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Recent events

4th & 5th August 2018

10 MGs and 18 members had a great weekend away at the Aberdeen MGOC show at Drum Castle. The weather was warm & sunny throughout, we had a lovely scenic run up (thanks to Jim & Ian) with several re-fuelling stops at Garden Centres and a rest at Cairn O'Mount viewpoint. A delicious (if slow) dinner at the Cow Shed on Saturday night and then the show proper on Sunday. A wide range of MGs, much hilarity and chat and a good time was had by all - especially Lindsay whose TD won a class award. Thanks also to Jim for organising everything so well.

14th July 2018: Dunbar Lifeboat Day

A gloriously sunny day saw the MGs again transporting the Lifeboat Queen and her attendants at Dunbar RNLI Day. Thanks to Neil Douglas for the photos of the MGs awaiting the Queen and her followers to make their choice.

After the parade, we could relax and enjoy the day:

12th July 2018: Annual Barbecue at Boroughmuir

Thirty members braved a slightly chilly evening for the annual BBQ at Boroughmuir Rugby Club. Many thanks to the two chief chefs and to to all those who brought delicious deserts - one member allegedly had five puddings!

7th & 8th July 2018: Glamis Castle Show

Ten Edinburgh members joined the Tayside, Kingdom, Aberdeen, Octagon and Scotland’s Rover Clubs on Mike & Kay Dennis’s wonderful MG stand at the SVVC show at Glamis Castle. 88 cars over the weekend ranging from lovely 1930s & 40s cars, through 1960s & 70s MGBs, MGCs & V8s, more modern MGFs & TFs to a huge number of Zeds and an MG3! Beautiful weather and great company made it a great day out.

17 June 2018: Run and picnic at Kailzie Gardens

Ten cars had a scenic run down to Kailzie Gardens near Peebles for a picnic/BBQ, followed by a putting competition, a tour round the gardens or watching the newly hatched Osprey chicks - whichever took your fancy. We were lucky with the weather and wee Scotty 'Haggis' enjoyed begging for titbits!

 

3 June 2018: BVAC Rally at Thirlestane Castle

A lovely day at Thirlestane Castle Show and it was a pleasure to have members from the Octagon Club and the Midget & Sprite club join us, plus visits from Caledonian Centre members. A good range of cars (including the latest ZS) in spite of losing 15 to unforeseen circumstances! Great company, good laughs and plenty to see. Shame it was such a dreich day but it didn't spoil the fun and thanks to Neil for some of the photos.

27 May 2018: Gymkhana at Lathalmond Bus Museum

A good turnout of 17 cars with 11 competing and beautiful weather made the gymkhana at the Vintage Bus Museum a great day out. The usual briefing on the driving tests - roundabout, balls, parallel park, satsuma slalom and the new wasp. All tried out by a variety of cars and a variety of driving skills, which made it quite interesting to watch! Many thanks must go to the marshalls who kept things going smoothly, with much hilarity. After the fun & games, there was the BBQ and a trip round the bus museum. Thanks to Lindsay Kyle for the drone photos.

13 May 2018: Stirling and District Classic Car Show

Eleven Edinburgh cars were on a joint stand with the Octagon Club at the Stirling and District Classic Car Show at Bridge of Allan. The dampness desisted by the time we headed for the show from the meeting point at Dobbies but it had had an impact on the showground which was more than a little muddy, but the sun came out and warmed us all up.

 

10 May 2018: Meeting the new ZS at Boroughmuir

 

Members who were at Thursday evening's meeting had the chance to see the latest offering from MG - the ZS compact SUV. We were impressed by how spacious it was, the interior quality and layout, and the amazing value for money which includes a 7 year warranty. The car proved comfortable and easy to drive, and looked lovely in Laser Blue. Many thanks to Central Garage, Galashiels for letting us have the car for the evening.

22 April 2018: Drive it Day in the Borders

 

12 MGs took up BVAC's invitation to join their Drive It Day run in the Borders. A superb route by Ian Lindley took us from Newtown St Boswell's to Newcastleton for a coffee stop and then a scenic run over the moors to the Woll Golf Club for a huge and delicious lunch. There was a bit of rain, but also some sunshine so we did get to see some of the views. It was also good to see some interesting cars from BVAC members - including a lovely wee Frogeye with an automatic gearbox. A great day out!

10 March 2018: Visit to Classic Restorations, Alyth

19 car enthusiasts braved the heavy rain to visit Classic Restorations at Alyth. We saw beautiful completed restorations like the re-shelled Austin Healey Sprite and ‘work in progress’ - the Bentley Special getting its panels made. Some like the Ford Zodiac were being done to incredible concours standard and others were awaiting restoration. Many thanks Classic Restorations for showing us around. We rounded off the day with a delicious lunch at Alyth Golf Club.

8 February 2018: AGM

 

At the AGM, the members over-whelmingly voted for Allan Digance to receive the Harvey Cooke Memorial Cup as they thought he'd done the most for the club in the past year. Karen Niven presented Allan with the cup.

20 January 2018: Skittles Evening at the Sheep's Heid, Duddingston

Concentration and different styles at the skittles evening at the Sheep Heid Inn.

14 January 2018: Carvery Lunch

Although the dreaded 'flu brought the numbers down, those still standing enjoyed a delicious carvery, much hilarity and great company.

11 January 2018: Quiz night

Much concentration at the annual quiz night!

