Cove Burgh Hall

Historic cars tour of the Peninsula PHOTO: David Morgan with his 1927 Rolls Royce Tourer

As social distancing continues, we’re all looking to see and do something different, so how about a historic car procession passing your doorstep?

This Saturday, 8 August, watch out for a variety of Classic Cars driving through Helensburgh, and round to the Peninsula. Driven by members of the Scottish Western Thoroughbred Vehicle Club, there will be a fantastic mix of vehicles. For everyone’s safety they won’t be able to stop for a close-up view, however, even from a distance, they are a magnificent spectacle and offer a peek into a bygone age.

They will be in Helensburgh after 11.30 and around Kidston near noon. They will then be cruising along the coast road through Garelochhead, Rosneath, and passing Kilcreggan Pier between approximately 12.30 pm and 12.45 pm. From there they head to Cove and Coulport and will be making a return trip through Cove and Kilcreggan around 2.00 pm before heading along Barbour Road to enjoy the magnificent views.

The cars coming through our area at the weekend are owned by members of the splendidly titled Scottish Western Thoroughbred Vehicle Club. In other years they would be happy to stop and show off their prized automobiles in more detail, but you can find out more on their website New members are always welcome.

Residents are well used to Argyll classic car enthusiasts driving around the area. David Morgan from Kilcreggan, admits to being a bit eccentric – “a must for vintage car ownership” he says – and warns that it is an infectious hobby when caught! But he believes that their attractive and quirky aesthetics, coupled with the quality of engineering, make them great value for everyday motoring. Above David is pictured with his 1928 Austin Tourer Heavy 12 which he has owned for almost a decade.

David has been driving ‘old’ cars for more than 50 years and, although his career was as a microbiologist, his passion was always these classics. Not content with just the Austin Tourer, he also has a saloon version, a 1927 Rolls Royce Tourer, and a super modern 1958 Austin A35. You might catch sight of any of these in the coming weeks.

Next year a Festival of Cars will be hosted at Cove Burgh Hall. It will be for all types and ages of cars and owners - something for everyone. The Scottish Western Club members will be invited back to enjoy the local hospitality and show off their beautiful cars.

If the old cars are not enough, moored off Clynder you will see a 1912 Morecambe Bay Prawner. History buffs will know that is also the year that the Titanic was launched, so David’s old boat has proved the most durable.

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