After its resounding success on the 20th Le Jog, finishing 38th out of 77 entrants, oldest car to finish, and raising over £2600 for local charities, the Tortoise has just completed 3392 miles round trip on the 2016 Monte Carlo Classique, starting in John O’Groats.
Prepared at least expense in a shed by Dave, after years standing derelict in the open, and with just 30bhp, three-speed gearbox, cable brakes and vacuum wipers, the little car performed faultlessly once more and was one of only three John O’Groats starters to visit every control from Reims to Monte Carlo, running non-stop through the night.
The Tortoise has an allergy to trailers and therefore insists, despite a maximum cruising speed of just 50, on being driven to and from rallies, just as its siblings did in the fifties, plus servicing must be done by the crew.
Covering 1171 miles from Monte Carlo back to North Wales in just two and a half days it’s now back in Cae Dai Trust’s Museum of the Fifties in Denbigh awaiting the next big adventure.
For a very much less strenuous adventure with your vintage or classic car why not try an escorted leisurely event run by Country Lane Tours? For full details and updates as they become available get in touch via our contact form or call Ian on 01824 790280.