Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club hits the scene, engines running

Classic car trialling 1

A new and welcome arrival on the classic motor sports scene is launching its website later today – the Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club [check later], the newest in Argyll but with its wheels spinning in the history of the sport here.

Their former club – Friends of the Rest – became redundant as its raison d’etre became redundant. This had been  to resurface the old military road up Rest and Be Thankful in Glen Croe, to keep it in use for the hill climbs that have always been a part of its  and Argyll’s – history.

In winding up the Friends of the Rest, the Committee felt that a void was created in the Argyll motoring calendar in both mid and late season and that action was needed to remedy that situation.

argyll classic and sporting car clubThe Argyll CLassic and Sporting Club has been born.

The new club is formed with the intention of continuing both the Summer Saunter on Sunday 14th July and the Autumn Amble on Sunday 6th October – with a major portion of all entry fees donated to a varied selection of charitable organisations.

Both of these early morning runs will feature lunch at Inveraray Castle and runs up the unique hill climb course in Glen Shira. Now that’s talking.

The club has moved the Glen Shira course by some 200 metres in order to incorporate the more testing bends and steeply rising terrain of the lower section of the private road. The Glen Shira runs will be non-competitive.

As the name of the new club  implies, it welcomes membership applications from both classic car owners and sporting car owners. The fee for membership is a token £5 per annum.

classic car trialling 2With the aim of appealing to appeal to as wide a range of classic vehicle enthusiasts as possible, the club intends to revive classic car trialling in Argyll and has identified a testing course which is ‘good to go’ – and will be the subject of a later announcement.

Continuity between the former and the new club is maintained through the three office bearers from Friends of the Rest, who will catty on thier responsibilities with the Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club.

To make sure of that the new activities get a ‘traffic-light’ start the club has added the expertise of a Competition Secretary well versed in the black art of classic car trialling.

So, on the start line are:

  • Secretary: Neil Munn – email: neilamunn@gmail.com
  • Treasurer: Ronnie Sandeman – email: r.sandeman@btinternet.com
  • Chairman: John Buchanan – email: ceolinter@aol.com
  • Competitions Secretary: Andrew Green – email: aggtrials@btopenworld.com

The photographs accompanying this article are of Competitions Secretary, Andrew Green, competing in his Classic Cannon. They give a good sense of the appeal of this aspect of ‘sedate Classic motoring’.

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