Glamis Extravaganza - 13 July 2014|
Report Jim Paterson.
Photos Jim Patesron, Mark Hooghiemstra, Maurice Millar, Alan Duncan
heavy rain forecast had passed over us during the night. I caught it
coming home from the BBQ yesterday as I approached T in the Park at
Balado. Felt sorry for those in the field, but I guess they were happy,
given the volume of the bands playing.
For Glamis I took the
Healey Sprite and was glad that the clouds were thinning, though the
roads were still a little slippy which gave one or two understeer
wakeup calls as I left. I had recently rebuilt the rear brakes to
address an MoT advisory, so readjustment after bedding in had
been done, and a change to Greenstuff pads on the front. Perhaps the
pads were not quite bedded in that led to the understeer.
at Glamis for 0800 meant an 0600 pushback, a bit early for me on a
Sunday! As I approached the ring road round Edinburgh what appears from
a side road but a Renault Alpine. Now you don't see many of those at
anytime, let alone a Sunday morning. I guessed it was Andrew Swanston
who was also heading to Glamis in his newly aquired 'classic wheels'.
He too was fighting with the damp roads as I noticed the tail flick
about a few times.
I decided to head straight up to Perth and
along to Dundee to reach Glamis castle. A good choice as the sun broke through
and T in the Park caravans were refelecting brightly, needing the
sunglasses to dim the glare!
Turned up just in time to meet
David Heirs in his Saab who led the way to our stand, this year a joint
effort between CCHMSC and the Saltire Rally Club. We had 20 cars on the
stand from the late fifties right through to the late 1990's. Pride of
place at the front was Ian Dixon's 1976 MGBGT which had recently
successfully finished the tulip rally, which you can read about here.
sun was now high in the sky and we had all our cars lined up, so on
with the stove for a brew before the crowds turned up.
had decided that we arrange the cars in age order, with the
exception of Ian Dixon's 1976 MGBGT of Tulpen Rally fame. which took
centre spot. Starting with Maurice Millar's 1957 Citreon Traction
Avant, one of the last of the marque built in the Paris factory, we
followed with John Stuart and his 1959 Austin A40 which has
challenged the Rally Costa Brava a few times, and hopefully will be in
Spain later this year for the 2014 event. Joe Norman brought his 1964
Mini along, having successfully driven it to challenge many
rallies. Andrew Jamieson brought his 1966 Vauxhall Viva HA saloon. not
many survivors of this model, but andrew brings it out as often as
possible on club events. Mark Hooghiemstra is another regular in his
1966 Sunbeam Alpine S5, and won a prize for the Saturday regulaity run
too. Dave spence from Inverness brought his 1968 Ford Capri Mk1
which he has just completed a V8 Mustang engine and gearbox transplant.
with 5 litre capacity this car is no slouch. Look out for it on
forthcoming events and will be leading the 2015 club continental tour.
crowds were streaming in,with several thousand cars in the visitor car
park. The kids as well as the dads were enjoying the sight of old cars,
bikes and commercials.
On our stand after the club gazebo,
where we could relax and have the occasional bew up,
there followed yours truly 1970 Austin Healey Sprite, with a
display of rally plates from past events, at home and abroad. Parked
next to me was Andrew Swanton's 1971 Renault Alpine which drew a lot of
inteest from visitors to the stand. Andrew is hoping to enter the car
in the 2015 Monte Carlo Historique. hope to see him in Glasgow for that
one. Raymond Rollo was next with his 1972 Ford Capri V6 which won last
years Great Glen Rally and might manage again when the event runs in
September. Time for David Heirs 1974 Saab 96, another car that has a
long and successful rallying history. Graeme Cargill brought his 1980
MG Midget 1500. bought on eBay this was the one that was what it said,
not the usual pile of rust. Looking really good the car is a real
performer too. James Meggat had his 1978 Sunbeam Talbot along. This car
has been on many events both in the UK and Europe, where it has visited
Monte Carlo. Not often you see an Austin Maxi still on the go, but
Des Cannaway brought the 1979 example that has also been to Monte Carlo
on the Heritage Run a couple of times now. Neil Morrison who is usually
seen in his Healey Sprite, has now sold the wheels to concentrate on
his 1973 BMW 2002i. Steven Jamieson brought the Viva HC to
compliment Andrew's HA. Bringing us up to date Dave Lauder
finished the line up with his 2003 MG TF.
Plenty of time to
wander round the other exhibits and the Wolsley club had a good turnout
as did the Jaguar stand. Austin 7's were in abundance as were Moggies MG's, and Triumphs..
The stand also managed to collect Best Car club stand
award which was collected along with the individual regularity run
winners at the end of the day, after the entertaining quad bike flying
I drove back across the Tay Bridge and through Fife
under a warm sunny sky. A great day and my first Glamis event. Would go back again if invited.
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