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Morris Traveller takes in the morning sun.

Another massive V8

Drumnadrochit stopover
with Jaguar XKS, Austin A90, and Triumph Dolomite

Meanwhile, furhter south at Culcreuch Castle, near Fintry  the Strathendrick Classic Drive it Day Tour was enjoying the sunshine too.

More of this event soon.

See Alan Duncan's
photo shoot
Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Drive it Day Highland Style - 24 April 2016
Story and Photos - Dave Spence,

Cars lining up at V8 Café

The run for Drive it Day in Inverness was once again organised by the Highland Classic Motor Club on Sunday 24th April. A bright spring day saw about 50 classics of various ages from pre-war to modern gather at V8 Café, Inverness for the customary 11a.m. start.
CCHMSC members Dave Spence and Roddie Main took out the V8 Capri for its second outing of the year (must be some kind of record you may say!). Unfortunately no Campbell Sunbeam this year but a few crews recognised from past Crofterras along with the usual “show” people.

The route was fairly easy – down Loch Ness to Drumnadrochit, along the road through Glen Urquhart to Cannich and then up to Beauly.

However things started off rather badly – the lead car took crews right into the town centre, turned left and then performed a U-turn in the middle of Bridge Street, one of the busiest streets in the town!! There was a slight excuse for this – it just happened that the Etape Cycle Race was finishing in town at the same time and there were all sorts of traffic diversions.

Never mind we were soon bowling along the A82 in convoy at a steady 55mph (1500 revs in the Capri) on a beautiful sunny day along Loch Ness-side to the first scheduled re-group at Drumnadrochit. The Capri had a bit of a V8 accompaniment on this section following a big Chevy Camaro (only the small engine 5 litre variety according to the driver!).

After the re-start crews headed west along the A831 to Cannich for the next scheduled stop for coffee at Cannich – the HCMC boys don’t like long mileages in their events – it was only 12 miles from the previous stop… However a light refreshment and a chance to admire some of the other machinery on offer. (A nice Jaguar XJS convertible which would be great on the 2017 Continental Tour!!!)

So to the last leg up Strathglass to Beauly where the Capri was one again in company with the Camaro – the sound of V8’s bellowing off the valley sides which must have sent small children and animals running for cover – maybe I exaggerate!

All cars arrived safely in Beauly square which marked the end of the run. Lunch was taken by most crews in one of the several restaurants and cafes in Beauly and then all dispersed homewards.

A very pleasant day out - Capri running well – it managed to keep its exhaust intact this time and no snow on the way home (see last year’s report)

HCC’s next touring event will be La Crofterra Pandemonia on 3rd/4th  September – look forward to seeing many of the crews then.

Updated 26 April 2016