|Red Hackle Tour
- 14 May 2023
The weather forecast
was not good, but our start remained dry and the storms did not
appear. Our thirty plus crews found sunshine and a few light showers
on the 120 mile route from the Black Watch museum in Perth across the
regiments home country. Bridges formed a large part of our tour,
crossing the River Tay, and others many times as we climbed into the
Grampians and beyond.
Our proposed route
clashed with the Etape cycle event starting in Pitlochry. To avoid
the potential meeting of hundreds of cyclist in front of us we
designed a detour that avoided any incidents. This proved successful
as we only met the odd straggler that appeared off their route.
We welcomed a few new
starters, joining the event for the first time, and some new crew
members, stepping into the co-drivers seat to overcome last minute
|Gathering with a group from Singapore AA visiting
Clark / Brown Jaguar F Type
Bristol 412 'Fridge'
/ Maureen Spence
Audi TT convertible
Our friends from
Inverness, Don and Mags Campbell in their Bristol 412, known as the
‘fridge’ due to shape and white colour. This 1978
model was one
of only 98 built between 1975 and 1993. Richard and Yvonne
Bartniczek, also from Inverness usually arrive in their 1989 Alfa
Romeo Spider, but the tlc work was not quite finished so they brought
their day car today. Roddie Main in his 1995 Mercedes SL soft top
changed co-driver to neighbour Dave Fraser for this event.
Another change of
co-driver was Jennifer Cobb teaming up with father Stuart in his 2004
Toyota MR2, and Scott Lauder stepping into father David
new 2000 MGF which really looked well presented. Complementing team
MGF, were Tom and Marianne Dromgoole in their 2001 model, Mary and
Dave Stewart , Tom Niven and Karen Wilson both in 2005 models. This
model goes from strength to strength with MG announcing a full
electric version, the Cyberster for 2024.
Other MG included the
1970 Midget of Tony and Ruairidh Fleming, and the magnificent 1974
MGB Roadster of Stuart Sheridan and Alasdair Dunn. Recent work
included repair to bonnet and front end, following a roof light bar
falling off the shelf in the garage, straight across the MGB bonnet!
Ouch that must have hurt, both Stuart’s feelings and
1954 MGTF of Anne Howitt and Kathleen Thomson developed a fuel leak
on a previous event, so the pair arrived in the day car. Graeme and
Beth Cargill changed from their 1992 Honda NSX to a 2008 Landrover
Defender, as they had to bring their gun dogs with them. Not any old
Defender, this one had royal provenance, being used on the Braemar
estate and driven by the late queen, and our new king on occasions.
BMW Z3’s are very
popular, welcoming Pat and David Robertson in their 2000 model,
Gordon Spence and Mark Bennett in a 1998 vintage, and Brian McGarrie
and Emma Paterson in their 2002 car. Emma took co-driver seat in
memory of her mum Sheila Anderson, who never missed this event, but
lost her battle with cancer earlier in the year.
Tom Rae / Justin Kennedy
& David Stewart 2005 MGTF
Pat & David
Joe & Hazel Norman Audi R8
We missed David Barlow
in his 1997 Royale Sabre who pulled at last minute due to ill health.
We hope we see him and co-driver Richard Welsh on a future tour.
Other tops down
included Chris and Mary Paton in their 2000 Mercedes SLK, John and
Lillah Houghton in their 1974 Triumph TR6 and Louise Wall and Maureen
Spence in Louise’s latest buy, a 2007 Audi TT convertible.
also sported a red beret and Red Hackle feather cockade, complete
with matching red gloves. Nothing like getting into the spirit of an
We must not overlook
Tom Rae in his 1961 Lotus 7. With Justin Kennedy, another Lotus 7
addict hanging on to the roadbook. Not so much soft top as no top at
all. On the road Tom can make the little car move, being very adapt
at tight cornering.
Jaguar were represented
by Brian and Jean McCluskie in a 2012 XK, with Derek Clark and Iain
Brown in a stunning 2021 F Type, which signals the end of an era.
Seventy-five years of petrol-powered Jaguar sports car manufacturing
drawing to a close. Production of the F-Type will end in 2023, as
Jaguar says goodbye to petrol-engined sports cars, ahead of a push
towards an all-electric line-up.
While we are talking
prestige sports cars Joe and Hazel Norman arrived in their recently
acquired new Audi R8, the marques own supercar. Joe as well as a
Jaguar and Porsche fan also has a soft spot for Audi Quattro's too.
Charlie Young and Eddie Hawke moved from their familiar Mazda MX5
into the comfort of an 2016 Audi TT fixed head coupé, making
smoother but still fun drive.
When you think of ford
Lotus Cortina most think of the Mk1 and Jim Clark careering round
corners on three wheels. Ken Crombie with Hugh Macpherson arrived in
a 1970 Mk2 version, which were built from 1966 -1970. These are not
so common but are just as good fun.
Kevin and Ann Bax
brought their Smart Roadster Coupé along, one we have seen a
times before. The Bond Equipe of George Petrie with Janet Jones could
not be missed . This is another scarce car, based on a Triumph Herald
underpinnings and the Spitfire engine, with only 4389 built between
1963 and 1970.
Craig McGibbon brought
his trusty 1972 Lancia Fulvia Coupe with Karsten Brown navigating.
Another crew and car we have been lucky to see several times on club
events. Colvin and Pamela Howie managed to squeeze into their 1973
Clan Crusader, which was never that spacious inside. Based on the
Hillman Imp running gear and 875cc engine, designed by ex Lotus
engineers, and built between 1971 and 74, with only 315 built so
getting very rare these days.
Duncan Massie rode
ahead as opening car, with Bill Begg in his tidy VW Scirocco, making
sure the road ahead of us was clear.
Our route headed north
east out of Perth toward Coupar Angus, turning north west to Dunkeld,
north then west to Aberfeldy, making that detour to miss the
cyclists, reaching our lunch stop at Kenmore, at the head of loch
Tay. Lots to see here before climbing up the steep road and into Glen
Quaich, passing loch Freuchie, where we saw a canoeist pumping up his
craft with a stirrup pump. May still be there yet!
Splash - time for a bath
/ Paterson make a splash
Tom Rae / Justin
/ Dunn MGB
Cobb's go for a bath
/ Fraser Mercedes SL
/ Wilson MGF
Fleming crew rewarded with splash
Clan hope no leaks!
Tony and Ruairidh Fleming in their MG Midget
succeeded their ford crossing after reversing over the edge. A big
crunch but no damage done, though they did pickup a puncture later but
nursed it home to the end at Perth.
Stop for ice creams and refreshments at Stewart
we made our way round to Little Glenshee for the water splash at the
ford. The new road surfacing on Friday with its stone chippings was
not so bad as we feared. We were now heading east toward
for the final foray that brought us back to the Black Watch museum in
Perth for a hearty meal and awards.
A great time was had by
all in cars of all ages, classic, modern and sports. Many stop points
gave an opportunity to catch up with fellow entrants and take a
refreshment or two.
for our next
event visiting other parts of our great country.