Highland Car Club Spring Tour - 13 April 2019
Report by Dave Spence
crews gathered under clear but chilly blue skies for Highland Car
Club’s annual Spring Tour. Among them were CCHMSC members Donald
and Mags Campbell with their venerable 1955 Sunbeam Mk3, Roddie and
Sylvia Main in their 1995 Mercedes SL320 and Dave and Maureen Spence in
the modern Renault Megane, their classic car not quite tour ready yet.
the usual drivers’ briefing the crews set off on a 120 mile route
firstly going south west of Inverness towards Dores, then up over the
Darris hairpin bends then heading over to Strathnairn and then back
towards the A9.
After crossing the A9, the route took the
crews towards the Cuilloden viaduct then into the back country of
Nairnshire using the infamous Drynachan loop with its tricky hairpin
bends. From there it was back over the Dava Moor and Lochindorb to head
back towards the lunchtime halt at Brodie.
afternoon leg took crews via some back roads towards Auldearn, several
crews missing a Y-fork junction and ending up in the centre of the town
of Nairn. However, error corrected, it was inland from Auldearn towards
Cawdor, but branching off on some very tricky little whites.
reminded some of the crews of the night navigation events they used to
do using these roads years ago – some never before seen in
daylight!! Crossing the A96 a loop then took the crews by Ardersier and
Fort George, then back towards Inverness via Balloch and Culloden
Battlefield with a final section west of the A9 via Daviot Quarry and
Balnafoich to end up at Fairways Leisure for refreshments, food and
presentation of finishers’ awards.
reported incidents, but the Mini Moke of Norman Macfarlane and Richard
Bartniczek (another CCHMSC member) was seen with the bonnet up a few
All in all a very enjoyable way to spend a Saturday in the spring sunshine.
A link to the Spring Tour Facebook page here. Some photos of the event:
Highland Car Club’s next touring event is the ever popular La Crofterra Pandemonia on 7th and 8th Serptember.
is the 15th running of this event and will be called La Crofterra
Pandemonia Historique open only to pre-2000 cars. Look out for
information on Highland Car Club web site www.highlandcarclub.co.uk and La Crofterra Pandemonia Facebook group.