30 crews arrived at the New Lanark Mills World Heritage Site for the
start of the 2018 Clyde Valley Rally on Sunday 30 September. A
challenging route led the crews to the lunch stop at the majestic
Drumlanrig Castle where we lined up in front of the castle and were
joined by a group of Belgian bikers, also on tour. Our second leg took
us over the hills offering some amazing views as the autumn sunshine
bathed the landscape. |
at the start as crews lined up to be flagged off. Brian Telfer managed
to cross a sleeping policeman at the wrong angle in his MGB/GT, pulling
the exhaust off the manifold. I recognised the sound, having
experienced similar disasters in my Healey Sprite on more than a few
occasions. Brian is a past master though and soon was under the car
with spanner and hammer to make sure he joined the rest of the crews.
Linda took the role of flagging off the cars, but the breeze soon had
her remove her hat before it blew of, never to be seen again.
off the crews from Lanark Mills was Chris and Mary Paton in their Mk1
Mini. A regular on CCHMSC and many other tours, the mini is no slouch,
sporting a pretty beefy power unit under the bonnet. Keeping the
'Mini' theme Norma Watson pulled up in the Riley Elf with Jim Watson on
the roadbook. Another pair we see regularly on club tours.
and Marianne Dromgoole pulled up in their MGF, as usual with the top
down. It has to be monsoon weather to make this pair put the top back
up. Our first MX5 of the day was Vaughn Taylor and Jim Campbell
in their '98 model with hardtop fitted.
Pulling up in a more
modern Ford Fiesta were Fiona Steele and Martyn Douglas in a 2008
model. Ann and George Head kept the top up on their 1996 BMW
convertible for the start, but it would be down later as the sun broke
through on route.
McGibbon with Karsten Brown on the maps in Craig's 'Monte' 1965 Amazon
rolled up next. This cars and crew have been several time to Monte
Carlo, on the Historique event. A brilliant blue '78 MGB/GT driven by
Reuben Phillips followed them. A 2004 Smart Roadster was driven by
Brian McGarrie with Sheila Anderson was quickly followed by lone driver
Graham Morris in a 2014 Vauxhall Corsa, using his friend Brian in front
to lead the way for him.
Ralph Forbes offered his car as a 'follow me' for those not sure how a
tulip book works. He took the wheel of his bright red Porsche so nobody
could miss him. No problems for Gordon Glen and Stewart Roxburgh
in our second Volvo 122S, this time 1968 vintage. Gordon is a Monte
Carlo Historique veteran, though usually in his Opel Kadett, which is
being prepared for the 2019 event in January.
bright yellow 1986 Porsche 911 of Ken and Ross Sutherland looked
terrific as it powered away from the start line. They were followed by
Edward Labinjoh driving Ralph Forbes 1974 Fiat 128 Coupé, with
Athanasios Kerasios calling the route. Another car that had driven the
Monte Carlo Historique a few times in the past.
in the Dromgoole fashion, Jamie and Cal Hope had the top down on their
2002 Saab convertible, looking windswept before they left. More MGB's,
this time Helen Kirkness and Tony Woods in the green 1976 MGB/GT V8,
burbling nicely waiting the countdown to start. Scott Clements and Liz
Junor were squeezed into the compact bright yellow 1972 Clan
Crusader. The power bulge in the roof was put in by the previous 6ft 6
have a Subaru? Yes please, and Brian and Suzanne Pringle brought their
super blue 2000 Impreza along, looking and sounding terrific. If
Ford Escort is your thing then one of the finest examples of a Mk1 was
the 1973 model of Gary and Angela Douglas which looked like it had been
polished all night for the event. I was told it had only been washed.
Must get some of that car shampoo!
