morning grey skies melted as we set off from Lanark Heritage Village
south toward Dumfries and Galloway. We welcomed additional starters who
turned up on the day. A great selection of classic cars were joined by
a few more modern classics. Our 145 mile run called in at Dumfries
House to enjoy a light lunch. From there we travelled the roads across
Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders to reach our
destination at Blyth Bridge|
at the start for Malcolm and Tracey Johnstone, when their 1972 Mini
lost all its water on the start line when the heater tap decided to
disintegrate. Can't even bypass the tap, so it was a trailer home job.
Hope their first time with us will not be their last.
us off on our way was Linda on the flag, starting
with Brian McGarrie and Sheila Anderson in their 2004 Mini. No
water problems here. Steven and Keith Inch sported a new 1976
Reliant Scimitar. Found on eBay, this one updates their last Scimitar
that we saw in 2018. Certainly was a winning purchase reaching the
finish without any problems.
Another new car on
the scene, this time Craig McGibbon in his latest acquisition, a 1972
Lancia Fulvia Coupé in silver. Karsten Brown found enough
leg room to be comfortable reading the roadbook. A regular couple on
CCHMSC tours Chris and Mary Paton in their 1960 Mini Mk1. All would be
well until a odd noise from the suspension (dry on these early models)
near Elvanfoot on the second stage. Being not far from home the couple
dropped the Mini for the day car to complete and reach the finish.
Glen, recently back from Singapore where he took in the F1
GP, turned out in his 1968 Volvo 122S. Unfortunately the
co-driver was unable to make it so we hastened Gordon off to follow the
Paton's Mini. Next up was Vaughn Taylor with Jim Campbell at his side
in the 1972 Saab96. This example may look 'ratty' but is a solid piece
Ann and George Head started in their
1996 BMY convertible. This car has seen them complete many a club tour,
and is now up for sale on the
Phillips and son spluttered to the start line in his 1978 MGB/GT.
Sounded like fuel starvation while getting hot in the queue. Has had
several people look at it but unable to nail this intermittent problem
so far. The car would get them to the end without too many
Tom Niven and Karen Wilson
crewed Tom's 2005 MGF, another regular on club tours. A new clutch
fitted only the other day would be tested on this event. Good luck!
Jock Millar with Linda Telford were expected in the
1965 MG Midget, but a whining back wheel bearing forced a move
to Linda's corsa day car. However Jock told me, that for 1400cc it goes
like the wind, even though it can swallow fuel in the process! Helen
Kirkness and Tony Woods changed from their MGB V8 to an MGB/GT.
and Norma Watson aired their 1977 MGB Roadster, leaving Norma's Riley
Elf in the garage, last seen at the Gymkhana. Brian Telfer
was in his 1978 MGB/GT with the dogs, securely fitted with
seat belts in the back, with Carrick Hewitson on the roadbook. Brian's
wife Janet would normally be navigating but she was on a yoga weekend,
none other than at Dumfries House. You couldn't make that up!
Ralph Forbes used his Porsche to help any lost souls he may
find on the way round the route. Friends Brian and Sheila Watt brought
their day car an Audi A8 to join the tour, along
with Lisa Stoneand Ernie Page in their BMW.
Garfagnini and Carol-ann Brodie teamed up in a 2000 Golf Gti. to
complete the starters.
reached our lunch break halt at Dumfries House. Set
in 2,000 acres, this stunning Estate and 18th-century house wa saved by
the intervention of His Royal Highness,
The Prince Charles, Duke of
Rothesay in 2007, Dumfries House combines the neoclassical architecture
of Robert Adam with the furniture of Thomas Chippendale and leading
18th-century Scottish cabinet makers.
House we met Ayrshire Car Club also visiting on a local tour.
crews took in the now warm autumn sunshine to refuel and refresh
themselves for the main stage down into Dumfries and Galloway.
led us to to Tynron and up the leadhills valley, before reaching our
finish venue at Netherurd house for refreshments and telling of tall
tales and derring do!.
is the last event of the clubs classic touring season.
2020 season calendar will be published soon.
from New Lanark Mills the crews headed south out of the town, and were
soon on the twiting and narrow roads, seemingly in the middle of
nowhere, when in fact only a few miles from the town. |
We were heading west
to Kirkmuirhill and on to Sandiford, before turning south west to
Dungavel and south towar dMuirkirk. a sneaky no signpost right hander
caught a few out. This bypassed Muirkirk to join the road west to Sorn.
Cutting over to
Catrine we made for Auchinleck and Cumnock, for the last sprint into
Dumfries House, on the road to Ayr.
meeting the Ayrshire Club crews we headed off on to stage 2.
took us south, bypassing New Cumnco and over to Dalmellington. A run
down the A713 we turned left over to Moniaive.
A steep climb out
of the viallage toward Tynron would sort the men out from the boys were
it midwinter and snow on the ground. Great training if your
contemplating joining the Monte Historique in January
We were heading north
on the side roads around Drumlanrig Castle to reach Mennock and the
Lead hills road to Wanlockhead.
A refreshment /
Toilet stop helped a few crews out, before the final push to Elvanfoot,
Crawford, and round Camps Reservoir, to join the road to Coulter and
over country toward Biggar, crossing the River clyde for the last time.
Reaching Dolphinton heralded the last leg into
Netherurd house where a light snack and hot beverages awaited.
to put Sunday 1 December in your diary for the club annual
Christmas lunch at the royal George HotMeantime
you can put Sunday 1 December in your diary for the club annual
Christmas lunch at the royal George hotl in Perth. Invitations coming
soon.l in Perth.