8 December 2017: Christmas Dinner

43 MG enthusiasts had a most enjoyable Christmas Dinner at Mortonhall Golf Club. Great meal, entertaining company and much festive spirit.

It was also good to welcome some members from other Areas.

8 November 2017: Pudding Club

15 Edinburgh members enjoyed delicious puddings at Luca's before watching the hilarious Steamie.

21 October 2017: Visit to Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum

10 MGs and a Morris Minor assembled on a Baltic morning for the last run of the year to the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum at the old RAF Dumfries airfield. We met up with another MG at the coffee and bacon butty stop at St Mary’s Loch (where the sun was shining) and were joined by a Morgan, an MX5 and a Skoda at the Museum.

 

The Museum had a good selection of WW2 memorabilia and the old RAF control tower is now a listed building. In addition, we could see the Lightning that an Edinburgh club member had helped to transport from the Gyle. Then we adjourned for a welcome late lunch at Heathhall Garden Centre. A good day out and many thanks to Ian & Chris for suggesting it and doing most of the organising.

24 September 2017: Gathering of the Clans at Doune

Dennis Standing & Allan Digance sent photos of the very wet Gathering of the Clans at Doune, organised by Tayside MGOC. In spite of the weather 75 MGs attended and a good time was had by all.

23 & 24 September 2017: Visit to Beamish, and Aston Martin workshop

 

A great weekend visiting the Classic Car show at Beamish Museum followed by a trip round the Aston Martin workshops. A huge variety of Classic Cars at the show, plus the chance to go round Beamish Museum itself. Also some lovely cars on show at Aston Martin.

Craig F's visit to Spa 2017, Belgium

A selection of photos from his trip in his MGB this summer to the event 

 

27 August: Linlithgow Classic Car Day

Another lovely summer's day for the Linlithgow Classic Car Day and a huge turnout of cars from  'auld yins' to muscle cars and everything in between - three MGB GT V8s no less and lots of other MGs, but not all from the Edinburgh Club!

10 August 2017: Meet and Eat at the Bridge Inn, Ratho

A sunny evening saw a good turnout of members for the 'meet and eat' at the Bridge Inn, Ratho. Generous portions and good company. Also thanks to Karen for snapping Robert and Craig's unfeasibly large burgers and trying valiantly to follow the photographer's instructions to have 'eyes open and mouth shut!

13 July 2017: Meeting & Barbecue

26 MGers turned out for the annual BBQ, which was a fun evening in spite of the chilly and then wet weather. Allan & George were superb as chief chefs, cooking everything to perfection and remembering who brought what. We managed our burgers before the rain started in earnest and we had to adjourn to Boroughmuir's bar for the selection of puddings. 

9 July 2017: Glamis Castle Show

 

We were invited to join the Tayside, Kingdom and Octagon clubs on Mike & Kay Dennis's wonderful MG stand at Glamis Castle. Mike & Kay had put a huge amount of work into the stand, had over 70 cars on the day and won the best stand award - well deserved. A good range of MGs on show - moderns, zeds, TFs, MGBs, V8s, Cs and a central display of the 'auld yins' from the Octagon Club. A great day spent with like-minded and friendly people - shame the rain started at 1pm!

8 July 2017: Dunbar RNLI Gala Day


We again supplied the open top cars for the RNLI Gala Queen and her entourage at a sunny Dunbar. The Queen and first attendant opted for the white cars - oldest first. Martin sent up all the extra cars for other important people and it was much appreciated, and was preferred to going in a Land Rover!

 

Photos by Helen Kirkness, video Lindsay Kyle

25 June 2017: Trip to Scotland's Secret Bunker  and Anstruther

 

12 assorted MGs assembled at South Queensferry for a scenic run through Fife's prettier villages for a visit to Scotland's Secret Bunker, followed by lovely fish & chips in Anstruther. A grand day out.

4 June 2017: BVAC Thirlestane Rally

 

Another wonderful and most enjoyable BVAC Thirlestane Castle show - sunshine and showers, but not too wet thankfully. It was good to have the three MG clubs together - Edinburgh, Caledonian and Northumbria - all doing their bit to keep the MG marque in the public eye. Allan's MGB and Martin's Midget were both 50 and we had a cake (very popular with the public!) and balloons to celebrate.

 

It was a pleasure to have Craig & Heather (MG TF500) from KIngdom Club, Tony & Jill (TC) and Jim & Loretta (RV8) from the Octagon Club on the stand. Also to have Peter's immaculate ZT (seen with Ian's ZS) and to meet Malcolm with his traction engine.

14 May 2017: Gymkhana

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29 April 2017: Grassmarket Vintage weekend

We joined the car display at the Grassmarket Vintage Weekend - a good weekend with plenty of sunshine but a nippy east wind. There was the usual entertainment of music, cancan dancers, acrobats, magicians and lots of stalls selling everything from vintage clothes to interesting food. Many thanks to everyone who brought their car along and talked to the public - the older the car, the more popular it was!

23 March 2017: Drive it day

Great day, lovely weather & good grub! Good turnout too.

19 March 2017: Technical Day

The 'Technical Day' was attended by 18 members - and it didn't rain! Part 1 was seeing round Gerry's amazing expedition Land Rover; Part 2 was Dave going over servicing and adjusting SU carburettors.

Many thanks to Bill & Karen for hosting it and suppying lots of lovely grub.

18th February 2017: 10 pin Bowling at Dunfermline with the Kingdom MG Club

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