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.
Drive-it Day: 28 April 2019
12 Edinburgh cars joined the BVAC Drive It Day Run and we all bought raffle tickets for the lovely Mini that's being raffled off to raise money for My Name5 Doddie Weir. Glorious sunshine, scenic views and good company with a great run through the Borders countryside, finishing up at the Woll Golf Club for a huge late lunch. Many thanks to BVAC for inviting us along and also to Ian Lindley for the photos at the ford.
17 March 2019: Visit to Dundee Motor Museum
An interesting, if cold, visit to the Dundee Motor Museum - only one MG though! Followed by lunch at Discovery Point and many thanks to Bill for organising it so well.
23 February 2019: Visit to Luca's Ice Cream Factory
A group of club members (joined in some cases by young memebrs of their families) gathered in Luca's Ice Cream Cafe in Musselburgh prior to being shown round their adjoining small factory where the ice cream is made. As there were too many for one tour, we divided into two groups, with one enjoying breakfast rolls and coffee while the other toured the factory. Both tours ended with an opportunity to see the classic ice cream vans: a 1923 6-cylinder Rolls Royce (purported to be the world's only RR Ice Cream van!), a Bedford van, and one which appeared to be a derivative of a Mini Moke! There were also a very fine original Mini and a Morris Traveller on display.
Photos by David MacAnena, Martin Fraser, June Fotheringham & Fraser Watt
27 January 2019: Carvery lunch
22 MG souls turned out on a glacial day for the carvery lunch at Westgate Farm. Huge portions were consumed followed by suitably calorific puddings!
10 January 2019: Meeting and Quiz
Four teams tackled the fiendish quiz night with questions on cars, car logos, general knowledge, dead celebs and Craig's wonderful 12 days of Christmas.
14 December 2018: Christmas Dinner
47 MG enthusiasts had a most enjoyable evening with much hilarity and delicious food. It was good to welcome friends from other clubs and the chaps had 'scrubbed up well'! The car that the Mortonhall Golf Club staff would most like to take home was Bill & Karen's lovely blue P-type, which netted its owners a bottle of champagne. A great evening and thanks go to Tony Woods and the Mortonhall Golf Club.
21 October 2018 - Last run of the season
14 cars set out for the last run of the season, starting at the Scottish Mining Museum at Newtongrange and with a choice of two routes - going over the Chain Bridge or past Norham Castle. The wider moderns opted for route 2! There were several refreshments stops en route but most opted for the quirky Honey Farm. A run of 109 miles took us through beautiful East Lothian and Border countryside - with some sunny spells! Thanks to Neil D for the photo at the Mining Museum.
23 September 2018: Hopetoun House Show
The Rotary Club of South Queensferry organised a Classic Car show at Hopetoun House. Entries were limited to 7 per club and we put in an appearance to see what it was like. Impressive seems to be the verdict.
Thanks to David Hull (group shot and aerial view) and Allan Digance (Edinburgh cars) for the photos. See if you can spot the Edinburgh Club members in the group shot!
23 September 2018: Gathering of the Clans
A lovely sunny day and a great Gathering of the Clans organised by Tayside MGOC - a wonderfully friendly event with 90 cars from all over Scotland. Edinburgh, Glasgow, Kingdom, Tayside, Aberdeen, Highland MGOC, MGCC Caledonian Centre, Octagon Car Club and Scotland’s Rover Club all being one big happy family - MG is the Marque of Friendship! Chic Doig and Brian Luti were also present - Chic with a stand and a white MGB he was selling for a customer and Brian with a couple of interesting cars. (Thanks to Neil Douglas for some of the photos).
4th & 5th August 2018: Drum Castle Show
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.
20 January 2018: Skittles Evening at the Sheep's Heid, Duddingston
Concentration and different styles at the skittles evening at the Sheep Heid Inn.