For the Lonville Classic 2017 we have swapped our beloved Swiss-Italian landscape for the Scotish Highlands.
The rally runs from Thursday, September 14 to Sunday, September 17. Starting point is Coul House Hotel, Contin, Ross-shire, Scotland IV14 9ES (near Inverness).
For The Scottish Job we have chosen to limit the rally to a maximum of just 16 participating cars. This preserves that now famous Lonville feeling of being away with ‘a group of friends on a long week-end enjoying our shared passion for classic cars’. It also fits the magic of Scotland. We will stay in wonderfull small, luxury country hotels where personal attention to detail and true hospitality are firmly on the menu.
Call it a ’boutique rally’ if you like…the bottom line is: come and join us, first come first served. Oh, and on Sunday participants have the opportunity to ‘dress to match your car’ – all part of the fun and competition.
The lonville classic is our passion, it is not our living. This means an enthusiastic event crew that drives with you and a slight overindulgence in fantastic local food, great locations and the feeling of a group of friends!
Gentlemen, start your engines!
Although the Lonville Classic is about fantastic driving, the event is also about enjoying cars with good company. Each of the navigated stages will feature some (mild) competitive elements to both amuse and confuse participants and onlookers. Pictures below from our previous Lonville Classics in Italy and test drives in Scotland.
The Lonville Classic is a regularity event, all stages use public roads. You will be guided by a roadbook and various road-side instructions from the support team. Below the secret location hotel where we will stay saturday evening – drinks with a loch view, anybody?
To reward your work behind the wheel, we will make time for important things: espresso, long lunches, good dinners, fine wine, some wiskey and chefs that make a difference!
The Lonville team is very excited to organise the Lonville Classic for the seventh year. With a maximum of just 16 cars we will retain the intimacy and informal style of the previous events while adding some of our latest favourite places and those impossible to find glorious roads in The Highlands.
A word on qualifying cars: we are vintage/classic car enthusiasts and that means all cars older than 20 years are welcome. Of course we make exceptions too!
Dress to impress
Following last year’s fun, we encourage participants to dress to fit your car (i.e. vintage style clothing) for at least the Sunday stage. Needless to say there will be a special recognition for this! Everyday special dress is even better…
We have made arrangements with Hotel Coul House for the first two nights of the rally. Coul House is ran by Stuart and Susannah Macpherson. Lonville Classic participants can expect a very warm welcome at this historic and listed building.
The house as it currently stands was built in 1821 for Sir George Steuart (unusual spelling of Stuart) Mackenzie, 7th Baronet (1780–1848). It was designed by Edinburgh brothers Richard and Robert Dickson (usually simply referred to as R & R Dickson), acting as architects in Scotland in the early and mid-19th century. Whilst most of their work is typified by remote country houses they are best known for their magnificent spire on the Tron Kirk in the heart of Edinburgh on the Royal Mile.
The brothers designed in a variety of styles from Gothic to Classical. There buildings are both sound and attractive and most are now listed buildings including Coul House which is a category A listed building, primarily due to its ornate plasterwork on the ground floor ceilings and the horizontal plane windows; many of which were changed in the Victorian times but some can still be seen in the lounge bar and most of the ground floor windows at the entrance side of the building.
Chef Garry offers a range of dining options which includes both contemporary Scottish Cuisine and some more traditional favourites. There may be some wiskey on hand as well! We can arrange additional nights for those who would like to arrive earlier.
The third night is at yet another very small and special hotel but we will not reveal that as your roadbooks will guide you there during the rally.
Logistics & Airports
Participants are kindly requested to arrive in Coul House Hotel on Thursday 14 September before 5pm for registration and collection of final program, maps and instructions at 6.30pm. The Lonville Classic starts on friday morning from this hotel.
The closes airport to Coul House Hotel is Inverness airport. Please note that the closest airport to our finish location on Sunday is Glasgow airport, but also Edinburgh is an option.
Cars and drivers (!) should be in good working order. Participants and co-drivers do not need to have any previous experience with navigation. Other than a watch (and we can probably help you with that too!), no formal timing devices are required.
‘Arrive & Drive’ – rent your classic!
For this year’s event we have asked HERO (Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation) to support with some local scottish event operations. On top of that, they can provide participants with ‘arrive and drive’ classic cars. This gives participants from further afield a fantastic option to fly into inverness and have your classic car waiting for you at the hotel, ready to go. HERO is a professional rally platform and given past participants experience with poor quality cars, we have now teamed up with HERO to provide a seamless, high quality service. You can take a look at their website for different rental options. Just make sure you mention that you are participating in the Lonville Classic.
Recovery and Support
A classic car specialist will provide permanent support, emergency recovery and secure storage if needed. Actual repairs and parts are at cost for the participants.
The participation cost of GBP1650 (vat included) per person covers 3 nights hotel (thu, fri, sat), welcome cocktails, three special lunches, coffee stops, three wonderful dinners, wiskey tasting, transfers to dinner location, event documentation, rally shields and all other event services offered. Additional hotel nights can be pre-booked at our favourable rate. Please note that this price per person is based on 2 participants sharing a double room together, unfortunately there are no single rooms available.