The Deanston Malt Scotch Whisky Summer Saunter, hosted by the Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club, will be held on 14th July 2013 and will start from the visitor centre at Deanston Distillery in Deanston, near Doune.
The run will be restricted to 50 classic vehicles and is aimed, on this occasion at raising funds for The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice.
This charitable organisation exists to help patients achieve the best quality of life possible in whatever time remains available to them. Where it may not be possible to add days to lives, they aim to add life to days.
Since 1983, when it occupied one Georgian town house in Carlton Place, it has expanded into four adjacent townhouses.
In 2011 plans were unveiled to build a brand new hospice at a total cost of £18 million pounds. Land has been gifted by Glasgow City Council for this project, which will be at Bellahouston Park.
The entry fee for the Summer Saunter will be £20.00 per vehicle; plus £2.50 for coffee and a bacon roll; £8.00 per person for the buffet lunch at Inveraray Castle Tea Rooms – now a regular date for the club on such adventures; and £5.00 membership fee for non-argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club members. The Entry fee includes a ‘goody bag’ containing two Deanston Malt whisky miniatures, Walkers shortbread fingers, road book and a commemorative rally plaque.
‘Saunter’ and more
The plan is for a run of some 70 miles on good A class roads before stopping for lunch at Inveraray Castle Tea Room.
After lunch an optional ‘hill climb’ is planned for a private road owned by Inveraray Estate and extending to about 1 mile.
There will be ample opportunity to drive the full 8 miles along the private road or to take the tour of the Castle. The route will be on sealed surfaces throughout.
Should participants choose to travel to the Dam and Reservoir at the end of the private road, they are are advised to take notice that the surface can be pot-holed and loose in places – but is very drivable with care.
Bottles of 12 year old Deanston Malt Whisky, generously donated by the Distillery, will be raffled and the cost of the raffle tickets will be £1.00 each.
In order to comply with Motor Sports Association regulations, all participants must be members of The Argyll Classic and Sporting car Club, with, as noted above, membership available for the modest outlay of £5.00.
Entry forms and regulations will be posted on the club’s website here.
The Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club was formed recently after the former Friends of the Rest put itself to bed,when th resurfacing of the old military road up Glen Croe – its essential raison d’etre, was completed by Transport Scotland as an emergency route when the A83 is closed by landslides.