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International Autoecosse

June 4th - 5th 2011

Organised by the CC&HMSC Ltd, co-promoted with Club Triumph

 

Announcing The International Autoecosse, which will start Saturday morning 4th June at Gretna, with an overnight stop at Balloch, Alexandria, on the shores of Loch Lomond. Finishing on Sunday evening 5th June in the town of Rothesay on the Isle of Bute, off the west coast of Scotland, were there will be a Buffet style meal and prizing giving. The route will cover approximately 400 miles and the event is raising funds for Macmillan Cancer Support.

 

Having just got off the phone to Jim Patterson of Caledonian Classic & Historic Motor sport Club, organiser of the 2011 International Autoecosse and I am rather excited about this years event, which promises to be every bit as good as last years and a must not miss event for 2011. Jim Patterson and Douglas Anderson have just returned from the 2011 Rallye Monte Carlo, in Douglas's newly rebuilt 1961 Triumph Herald coupe. Apparently it didn't miss a beat, through snow and freezing conditions in the alps and made it to Monte Carlo from Glasgow in very good shape. A testimony to these little cars that did rather well in period in the hands of Tiny Lewis and others. Club Triumph members manned the control stop at Waltham Abbey and wished the competitors well as they made there way down from the Glasgow start towards Dover.

 

The International Autoecosse is a unique motor sport tour which takes in roads which were used in the Rallies of the 50’s and 60’s, such as the old RAC Rally and the Scottish Rally.  As in 2010 the event will visit famous Scottish motor sport venues on route from the start at Gretna, such as Rest and be Thankful, Kames sprint circuit and Forrestburn. At these venues entrants will have the opportunity to drive the circuits and hill climbs and for those who like a little bit of competition, there will also be optional driving tests. This format is ideal for those just wanting a leisurely tour with a bit of spectating as well as those who want to get stuck in and take part in the competitive driving events. It was interesting to see that those who were spectators for the first couple of venues last year, ended up in the thick of things by the end of the event!  The event is also a great for husband and wife couples as there is no overnight driving, very pleasant overnight stops and is generally less strenuous with more socialising opportunities than the more hard core club events. In fact couples did rather well last year claiming 1st and 2nd places overall.

 

Participants who entered last years event will need no encouragement to sign up for this years event, as I believe it exceeded there expectations and all had a fantastic time. Indeed at the time of writing there are 24 Club Triumph entries out of the 30 entered so far, including three ex works Triumph cars.  The entry fee is £95. This includes rally plates, ferry fare to Isle of Bute, Finishers Award and a buffet meal for two crew members at the finish. A percentage of the entry fee will go as a donation to the nominated charity. The maximum number of entries is 80. Entries will be accepted in order of receipt. To down load an entry form, find out more about the event and to read about Douglas and Jim's Monte adventure go to http://www.caledonianmsc.freeuk.com/