Join up with AutoScots as Bob talks Argyll

It was Scotland’s biggest marque with a pioneering range of cars produced from a factory at Alexandria so grand it boasted its own railway line. Argyll Motors was the pride of the nation, and its history will be brought to life at AutoScots’ monthly meet.

Bob James, of Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, will talk Argyll at the Indian Platform Southside, Newton Mearns, on Monday, August 1. His presentation begins at 8pm, and new members are welcome. The Platform is on Ayr Road, close to Junction 5 of the M77.

ArgyllFlyingFifteen Pride of Scotland … Argyll Flying Fifteen


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Stuart takes a shine to our top prize

Stuart McMillan will be dining out courtesy of Macklin Motors after scooping first place in AutoScots’ Show & Shine. His 1994 Pontiac Trans-Am Firebird was judged best prepared car in our annual event at the Indian Platform Southside, Newton Mearns, and a voucher for dinner for two – kindly donated by our sponsors – is on its way to him.

Scotland’s weather contrived to make it a less than ideal night for showing vehicles, but entries were up on last year and our thanks go to the visitors and friends who brought cars. A special mention also goes to Douglas Hunter for his clay bar and polishing display.

Stu Shine on … Stuart McMillan and his Pontiac

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Shine and dine with AutoScots

You could be dining out for free courtesy of AutoScots by rolling up in your pride and joy to our club’s annual Show & Shine on Monday (July 4).

The owner of the car judged best prepared will win dinner for two, courtesy of Macklin Motors. Other features will include a presentation by Penrite Oils, the Aussies’ favourite brand, and Douglas Hunter will man the clay bar, serving up tips on detailing.

AutoScots’ Show & Shine is at the Indian Platform Southside, Ayr Road, Newton Mearns (close to M77, Jct 5). It starts at 8pm, and optional pre-meet curry is served from 6. Friends and non-members are welcome.

shine  Douglas’s clay bar demo, Show & Shine, 2015

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Big Cat seeks new home on our For Sale page

Fancy a Jaguar in pristine condition – and with a story to tell? The XJ6 was first registered in 2004 by the Met Police and put to work ferrying UK Government ministers around Westminster. Appropriately in Parliament Green, the car has 74,500 miles on the clock, and was serviced at 71,000. It is MOT’d until May, 2017. Price: £3995. Offers considered. Call Tom on 07786 717848.

Complete details of the car and more pictures are in our AutoScots For Sale area. Select the page from the menu bar.


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AutoScots heads for Moffat

AutoScots has booked a stand at the Moffat Classic Car Rally on Sunday (June 26). Members heading south will set off from the BP/Q8 services at the A77 Bellfield Interchange at 7am. The convoy will link up en route with other members at the M74 Abington Services at 8 o’clock.


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Electric car night: Wire in with AutoScots

Love them or not, electric cars are fast staking a claim to be the future of motoring. But how much do you know about Teslas, Beemer i8s or Leafs? Find out what makes them tick – or hum perhaps – at AutoScots meet this Monday (June 6).

Martin McLachlan, our club chairman, is innovations guru for Macklin Motors in Glasgow, and he and members of Electric Vehicle Association Scotland will supply the cars and expertise that will help expand your knowledge.

Whether you’re a member or not, join us for AutoScots’ first EV Night, starting in the car park of the Indian Platform Southside, Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, at 8pm. Pre-meet curry buffet will be available from 6 (names to Douglas Hunter please).

•Other upcoming AutoScots events: July 4 – Show & Shine (win dinner for two, courtesy of Macklin Motors); August 1 – History of Argyll Motor Works with Bob James, of Riverside Museum, Glasgow.

EVcar Bright spark … swot up on electric cars with AutoScots


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West Coast Challenge postponed

West Coast Challenge is off! The owners of Olympic Park, Dundonald – our proposed start and finish point – have informed AutoScots that the site has been rented by contractors for the storage of pipes in connection with large-scale water mains replacement in the area.

Thanks to everyone – members and friends – for your willingness to support the event. Hopefully we will be able to stage it at a future date.


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Join us for AutoScots’ summer double bill

Summer’s here and AutoScots is taking to the great outdoors for our June and July club meets. The car park of the Indian Platform Southside is the stage for our very first electric vehicle night on Monday, June 6. Wire into a curry, then step outdoors to view the Teslas, Leafs and maybe even a VW e-up! Martin McLachlan, our chairman and a bright spark on the subject of EVs, will be happy to answer your questions.

AutoScots’ Show & Shine drew one of our biggest attendances for a club night in 2015, and you can join us for the sequel on Monday, July 4. Vice-chairman Douglas Hunter will display his expertise with polishing cloth and clay bar, and a dinner for two – courtesy of Macklin Motors – awaits the owner of the best prepared car.

Indian Paltform Southside is at Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, close to Junction 5 of the M77. Meetings start at 8pm and curry buffet is available from 6.

sparkler Spark and shine … AutoScots’ summer double

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Roadshow convoy link-up times

AutoScots’ 2016 Roadshow gathers pace, starting on Sunday (May 8) with our stand at Cars at the Campus, Kilmarnock. Members will meet outside the venue, St Joseph’s Academy, at 9.45am.

Ayrshire-based members heading to the Stirling & District Show at Bridge of Allan on May 15 will set off from the M77 Fenwick slip road at 7am to link up with others at Stirling Services at 8 o’clock.

The 44th Historic Motoring Extravaganza is at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, on June 5. Members will gather at M8 Harthill Services at 8am.

•ARRG’s final breakfast meeting of the season is on Sunday, May 29 at Cafe Razelle, Olympic Park, Dundonald. Tables are available from 10am.



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AutoScots welcomes restoration ace Thomas

Bay Autos is the latest name on the vintage, classic and American car scene – and founder Thomas Provan is the special guest of AutoScots at our meeting on Monday (May 2). Mechanic and restorer Thomas opened the doors of his garage business at Dalsholm Industrial Estate, Glasgow, only this month, and is looking forward to sharing his expertise and outlining the services he offers.

The May get-together is at the Indian Platform Southside, Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, close to Junction 5 of the M77. The presentation begins at 8pm, with pre-meet curry buffet available from 6 (names to Douglas Hunter). Members, non-members welcome.

•AutoScots has lined up special outdoor events for our club nights in June and July. Details soon.


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