Newsletter August 2023

Newsletter August 2023

We are sad to inform you of the passing in July of Stuart Parker, one of the founding members of the association

Forthcoming Events:

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Dumfries House – NOTE: date change to 7th October 2023.

We are planning a visit to Dumfries House on Sunday 8th October

Starting at Caulders Garden Centre in Newton Mearns, the 35 mile route will head down to Ayshire using mainly scenic country roads to arrive at Dumfries House in time for lunch.

After lunch we will be treated to a 1 hour tour of Dumfries House which is part of the Prince’s Foundation having been purchased in 2007 by a consortium led by HRH The Prince of Wales and, in doing so, saved the house and one of the most important collections of Georgian Scottish and English furniture for the nation.


Annual Dinner – 10th November 2023.

Following on from our previous reunion with guest speaker John Cleland, our 2023 annual dinner will be held on 10th November. We are pleased to announce our guest speaker will be Peter Scott, a well known rally co-driver from Derry in Northern Ireland, who has competed alongside many of Ireland’s top drivers as well as several British drivers including our own Willie Crawford.

Spring Run 2024. Tuesday 16th April – Friday 19th April 2024.

For the Spring Run in 2024, we are heading south of the border to Slaley Hall Hotel Spa and Golf Resort, near Hexham, Northumberland. We decided at the board meeting on Tuesday 4th August to go for midweek since those taking part in the run are mainly retired and the rate midweek is substantially less than the rate for the weekend.

NOTE: The Hotel will only hold the provisional booking until 8th September 2023 so entries placed after that date are not guaranteed a room allocation.


On 8th and 9th July, V.S.M.A. were represented at An outing to Kames with the Eunos Ecosse Club. 

Several members were present with their cars and Charlie Young was at the signing on table handing out recruitment flyers for VSMA membership.

The weekend was in celebration of the Eunos Ecosse club’s tenth anniversary and took place on 8th & 9th July. The VSMA were invited to come along to support this new and vibrant club.

It was a fun weekend and a chance for anyone to appreciate the exhilaration of the race track. There were plenty volunteer drivers and passengers for a three lap experience.

The Eunos Ecosse club set up is to provide low cost motorsport in Scotland for Mazda MX5 owners. The club has grown and is MSA accredited and the main reason why we have many more MX5’s competing in hill-climbs and sprints today.

The members are very supportive of each other and when one became severely ill and was unable to continue with the rebuild of his car, the club stepped in. Secretly, with the daughters permission, his car was taken and was rebuilt for him. It was done in accordance with his plans and what a magnificent job they did as it was literally a shell when they took it away.


Some members of the VSMA enjoyed the sunshine along with the fabulous home baking available at Kames. It was also a chance to encourage some youngsters interested and who knows perhaps a future champion!

It was a great couple of days at Kames with fun, friends and fast cars. In the sunshine too!


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