Fire up your engines – we’re on the road to Kirkcudbright

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

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That was the monkey … now for the reindeer

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)


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Join our Monkey Mile convoy on Sunday

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

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 Thanks to Martin for organising.

monkeycar See you on Sunday for the Monkey Mile

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Nee-naw, nee-naw, we’re coming out to play!

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: Scroll down for more details.

Archie Big Red … Archie Houliston and Scania



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AutoScots hits road for more fun and Kames

The AutoScots road show rolls on to Muirkirk on Sunday (Aug 7) for East Ayrshire Car Club’s Kames Classic Show. Members will link up at Galston Co-op at 8am before driving on to the motorsport complex.

Other upcoming events: Aug 28Kirkcudbright Classic Car Show, meet 8am BP/Q8 Services, A77 Bellfield Interchange; Sep 4, Scottish Ford Day & Classic Show, Lathalmond, meet 8am, M77 northbound slip, Fenwick.

Fancy a pre-meet egg roll or cuppa? Michael Young, AutoScots’ own breakfaster-in-chief, will hold court at McDonald’s, BP/Q8 Services, from 7am to 7.30 on each of the show days. Further info about all events is available from Michael.

douglas1 AutoScots’ Douglas Hunter won at Kames ’15

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Go ape – hit the road for the Monkey Mile

It’s the road run of the year – AutoScots’ celebrated Monkey Mile, which this month is heading north to Tyndrum. The drive is on Sunday, August 21, starting at 10am from the M77 slip road, with further join-up points at the Newton Mearns slip at 10.15, and Loch Lomond Shores at 11am. The convoy will depart the Shores at noon, heading to the Tyndrum Inn for lunch at 1.30. The home run will kick off at 3pm.

The run is open to members, guests and all friends of AutoScots, so if you fancy monkeying about on the 21st, contact chairman Martin McLachlan, who receives a huge vote of thanks for planning the day. Email Lunch info:

newchunk All hail Chunky … Monkey Mile, August 21

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Platform becomes Naseeb in boost for AutoScots

It was the Malletsheugh then the Mall in Mearns, it became the Ivy then morphed into the Platform. Soon the restaurant on Ayr Road, Newton Mearns, which has been AutoScots’ base since 2013 will be relaunched as the Naseeb under the fresh ownership of Goga and son Shan – and it’s a boost for AutoScots.

The club will continue to use the function room for our monthly meetings, and although the self-serve buffet has been withdrawn, it has been replaced by a £10.95 table buffet, with freshly cooked starters brought to the table, followed by a choice of freshly prepared mains, again served at the table.

Join us at the soon-to-be Naseeb on Monday (Aug 1) when Bob James, of Glasgow’s Riverside Museum, will chart the history of the iconic Argyll marque. Bob’s presentation starts at 8pm, and curry will be served from 6.

plat  AutoScots HQ … Platform becomes Naseeb

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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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