelby Competition Cobra 289 Le Mans Hardtop. Excellent
results for the Italian crews with three gold medals , three in silver
and one in bronze. Gold for Angelo Tresoldi on a 1963 Porsche 356 B S90.
Gold for Enrico and Alma Tresoldi on a 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
Veloce. Gold for Rosella Carrera on a 1952 Alfa Romeo C52 Disco
Volante. Silver for the two 1972 Fiat 500 Fs. Giovanna and Achille
Tresoldi the blue and Etta Tresoldi the white.
All bearers of the Club
dei Venti all'Ora. Silver for Silvano and Giacomo Petrani on 1980 VW
Golf GTI, Wheels of the Past color bearer. And finally, last but not
least, Mario Tell and Stefano Belin, bronze medal, on the unique and
rare Tell Sport 1948 of their father. Color bearer of the Gorizia Auto
Moto Storico Club. So in Scotland there were the three most
representative clubs of Friuli Venezia Giulia.
The icing on the cake was
Rosella Carrera's victory in the Concours d'Elegance with the rare and
beautiful Alfa Romeo C52 Disco Volante Spider from the Alfa Romeo
Museum. Without boring you any longer with words, a rundown of the
places crossed in these beautiful four days. See you next time,
certainly there is no shortage of ideas!