Saturday, June 23, 2012

Rootes Run

This was the first day of the Moffat Classic Car Rally weekend. Saturday is the day of the Moffat Run. Here the first batch of cars await the off on the High Street.

Last minute inspections!

Despite the weather, there was the usual gala atmosphere in the town.

Good to see some 'old friends' from previous years (see here and here, for example).

The Rally was started in 1998 by Rootes' enthusiasts, and cars like this Sunbeam Talbot are much in evidence ... and well turned out.

The route this year was an anticlockwise loop along to St Mary's Loch, then over past the Megget and Talla reservoirs to Tweedsmuir, and back via the Devil's Beeftub. The rain was just beginning as the cars set off.

Full marks to these competitors, at the mercy of the elements.

 With the rain coming down heavily, the second batch of cars on the run head out of town.

My 'favourite' for the last few years has been this Sunbeam Talbot Mark 3, similar to one I owned as a student in the 1960s. Happy memories!

I hope the car and its occupants had a safe, enjoyable run today.

Photos © Skip Cottage

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