Grub, drink and plenty patter is on the menu for the first of AutoScots’ new social nights. A survey of members at the September meet revealed a demand for more evenings out, and we are delivering with a get-together at The Old Plane Tree, Darnley, Glasgow, on Monday, October 17, starting at 7.30pm. The Old Plane Tree is close to Junction 3 of the M77. Address: 1 Leggaston Avenue G53 7PW. More details: www.oldplanetreepubdarnley.co.uk.
• Our regular AutoScots club meet at the Naseeb, Newton Mearns, on Monday, October 3 aims to put members firmly in the picture. Share your favourite photos from events past with the group and tell us the story behind them. Email images to Douglas Hunter, please.
• One for the diary: The first club meet of the New Year has been put back to January 9 to accommodate the festive holidays.
The Old Plane Tree … see you there on the 17th
AutoScots is heading to Sunday’s Tartan Tarmac breakfast meet at New College Lanarkshire’s Motherwell campus. The free-to-enter event features a vast range of vehicles, from classic to high-performance modern. Ayrshire-based members will set off from the northbound Fenwick slip road of the M77 at 8.30am.
Purists should look away now as we introduce an electric car that actually looks good (sorry, Martin) and has pedigree. Conversion specialist e-Drive Retro can take your very own classic – yes, that one in your garage – and make it clean and green without altering its driving characteristics or, crucially, its looks.
With the help of 3D scanning and printing, the company are confident they can tailor a replacement power unit to fit any car. There’s a drawback, however – to turn your car EV, you’ll have to drive it to e-Drive’s HQ in Finland, and that’s a lot of petrol. Read more on http://bit.ly/2cg4xZC
Bright spark! Triumph GT6 converted to EV
It’s the vehicle event with a difference and it’s on Sunday, September 18. Gartcosh Autojumble/Car Boot Show will feature classics and sports cars of many eras, plus bargains galore – from a household bulb to that part you’ve been after for ages. Visitors, including AutoScots members, are welcome to pitch up and sell.
Hosted by the Wolseley Register and Gartcosh Classic & Sportscar Club, the show and sale is at Gartcosh Social Club, Eastgate, Gartcosh G69 8AS, close to Junction 2A of the M73.
Buses! As kids, they were the closest to family cars many of us had, and on Sunday, September 18, Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust is inviting the public – including members of AutoScots – to walk among more than 100 of them.
Bridgeton Bus Garage is sure to be a major attraction on Glasgow Doors Open Day. Visitors will be taken on a guided tour of the vast garage and shown historic vehicles in all stages of restoration, from crocks to fully restored and running. For kids, there’s also a treasure hunt and colouring-in, and Clippie’s Cafe will serve the hungry.
The garage will open from 11.30am till 5pm (last tour at 4). Advance booking is advised. More information on http://www.glasgowdoorsopenday.com/event/bridgeton-bus-garage
So you want to be a fireman when you grow up? AutoScots’ meet on Monday (Sep 5) is the place for you!
It’s Fire Engine Fun Night when members and friends will get a close-up of Archie Houliston’s fully preserved 1980s Scania appliance, blue lights, two-tones and all. There’s also ladders, hoses and water – hundreds of gallons of it – so let’s see who can scoosh highest and longest.
Archie, of GVVT, Bridgeton, will happily answer all your questions about the machine, how he keeps it gleaming and its years in service.
The fun starts at 8pm at the Naseeb, Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, close to Junction 5 of the M77. Formerly the Indian Platform Southside, the restaurant is under new management and offering an improved menu which has already been voted a hit by members. Pre-meet curry is available from 6pm. Bring family, bring friends … see you on Monday.
Join the AutoScots Brigade on Monday!
Scottish Ford Day is next up on the calendar for AutoScots. Members heading to Lathalmond on Sunday (Sep 4) will leave the northbound slip road of the A77 at Fenwick at 8am. Events organiser and muffin master Michael Young will be at the Q8/Bellfield McDonald’s from 7.30 to welcome hardcore breakfasters.
AutoScots will be out clocking more miles this weekend. Members are heading to Sunday’s Kirkcudbright Classic Car Rally, starting from the BP/Q8 services, A77 Bellfield Interchange, at 8am with a further pick-up at the lay-by close to Ayr Hospital at 8.30. Events organiser Michael Young will be breakfasting at the Q8 McDonald’s from 7.30, and everyone is welcome to join him.
AutoScots road show … next stop Kirkcudbright
More than 20 members and friends in 12 cars hit the road to Tyndrum for AutoScots’ annual Monkey Mile. It was our biggest road run of summer, and now we’re looking to Christmas – yes, you got, Christmas.
Experience has taught us that forward planning pays off if you want your Yuletide bash to be a success at the place you want it and on the night you choose, and after members made their choice clear, we’re returning to the Fenwick Hotel on Saturday, December 10. Dinner is at 7pm, and prices are £13.95 for two courses and £16.95 for three. The menu includes traditional turkey with all trimmings and a choice of other dishes (full details later).
Below: Monkey do … AutoScots at Tyndrum (Pic Michael Young)
Get in line for the great AutoScots Monkey Mile. If you wish to join us on our run to Tyndrum on Sunday (Aug 21) and haven’t yet notified Martin McLachlan, give him a shout now please on AutoScots@hotmail.co.uk.
The convoy leaves the M77 slip at 10am, with further join-up points at the Newton Mearns slip at 10.15, and Loch Lomond Shores at 11. The convoy departs the Shores at noon, heading to the Tyndrum Inn for lunch at 1.30. The home run kicks off at 3pm.
The Monkey Mile is open to members, guests and all friends of AutoScots. Lunch stop info at www.thetyndruminn.co.uk. Thanks to Martin for organising.
See you on Sunday for the Monkey Mile