Keith and Steven Inch pulled
up in their new Reliant Scimitar. Only a couple of weeks in their care
and this was its first event. It would go on to the end so
reliability, not a strong point for this marque, was good today.
seen Jock Millar and Linda Telford in the 1965 MG Midget for some time,
but the car was in fine fettle, though Jock brought a screwdriver handy
to tweak the mixture on route.
and Eleanor Donkers in
their 1985 Mercedes 380SL also had the top down. Well wrapped up is the
name of the game in a soft top when the temperature drops.
Drew Struthers 1971 Hillman Avenger was right behind the Merc with
Shannon on the maps. A superb 2003 Porsche 911 with Charles Donkers at
the wheel and Catherine Donkers using her navigating skills, which
would keep them spot on course throughout the event.
Craig and Rod Ritchie also sported a Porsche, this time the 2000
Boxster that we see then out regularly on club events. They were
followed by Alan Eccles and Carole Paterson, again top down in their
2009 Mercedes SLK.
yellow is your colour, as it is for our flag waver Linda, then the 1991
Lotus Elan of Colin Bruce with Gordon Reid will be a favourite.
This pair are also regularly seen on the club events.
in more modern comfort were Carrick and Adrienne Hewitson in a sporty
2004 Mini Cooper S. You can't keep an MG down, and a super red example
of a 2005 MGF with Tom Niven and Karen Wilson took off, followed
by Brian and Janet Telfer, plus the two dogs securely strapped in
the back, now running smoothly and quietly.
castle welcomed us for lunch and a photo opportunity as we lined up in
front of the castle. The Belgian bikers, also on tour, were
interested in our cars, taking a few photos on their phones.
at Netherurd we tucked into a selection of soup, sausage rolls and
cake, along with plenty of tea and coffee, finishing off a great day
out. The finishers certificate was a small reminder of our great day.
our next event the Gey Foxy Rally. A competitive event with tests and
regularities, using the same Tulip style roadbook, taking the Clyde
Valley Rally to the next stage for those ready to try something
you don't want to compete, how about helping with the marshaling?
In and around Lanark, so familiar territory to the Clyde Valley
Rally. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help out.
from New Lanark Mills the crews headed south out of the town. The
change to narrow single track roads the way we chose is so sudden you
think you are in the middle of nowhere in minutes, when in fact you're
only a mile or two from the town. |
To help 'first timers'
we put plenty of red arrows at 'no Signpost' junctions. nothing worse
than getting lost in the first mile or two. It worked. We didn't lose
After meandering the byways we drove under the M74 heading south west, toward Glespin.
From here it was over the hills into the wild country of Glentaggart, toward Crawfordjohn.
fast run down to Sanquhar, then off on to single track on the south
side of the River Nith at Mennock. This tight twisty road is not one to
meet anything large coming toward you, but fortunately it is little
As we travelled to Breconside we swung east, passing
Alton Cleuch, and over Boghouse burn into the grounds of
We reached the start of the carriage drive, taking us up to the front of this magnificent castle.
The cars parked up along the front of the castle, while the crews headed for the restaurant for lunch and refreshments.
The Castle built in 1679-1689 is the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of
Buccleuch and Queensberry, and boasts 120 rooms,17 turrets and four towers.
We were joined by a group of Belgian bikers, also taking in a visit to the last day the castle is open for 2018.
second stage headed east by Enterkinfoot, Durisdeer Mill, using
part of the old Roman road. Durisdeer church, dating from the 1720's,
which serves Drumlanrig Castle, was on our route.
Continuing south east we reached the Ae forest and another coffee stop at the Ae Café for those in need of caffeine.
to Templand then north to Beattock, Crawford and Abington, before
turning east toward Biggar, Elsrickle, Dolphinton and our finish at
Netherurd House Blyth Bridge, where a warm welcome and refreshments
awaited, along with a certificate for every finisher.
Once more we used orange arrows on the final section to keep the first timers on the right route.
We also laid out nine observation boards to be spotted on route, as a bit of a light challenge to the crew.
Some 130 miles, or more if you missed a turn.