Silloth Show, a trip to Grasmere and a bit of Moffat thrown in!

June is by far the busiest month on the classic car calender, with shows on every weekend and often in multiples. Each year we decide at the AGM which shows we’d like to attend as a club, but many more shows are available to those wanting to enter as individuals.

Back at the start of June we went to Lauder for the BVAC Classic and the following weekend we headed for Silloth-on-Solway. The show on The Green is always a popular one and is very well organised. Unfortunately the organisers depend on donations, sponsorship and programme sales to fund the event as the venue cannot be closed off so that can be visitors charged. There have been a few years where the event was threatened because of this, so we try to support it as much as we can.

We just about managed to line up as a club, with only one vehicle arriving a little later and unable to squeeze into the space we’d tried to save. The weather was blistering, so I was particularly pleased to have remembered my sunsail, which was erected next to the van!

Grasmere, in contrast, was cold and drizzly – as you can see from the photographs!

A lovely event, organised for charity by the local Lions Club, Grasmere takes place on the sports field just outside of the village and is very well attended by vehicle owners and spectators.  It’s nice to see a different set of vehicles, rather than the same ones at each local event! Next year, though, we’ll enter as a club again and have the benefit of the club shelter I think!

To round off June came Moffat Car Rally, organised by the Scottish Rootes Enthusiasts. The weather this year was very kind and we enjoyed the shelter for shade, rather than escape from the rain! Thanks, as ever, go to Gordon Bissett as main organiser of the event.

As you can see, the range of vehicles in the club continues to widen. From small bikes to big bikes, tiny cars to trucks!

Sunday Lunch Club took us today from the bacon rolls of Penrith Autojumble to the excellent food of the Border Gate, A6, Carlisle. Another thoroughly enjoyable family friendly event!

 

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DRIVE IT DAY – Trip to the DC Museum

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!

 

The Six Loch Run

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.

Drive It Day!

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.

Route

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.

 

Our next social event takes place on Thursday 28th April with a Pub Meet at the Farmer’s Inn, Clarencefield DG1 4NF.

Christmas Night Out!

We held our annual Christmas meal at The Farmer’s Inn, Clarencefield where owners Colin and Jacquie made us feel very welcome with a special SWMC three course menu.

 

The Farmer’s Inn also plays host to our monthly pub meets on the last Thursday of the month.