Red Hackle - 5 May 2019 Story and pictures Jim Paterson
|Twentytwo starters arrived at Balhousie Castle Perth, home of the Black
Watch Regiment museum, for the start of the 2019 Red Hackle Tour, on
Sunday 5 May. The bitter cold mornings of previous days soon warmed up
as the sunshine broke through the clouds. Our route that took in some
spectacular countryside with amazing views around Angus, Perthshire and
Fife that delighted the crews. A visit to the birthplace of racing ace Jim
Clark at Kilmany to see the monument erected in his name, continued the
'Jim Clark' theme of the Border Reivers event.
and Eileen MacKinven jumped to the top of the queue and got away quick
in their 1974 vintage BMW2002. Brian McGarrie and Sheila Anderson
arrived in their 2004 Mini Cooper, complete with go faster stripes.
Vaughn Taylor in his 1972 Saab 96, seen on the recent Border
Reivers teamed up with Jim Campbell this time, while Bill and Val
Pollock brought the 1965 TR4A again. Bill has been having a few
problems and the gremlins would once again force a change of car later
on to a trusty MX5. I should know having entrusted many a tour in
mine. Stuart Sheridan with Alasdair Dunn were weather independent in
the 1968 MGB/GT, with Margaret and Donald Campbell turning up in the
classic Range Rover, the 1955 Sunbeam undergoing some TLC in the
bodyshop after some self inflicted damage reversing out of the garage.
Hope to see it later in the year.
Ian Lindley brought his 1991
Lotus Elan S3 with john Blacker in the left seat this time. Roddie
and Sylvia Main had the top down from the start in the Mercedes
320SL which we have seen on numerous occasions, here and on the
continental tours. Maureen and Dave Spence had hoped to bring the 1966
ford Cortina Mk1 that Dave has built, but electrical gremlins crept in
a few days before the off, so the day car was pressed into service.
Dave tells me it will be out on the Hills Dales and Passes. Fingers
Mainland and Angelica Fuentes flew up from home in London to join in
their 1969 Austin Healey Sprite. The car lives up here saving what
would have been one horrendously long drive just to get to the Perth
start. I sympathised with Keith a he struggled to put the hood
down. Having done it many times, it never gets any easier!
Morris and John McDonald from the Border Reivers, once again turned out
in the 2014 Vauxhall Corsa. Graham drives these roads on the day job so
he shouldn't get
lost, or might he? We welcomed roger Fry, one of the CCHMSC team, in
his 1975 Alfa Romeo Spider, with Catharine Feeney reading the maps.
This was the inaugural run for the car, having been in rebuild for a
good few years. Not used to manual gears Roger found the clutch getting
too heavy and would later retire the car, though managed to get back
for the high tea at the finish.
and Beth Cargill kept us in suspense wondering what car they would
arrive in. They selected the 1991Honda NSX once more, a great choice as
we don't see many of these supercars nowadays. Stuart Cobb brought his
great little 2004 Toyota MR2, with Rob Wood once again on the roadbook.
Jim and Norma Watson are regulars on the club events and today
were in their MGB Roadster. Craig McGibbon teamed up with Karsten Brown
in the 1965 Volvo 122S. This car is on the club for sale pages, so if your looking for a great example of the marque this is one to look at.
Barlow and Keith Butler arrived in Dave's Royale Sabre. This kit car he
built is based on Ford Sierra underpinnings. Looked great swanning
along the country lanes with top down.
Always good to see Joe
and Hazel Norman, who this time arrive din their 1983 Porsche 911
Turbo. The pair will also be out on the Hills Dales and Passes in June,
so remember this one yourself, link below.
Patricia and David
Robertson were in their BMW Z3 and I would meet them on route as the
pair of us took slightly 'off piste' reroutes, meeting each other going
in opposite directions. We both managed to reset our compasses and find
the right roads.
Last but not least were Colin and daughter Holly Birtwhistle who joined our crews in Colin's 2003 MGTF.
route was divided into three legs, with the first leg taking us south
east out of Perth before turning west toward Dunning and Auchterarder.
Here we turned south by Gleneagles "anyone for a round of golf?",
through the glen to Gelndevon and Yetts o' Muckhart. Turning north we
were heading back over the hills to Dunning, where we turned east
heading for Glenfarg village, up through the glen to Aberargie and the
south side of the river Tay for out lunch stop at Jamesfield, some 60
miles covered, not counting and deviations made.
we were on to Leg 2. continuing toward Newburgh,along the southside of
the River Tay we passed Lindores Abbey distillery, where monks
were making whisky (Aqua Vitae) as far back as 1494. The views over the
Tay were outstanding and we passed the ruins of Ballinbreich
Castle, a Scottish three storey tower house castle which was built
in the 13th century by Clan Leslie. Pressing east we could see
Dundee on the north side before cutting inland to Kilmany, the
birthplace of racing legend Jim Clark. We stopped off for a view and
photo opportunity at his statue, erected in his memory by local
Over the Tay Bridge to Dundee and a visit to the
Dundee Museum of Transport brought us to the end of leg 2 on our tour.
With a collection of unusual and some very rare vehicles which we had a
chance to explore, with a cup of coffee to refresh us it was off again
on our final leg.
Out of Dundee it was west along the north side
of the River Tay toward Perth. Passing through Liff, Fowlis and Knapp
we were climbing the hills offering amazing views across the Tay from
this side. now that the sun was bright the temperature had moved into
double figures, a real treat for those like me in my Mazda MX5 with
We weaved our way to Pitcur then back around
Kings Seat Hill toward Collace and Saucher. Crossing the main A94 we
looped toward Stanley before heading south to Old Scone, past Scone
Palace and back into Perth and Balhousie Castle for our finishers meal
Finishers meal and awardsOur
125 mile trip had taken us to places rarely seen, though never too far
from civilisation, offering great views over the Fife plain and the Tay
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