The Ain Car Run this year had to contend with what Storm Erik could throw at us. But the MG Car Club is made up of hardy people,
so there were around 30 members and friends in attendance at the gathering point of Caulders Garden Centre, Erskine, on a very windy Saturday morning for a fifty-mile run round the West Coast to Irvine.
It’s early February, stormy, with a Yellow Weather Warning in force. Of course, the ‘Ain’ tag meant there was no requirement to turn up in an MG, so classic MGs were missing in action, replaced mostly by traitoresque Mercedes and BMWs However, a fantastic sight was seeing so many modern MGs and a Rover in attendance, with all SAIC era MG variants represented: MG3, MG6, two MG ZSs and MG GS, accompanied by an MGF, MG ZT, MG ZT-T and a Rover 75 Tourer (with MG alloys!).
The picturesque run went via Port Glasgow, Greenock, Gourock, passing the Cloch Lighthouse and classic Wemyss Bay railway station, down through Skelmorlie (gates open thankfully – but Tony had a Plan B if needed), right along the stunning shoreline to where everyone was tempted (and allowed!) to make stops for tea/coffee and/or take photographs. Once reaching Largs and resisting the temptation to jump on a ferry to the stunning isles (there were many ferry terminals passed on the route), we went through Fairlie, Seamill and then headed to our destination and booked lunch stop at Irvine Harbour.
The Ship Inn – the oldest pub in Irvine (est 1754) – welcomed us all with the usual stunning food, drink and service. There was much banter in the air as we all enjoyed each other’s company. Members shared their plans for participating in 2019 events and discussed all matters of car ownership.
After lunch we all disbanded to make our own way home. However we stayed overnight locally, and the next day decided to repeat the experience (thanks, Tony) and retraced our tyre tracks left from Saturday, and returned up the West Coast in a more leisurely fashion, enjoying the most amazing scenery in much brighter, calmer weather.
Much thanks go to Tony for organising this fantastic run and lunch. Hope to see you all at events in 2019.