Self-drive tour in 44-year-old car: Where can we go?
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Aug 31, 2012 2:16 PM Last Post By: battybilly
Aug 30, 2012 10:58 AM
Self-drive tour in 44-year-old car: Where can we go?We're planning a week-long driving tour in mid-September...in a 1968 Morris Minor Traveller. It's in great shape but the top speed is ~55 mph/90 kph, which makes me think twice about trying to power up steep and windy mountain roads. I'd love feedback on the safety our potential route, given the age and limited oomph of our car!
We're getting the car near Aboyne. Here are some of the places we'd like to visit or pass through on a big loop and the roads it looks like we'd need to take:
- Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park (A93, A85)
- Glencoe area (A82)
- Fort William to Loch Ness (A82)
- Possibly out to Ullapool and back to Inverness (A835)
- Ending up in Aberdeen (A96)
Folks who know these roads: Are we nuts, or is this doable? This will be our first time in Scotland, so we're unfamiliar with the steepness of these roads and the typical speeds of drivers. What we really want from this trip is a loop through beautiful scenery, some good hikes, and evenings at pubs; back roads would be fine with us if the bigger roads are too steep or fast. Thanks for any helpful feedback!
Aug 30, 2012 11:30 AM
1Hi - and welcome to Thorn Tree.
No, you're not nuts.... Your itinerary is totally feasible.
It's not a matter of how old or slow the car is, but how reliable.
As long as it's been serviced recently and isn't chucking out blue smoke, I'd do the same trip - any day.
I'm a bit concerned however, over what you state is its top speed.
Regardless of age and how many miles it's clocked up, it should still be capable of more than 55mph.
It might be that a top end decoke is required. Ever so easy. You can buy the liquid in good motor shops.
You simply pour the whole contents (usually around 500-600mls) into a full tank of fuel.
40-50 miles later, you might be pleasantly surprised.
If it isn't that, then it could be a slightly leaky head gasket.
Do you know how to do a simple and quick head gasket check yourself?
Check those two things out before you set off.
Sounds like a great trip.
Aug 31, 2012 7:31 AM
2I learnt to drive in my mother's Morris Traveller, which was probably about the era yours is. (Sadly it died - not my fault). But anyway, it went everywhere including driving on the huge beach called Pendine Sands in Wales and we had no problem with steep Welsh roads - after all, that was the sort of car everyone drove in those days! If your top speed is only 55mph, I wouldn't worry in Scotland about the speed others may be driving at. The only time you'd notice it is if you're on a motorway, when most people seem to sit on 80mph...
If it's registration was AWL 955C - it was ours!!!
Aug 31, 2012 7:53 AM
3Scotland doesn't do steep roads to anything like the same degree as some other parts of the UK, and certainly not its A-roads. There are a few steep roads well-known to cyclists, though none of them are A-roads: the Applecross road over the Pass of the Cattle, the Lecht, and the B869 north of Lochinver to mention the main attractions. I recommend them all, especially the last named.
Nevertheless, I'm fairly sure a well maintained Morris Traveller can get up the steepest minor roads of the UK if you are careful. Some friends of mine kept one until fairly recently and they live in the Cotswolds, which has lots of seriously steep roads, especially around where they live, and they are particularly fond of visiting areas with steep minor roads, being cyclists of that inclination.
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