June Jaunt - 15 June 2014
Report and photos Jim Paterson
to do on a Scottish Sunday in the middle of summer? Contrary to
those who think Scottish summers are constantly wet, our crews were
welcomed by sunshine at the Clattering Bridge, near Fettercairn, start point for a welcome
The Aberdeen group of CCHMSC members and
enthusiasts regularly meet at weekends for a breakfast and chat, under
the banner 'Aberdeen Racing'. This Sunday they decided to extend the
idea to breakfast, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, and high tea,
and also invite other CCHMSC members to join them. David Ross who
selected on the places to visit also chose a couple of 'classic'
garages sporting a range of classics and other interesting
motoring trivia. He also added a visit to see 'classic' flight in the
shape of Spitfire and Meteor aircraft.
Most were local from
around Angus and Aberdeenshire, but I made the trip up from just south
of Edinburgh, where it was unfortunately showery. The good news was
that north of Dundee the clouds parted and Mr Blue Sky went on the CD
Bridge tea room did us well, with a selection of eggs, omelettes,
bacon rolls etc topped off with copious amounts of tea and coffee got
us fuelled up ready for our jaunt.
Heading back to Fettercairn
we took the Edzell road but hung a right into Glen Esk. The road leads
up to Loch Lee, at the end of the road, a favourite start for walkers
into the hills. We returned to the Glenesk Retreat and Folk museum
for our morning coffee and a look at life in the glen before and during
the early appearance of the motor car. It also gave time to socialise
with some of the other 'explorers' in our group.
headed back to Edzell where a visit to Muirs Garage which specialises
in Jaguar and Mercedes was welcomed. What caught my eye was the Pocket
Classic Jaguar XK120, (www.pocketclassics.co.uk).
Powered by a 110cc aircooled front mounted engine and rear wheel
drive it can deliver a top speed of 45mph, which you would think was
thrilling enough for a young driver in the making. However a little
tweaking can deliver up to 85mph ! In a pedal car sized chassis, scary!
to cross country for the lunch spot in Glen Clova. Though once again a
'closed glen' it does have a loop road with the Glen Clova hotel
at the top end, a popular place for Sunday lunches (www.clova.com).
In a change from 'taking the Aston' for lunch, a couple brought their blue
helicopter, just for a change! Certainly the centre of attention when
it came time to take off for home.
Heading east our next stop
for afternoon tea was Brechin and the Crosshill Garage, where classic
and kit cars restoration and preparation are the order of the day. Once
again a range of kids cars were available, though these were electric
powered this time.
As the sun began to fall we headed
for Montrose and the Air Station, Britains first operational military
airfield setup by the Royal Flying corps in 1913. It felt like stepping
back to 1940, with all sorts of aero memorabilia, including a
Spitfire, named 'Red Lichtie' and a Meteor jet. www.rafmontrose.org.uk
country to Edzell and a club favourite destination at the Panmure Arms
for high tea. A great 'jaunt' for a sunny afternoon allowing the soft
top brigade to travel 'al fresco' all day.
Thanks to the Aberdeen
group, and Dave Ross in particular for putting together an enjoyable
trip round Angus and taking us to some unusual places.
Updated 25 June