Spitfire invasion has motorists seeing double

Members of the Dutch Spitfire Club at Brunston Castle.
Members of the Dutch Spitfire Club at Brunston Castle.
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Motorists in the South Carrick area could be forgiven for thinking they were seeing double this week as they encounter more than one of Britain’s best loved sports cars on local roads.

But they’re not seeing things, for no fewer that 47 of the much-cherished Triumph Spitfires have been out and about in the area.

Behind the wheel are members of the Dutch Triumph Spitfire Club making their first visit to Scotland.

They’re here at the behest of Jan Bosklopper, the manager of Brunston Wynd residences at in Dailly where his company owns 28 non-time share bungalows and where the group will stay during their four days in the area.

Back in Holland, where the Spitfire Club boasts more than 1000 members, the little sport car is a big favourite because of its affordability and ease of maintenance.

Jan said: “People in Holland love this car and there are regular tours and meetings of enthusiasts over there. However, this is the first time they have come to Scotland and we hope that it will be the first of many visits.”

The group visited Culzean Castle and the Whisky Experience Centre in Kirkoswald on Monday before heading off the following day to Portpatrick and the Mull of Galloway, returning by Glen Luce and Barrhill. In the evening they will dine together at Willie Wastle’s in Crosshill. Wednesday was a free day before leaves for Newcastle on Thursday for the journey home.

“I hope they will encourage more Dutch people to visit the area and stay with us in our accommodation. We are not a time share so short and long breaks are available. We hope also that they will spend lots of money and make a contribution to the local economy.”