Newsletter February, 2017

Dear Fellow Veterans,

It’s some months since I last sent you information about what’s happening in VSMA land. Mairi and I were away again over the festival season to our daughter in Singapore – hence the delay.

According to my records, the last Newsletter was away back in September!! As you will know we have had a few events since then and a number of changes to our membership.

NEW MEMBERS: We are delighted to welcome the following to the Association since the last Newsletter, all with their contact details which normally you would find on our website-

Stan Bernard, Towerwood, Stewarton Road, Patterton, Newton Mearns, G77 6NP
0141 639 1708      07771 680601
Peter Clingan, 16 Mossvale, Lochmaben, Dumfriesshire, DG11 1QB
01387 811986       07742 572635
Derek House, Easter Gartchonzie, Invertrossachs Road, Callander, FK17 8HW
01877 330103       07718 970969
Bill Cater, 24 Lanark Road, Carluke, ML8 4HE
07903 508575
Ian Marwick, Tanderlane, 2 West Point, Garvald, East Lothian, EH41 4LN
01620 830391.     07908 818762
Andrew Tywkewycz, Nettlingflat Steading, Heriot, EH38 5YF
01875 835391.    07905 415913
Ken Sutherland, 9 Pidmyre Road, Newton Mearns, Glasgow, G77 5AN
0141 639 6835.     07979 144244
Iain MacDonald, Herdsmanhill, Knockbuckle Lane, Kilmacolm, Renfrewshire, PA13 4JS
01505 871935.    07803 612777

Alisdair Gibson new address – 72 Roods, Kirriemuir, DD8 4H
Billy Cuthbertson new address – 1 Laurieston Court, Dundonald, KA2 9JE New Tel: 01563 851 491
Martin Pieraccini new address – Kessock Lodge, 39 Kessock Road, Inverness, IV3 8AJ
Ron Smith new address – Glentarkie Cottage, Glentarkie, Strathmiglo, Cupar, KY14 7RU
Gordon Neave address is 64 Corstorphine Road Edinburgh EH12 6JQ

Stephen Cooper –
George Gibson  –
Bill Taylor
John Coyle         –
Alan Sproul       –

It saddens me to report the death of the following members;
Stan Sproat died 7th May 2016
Freddy Stang died 28th August 2016
Roy Allingham died peacefully on 19th October 2016 following a major operation and chemotherapy
some months earlier. He is survived by wife Georgie and daughter Hazel.
Bill Henderson died 26th October 2016

On Friday 14th October we held our 6th REUNION in the Radstone Hotel again. Over 100 members and guests attended. As usual, it was a noisy but enjoyable evening. Our principal guest this time was Johnstone Syer who entertained us with stories of his rally exploits over the years with many well-known drivers. The main item of the evening was certainly the presentation we made to Kenny Allen (King Kenny as he became to be know) in recognition of his many many years supporting Scottish Motor Sport.

The second was the AYRSHIRE BASH on Sunday 23rd October. which was organised by Charlie Young. In all 15 VSMA couples took part in an assortment of cars including a Jaguar XK150, an E-Type, an Aston Martin, Porsche 924 Boxster, Austin Healey 3000 and a Healey Sprite, various BMWs, Audi, Mercedes, Mazda MX5 and a Honda Tourer, etc. From Gemmell’s Garden centre to the finish at the Ballochmyle Golf Club House, the route was very circuitous involving a ball & arrow Route Book with “Picture” puzzles thrown in for good measure. There was no timing involved and the roads were really marvellous – just like we were used to in days gone bye. Everyone seemed to enjoy the “Bash” and hoped there would be something similar in the future. We were joined by members of the Caledonian Classic & Historic Motorsport Club’s Jock’s Run who did the last few miles of our route. Unfortunately, their organisation was not up to Charlie’s and a few of them got a bit lost. None-the-less we all met up at the Golf Course for a welcome supper.

Our next “Big Event” will be the 2017 Spring Run to Portavadie on the weekend 21st to 24th April. I think Bob Baillie has almost a “Full House” for this one but if you are still interested to get in touch with Bob at 07721 755917 or 01290 550696

That’s all folks!

Stuart Parker

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