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3ma 2008 Driving Routes


On Saturday 15th March 2008 two thirds of the 3ma organising team got together to plot the driving routes for the 4 days of the 3ma-2008. The weekend of 26/27 April has been marked as the recce weekend when we'll fly to Scotland to drive and finalise the routes.

So the still provisional itinerary and driving is now like this:

Friday 16th May: The 3ma08 will start at 10:00am at the Gretna Green Services on the M74 (between Junctions 21 and 22).  From there we'll head north on the A74(M) towards Glasgow.  We'll cross the river Clyde by the Erskine Bridge which is the most downstream of all the Clyde bridges, and is the last point at which the estuary can be crossed by road. The bridge diverts traffic away from Glasgow and while it used to be a toll bridge, the tolls were abolished last year to reduce congestion.  Once we cross the river Clyde, we'll pick up the A82 and then onto the A83 heading  to Inveraray across the watershed between Loch Lomond and Loch Long to Arrochar near the head of Loch Long. We'll then go round the head of the loch, down the western shore for a short distance, before going westwards, up Glen Croe into the section of road known as the Rest and be Thankful, which is the hillclimb pass through the Arrochar Alps from the shore of Loch Long to that of Loch Fyne. The driving distance from our 3ma start point to our hotel in Inverary is approximately 150miles (240Km) and we expect to arrive at our hotel in mid-afternoon.

Saturday 17th May: This is going to be a long drive! At just over 280miles (450Km) it may turn out to be too long for a single day and we may have to modify this after we try out the route on the recce. We'll leave Inveraray early in the morning (9:00am) heading north for the highlands on the A82 towards Fort William. We'll stop at  Loch Ness for a bit of monster spotting before heading to the Inverfarigaig Corkscrew on the B852. Then we'll head towards Torness for the tightest and steepest set of hairpins in the country before heading further north towards Inverness to pick up the A9 going south and then the A86 to Inveraray.

Sunday 18th May: This is the day of our static show and for that we'll head east to Falkirk where we've arranged with the management of Falkirk Wheel  to hold our display show in their grounds. Total driving for Sunday will be approximately 150miles (240Km)

Monday 19th May: We'll head east again this time to Stirling Castle taking in some spectacular drives as well as picturesque drives  through the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park. Total driving distance on Monday will be approximately 155miles (250Km).

If you are joining us for the 3ma in 2008 please complete the 3ma08 Registration form.

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