Recent events

Thirlestane Castle Show 2024: 2 June 2024

 

The BVAC Classic at Thirlestane Castle was blessed with sunny weather, so there was a huge turnout of entries and spectators. We had 21 MGs plus a rogue Mercedes on our stand, with a good range of MGs on show - mostly MGBs, but also Midget/Sprites, MGC, GT V8, MGA, Magnette, TF, ZS180 and MG3. It was a lovely, relaxed and friendly show and everyone enjoyed themselves as there was lots to see.

Drive It Day 2024: 21 April 2024

 

We had an 85 mile run to the Clyde Valley - unfortunately the weather wasn’t kind! We started from the mining Museum at Newtongrange to do a scenic but potholed run to the Big Red Barn (now Errington Barn) for a coffee stop. The Pre ’67 Ford Club, the Rover club and some Beetles had the same idea, so there were plenty of interesting cars to see. Then there was the run to Chatelherault and the road quality improved markedly once out of Midlothian, but the rain got worse. The only casualty was a puncture, which was quickly sorted and everyone adjourned to the cafe for a snack lunch. Then there was the option of going round the market, taking a direct route home or doing the scenic run back to the A702.

Technical Day: 16 March 2024


We had 18 at the Tech Day, 11 who wanted to learn about basic MGB tuning, the man (Steve) who was doing the tutorial and the rest there for the wraps, doughnuts and chat! We admired Steve's immaculate engine bay before he changed the plugs, set the timing and adjusted the carbs - with some input from Dave Mac. The car wasn't running that great when it came in, but sounded a lot better at the end! A useful morning and thanks to Steve for his educational input. Also thanks to Fraser and Karen for some of the photos.

Meeting and Talk: 14 March 2024

 

Andy gave us a fascinating talk on his racing career, the cars he drove and the prizes he won. If you weren’t there you missed a good evening!

Carvery Lunch: 21 January 2024

 

A most enjoyable and relaxed carvery lunch at Lauriston Castle Toby carvery - it was great having a private room, which could seat 30 comfortably. Allan presented David with the Harvey Cooke cup for all his work on the website and Tony with his retirement hamper and 'This Is Your MG Life’ folder after nearly 30 years as membership secretary. Many thanks to Martin for organising the lunch.

Quiz Night: 11 January 2024

 

We had four teams exercising their brains on the following - general and topical knowledge, acronyms (new & old, easy & not so easy), the twelve days of Christmas and a feely bag of car/caravan items.

Christmas Dinner: 15 December 2023

 

Our Christmas Dinner was held at a new venue this year - the Steading at Hillend. We were in the small conservatory, which was warm and comfortable - there were thirty two of us signed up, but one had to drop out due to a ‘flu type lurgy. It was a most enjoyable evening with good food and good company. There was tthe usual merriment with the cracker novelties, including a build-your-own paper aeroplane that flew but not in a straight line - see if you can spot it in the photos!

 

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 ZR.
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

Club BBQ: 6 August 2023

 

Eighteen souls braved the doubtful weather for the club BBQ, but in fact the rain held off until 4pm. A most enjoyable and relaxed afternoon with plenty of good grub and chat.

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.

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