John & Mary Neaves Saab96
Andrew & Ann Swanston Lotus Elan Sprint
Farthest driven to start the tour - Audi Quattro of Sharon Crichton and Mark Collier from Blackburn, Lancashire.
Donald Brown eyes up his prize bottle of whisky
Quiz sponsored by Strathendrick Rotary Club was drawn from eleven
correct forms and was won by Mike D’Ambrosio and Elaine Howatson.(sorry Elaine you seem to have been missed in the photo!)
Strathendrick Rotary Drive it Day - 26 April 2015
Patrick Ross-Taylor, flagged off by Lynne Smyth from Variety Scotland,
ninth Classic Car Tour organised for Strathendrick Rotary was held on
Sunday 26 April, “Drive it Day”, 82 cars had applied
to take part at the start 71 actually appeared. The remainder had to
call off for various reasons mechanical and family.
This year in
a break with tradition we started at Dobbies car park near Stirling to
allow a more northerly route for a change. Registration and
collection of instructions and goody bags took place in sunshine in the
Club’s newly acquired palatial gazebo.
cars were flagged off by Lynne Smyth from Variety Scotland, one of our
two main charities being supported by the Tour. A brief run
on the A9 then off to Braco and Crieff, which took us through the
Sma Glen to Amulree and on to Glen Quaich. The route test run a few
weeks earlier had to be abandoned at the bottom of the hill because of
We started with hoods down but, so as not to break
with tradition, just as with the run two years before the snow started
to fall in Glen Quaich. Fortunately it came to little more than
inconvenient. Your scribe caused minor concern to the closely following
hoard as well as the co-pilot when the car slipped out of gear on the
second hairpin bend. All turned out well with only a little
From Kenmore we headed thrrough Appin of Dull,
famous for being twinned with Boring in Oregon USA, towards Loch Tummel
and an excellent lunch at Kynachan Loch Tummel Hotel, owned by the
Lochs & Glens Tours - the same group as last year’s lunch
stop, which had opened at lunch time specifically for our tour. We are
very grateful for the superb service shown to us all on both occasions.
on along the south side of Loch Tummel we met occasional rain
and sleet as we headed toward Pitlochry. We travelled along the
River Tummel towards the confluence with the Tay. Here we crossed the
river on the only Community owned ex railway bridge in the country. The
Logierait Community Bridge Company was the third charity to benefit
from our tour.
The cars made their way back to Culcreuch Castle
in Fintry by way of Aberfeldy, Kenmore, Killin, Callander, Thornhill
and Kippen in varying weather, none of it particularly good.
Prizes were awarded after our high tea.
Unfortunately our star guests, and major sponsors, were delayed. Graham
and Janice Johnstone driving an Audi quattro on loan from our organiser
lost all the oil before reaching Crieff. Fortunately quick action by
Graham may have saved terminal damage to the car if not the pride of
the owner. Graham and Janice arrived appearing cheerful after a long
Our quiz master who set the route quiz was
particularly benign this year with 11 cars returning completely correct
answers. The Club owes a great debt of gratitude to Jim Bisset for his
work on the quiz, and especially to Joe Norman for his ninth triumph of
hard work and fine organisation of the whole tour. As well we must
thank those members who braved the elements to assist by marshalling
the car parking at start, lunch and finish all done with smiles and
sunny dispositions! Thanks also to David Heirs a friend of Joe
Norman who manned a route check point in Glen Quaich.
A sum in
excess of £5000 was raised for our two main charities which were
Variety Scotland, The Children’s Charity, and Rotary’s End
Polio Now. This was due to the generosity of the participants and the
results of the Raffle.
Our main Sponsors Graham and Janice
Johnstone helped enormously by contributing to the Road book, the Rally
plates, the Goody Bag, the finisher’s awards and the raffle.
acknowledge the support of all our advertisers in the Road Book whose
contributions help with the publication. Our other principle sponsors
support our main awards and we record our gratitude for their
The entrant collecting most sponsorship
supported by The Winnock Hotel, Drymen was won by Peter and Susan
Gibson car no 46 a Ford Capri Laser.
Updated 12 May 2015