Depart D'Ecosse book launch - 6 November 2014
|The Monte Carlo Room in the
Blythswood Square Hotel, Glasgow was filled with classic motoring
enthusiasts from across Scotland. This room is synonymous with
the Monte Carlo Rallies Glasgow starts from the mid 20th century, with
photos of the events of these past years covering the walls of the room.
Douglas signing copy for CCHMSC member Tom Niven (photo Stewart Ramsay)
This occasion was to launch a book capturing the story
of the Scottish connection to the Monte Carlo Rally, as written by author Douglas Anderson.
hand was the publisher who introduced the evening, before Janet Garner
gave some background about Douglas, and his passion for the Monte Carlo event
and how she has worked with him to organise the Glasgow departures over
the past few years.
Stewart Ramsay, motoring photographer, who
supplied many of the photos in the book relating to the recent starts
from 2011 to the present, talked of his connection to the event and
presented some of the photos in the book that show the starts
from unusual and exciting perspectives.
us that he was looking for something to mark the2015 event, being
the fifth running of the Monte Carlo Historique, since its return
to Glasgow in 2011 for the 100th anniversary of the Monte Carlo Rallye.
Of all his options he thought a book covering the history of Scottish
starts would be appropriate, and set about gathering relevant
information from a wide range of sources.
motoring historian, and Jonathan Lord, Driector of RSAC Motorsport were
a source of much of the history, together with Stuart Pringle, club
secretary of the British Racing Drivers Club. Paul Coulter, motoring
journalist and author provided much background, especially on the
Hillman Imp, as did Rosemary Smith International works rally driver in
the 1960's, and media consultant Kenneth Stephen.
special interest is the story from Gary Poole, who built the Australian
team Holden FX48-215, who recounted the Australian teams drive on the
2012 event, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the original
Holden FX in the 1952 Monte Carlo event. He also supplied some cracking
photographs taken on the event in the french Alps.
The books Foreward was written by
Paddy Hopkirk, himself the only UK winner in a British car, on
the 1964 event in a Mini. Paddy also flagged off the cars from Paisley
on the 2013 event, celebrating the 60th anniversary of his 1964 Monte Carlo
The afternoon included a showing of the 2014 Monte Carlo Historique event film.
You can purchase a copy of this fascinating book from SpeedReading Books (www.srbooks.com) for the bargain pre-Christmas price of price of £35.00 (post free in UK), the Amazon website, or direct from the publishers www.argyllbookstore.co.uk (RRP £39.99)
Updated 12 November