Last run of the season: 22 October 2023
Eleven cars set off on a most enjoyable 'Coast & Country' last run of the season, ably organised by Peter. A scenic tour along the coast to Dunbar for coffee, then a trip inland to Preston, followed by a run past the White Castle Iron Age Hill Fort and into Gifford for a late lunch at the Tweeddale Arms. Beautiful weather, fantastic views, some interesting flooding and a landslip, but we all made it to lunch!
Visit to see the new MG Cyberster at Peter Vardy: 19 September 2023
The Edinburgh club went to Peter Vardy at Seafield for the unveiling of the MG Cyberster, the new electric sports car. We were asked to bring our old MGs and we lined up beside a rare MG Maestro Turbo. The Cyberster was impressive, seriously fast, well spec'd with nice interior, well put together and the range should be over 300 miles.
MG100 Ecosse: 17 September 2023
Well, what a fantastic celebration of MG100 Ecosse - many thanks and full credit to all the organisers. There were about 180 MGs, from the pre 1956 cars on the Octagon stand, through MGAs, MGBs,
RV8s, new TFs, some Zeds (only about half a dozen) and a few modern Chinese cars. In addition, there were the ten MGs entered for the MG100 class in the hillclimb - MGBs, Midgets and the winning
Edinburgh Area were opposite the Octagon Club and we had 20 cars on the day - sadly, a few had had to call off due to mechanical issues. There were cars from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Highland, Kingdom, Stirling and Tayside MGOC, the MGCC Caledonian Centre and Young Members, plus an area for individual/turn up on the day MGs. In addition there were stands from Chic Doig, MGOC Regalia, Wheel Lacing, Arnold Clark, SCAA and Scottish Autism. The MG Cyberster all electric sports car made an appearance at the end of the day too.
Your entry fee got you a wristband that allowed you to walk up the hill to watch the hillclimb cars - some of them scarily fast! The other treat was the two parades of MGs up the hill at 12.30 and 3.30. The MGs were in a group behind a pace car and everyone enjoyed the experience of the run up the hill. In spite of the dreich weather, it was a most enjoyable day.
Carhailes: 27 August 2023
We had 11 cars signed up for the friendly Carhailes show at Newhailes House. There were interesting cars to see, plus the Clan stunt cycling team and The Imps on their motorbikes. The weather was variable (glad we had the gazebo to shelter under!) but it was still a good and enjoyable day out.
Run and visit to the Falkirk Wheel: 12 August 2023
A dreich day saw six MGs and a non-MG assemble for the run to the Falkirk Wheel. A good driving route through the wilds of West Lothian and Falkirk saw us arriving at the Falkirk Wheel in time for lunch before going on the barge trip taking us on the wheel, through the Roughcastle tunnel and back in time for a quick coffee before heading home
Dunbar RNLI Gala Day: 15 July 2023
We again provided the open-topped cars for the Lifeboat Queen and her attendants at the Dunbar RNLI Gala Day - the GT at the front was transporting an organiser! The weather was a bit uncertain, but it was a most enjoyable day.
SVVC Show at Glamis Castle: 9 July 2023
We joined the Tayside MGOC club stand (along with several other MG clubs) at the SVVC show at Glamis Castle, organised by Mike & Kay Dennis. Lovely weather, seriously nice cars and friendly people made it a good day out.
BVAC Show at Thirlestane Castle: 18 June 2023
Wonderful day at BVAC's Thirlestane Castle show - glorious weather, friendly people and lovely cars. We had nineteen cars on the stand and four in front of the castle on the MG100 timeline. We then joined the MG100 cars in the parade ring and there was a good showing of MGs for the centenary year.
Run to The Japanese Garden at Cowden: 7 June 2023
16 members enjoyed a scenic run to the Japanese Garden near Dollar, which are both beautiful and peaceful. We enjoyed the informative tour, followed by a snack lunch at the good Tearoom and then the opportunity to explore by yourself before heading home.
Scenic run to Traquair House and Brewery visit: 21 May 2023
Our main event in May was the run to Traquair House for their brewery and tasting tour. A most enjoyable day as the weather was kind, the route scenic, the brewery tour interesting and the lunch afterwards good. Some of us stayed on to go round Traquair House itself - the oldest inhabited house in Scotland.
