Ever fancied sitting behind the wheel of a big red fire engine, horns blaring, blue lights flashing, and scooshing water higher than you ever did in that infamous primary school contest? Now you can bring your fantasies to life, courtesy of AutoScots.
Archie Houliston will make the grandest entry of any of our special guests to date when he rolls up to the AutoScots meet on Monday, September 5 in his bold and shiny Scania fire appliance. The mighty machine, which saw service from 1989 to 2004, is fully equipped with ladders, pumps, hoses and uniforms, so members are welcome to dress in tunics, wellies and, of course, bright yellow helmets and join the AutoScots brigade.
Archie, of Strathclyde Fire Preservation Group and GVVT, Bridgeton, has owned the appliance for four years and has brought it to peak condition. His presentation at the Naseeb restaurant, Ayr Road, Newton Mearns – formerly the Indian Platform – begins at 8pm. Pre-meet curry is available from 6 (names to Douglas Hunter).
••AutoScots’ annual Monkey Mile is on Sunday, August 21. Destination: Tyndrum via Loch Lomond Shores. Optional lunch: Tyndrum Inn. Names to Martin McLachlan. Email: AutoScots@hotmail.co.uk. Scroll down for more details.
Big Red … Archie Houliston and Scania