The 3rd Flying Scotsman 2011
Friday 1 April – Sunday 3 April 2011
Starting from Brooklands, the home of British motor racing since 1907, and avoiding the motorways the route heads through Surrey, Hampshire and Berkshire and crosses over the River Thames into Oxfordshire at Henley, the venue for the famous Regatta.
The quiet, picturesque villages in the Cotswolds feature on the way to the lunch halt at a stunning venue. Across the Vale of Evesham and via the Spa town of Droitwich the route heads north through the Heart of England Counties of Worcestershire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. In the afternoon three famous WWII airfields have been selected as the sites for smooth tarmac driving tests. Just south of the famous railway town of Crewe a new Hotel, set in the rolling Cheshire countryside of the private Wychwood Park Estate, is the first overnight halt.
A quick run up the drive of Arley Hall, the home of Viscount Ashbrook, is the first test of the next day before hurrying as quickly as possible past Liverpool and Manchester to explore the minor roads and the scenic beauty of the Forest of Bowland. A passage check at Ribblehead provides an opportunity to admire the huge scale of the 24 arches that make up the quarter of a mile long viaduct. Wensleydale one of the most scenic of the Yorkshire Dales is then the stopover for lunch.
The deserted open roads and sweeping bends continue through Swaledale for another passage check at Tan Hill Inn, the highest in Britain. The route, ending at Carlisle, through the often bleak and remote North Pennines will satisfy anyone’s desire to experience the open road from behind the wheel of a wonderful vintage car.
The following morning a coffee break will be taken at Drumlanrig Castle, the home of the Duke of Buccleuch, followed by a quick test down the drive of this spectacular estate. In the counties of Dumfries and Galloway the Forests of Ae, Glengap, Laurieston and the 11 mile long Loch Ken lead to the lunch halt at Gatehouse of Fleet, overlooking Wigtown Bay on Solway Firth. There is still more wonderful scenery and a great drive to come along the 40 miles of single track roads through Glentool Forest and past Loch Doon.
The final competitive test of the day will take place at the Kames Motorsport Centre before heading for a well deserved welcome by a Scottish Piper at the Dalmahoy Country Club Hotel, on the outskirts of Edinburgh.