Drive it Day 2023: 23 April 2023
A group of ELBMG members joined BVAC for their Drive It Day run - ‘Six Bridges to the Sea’. A scenic run through the Borders countryside to Berwick-upon-Tweed, taking in six bridges as the title suggests. The weather started sunny but then became unkind, but it was good to go over the newly refurbished Union Chain bridge that runs over the river Tweed between England and Scotland.
Technical Day: 25 March 2023
A good turnout of members for our Technical Day - learning about SU HS4 & HIF4 carburettors and how to change the radiator on a late model MGB GT. Also some good natured banter and a most enjoyable day.
Visit to Glasgow Central Station: 18 February 2023
Not car related but still a good day out - the Glasgow Central Station Tour, ably organised by Craig. We got nine members who gave their names in time to be booked in and a few who were a bit late! However, if you missed it, it is worth doing as the guide is enthusiastic, interesting and informative - we’ll not spoil it by giving too many details! Suffice to say, that the station is two square miles, has different levels and they are planning on developing the Victorian part with a steam engine and old carriages, so it looks like we’ll make another visit. After the tour, we had an excellent meal at the Red Onion, recommended and organised by Jim. Thanks to June for some of the photos
Christmas Dinner: 16 December 2022
A Baltic night saw ELBMG members assemble at Mortonhall Golf Club for the annual Christmas dinner - we were a few down due to ‘flu bugs and travel worries. However a good time was had by all as the food was good, service quick & friendly and there was some cheerful Christmas attire.
Last run of the season: 30 October 2022
We had a last run of the season through scenic parts of Perthshire and some dubious weather. We had nine cars booked but three couldn’t make it and one broke down in the wilds of Perthshire. However, it was a good day out for the rest with delicious scones and coffee at the Klondyke garden centre start and excellent fish & chips at the finish in Allanwater Cafe in Bridge of Allan.
Gymkhana: 2 October 2022
Our gymkhana was held on a sunny if breezy day at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum. We had the usual tests of driving skills (not against the clock) and a good time was had by everyone.
Gathering of the Clans - 25 September 2022
A successful Gathering of the Clans, well organised by Stirling Area. 120 MGs and all the MG clubs in Scotland attending made it a real Marque of Friendship event. It’s always good to catch up with everyone, admire the huge variety of MGs on show and raise money for two local charities.
Carhailes: 28 August 2022
After a cold grey meet up, the sun came out for Carhailes. 11 MGs and their owners enjoyed the day with plenty to see, including Newhailes House itself.
Club BBQ: 14 July 2022
Twenty members enjoyed the club BBQ in Allan & Linda’s garden. Huge amounts of delicious grub was consumed and there was much hilarity and banter. Many thanks to everyone who brought food for general consumption and to Allan & Linda for the work involved in organising the BBQ.
SVVC Transport Extravaganza at Glamis Castle: 10 July 2022
The Edinburgh MG Club joined the Tayside MGOC and the Octagon Club at the SVVC Transport Extravaganza at Glamis Castle. The stand (organised by Mike & Kay Dennis) had a huge number of MGs and non MGs on show.
Scenic run and visit to Edinburgh Model Engineering Centre, Almondell: 26 June 2022
Our picnic run to Almondell Model Engineering Centre had a good turnout of eleven MGs and two non MGs. There was a scenic run to Almondell, where we had our picnic, followed by a tour of ESME’s new site to see the amazing progress they’ve made and then we could ride on the wee trains as often as we wanted. There were steam and electric locos, different gauges and different routes - a good time was had by all. It was a grand day out and many thanks go to the volunteers at Almondell for making it so.
Thirlestane Castle Show: 19 June 2022
We put up our usual club stand at the Sir Jackie Stewart Classic (and BVAC’s 50th anniversary) at Thirlestane Castle. Sir Jackie’s raising money for Race against Dementia Foundation was on all weekend - and quite a spectacle it was too. However, we were with BVAC on the Sunday and the weather was kind; we managed 27 cars (two down due to mechanical problems) that ranged from 1948 to 2019 and everyone enjoyed themselves - couldn’t ask for more! Many thanks to Neil Douglas for the photos.
