Aston Martin and Scotland’s Most Beautiful Road

by Sam Jemielity

“If you found yourself in a dream. Walking towards an Aston. Swan door invitingly open. Then I think the road you’d want it to be sitting on… is this one.” So says EVO’s Henry Catchpole in this video, in the mellifluous UK accent that by itself is worth the price of admission.

The stretch of tarmac he’s referring to is the old military road in the Cairngorms mountains, in Scotland. And I have the privilege of going to Scotland, in a month, to celebrate my brother-in-law’s 50th birthday. Like me, he’s a total car nerd – in fact, there’s video of him totaling his BMW on a track day at Spa in Belgium circling on the internets out there. Went a little too hot into a corner. With my impending trip to this beautiful land, this video of a great driving road in Scotland from our friends at EVO definitely caught my eye.

There are no crashes here, thankfully, as EVO’s Catchpole in an Aston N430 takes on a military road built in the mid-18th century by Major William Caulfield. Caulfield (per Wikipedia) was made Inspector of Roads in Scotland in 1732, responsible for directing the construction of new roads and bridges, including this lovely stretch. EVO’s been to this vicinity before, having taken a V12 Zagato up there in winter. This time, they’re driving the N430, blowing by castles, sheep, deer and the wistful summer equipment of the seasonally dormant ski area at Glenshee.

Like our pals, of course, we’ll be driving much more cautiously on our Scotland trip.

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