Petrol heads spoiled for choice as classic cars purr into town

The tour will take in stunning scenery
The tour will take in stunning scenery

Few things can top a casual drive along the beautiful north east coast of Scotland on a warm summer’s day.

Throw in an iconic car and dozens of motoring enthusiasts and you have an event to remember.

This is the kind of experience that awaits participants in the Round Britain Coastal Drive (RBCD) later this month.

The 18-day, 3600-mile event will see around 100 of Jaguar’s classic 1950s sports cars take to the road.

But not only will it be a sight to see for onlookers and a thrill for the drivers, it will also raise money and crucial awareness of prostate cancer – a disease which kills more than 10,000 British men every year.

Starting in Beaulieu in the south of England on June 12, the tour will work its way as far north as Inverness, calling at Montrose on June 23 and 24, before wending its way back down to finish where it all started.

The tour will take in Exeter, Penzance, Bridgwater, Tenby, Lytham St Annes and Workington, as well as Ayr, Plockton, Kinlochbervie, Montrose and Berwick-upon-Tweed.

One driver who is keeping his fingers crossed he’ll be taking part in four of the Scottish stages is Dundee-born Bill Morrison.

The semi-retired A and E consultant has been a member of the Jaguar XK club for a few years but decided to sign up for the RBCD earlier this year.

Now he’s hoping to take his maroon, 1958 Jaguar XK 150 on a real adventure.

The 61-year-old, who lives with his wife, Audrey, in Inverbervie, said: “Now I have more leisure time, I’m keen to tour and travel.

“I wanted to do something with like-minded individuals and the tour also raises money for a good cause. So this event ticked a couple of boxes for me.

“The car’s had one or two problems but I’ll know soon if I’ll be able to take part.

“If the car isn’t ready, I still intend to follow the tour at a distance in a more modern motor.”

Bill has already enjoyed driving his classic car in Lewis and Harris, as well as taking on the North Coast 500 two years ago.

But the RBCD will represent a touring debut for Bill, who also wants to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.

He added: “Driving is a big thing for me so I am looking forward to taking part – it could be the first of many.”

Organised by the Jaguar XK club, the coastal route of mainland Britain, specifically for Jaguar E-type sports cars, took place for the first time in September 2016.

It raised £60,000 against a target of £50,000, much to the delight of Philip Porter, founder of the drive and a survivor of prostate cancer.

He said: “It was very moving but also tremendous fun. I urge all XK owners to take part.

“Not only will they be supporting a very important cause but, as I know from experience, the driving is absolutely superb.

“Our XKs were designed for driving and that, for many of us, is the real pleasure of ownership. So if you like driving, this tour is definitely for you.”

It starts and finishes in a different location each day, travelling through a host of beautiful towns and villages along the way.

The overall aim is to raise both money and awareness of prostate cancer and it has some high-profile support.

Long-time XK Club friend and supporter, Murray Walker, will officially flag the cars off at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu.

Murray said: “Though this is not a race, it sounds to me like a great event.

“I wish Philip Porter and the other crews a really enjoyable drive. May they be blessed with much publicity for this important cause. Go, Go, Go!”

For more information on this fantastic event, visit www.xkclub.com or www.bvac.org.uk.