Scenic run: 22 May 2022
We had a scenic run through the Lothians and Borders, ending up at Fenton Barns for an excellent lunch. The cafe & farm shop at Fenton Barns is well worth a visit if you’re out near North Berwick. All seven cars made it to the end!
Stirling & District Classic Car Show: 8 May 2022
We had 10 cars lined up for the Stirling & District Classic Car Show - although one didn’t make it due to carburettor trouble. After a cold and grey meet up at Dobbies, the sun and warmth came out and it was a most enjoyable day. The show itself was a bit smaller than usual (probably due to lingering Covid concerns) but there was a huge variety of cars to see and it was a most enjoyable day.
Visit to Vintage & Classics & CBC Bodyshop: 19 March 2022
We had an enjoyable and informative Tech Day at Bill Dalgetty's Vintage & Classics and Chris Colgan's CBC Bodyshop - many thanks to Bill & Chris for giving up their Saturday morning to show us around. Afterwards we had a delicious lunch at Whitekirk Hill and it was good to see some MGs had come out to play in the sunshine.
AGM & Quiz night: 10 February 2022
It was good to get back to normal and have the AGM followed by our annual quiz. There were questions (some challenging!) on general knowledge, 12 days of Christmas or Valentine’s Day massacre, car makes & models, famous deaths in 2021 and, of course, a feely bag. The scores were close (88, 84 & 81) with Team 2 being the winners.
Autumn run to Jim Clark museum: Sunday 17th October 2021
10 cars and 19 members enjoyed a lovely run to Duns (thanks to Ian Lindley for letting us use one of his routes) - via the Goblin Ha' in Gifford for coffee and an excellent lunch at the Jim Clark bistro. We then went round the impressive Jim Clark Museum - both the bistro and the museum are well worth a visit.
Gathering of the Clans at Doune: Sunday 26th September 2021
Another very successful Gathering of the Clans, organised by Glasgow Area this year. 108 MGs on the day, with a fantastic turnout of 30 cars from the Octagon Club and 15 from Edinburgh, Lothian and Borders. All the Scottish MG clubs were represented and it was great to catch up with everyone - a friendly, relaxed and fun day. Entertainment was provided by the local pipe band (thanks to Peter Woodham for that photo) and lots of raffle prizes - plus the usual 'silly prizes', with Edinburgh netting the best two-tone car and the most bent aerial!
Gymkhana: Sunday 12 September 2021
Much fun was had at the club Gymkhana held at the Vintage Bus Museum and it was good to welcome some Octagon Club members. Five driving tests (not against the clock) followed by a picnic.The photos show each of the tests.
Classics in Northumbria: Corbridge Show
Sunday 15 August 2021
We set up a small stand at the Classics in Northumbria show at Corbridge - sadly, due to Covid we couldn't organise this as our weekend away. It was a good show and worth a visit, but the dreich weather put a bit of a dampener on things - however, no-one can resist an open bonnet!
Thursday 12 August 2021
Allan decided to have our first proper meeting 'al fresco' and picked the
car park of the old Forth Bridges hotel. A good choice as it was quiet, there was plenty of room and even better, it stayed sunny!
16 MG members arrived with 2 guests from the Midget & Sprite Club - who came with 2 lovely cars, a Frogeye and an interesting Midget. For the rest there were 3 MGBs, 4 Midgets, a TF, a ZS180, an MG3, an Audi, a Fiesta and a BMW bike. It was good to meet up, chat, admire the cars and of course, the lure of an open bonnet was as strong as ever! Hopefully we can do the same next month.
Summer BBQ chez Allan
Sunday 1 August 2021
Scenic Run to the Speckled Hen at Tealing: July
Well, we were finally able to organise a run and stay within guidelines! Since we met up in an open space, maintained social distancing, were then in our cars, didn't have an organised coffee stop and ate outside at the Speckled Hen, I don't think there was any great risk. Anyway, it was a scenic run to Crieff, through Glen Almond,to Coupar Angus and then down to Tealing, where the Speckled Hen did us proud. It is a farm/coffee shop and you can eat outside or in, the food was delicious and there was plenty of farm produce to buy - well worth a visit if you're north of Dundee. Thanks to Dave Mac for the photos at the Speckled Hen.
