|Reunen Phillips MGB/GTMeek Family DarracqJohn Beattie CortinaRobin Ord MGA roadsterHamish Wilson Renault 8AXMitchell Sorbie Riley Kestrel 9Dover - Alldays and OnionsBranislav Sudjic BugattiTelfer MGB/GTRonnie Johnston Morris
Wallace MG 1300McDougall Rolls RoyceBMW, Mini and Golfmake way for horsesIan Wright MG MagnetteCraig McGibbon Volvo 122SBeaton ChesilRobertson Mk1 EscortLaird ImpDuncan MGB Roadster
Classic - Sunday 19
Story Jim Paterson. Photos Jim Paterson, Andy Thomlinson, Frank Love
RSAC Three Lochs Classic headed for new territory for the 2018 event.
Over 50 classic and sporting cars lined up at the Morris Equestrian
Centre, just north of Kilmarnock, to challenge the all new big and wee
routes, each taking in 3 new lochs. Veteran, vintage, classic and
sporting cars drove either the big 75 mile route, or the 60 mile wee
route. The overcast skies melted to let the sun shine down on the crews
as they set off on their run. |
As one of the
d'Elegance judges I arrived just in time to see the starters
on to the byways of Ayrshire. The big route crews set of first, with
organiser Jonathan Lord having a short interview with each of the
starters. They were flagged off on their way by Mike Gascoine, who
would also join me as a concours judge later on.
with the starters just as Margaret Healy in her blue 1955 MGA, complete
with hamper on the bootlid, looking forward to a picnic later
somewhere with a good view. Margaret told me later that her husband
rebuilt the mechanicals while she refurbished the interior. This
attention to detail would win her 2nd overall, The Provost's
at the awards presentation.
It was an MG line-up
with Reuben Phillips '78 MGB/GT, also in blue, followed by Ian and Ann
Mackie in an earlier '71 MGB/GT, yet again in blue. The bonnet was
covered with rally plates from various previous events, including some
Monte Heritage runs. No it can't be. not another blue MGB? Oh
though this time a '72 roadster crewed by Ian and Michelle Caldwell. We
continued the MGB departures, but a change of colour to a yellow '81
roadster with Danny Duncan at the wheel.
Frogeye Sprite and Susan Gold looked delighted to be at the wheel of
her '61 example. A change of Marque to Ford, and the fine example of a
'65 Cortina Mk1 Estate driven by John Beattie. Hillman rolled up to the
start line, with Colin Laird at the wheel of his '67 Imp. Robin Ord set
off in his '59 MGA roadster, one of three red MGA's on the
Craig McGibbon in his Volvo 122S, a veteran (the car that is) of several
trips to Monte Carlo on the Historique event.
centre the venue had a fair selection of horses moving around and our
crews had to keep a sharp eye on them as they progressed toward the
start flag. A Jaguar E Type led the Jaguar club entries, followed by
Fulton Beaton crew in their Chesil 356 Speedster. Brian and
Telfer set off in their MGB/GT complete with canine assistance in the
Driving in the opulence
of a '71 Bentley T1 was the
Robert Kelly crew, dressed in period attire, Robert complete with
outrageous flares, with turnups! He would win the Best Dressed
Gentleman award. Well deserved too. Following a Morgan we were back to
the MGA's in red. This time the '59 Twin Cam of Donald Laing.
back in time was Christopher Broom-Smith in his resplendent 1930 Rolls
Royce 20/25 convertible. In stunning yellow this car was once owned and
driven by Henry Royce himself on the French Riviera. Christopher told
me that the car was recently recommissioned after ending up in four
feet of water when the local river burst its banks into his garage.
Thank goodness for agreed value insurance. Christoper would collect 1st
overall for this magnificent machine at the award presentations.
with leaping cat followed with John Brockie in his 2006 XJ350, with the
bright yellow 'Dolly' of George Ferguson in the '78 dolomite Sport
following on. The BMC 1300 range are now few and far between, so we
were lucky to see this well restored '69 MG variant driven by Moira
Wallace, which would collect 1st in class award. Moira would also
collect the Best Dressed Lady award for a very flower power outfit,
complete with colourful headband. Going to be tricky to beat that one
for next year.
