Successful 2019 Classic Car Tour


The firing of Major General Patrick Marriott’s cannon signalled the start of the Rotary Club of East Sutherland’s Classic Car Tour 2019.  62 cars, with their crews fuelled by breakfast at the Carnegie Courthouse, left Dornoch Square in sunshine to travel to the west coast and back, a distance of 162 miles.  The route took in Ardgay, Evanton and Muir of Ord where coffee was enjoyed at the Muir of Ord Distillery.  A very scenic drive West was then enjoyed, despite the rain starting, before assembly for lunch and a group photo at Ullapool where RNLI’s David Macaskill showed off Lochinver RNLI’s lifeboat.  Then back through Ledmore Junction, Rosehall and Lairg to finish for tea at Dunrobin Castle.

The day closed with a lively ceilidh in Dornoch’s West Church Hall.  A wonderful supper was generously provided by Vicki Fairbairn and Wilma Gardjner-Gill with service from catering students from the North Highland College.  Various prizes were awarded including a weekend with a posh new BMW provided by Harry Fairbairn, the tour’s Chief Sponsor and a flight in Robin Rother’s private plane over the Highlands.

Each car was sponsored and such was the generosity of owners, their families and friends that over £10,000 was raised.  The monies will go to the RNLI and Rotary charities.

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