Best driving/riding roads
First time out on a bike for over a week so I headed for my favourite road, Mistley to Ramsey, there is a terrific view of the River on the return journey too.
Too many great roads to mention in the UK, let alone in the rest of the world. I guess a few I would highlight straight off come from the two times (was it only two, felt like more?) that Al Clements an I took the old Beastie (Triumph 2.5PI) on Club Triumph's Round Britain Reliabbility Run. If you don't know what that is, it is roughly 2000 miles round the UK in 48 hours (yup, that's a constant average of more than 40mph even if you never hit traffic or stop for a pee). The event has been going since the 1960s and is full of amazing memories for me. You leave Potters Bar in North London at 7pm, drive through the night for breakfast in John O'Groats, then head the length of Britain for your next breakfast at Lands End and then dash back to Potters Bar for nightfall. Doddle.
My two favourite bits of road were, the Highlands jaunt from John O'Groats down to Fort WIlliam on deserted, brilliant, spectacular roads surrounded by breathtaking scenery. Amazing the hidden gems that are in our own backyard when everyone is going on about the Stelvio etc.
The next best bit was a night drive lacing through the Welsh borders from Oswestry down to Gordano services. At night.
Apologies for the lack of detail, when I get a chance I'll see if I can dig out the old route-book and put some numbers to the roads. And think of a load more examples, no doubt.
there's a few I could mention up north right enough but the achnasheen to kinlochewe is a great wide road with plenty of straights on it - a mate of mine had a wife (still does in fact) who bought him membership to a classic car hire group one year - so we took an e type up there to 'test it'......of course we didn't but if we had, we would have taken it for a leisurely 60 mph recce to check and see if there was any police cars hanging about and then returned to see if it would do 130mph....but of course we didn't......
also the kishorn road over the bealach na ba - pass of the cattle- is a cracker and a good test of car and driver nerve.
Curious. So could there be a connection between the country with such great roads and a relatively small population to use them and that same country's disproportionate talent in the history of racing. There's the obvious Clark and Stewart, and then Coulthard, Ireland, McNish, Franchiti and several others. Rather like the Finns in rallying. A relatively small nation, learn to drive on ice at an early age and dominate world rallying out of all proportion too. Best get my sorry a*se up the M1 for some driving lessons.
One of my favourites though more for the scenery and light traffic than any great Mille Miglia type thrills is the A something-or-other that runs alongside the River Wye from Chepstow to Monmouth, or even the other way. Spooky how Tintern Abbey comes at you out of the mist.
Great thread. Has all the makings of a fine feature in the magazine. What do you say Classic & Sports Car..?
They used to do exactly that. I can't remember when I last saw it mentioned, but for a while C&SC had a 'Great drives' column. Or was it 'My Favourite Roads' or 'Drive Of The Month'? Something like that, I'll look it up, where each of their contributors wrote about some B road around the country, with tips on the good bits, things to look out for, and if and where there may be speed cameras.
For anyone down-under I have to recommend a few kms of the 'Kiama Bends' which is the twisty part of the Princes Highway just south of Kiama N.S.W., or of course most of the Great Ocean Road from just south of Geelong VIC to across the S.A. border heading up to Adelaide.