The Scotland FLED, my living!!
It was my first long drive in the Dino. I hooked up with my good mate 212 in Fribourg and we drove up through France, 365 GTB and Dino gliding in majestic formation. First day ending at a nice Relais & Chateau with the great kitchen sending us a full scale attack. The cars had been put through a wide mixture of roads throughout the day in preparation of what was awaiting us in Scotland. We both concluded that the cars were totally trouble free and happily green-lighted them for the following day.
The rallying up of all the participants (except the Scotsmen) and their rides at my good man Boxer's house, what an absolutely magic moment! Boxer's friendly and generous reception was the perfect environment to share our expectations and build up some proper right foot gravity for the grand tour awaiting us. Whilst sipping on our aperitivos in Boxer's fabulous patio, the Ferraris were gently cooling in the beginning night, ticking and clicking as the thermal tensions of their exotic metals settled. This was where I found my twin brother David and my big brother Jimmy, a 44 year long wait worth the wile.
Next day's driving through my Viking ancestor's archipelago and watching our multi-gem neckless of Ferraris snaking gracefully through the hills and crossing the border into Scotland, the country where I was made. That was a sight worth seeing for all bystanders and unforgettable for us protagonists!
From there on each day was like flipping into the next gear, everything getting better and better. We got to know fabulous and energetic Peter and his Scottish mates, bless you and your right feet!
The flow of the driving was Nirvana thanks to Boxer's speedy spearheading. I don't believe many old timer Michelins have seen that much action off track in many many years!
The harmony at Aldourie Castle, the drives, the donuts on the castle's gravel drive way, our aperitivos after a hectic day's drive, the rejoice around the huge dinner table and the long digestivo sessions. It all perfectly summed up what was going on. What went on during those days my very dear friends, was Grand Touring!
It inspired me to continue the tour including one more lap around Scotland, the Northern Pyrenees, the Cordero Route Mountains, the Southern Pyrinees, Alpes Maritimes and returning through the Western Alpes. I put a little more than 10.000 clicks on the clock and I had not a single issue with the Dino a part from burning the original starboard radiator fan motor.
Thanks to all for your company, thanks Jeroen for the cool FLED shirts and thanks to Boxer for setting it afloat!
Long live Grand Touring!