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Hugh McKinnon in 1952 Jaguar XK120

TDave Heirs in 1971
Triumph Stag

Dave Ross in 2005
Toyota MR2

 John Hutchinson in his 1969 Triumph Vitesse Mk2

Margaret Betteley in 1988 Bentley

Tom Rae braves it in Pembleton Grasshopper

Campbell 1955 Sunbeam receiving a bit of TLC

Raymond Rollo in 1972
Ford Capri 3000GT

Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Tour of the Kingdom - 6 April 2014
Report by Tom Niven.    Photos - Tom Niven & Sandy Stevenson

The weather was kind to us as some 36 cars assembled at Dobbies in Dunfermline for the start of the Tour of the Kingdom. It was an excellent turnout for the first event of the season over a new route.

There was an interesting collection of cars and it was good to see many familiar and some new faces

Signing on was hectic due mainly to the Clerk of the Course cutting his arrival fine – i.e. he was late but the first car was waved off on time. Jim Paterson had prepared an interesting and varied route before departing to Australia and everyone enjoyed travelling over some new roads. It was difficult to ascertain how many  actually completed the whole route – there appeared to be much meeting of cars going in the opposite direction but this did not detract from the enjoyment.

The route took in some of the historic parts of the Kingdom of Fife. Dunfermline was the ancient seat of the King's of Scotland, so a royal connection there. Another as we passed alongside Loch Leven and the island home to Lochleven Castle, where Mary Queen of Scots. was imprisoned in1567.  The route headed deep into Fife and the East Neuk to Earlsferry named after the Earls of Fife who instituted a ferry for the use of pilgrims en route to the shrine of Saint Andrew. The ferry crossed the Firth of Forth to North Berwick, 7 miles away.

After passing through Pitenweem, Anstruther and Crail, each with a story told in the roadbook the crews reached  St. Andrews, passing the Cathedral ruin. The university of St Andrews, is the third oldest university in the English-speaking world, the oldest in Scotland and one .of Britain's most prestigious. Can only go west now, as east is the North Sea!

Reaching Tayport near Dundee the route hugged the coast of the River Tay, heading toward Newburgh before reaching Perth, and the lovely village of Scone where the finish at the Wheel Inn (used on the 2013 International Autoecosse) hosted a jolly gathering with much swapping of yarns and plans for the coming season.

There were very few mechanical problems on the way. Hugh McKinnon had binding back brakes on his Jaguar XK120. Margaret and Donald Campbell had starting problems with the Sunbeam but after Ranald White came to their assistance with a huge booster starting pack they were on their way back up north escorted by David Spence and Roddie Main.They were last seen making steady progress at Daviot so we hope they are home by now!

Thanks to Dobbies, The Wheel Inn and to everyone who took part.

Fred Douglas
1976 Triumph 2500

Alex Ewart
2003 TVR Tuscan

Alex Sneddon
1998 Marcos Mantaray
See the video by Sandy Stevenson at the Wheel Inn HERE

Updated 30 April 2014