RO: David Clelland
ARO East: Tim Price
ARO West: Neil Baird
The weather recently has been absolutely crazy. We seem to be constantly breaking records. One day it’s absolutely roasting and the next we need to start building an ark.
At the end of June, Moffat Show started dry and then mid-afternoon the heavens opened and our gazeebo seemed to be full of “visitors”. On the other hand the show at Glamis, like last year, turned out to be a beautiful day. Both Shows were well attended and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. While a number of our regulars were away at the Silverstone Classic, July’s Run took us to the Whistlefield Inn at Lock Eck. Weather again was poor but who cares. On the way home there was an accident at Loch Lomond, so we cut off at Arrochar to go along Loch Long and you’ve guessed it, there was an accident there as well, so we ended up going along the north part of Loch Lomond to Crianlarich and then down the A85 towards Stirling. Believe it or not the sun came out and it turned into a lovely drive home.
The following week was the Region’s annual BBQ. Again torrential rain was forecast, but we had made provisions for this. Nick Marshall lent us a couple of large gazebos. One we used for cooking and the other for chatting. In the end we had one small shower. However, 10 minutes along the road the heavy rain caused flooding. A mention must also be given to our cook for the day – Tim Price. He did a brilliant job. Weather wise, it was much the same story for the evening of our August meeting. Forecast was terrible, which affected numbers attending. Again, Bo’ness was dry – I think it must be in some kind of weather bubble.
Some of you will be aware that the Jim Clark Museum at Duns has been extended and refurbished. It was decided that August’s Run would have a Jim Clark theme. We all met in a large layby on the A68 at Soutra Hill. I’m assured on a good day from here you can see the Paps of Fife, not far from where Jim Clark was born. After a blast along some brilliant border roads we visited the old WW2 airfield at Charterhall which was used as a racing circuit in the 50’s and 60’s and it’s where Jim raced early in his career. While most of the circuit is now in poor condition, half of the old main straight was resurfaced a few years ago and we were able to enjoy a few “spirited” runs along it. On the way to our lunch stop we briefly popped over the border to England. Back on home soil again, we stopped at Winfield (another old airfield/racing circuit) where Jim kept his plane in the latter part of his career. Lunch at the Allanton Inn was superb. Afterwards, we visited the new museum and it was amazing to see how diverse Jim Clark’s career had been. Again thanks must go to Tim for organising this.
Some pictures of events already taken place in 2019 –
Full event details will be shown on our 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
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