MORE than 50 classic cars travelled through East Lothian on Sunday as part of North Berwick Rotary Club’s classic car tour.

But the day was not without its dramas as one driver had to replace her wheel bearings at the side of the road.

A total of 55 cars travelled through East Lothian and the Scottish Borders at the event, which raised money for Pet Fostering, North Berwick Youth Project and Ocean Youth Trust Scotland and is the fourth time it has been held.

As well as driving the 160-mile route, all enjoyed lunch and coffee at the Dryburgh Abbey Hotel and dinner at Whitekirk Hill.

Rotary club president Bruce Wilson described this year’s event, the first since 2019, as “very successful”. Last year’s event did not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

He added: “Everything went extremely well on the day and we had many compliments from the participants many of whom booked our next tour.  

“We are always particularly grateful to our many sponsors especially this year’s main tour sponsor Gilson Gray and we were delighted when the sums were done and we found that over £11,000 had been raised for local charities.”

East Lothian Courier: A total of 55 cars took part in the tour this yearA total of 55 cars took part in the tour this year

A couple of well-known local faces selected the car they would most like to drive away in at the end of the day.

North Berwick ward councillor Jane Henderson chose an Alpha Romeo 4C Spider driven by Daniel and Cameron Houghton.

East Lothian’s former MSP Iain Gray, who retired ahead of May’s Holyrood election, selected a Jaguar XK8 driven by Jayne Symon.

And there were also some rare cars on show. One of the vehicles taking part was a Sabre Royale, one of only two in Scotland.

Two Morgan Plus 4 cars have entered all four tour events, while a Fiat 500, which had a complete body-off rebuild done by Angelo Cocchia, entered its first tour.

But the day also saw some drama as the 1958 Morris Minor owned by Susan Smith finished after having had replacement wheel bearings fitted at the side of the road near Stow!

North Berwick Rotary Club's classic car tour started four years ago and was the inspiration of Gordon Simon.

The well oiled machine is managed by a committee of six people, whose individual skills come together and, as Bruce describes, "make it the success it has become".

The next Classic Car Tour takes place in April next year.