I trust you have all recovered from the Xmas and New Year festivities. Mairi and I spent this time with our grandchildren, our daughter and her husband in Singapore! Hot and sticky, but very pleasant none-the-less.
In the last Newsletter I reported that Watt Gray had had a heart attack. I am delighted to report that since then he has had by-pass surgery and is doing very well. Another cardiac casualty was our Hon Vice-President Alan Carlaw who, over Xmas, developed heart problems requiring the insertion of stents. Fortunately, he too is now doing well. Everyone, I’m sure will wish Watt and Alan both a speedy and complete recovery.
On a lighter note, I have just received information from member Jack Davidson who has just created a new website, which went live on 28th January (see below). It contains images Jack has taken over many, many years. He has accumulated in the region of 50,000 negatives – mainly of motor sport, and more recently something like a further 50,000 digital images which are NOT motor sport. Not all of his 100,000+ photographs appear in the new website. Have a look, apart from the sections on Motor Sport there are many very interesting images.
Some of the other items of news this month –
I am delighted to welcome the following to membership of our association. Some details on these members can be found on clicking their name –
Rosemary Smith from Dublin
Anthony Reid from Oxford
Ken Wallace from Edinburgh
Robin Wallace from Edinburgh
Raddy Sarafilovic from Bearsden, Glasgow
Rob Wilson from Yarm, North Yorkshire
You will remember from the email I sent out from Singapore that David Black had died just six weeks before his 100th birthday. I am pleased to report that a few of our members were able to attand his funeral in Perth. Thanks are due to Barry Crichton who provided an obituary on David.
Thanks are also due to Graham Gauld who also kindly provided information on JockRussell for writing Jock’s obituary.
Another death to report was that of Bob Flockhart from Bearsden who died on 11th August last.
Details on all of the above can be found in the Past Veterans Section.
Below are changes members have submitted –
Tom Coffield,jr has changed his address
John Clark moved from Aberdeenshire to Fife
Brian Park has moved to Alford
Bob Baillie has moved AGAIN back to Mauchline !?
Jack Davidson’s has a new email address
David Robertson has a new email address
Jim Murray has a new email address
All these changes can all be found in the Members and Details section or by clicking on the member’s name.
Apart from Jack Davidson’s new website, there is another site which Jimmy McInnes apparently has spent a few hours visiting on line – Philadelphia Motor Museum , which he highly recommends. Great details of many vintage and veteran cars.
Again this was held in Boyd Tunnock’s premises in Uddingston. We were delighted to welcome a few stalwart members to swell our numbers! As you would expect from such an event it passed without any upsets or outbursts. Indeed the main topic after the election of Directors and Office bearers, was the quality of the spread Boyd had again provided – truly excellent. Bob Baillie would certainly recommend the pies! There were no changes in the Directorate – McInnes, Chairman; Baillie, Vice-Chairman & Treasurer; Parker, Secretary; Board Members – Adele & Duncan Paterson, Kenny Allen, Hugh MacKinnon, Andy Watson, Charlie Young, Barry Crichton and Donald Gordon. Boyd was duly thanked for again allowing use of his premises.
Shortly after the last reunion I posted a review of the Reunion on the November 2014 Newsletter, and as usual, urging them to have a look!. After reading the report John Stuart kindly emailed to say that he found the report interesting and the named photos very useful. He regretted that he had met very few of those present but it was good to put faces to names. He also said that he had competed in stage and road rallies in the 70s and 80s, he would go back to historic stage rallying tomorrow if he could afford to. Just now he has had to content himself with an annual outing to the 4 day Rally Costa Brava Historic, a ‘regularity’ rally likened to Motoring News events of old! 2014 would have been his 5th time but the event moved from April to October and he could not make it that time. Good to hear John that you are still active. Below is a snap of John in his vintage Austin on the event.
In case you have deleted or misplaced the email with the details of this event, here they again-
Hotel Booking Form
Click on one of the above to upload its PDF
Just a few, which are best viewed in Full Screen and maybe with the sub-titles on.
Cheap Flights – a lament!
A few minutes of undiluted joy!
Southwest Airlines Safety Presentation – certainly NOT from Ryanair
Not sure what this fellow’s up to but……….. It will make you smile!
Finally, one for most of our older members – or maybe those not so old!