RO: David Clelland
ARO East: Tim Price
ARO West: Neil Baird
The new year (2019) sees a different management team organising the Region. At last November’s meeting, it was agreed that to share the workload, this would be done by six members rather than the old team of three. Apart from the above, the other three on the team are Andrew McDowell, John Davidson and Nick Marshall. All will have an equal say in matters and the RO and ARO titles are only being kept for administrative purposes. The other difference is how we will post out events calendar. Instead of emailing members or posting on here, event details will be shown on an online calendar which can be accessed by anyone. This can be seen at https://tinyurl.com/y9qodad2 Please note that you don’t need to download or log onto anything to view the calendar.
Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Bo’ness Motor Museum, Bridgeness Road, Bo’ness, EH51 9JR in the upstairs 007 Bar, 19.30hrs for a 20.00hrs start. www.motor-museum.bo-ness.org.uk
Here are some Outings from last year –
The first weekend in September seen members Margaret Adey and Brendan Mullan taking to the track at the Bo’ness Revival and Hill Climb, supported by over 20 regional members enjoying both on track and the field classic car show. Margaret pipped Brendan to the finish line with Margaret finishing 3rd overall in class and Brendan close behind in 4th.
Midweek track action quickly followed the adrenaline filled weekend with over 30 Porsche on track at Knockhill Race Circuit, a 2hr spectacle of novice track starts and stalwarts alike. Everything from the 944 Turbo to 991 GT3RS and even a twin turbo race car, all flying around the track on a slippery autumnal evening. From the reactions of all who attended this event will be one to remain on the calendar, hopefully at least twice in the year ahead.
The end of the month seen members partake in the Selkirk Vintage Rally, an infield classic car show in the borders. Well attended and enjoyed by those who did.
An impromptu run at the end of the month organised but new in coming member David Clelland was the talk of the steamy, again something that the membership has asked by added the calendar for next season.
David edited account of the day:
Ten cars met at Stirling Services on a rather overcast Sunday morning. Off we went along the Stirling by-pass and up through the hillfoot villages (A91) as far as Yetts o’ Muchart. From there it was along Glen Devon (A823) to Gleneagles and then through Muthill (A822) to Crieff. We used the A85 briefly to get to Gilmerton where we turned back onto the A822 and up through the Sma’ Glen to Amulree. Not far past there we turned up Glen Cochill (A826) and climbed over the hill to Aberfeldy. We then travelled the full length of Loch Tay (A827) to Killin, past the Falls of Dochart and up to Lix Toll at the head of Glen Ogle. From there it was a straight run along the A85 through Glen Dochart , Crianlarich and past The Green Welly at Tyndrum (A82), to our lunch stop at Bridge of Orchy Hotel. After a very nice and reasonably priced lunch we retraced our steps back to Lix Toll and kept on the A85 to Lochearnhead and then along Loch Earn through St Fillans to Comrie. We stopped for a comfort break at one of the few public toilets still open, at Loch Earn and since we didn’t intend stopping again, said our goodbyes there. From Comrie it was up over the hill (B827) to join the A822 at Braco and at Greenloaning we slipped onto the A9 to head in our different ways home. Roughly the distance travelled from Stirling Services back to the Stirling area was about 170 miles.
No car related events were planned for October so the member headed off to Doner Haus in Glasgow for some up market Kebabs, Beers and Banter, again enjoyed by all and another tick in the box for venues to return to.
Our November meeting was dedicated to the Tipec Scotland Regional General Meeting where a review of the survey prepared and presented by Neil Baird took place, the information gathered would be used to shape the club Calendar for the 2019 together with discussion on RO and ARO positions going forward.
At the time of writing this regional update no nominations have been received for the positions of RO or ARO be they East or West. Russell Burton has confirmed he will not be continuing as ARO East and as previously advised I will be stepping down from the position of RO at the end of the season. It has been both a privilege and pleasure to be the Regional Organiser for Tipec Scotland for the past 2 year and having been part of the organising team for the past 3 years I feel the time has come to hand over the organising and communication to others who can shape and take the region into 2019.
Voting has been received and results complied for the Tipec Scotland presentations. The winners and runners up will be announced at the Presentation Night.
- Member of the Year
- Newcomer Award
- Technical Award
- Spirit of the Club Award
Remaining Calendar for 2018
- Dec 05 (Wednesday) Club Night/Meeting
- Dec 08 (Saturday) Christmas Presentation Night
John Davidson, Russell Burton and I would like to wish all our regional members a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
For more information about events, meetings or more involved with our region, log onto our Facebook page at TipecScotland.
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