Alan Biggar successfully completed his marathon mile trip round the coast of Scotland and finished with a gentle run up the Hill at Bo’ness and a photo session in front of Kinneil House. Alan gave us this report on his 1800 mile drive in his 1957 Morgan .

We had a great send off from the Stirling and District Classic Car Club annual show at Bridge of Allan and smooth run to Macduff. Day 2 started with the front nearside side light trying to fall off followed by a puncture on leaving Elgin. Front offside tyre destroyed, quick change and only 10 minutes late arriving at Dingwall Academy. Impossible to get a replacement spare tyre the correct size, so had to opt for a smaller tyre and tube. Fortunately no further punctures, if there had been matching tyres would have to have been fitted on the rear as Morgan has an LSD.
Ferries to Orkney and Shetland went smoothly, Alan had to arrange an emergency dental appointment in Lerwick! Then back to the mainland and long drive from Scrabster to Portree on Skye. While on Skye it became clear that the Kenlowe fan was not working correctly, so Simon Scott wired it so it was permanently on for the rest of the Drive, which was exactly another week.
A good journey down the Outer Hebrides in the rain, safe return to Oban and car running well on Islay and Jura, again wet on Jura. Looped round Kintyre Peninsula but no run up the Rest and Be Thankful Hillclimb courtesy of torrential rain! All well through Glasgow but car breaks down 20 miles short of Stranraer, fortunately sun shining and managed to coast to a halt in a lay-by on the other side of road. Hugh Brown and Brett, a domestic appliance electrical engineer sitting in his van, use an old bit of cable to connect the coil to the battery by the rear axle and car makes it to Hotel an hour late, Hugh turning the engine off from the passenger seat with a switch in the makeshift cable! Next morning electrical engineers in Stranraer find a spade connector has slipped off the rear of the battery isolation switch, all well again.
Afternoon of the second last day and engine will not start after refuelling at Hawick, push start required. Final morning in Eyemouth another push start, again at Duns, at Kinglass Fields in Bo’ness, at the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb and finally at the Inchyra Hotel. Despite all this the Drive ends on schedule, total driven miles being 1,812 taking the distance covered by the 4 Drives (2008, 2011, 2013 and 2017) to 10,412 open top Morgan miles for Teenage Cancer Trust. Oh yes, and one secret bit of information, the average age of the Drive Scotland team in 2017 was 65.2!
A huge thank you to all the sponsors/donors/supporters/helpers, the fund remains open for donations.

Alan Biggar