Maserati International Tour 2019 at the Rest and be Thankful
Story and photos Jim Paterson
Stacking the Maserati's before heading for the start line
members turned out at the Rest and be Thankful hillclimb in Argyll to
support members of the Maserati Club on their International Tour on
Saturday 21 September.
Over 120 Maserati’s from across
the world, one crew from Australia, was a rare sight to see, especially
under a clear blue sky bathed in bright sunshine.
Maserati International Tour visits a different country each year
and 2019 was Scotland's turn. Using Gleneagles hotel for their
base (taking it over completely I guess). the crews arrived on the
Friday for a weekend driving the roads of Scotland.
morning first call after the drive from Gleneagles was the Rest and be
Thankful. Our marshals were ready, kitted out, fed and watered,
briefed, and in position with full radio contact. We had marshals to
greet them on arrival, getting them off the A83 into the
site, ensuring no queue on the main road, and warning them of the speed limit on the approach road. Marshals then guided them toward the start line, double stacking them while they waited their turn.
of the crews expressed their awe and WoW factor at the amazing scenery
of Glen Croe, it’s history and iconic status as a hillclimb, here in
Our marshals were able to tell them about the glory days back in the
50's ,60's, and 70's when this was an iconic hillclimb. They would see
some of that historic action in a newsreel movie, presented care of your club,
over dinner on the Saturday evening, no doubt recognising every
twist, turn and hairpin that they experienced today. Absolute nostalgia
for those crews who had been here before.
cars, some dating back to 1958, were released and completed the
route safely, before being organised at the top car park, where
many parked up, grabbed a coffee and took in the view of their fellow
entrants driving up the Glen.
final job was to marshal them off in the right direction on to the B828
toward 'Hells Glen', on their way to Inveraray Castle, for the
obligatory group photoshoot.
After their Sunday drive, over
their gala dinner, before heading home, they will saw a full screen
slide show of their cars photographed on the 'Rest' in this iconic
location by three excellent photographers, also members of our club.
What an amazing record to take home as an experience of their drive,
reliving and making new history in this unspoilt location, retaining
all the features and vistas of 'glory' days past.
the help of our marshals, and that of the landowners, none of
this would have been possible. The Club will always help other clubs,
national and international to achieve their aspirations. From
the response to this call for marshals that you also share this
passion for our sport.
See the full slide show from photographers on the day, posted by Andy Thomlinson
|Updated 7 October 2019|