East Report by Anne Howitt
Brrr! Woke up to 5 degrees but the sun was shining. Coffee and bacon butties arrived at our starting place by Abernethy and there was so much catch up chat we were a bit late in leaving. However our little group of two TDs, a BGT, an RV8 and an MG3 covered most of our route in convoy.
The route took us through some lovely areas of Perthshire, through Dunning and passing the monument to Maggie Wall, burned in 1657 as a witch, crossing the ubiquitous Kinkell Bridge, up to Gilmerton and then through the Sma’ Glen. At some points we slowed a bit – the TD answer to turning up the heater – but it gave an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on which was, for most of us, the first outing of the season.
On leaving Aberfeldy we took a less well travelled road to join the A827 heading for Ballinluig. But then…. there was a sneaky turn to the left up a steep hill passing Dunfallandy cemetery and running parallel to the A9. A new road, I understand, for all who were on the east run. From there on it was a couple of miles to our lunch venue at Pitlochry Hydro.
Many thanks to Peter Chalmers who documented our run and the car park at Pitlochry on Facebook.
North Report by Colin Ross
Arrived home from Dubai On Friday night to revive the 66 BGT from 9 months of hibernation and check her over for a 360 mile round trip. Checked the oil, checked the coolant, connected the batteries and She fired straight up. Quick test drive and I remember why I love these cars!
We left Montrose at 06:30 to meet Iain and Tony at Aviemore 120 miles away. Bacon rolls and tea done, our little group consisting of a 2010 TF, a 2005 TF and our 1966 BGT left Aviemore at 10:00. Skirting the still snow capped Cairngorms, we drove through some of the gorgeous remnants of the ancient Caledonian Woodlands, the Rothiemurchus Forest.
Passing through Nethy Bridge we drove through some spectacular scenery into Tomintoul and on to the Lecht that was closed because of snow just a week earlier! Fortunately, it was clear and dry today. Driving on down to Cockbridge and Glen Gairn, being rewarded by some fantastic views in very clear and very cold air. Pam and I were glad to be in the GT, managing to keep the draughts to a minimum and maximising the meagre output of the heater, but Iain, Margaret and Tony in the TF’s were made of tougher stuff and had their “taps aff”.
As we wound our way down to Deeside, the views afforded of mighty Lochnagar were stunning and will stay with me for years.
Cruising up Deeside and through Braemar, we climbed through the beautiful pass of Glenshee and chased down the far side passed the old Devils Elbow and on to the Spittal of Glenshee where we picked up Peter and his immaculate 1961 MGA. Sorry to have kept you waiting Peter!
Our expanded convoy cruised on down the glen, before turning west and back up through the mountains to reach Pitlochry, not a single missed beat from any of the 4 cars!
After lunch, Pam and I stayed overnight in Pitlochry, where the ‘66 was treated like a Princess by the hotel with prime parking, before carrying us the final 120 miles home to Montrose.
Goodness me I love these cars…did I say that before?
West Report by Nancy Crichton
We had 12 cars leaving from Dobbie’s in Stirling ranging from a 1972 MGB to a 2017 MG3. There were another 4 cars joined us at Killin from the MGOC who were weekending in Killin and it was a pleasure to have them join us. We had other members on their first run, Bill Roberts along with John and Margaret Redmond , both in MGBs. The run started following a path past the David Stirling Memorial, the founder of the SAS, then on through Callander to the Falls of Dochart in Killin. The route then continued alongside Loch Tay up past the 5,000 year old Yew tree in Fortingall and on to Aberfeldy. From there it was a pleasant meander to Pitlochry where the weather was very kind to us and a wholesome lunch was enjoyed. The hotel staff were all very attentive and friendly which was much appreciated by all.
In total we had 48 attendees, a great success for our first MG run of the Year.
Thanks to the organisers!