Ecurie Ecosse

Just some of the Ecosse Tour cars in front of Ballathie House Hotel. Second from the left is Neil Corner's Aston Martin Project 215.

Just some of the Ecosse Tour cars in front of Ballathie House Hotel. Second from the left is Neil Corner’s Aston Martin Project 215.

The Ecurie Ecosse Tour is an invited gathering of friends who gathered, this year, at Ballathie House Hotel at Stanley, near Perth.

Matt Spitzley's stunning Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The AC-Bristol in the background was driven by Michael Ostrumoff.

Matt Spitzley’s stunning Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The AC-Bristol in the background was driven by Michael Ostrumoff.

No one could have forecast such glorious weather and there were some interesting cars on this essentially social event. Former historic racing driver and past owner of one of the Ecurie Ecosse D-type Jaguars, Neil Corner, persuaded four other entrants to come along with their Bentley Continental R types and so we had the unique experience of five of these elegant cars of the early 1950s each of them subtly different. Neil had also brought along one of the most stunning cars in his collection, the Aston Martin Project 215 that was prepared for Le Mans. It was the obvious car to choose for the opening day when went cross country and over Glencoe to the lunch stop at Airds hotel at Port Appin. Sir Paul Vestey also brought a second car, the ex-Tommy Sopwith, Equipe Endeavour Jaguar E-type and had with him the furthest travelled visitor, David Edwards, organiser of Classic Adelaide rally.

Andrew Smith's racing Morgan in front of Invercauld Castle.

Andrew Smith’s racing Morgan in front of Invercauld Castle.

Racing driver Colin Pearcy forsook a racing car for this years event and brought his red and black Alvis Silver Eagle which purred round the routes with no problems.

The Ecosse Tour, then, proved to be a light-hearted and amusing event and it is hard to beat Scotland with the sun shining. Added to that Ballathie House Hotel, on the edge of the River Tay and well known for its fishing beats, proved to be so successful the Tour will return there next year.

The five Bentley Continental R types on the Tour outside Invercauld Castle. Despite being some fifty five years old they are still amongst the most elegant post-war Bentleys.

The five Bentley Continental R types on the Tour outside Invercauld Castle. Despite being some fifty five years old they are still amongst the most elegant post-war Bentleys.

 

 

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