| Heritage Ecosse to Monaco tour - 23 January
Story - Peter Baker, Jim Paterson. Photos - Peter Baker
Touch of the white stuff, and ice across Kirkton Pass. Just like French Alps
part of the Paisley Monte Carlo historique start CCHMSC
ran a Heritage tour to Monaco for club members to experience a little
of the atmosphere of the main event without having the ordeal of the
competitive sections. Our good friend and club member Mike Kirk put
together a great and interesting route which attracted eight crews who
turned out at Paisley to start the first section following the Run to
the borders crews to Dumfries, then on to Ullswater for their first
Friday 24th the crews set off down the side of Ullswater , over the
Kirkstone Pass, giving the crews their first taste of 'Monte' weather
with a light covering of snow on the hills and ice on the road. Heading
east the cars passed Skipton to reach the A1 at Wetherby. From there it
was straight to the passage control at Barnby Moor,the main rally
checkpoint, though the Ecosse to Monaco tour was some 24 hours behind
A scenic run south through Melton Mowbray Oakham and
Rutland Water to reach the channel tunnel for the crossing to France,
for the overnight in Calais. Here the tour met up with Jim Wilson
in the Standard 10 having successfully fulfilled his task as course car
for the UK section of the Monte Carlo Historique Glasgow Start, and
handed the baton to the french course car crew.
25th headed south to Reims, going east of Paris. A visit to the old GP
race circuit is a must and previous CCHMSC Trans Alpina tours have
visited here several times. Overnight in Troyes.
Followed the historique rally route through the time controls via the
Morvan Forest, although the rallye cars had been through some 24 hours
earlier, reaching the overnight in Champgnoole.
Continue to follow the rallye route where possible via the Jura
mountains, Chambery, Grenoble, in time to see some of the cars at
Valence as they challenge the mountain regularity sections around the
28th. Having left the start in Paisley (Glasgow) last Wednesday, the
seven remaining crews should get their first view of the Mediterranean
later today. Sadly the Porsche 911 Turbo of Joe Norman/Mike Kirk
suffered a failed wheel bearing on the way to Valence and had to
retire. Meanwhile the Austin Maxi of Alan Mackay/Desmond Canaway and
the little Standard Ten of Jim and Nicky Wilson are still setting a
healthy pace. Likewise the 70's Toyota Celica of Alan Duncan/Catherine
Laszok, the MGB GT of Andrew Thomlinson/Darren McGuinness and the VW
Golf of Tom and Marianne Dromgoole. Peter Baker's car, the Porsche 924,
has so far performed well, consuming just one half litre of oil.
covered another 240kms, calling in at Gap, Sisteron, Digne les Bains,
and of course the Col du Turini, a famous calling point on the
Historique Rallye, while following the twists and turns of Monte Carlo
rally route towards the finish. Just in time to see the
historique cars off on their night section.
29th. Reaching our destination, time for a bit of sight seeing, and to
see the cars arrive in Parc Ferme on the waterfront.
Finally the tour crews got together for their own Gala Dinner to tlak about their experiences on the way to Monte Carlo.
Read about the start at Paisley HERE
Read about the Pre Gala Dinner HERE
Updated 4 February 2014