A convoy of classics from Mini to Ferrari helped make a new fundraiser for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance a soaraway success yesterday.
The cavalcade of over 60 stunning vehicles enjoyed Angus at is best on the inaugural Strathmore Classic Car Tour organised by Forfar Rotary Club, taking in local towns and villages as well as a lunch stop at Glen Clova.
The Rotary Club had hoped the new event might raise around £5,000 for the Scone-based air ambulance, but that target was not so much exceeded as completely smashed by a figure which will top £15,000.
The field of gleaming vehicles was flagged off in the Forfar sunshine by Rotary president Paula Elvin on the 120-mile route around the county, and crossed the finish line at Glamis Castle after a run which participants voted a major triumph.
Rotarian Alan Cairns said the overwhelming success of the first tour was due to the generosity of the main sponsors, the local Fisken Motor Group and Alan Steel Asset Management of Linlithgow, as well as those taking part.
“We hoped to perhaps raise five or six thousand pounds and would have been more than happy with that, but are sitting at over £15,000 , which is absolutely fantastic,” he said.
“It has been such as success that it is already booked in for the same weekend next year.”
A Morris Minor which made the journey from Greenock was the farthest travelled participant and the 1930 Rolls Royce Continental of Forfar’s David Robertson was the oldest car in the field.
The entry included Morgan, Jaguar, MG and Bentley alongside modern classics such as performance Fords, Mercedes and Mazda and a decent crowd of spectators gathered at the start point to see the line-up depart.
Mr Cairns added: “The majority of those taking part were from Angus but we also had cars from Banff and Aberdeen and everyone seems to have enjoyed the event.”