By Tony Smith
Despite a week of snow the gathering of 12 cars and 17 people (around 50% of expected bookings) set off on Saturday morning from Caulder’s Erskine around 11.00 bound for a short run to Balmaha and the Oak Tree Hotel.
The route had been checked that morning by Lorraine in her sure footed MGZR and I had checked Caulder’s the day previously.
Ably looked after by Katie and her team in the café the numbers gradually grew and we were quorate enough to proceed. Everyone went via the short scenic route although I’m not sure which way the chairman went as he was fashionably last to Balmaha.
Stunning views and pure sunshine were the order of the day. It was quite magnificent and the roads were in good order. The only really slippy bit being the car park at Balmaha.
The Oak Tree had kept the conservatory for us and we all settled in to an extensive menu choice of good food. The time passed quickly as everyone chatted and socialised and no one was in a hurry to leave. It was good to see like minded people from the Scottish MG Rover Group and the Monklands Sporting Car Club as well as our own members.
From the feedback on the day and afterwards on Facebook and by email the concept has produced the results for the Centre in new friendships and members.
Adoption of these runs during the fallow period i.e. November to March on a regular basis in our programme of events seems to me to be fundamental.