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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

The 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!)

Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Strathendrick Rotary Drive it Day -   26 April 2015

Patrick Ross-Taylor, flagged off by Lynne Smyth from Variety Scotland,

The 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.

The 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 deep snow.

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 embarrassment.

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.

Pressing 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 hard day.

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.
We 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 continuing support.

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