Sunday, 19 June 2011

The International AutoEcosse

It’s been a while since my last update, so some old news. Took part in the AutoEcosse two weeks ago. Again was a top event, with some very fine roads. And as it is a shame to come over for only two days of driving we extended our stay in Britain a bit. Before the event we spent two days in the Yorkshire Dales where we got some great weather, well a bit too hot maybe ...










With the walking done late on the Friday afternoon we headed for the Old Stone Trough. After some socializing at the Old Stone Trough on the Friday night, we headed for Gretna Green and the start of the International AutoEcosse. Luckily the temperatures in Scotland dropped quite a bit, and it even remained dry during most of the event!
The first day took us from Gretna Green over some great driving roads to the Kames Circuit near Muirkirk, for lunch and some tests ...












From there we headed north for the next (non timed) test, the Forestburn Hill Climb. Shame that the weather was rather windy, as a result of which watching the action wasn’t much fun. So after going up the hill once we did what most teams did, head for the finish at shores of Loch Lomond. On this stretch we managed to get lost several times. So in the end I programmed the satnav and headed straight for our B&B just outside Balloch to sign in ...


After which we left the car were she was and walked into town for some action involving cars and cones, and some food and a few drinks ...






The second day started the way the first one had ended, with more cones, which I didn’t do. I just made sure there were a fair few cars on their way before setting off to the Rest-And-Be-Thankful hill climb so I wouldn’t arrive there first. From Balloch the route took us toward the shores of Loch Long and from there to the foot of the Rest-And-Be-Thankful hill climb. Although I waited a bit before setting of we managed to get there first. As we were rather early at the Rest-And-Be-Thankful hill climb we were slightly hampered by some moving chicanes ...


But some drivers had other problems, looking like they lost their way ...




Must say the this venue deserves to be restored to its former glory. Hopefully they can raise enough funds to carry out this work...








After the Rest-And-Be-Thankful hill climb we headed slowly but surely further west until we reached the Bute ferry at Colintraive. After a tour of the island the finish was at the promenade in Rothesay, which we didn’t reach. Less than half a mile before the finish we passed our B&B so we just dropped the car there and walked to the promenade to find out that most of the action was over ...


That evening was spent socializing in one of the not too many pubs in Rothesay . And it started to rain. Sadly for the winners of the “Spirit of the Event” award it rained quite heavily that night, as a result of which their Lomax was rather reluctant to fire up, and needed a lot of assistance to get going again ...


As the weather forecast was rather hopeful (for Scotland that is) we decided to stay on the Isle of Bute for a few more days to do some more walking ...






But all to soon we were back on the ferry to mainland Britain and home...



1 comment:

Patrick said...

Hello,
great trip and pics !
best regards
Patrick