Friday 5th to Monday 8th May
Another change of location and venue this year, away from the South West and over into the borders. Most of the entrants had been coming to our “Runs” every year since the first one in 2009, so for most of us it was a case of renewing annual friendships before we set off. Unfortunately, Alex Young’s wife had to call off at the last minute but Alex was accompanied in his magnificent Bentley by Johnnie and Nancy Watson.
Friday Morning and Afternoon:
The start was again from the same antique establishment beside the Clyde’s Garrion Bridge in central Lanarkshire, which was used in 2012. However, not all starters did leave from there, being more convenient for them to meet up with the entourage further down the route. The full list of starters can be seen below. Apart from a dull and wet start the rest of the weekend’s weather was sunny!
List of Starters
Bob & Margaret Baillie, Kilmarnock, Jag X Type Bill & Anne Cuthbertson, Troon,E Type
Ian Smillie & Margaret Smillie, Milngavie, BMW Bill & Eileen Montgomery, Perth, SLK
Barry & Nancy Crichton, Cumbernauld, Porsche Walter & Bette Gray, Perth, MX5
Jimmy & Arlene McInnes, Troon, MGF Alex & Carol Ann Young, Fenwick, Bentley 8
Stuart & Mairi Parker, Larkhall, Honda Accord Johnnie & Nancy Watson
Charlie & Netta Young, Strathaven, Ford Pat & John Smith, Elgin, Vauxhall Corsa
Duncan & Adele Paterson, Newton Mearns, VW Hugh & Tricia MacKinnon, Houston, XK 140
Mid & Val Bruce, Annbank, Mini Ian & Louise Gemmell, Mauchline, Land Rover
From Garrion we travelled south down the Clyde Valley, though Lanark and on to Hyndford Bridge. Then west towards the M74, having done a slight detour along the old A74, we eventually arrived at Moffat where we stopped for some lunch. From Moffat, the route took us northeast on the A708. A couple of weeks earlier there had been a landslide on this road near the Grey Mare’s Tail which caused the road to be completely blocked! Fortunately, the damage had been repaired in time – what a marvellous driver’s road up to St Mary’s Loch. We then turned left at the Gordon Hotel on to the B709. This was another great driver’s road where we met up with the Grays and the Alexanders who had come directly down to join the route from Perth. It was then up to Innerleithen, along to Peebles and finally up the A703 to the village of Eddleston and the Barony Castle Hotel.
The Barony Castle Hotel or as it is now known as, the Mercure Barony Castle, had recently been taken over by new management, made us very welcome. The staff seemed a bit new as well but were very helpful. Being an old building the rooms were somewhat difficult to locate. Apparently, the whole estate was taken over during World War II for the use of the Polish military who were billeted there. The hotel was comfortable and the food was excellent – which was the main thing. As usual Bob Baillie had laid on a wine reception prior to dinner – this seemed to be appreciated by all.
Gordon and Karen Clendinning were unable to be with us this year due to Gordon’s previous commitment with Top Gear, I believe! So we didn’t have the usual Scalextric Competition to keep us away from the bar. However, at the last minute, Stuart Parker had laid on a Motorsport Photographic Identification Quiz. This involved a couple of dozens or so images (all taken from our website) mounted on display boards. Despite the source of the images, heads were being scratched no end. However, everyone took part and did seem to enjoy this diversion. The results of the quiz were delayed until the following evening. Mentioned should be made of the evening’s other entertainment – our chairman’s stories. Some of which can not be repeated!
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Saturday Morning and Afternoon:
The route instructions for the previous day had been in “Ball and Arrow” style from Garrion right through to Eddleston. Saturday’s route was to take us east in the direction of Berwick. However, Bob had decided to use Google Maps as this seemed a fairly straightforward drive!! The problem was that Google would get the junctions, OK but the street names used seemed to have been taken from a 19th-century street map which resulted in more head-scratching in some towns looking for the correct route! We drove down to Peebles, east through Innerleithen. bypassing Galashiels, Selkirk and Melrose, north to Earlston (with the changed street names) east on the A6105 to Greenlaw and on to Duns. This was our first official stop at the Jim Clark Museum. We were obviously not the only organisation visiting Jim Clark’s Room that day – there were about a dozen or more of various models of Lotus cars, who were on a pilgrimage to the museum. Fortunately, they were soon to depart but their cars gave us an additional attraction to ponder. For the few who had never visited this room, it was a truly rewarding experience. It would have taken many hours to examine the whole exhibit, there were so many trophies and much memorabilia.
From Duns, it was a fairly short drive down to Kelso and hence to Floors Castle. This was to be our second official stop of the day. Prior to entering the Castle itself, most members decided to have a bit of lunch in the Castle’s excellent cafe.
Thereafter the Castle provided an insight as to how the gentry lived in days gone by. What a beautiful and sumptuous place it turned out to be. Like the Jim Clark Room, you could have spent hours looking over the whole place – indoors and out.
By mid-afternoon, most would have had sufficient culture for the day, so headed back to the Barony Castle Hotel via Selkirk, Innerleithen and Peebles to arrive back at base by 5 pm. Just in time to have a quiet refreshment or perhaps a snooze before dinner later. Looking at the snaps below, not all seemed to have taken this sensible option !!