On a fairly grey, cool morning 15 folk and 8 cars assembled at The Charlton Farm and Coffee Shop for the usual refreshments (my bacon and egg buttie was particularly good) prior to our run.
It was good to meet up again with ‘weel kent ‘ friends from the north sector but particularly pleasing to welcome Marjorie Gourley with her blue MGBGT, on her ?rst run with her navigator Pippa Bagnall. By the time we set off the rain had started and the weather was less than pleasant but despite an unexpected road closure all 8 cars arrived safely at Gloagburn, our lunch stop, in rather more pleasant conditions.
This year the Eastern start for the first run on the 25th Anniversary season was from a small unknown but perfectly formed independent garden centre – Conifox at Kirklinson just off the M8. They have recently opened a very good Bistro and we were treated to a breakfast roll and tea or coffee in our own section of the restaurant. Nine cars had signed up for this year’s Eastern route, I had hoped for more but it was two more than last year, so a growth!
They all looked nice in the car park ranging from 1954 Black TF of Stan Sommerville to the most modern 2010 TF 85th of Tony Smith accompanied by his son Robin. With a wee silver WSM Midget thrown in. (there’s a story of later on in the day).
Once fed and watered a few went off first to buy plants, well you just have to it would be rude not to buy some plants.
Off we all went to start our 70 mile drive to Gloagburn at Tibbermore.The weather looked a little dull but so far no rain so Stan decided to brave it in true MG style – Hood off .He mentioned that he had only picked it up the day before as it had recently had a head change done, it was smoking a wee bit as he set off following Rod Merrall in his Damask BGT.
The route took us through Queensferry with brilliant views of the Forth Rail Bridge, crossing over the road bridge gives clear view of the new bridge, now almost complete. Dropping off the M90 and following the A921 through Crossgates, Cowdenbeath and Kelty, not sure if anyone managed to spot the sleeping Giant in the hills, probably not, as the rain had started to become heavy and poor Stan had to stop and put his hood up, so as I was tail end Charlie I waited for him to catch up and follow me.
Some of us all met up and had a nice coffee stop, or hot chocolate in my case, thank you Stan in Falkland, always very popular and more so on Easter Sunday. Heading off through the Lomond hills and up through the Path of Condie with some very good views but, on a bit of an overcast day you could still see along the glens.
We started (in the rain of course !) at the excellent Westerwood Hotel near Cumbernauld. The hotel was all ready for us, serving up the traditional bacon rolls with tea or coffee, being Easter Sunday, we decided to also add Easter eggs.
We drove over the Tak ma Doon road , which I must confess, before organising this run, we had never been on it before. The rain did not adversely affect the ford, thank goodness.
After a brief run down the A9, we went through Braco and Muthill before driving along another interesting road to our final destination at the Gloagburn Farm shop. Here the staff were again ready for us, despite some of us arriving a bit early. Excellent organisation from Anne Howitt ensured we had a designated parking area and a private dining room where we had soup, sandwiches and tea/ coffee.
All in all, a good start to the season with a gentle 1st run.
The Satellite idea allows us to meet up with our MG friends from the North and East and hopefully can be repeated.