Curry & Film Night: 20 February 2020
Over 20 members enjoyed a great curry & film night at Boroughmuir Rugby Club.
Quiz night: 13 February 2020
24 members enjoyed the annual quiz night with rounds on cars, general knowledge, famous faces, close-ups of household objects and the perennial favourite - a feely bag.
Carvery Lunch: 26 January 2020
Some 20 or so members met at the Westgate Farm Carvery for lunch and enjoyed good food and company.
Christmas Dinner: 13 December 2019
33 members enjoyed the good food and great company at the Christmas Dinner at Mortonhall Golf Club. The Brian Kirkness Trophy for the best home rebuild went to Craig Fotheringham for his MGB Roadster re-shell and the Harvey Cooke Cup for members that have done a lot for the club went to Neil & Margaret Douglas for organising a lovely run in the Borders and also setting up the club stand at the last ever Selkirk Rally. The coveted Piston Broke Trophy for the member who has had the most mechanical misfortune went to Keith 'three gearboxes' Chinnery, who will receive the award at the next club meeting!
Last run of the season: 20 October 2019
11 cars attended the last run of the season - a cloudy start at Craigie's Farm (coffee) then the sun came out by Powmill Milkbar (bacon butties and ice-cream). Early lunch at the Pillars of Hercules (soup) and a late lunch at Anstruther (fish & chips). A most enjoyable day with great company
Selkirk Show: 15 September 2019
15 cars (including a mint Costello V8 from Harrogate) attended the last ever Selkirk Rally. Neil Douglas was organiser (and took some of the photos) and produced a good display showing a range of MGs from 1950s to 2014. The forecast rain didn't appear, the show was well attended and a great time was had by all.
FAVVO Show at Ladybank: 25 August 2019
A gloriously sunny day for the FAVVO show at Ladybank. Good to be next the Octagon Club with their lovely T-types and a P-type and have a couple of the Midget & Sprite club join us too. A great day out with and we were very glad to have the small gazebo as a sun-shade.
Harrogate MG Club Show weekend: 2-4 August 2019
Our weekend away was to the Harrogate MG show and we were blessed with decent weather in spite of the dire forecasts. 10 cars made the journey, with a scenic run followed by an Italian meal on the Friday. Saturday was do your own thing (go on the official run or explore the area) followed by a BBQ at the show ground. Sunday was show day with a huge range of MGs and other Classic Cars to see - and a good day was had by all. Many thanks to Jim Tierney for organising everything so well.
Glamis Show: 14 July 2019
Edinburgh members had a most enjoyable day on the Team Dennis stand. There were cars from Edinburgh, Kingdom, Tayside, Aberdeen, Highland MGOC, Octagon Club and Scotland's Rover Club. Everyone was friendly, there was much hilarity and many lovely cars to see. The weather was warm and sunny and the show was huge this year.
Club Barbecue: 11 July 2019
30 members enjoyed a lovely annual BBQ in warm sunshine, in spite of dire thunderstorm warnings from the Met Office! Great company, lots of food ably cooked by the two chief chefs and a good evening was had by all.
Scenic run in the Borders: 23 June 2019
The weather was sunny, the route scenic, the food delicious and many thanks go to Neil & Margaret Douglas for organising it all and for most of the photos. Sadly there were 3 call offs due to health issues with the cars and participants, but 9 MGs made it and it was good to welcome Dave from the Caledonian Centre in his gold TF. We covered 114 miles of lovely Borders countryside, the coffee stop was at The Gordon Arms Hotel (wonderful scones) and the finish lunch at the Woll Golf Course (huge and delicious portions).
BVAC Classic Festival of Motoring at Thirlestane Castle: 2 June 2019
There were many interesting cars this year, with lots of anniversaries in 2019 - Capris in particular were out in force, and lots of Triumphs. Our own stand featured MGs from the 1930s to 2014, along with a stray MG Citroen 2CV6 which sneaked in! We didn't seem to get quite as many visitors as usual, possibly on account of being further away from the central area than usual, or maybe on account of the dull and occasionally rather damp weather - which needless to say turned to warm sunshine just in time for us to pack up and go home!
Thanks to Lindsay Kyle for the photos below.
Gymkhana: 26 May 2019
After a wet start, it dried up and there was much gymkhana fun followed by a BBQ.