Following another Jaguar XK8 was
George Head in
his '96 BMW convertible, often seen on club tours. A Mini is
and Ian Duncan brought his '93 example. He would be joined by Chris and
Mary Paton in their outstanding bright red 1960 Mk1 example, seen on
many club tours across the country.
arrived in his
'85 Golf GTi, and Mike McCormick in his ex funeral director Jaguar XJ
limousine. Last of the red MGA's took of with George Rome at the wheel
of his 1960 car. George would collect first in class for his well
prepared car. A colourful 1970 Mk1 Ford Escort, with many decals to its
name took off with Robbie Robertson at the wheel.
Runcieman took off at the wheel of his '71 Alpha Romeo 1750 GTV,
followed by Iain Wright in his '56 MG Magnette. Andrew Paterson arrived
in a '57 Landrover Series One, complete with army regimental markings.
Romeo, this time a '99 916 Spider with Alan Johnston at the wheel, was
followed by Joe McColl in his '60 Jaguar XK150, which won the Jaguar
Class award. Colin Bruce brought his bright yellow '91 Lotus Elan SE,
which we saw recently at the club Gymkhana. The '78 MG Midget of
Carrick Hewitson set off in pursuit after Colin. Charlie
Young was at
the wheel of his '07 Mazda MX5. Charlie is pruning the VSMA tour in
October, so check out the CCHMSC website for details.
style and the wheels of Prime Ministers past, the '73 Rover P5 of James
Walker, with the diminutive '34 Riley 9 Kestrel of Mitchell Sorbie
looking on top of the world riding on white spokes, the car and crew
collecting first in class. Peter Christie was looking regal
in his '36
Austin 12/4 New Ascot, with Alec McDougall in a a blue Rolls Royce
looking just as regal.
Pulling up the veteran and
was Hamish Wilson in his 1912 Renault 8 AX. Some of the hills would
force the crew to stop and let the coolant cool down, much like the
Meek family 1913 Darracq which would win First in Class. Richard Dover
was also high up in the seat of his 1912 Alldays and Onions 12/14,
another car that we often see out and about during the summer months.
Sudjic brought one of his Bugatti's, this one his 1927 example, with
Ronnie Johnston in his '38 Morris roadster. Finally the rare
Triumph Super 7 Boat Tail, only two left in the UK, of Arthur
took off. Arthur showed me the dickie seat at the back which can seat a
6 footer he told me. a wonderful car. To end the start parade was
William Craig in his 1987 Mercedes -Benz 420SL which won him the class
award for special cars.
The Equestrian centre the crews headed west then north toward Stewarton
and Dunlop, on their way toward Barrmill and Beith. A quick run up to
Lochwinnoch saw us pass Barr Loch and Castle Semple Loch on our way to
Greenock. The climb up toward Largs on the west coast passed Loch Thom
on our right and Gryfe Reservoir No 2 on our left. |
Reservoir was next on our right, so plenty of water on this trip. South
from Largs, hugging the west coast on the road to Irvine, we turned
inland on the Dalry Moor Road, where photographer Frank Love was
waiting at the summit near Glenburn Reservoir, to capture superb shots
of the cars with a stunning background.
We passed several more
reservoirs before reaching the A737. For those gasping for a coffee
there was a stop at Dalgarven Mill highlighted on the road
home run took us back through Stewarton and Kilmaurs, on the Fenwick
road back to the Equestrian centre. Some 75 miles for those who didn't
miss a turn.
The Wee route made a couple of 'cut
direction changes to reduce the mileage and ease the strain on the
older veteran cars, without missing the main features, and still
meeting the photographer at Glenburn Reservoir.
Hamish Wilson in his
1912 Renault 8AX and the Meek family in their 1913 Darracq TT13
reported a tough climb, stopping to let the radiator cool down. The
joys of early motoring. At least it was dry and the views spectacular.
Lord presented the awards after a welcome meal at the end. A great day
over this new area of Scotland for the Three lochs Classic. I'm sure
we will be back here next year.
|Published 23 August 2018|