Blair Bonar-Campbell and business partner Kris Jacobson (both of Edinburgh) have together created Bonar’s Vintage to provide a unique and bespoke service designed for the historic automobile enthusiast. The new company has a very special vintage Rolls-Royce available for hire for special occasions, sightseeing trips and tours, including of course Cognoscenti events and the partners hope to add another Rolls to the fleet soon.
The Cognoscenti Classic Drive and Private Lunch at Drummond Castle was a great success and a unique experience. Guests and cars congregated in the morning for coffee and chocolate at The Highland Chocolatier at Legends of Grandtully near Aberfeldy, then departing on a scenic drive to Drummond Castle through the beautiful Perthshire countryside.
The Cognoscenti hosted a visit by The Secretary of State for Scotland, Michael Moore, to Classic Restorations Scotland. Despite making a point of our political neutrality, we were naturally keen to meet with Mr Moore to explain more about The Cognoscenti and our long term plans. We approached Charles Palmer who was equally enthusiastic and confirmed his willingness to be involved.
Classic Restorations was formed 26 years ago by Charles Palmer in the Perthshire village of Alyth when it was announced that Alyth High School, where he was Head of the Technical Dept., was to close. He started the company after persuading several of his most talented students to join the fledgling venture, promising to provide training. Today around a quarter of the workforce is made up of apprentices.
Two groups of cars assembled at Perth and Aberdeen for morning coffee before a drive through dramatic Highland scenery to Candacraig House, Billy Connolly’s Scottish home in the Cairngorms National Park. Empty roads and breathtaking views make Scotland one of the few places in the world where these cars can be enjoyed to the full and this was certainly the case on our drive to Strathdon.