Sunday 22 April was Drive It Day this year and this year we decided to visit the new David Coulthard Museum in his home village of Twynholm.
As a club we had previously visited the old museum many years ago and knew that the new venue was far more impressive, so we were itching to see it and as the new venue is located next to the Cocoabean Factory, what’s not to love! Cars and Chocolate!
Every now and again, in between shows, we have a social event. Our latest was this, The Six Loch Run.
So named because during the run we pass by six lochs, starting at Castle Douglas and heading north into Ayrshire. Our event started with a breakfast for some at Wetherspoons in Dumfries, before heading on to meet the rest at Carlingwark Loch.
The route took the drivers and passengers along single track roads, then through New Galloway, Ken Bridge and Balmaclellan before heading towards Loch Doon.
We eventually stopped at the Castle Doon car park, enjoyed a picnic lunch, an explore of the castle ruins and views of the loch in gorgeous summer sunshine.
This year the club travelled south to Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith, for National Drive It Day.
As the club is spread across two countries as well as two counties, we had a few pick up places, the first of which was Clarencefield between Annan and Dumfries. The furthest travelled was Graham and Eileen Edmonds from Monreith, closer to Ireland than England!
After a few stops we eventually started our run from Kingstown in Carlisle, a route which took us through Dalton and Hutton in the Forest before dropping onto the A66 just below Rheged.
The weather was fabulous, as you can see, and Rheged itself offered activities and shopping for everyone.
This year Drive it Day, a national event organised by the Federation of Historic Vehicle Clubs, fell on Sunday 24th April.
The club had two meeting points for the day, a breakfast stop at Dumfries’ Robert the Bruce and a meet for the start of the run at Castle Douglas.
The route took club members along the coast, through the picturesque villages of Auchencairn and Dundrennan, through Kirkcudbright and on through Ringford, Laurieston and along the Queens Road to New Galloway, before coming to a halt at a picnic spot alongside Loch Ken.
On the pre-run reccy, Citroën Acadiane meets the Wickerman!
Our next social event takes place on Thursday 28th April with a Pub Meet at the Farmer’s Inn, Clarencefield DG1 4NF.
A quick email to our members resulted in an impromptu trip out for a few of us down in October to Blackpool to see the illuminations. We stopped off first for lunch at Kendal and then carried on down in some really foggy conditions before landing on the North Promenade.
Three, ready for the off – waiting on the others!
Foggy trip there and back!
Triumph Toledo being pursued by a BMW M3
Blackpool in the fog!
Young Grant, behaving!
The illuminations from the comfort of a 70s car!
The route down through the lights was very slow!
Being followed by James Bond in the Z3…
Club members, Graham and Eileen enjoying the prom!
The trip through the lights, going north to south, was very, very slow, prompting some of us to peel off early and head for home. However the trip was enjoyed by all who attended!
Attendees: Iain and Grant Carson (BMW M3), Derek and Ryan MacRae (MGF), Derek and Doreen Scott (Beauford), Graham and Eileen Edmonds (Range Rover), Gerry Gray and Val McQuillan (Mercedes SLK), Grant and Julie Hollis (Triumph Toledo).
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26th April 2015 was this year’s date for national Drive it Day, organised by the FBHVC and encouraging historic cars out onto the roads of Britain. SWMC joined in, with an impressive nine vehicles taking to the roads of Dumfries and Galloway.
We met at the medieval Caerlaverock Castle near Glencaple for tea and scones, before taking an ambling route through Dumfries and on to Hoddom Castle near Lockerbie for lunch. On route we stopped off at Kingholm Quay to visit the tall ship La Malouine, in for a refit, and also at the ruins of Lochmaben Castle.
A Top Trumps quiz, in which teams had to guess missing information from 1970s car cards, was won by Team Oscar! The winning team were presented with a top prize of a Simoniz Valet Kit, whilst the bottom team won a sponge!
Our first event of the season saw club members meet for breakfast in Dumfries before heading to Creetown to visit the fabulous Gem Rock Museum.
Starting the day with a good (and cheap) breakfast!
The Chairman’s jalopy, ready for the off.
Finishing the trip with a cuppa.
Our next event will take place on Drive It Day towards the end of April.