Classic High Tea - 7 December 2014
Report and photos Jim Paterson & Margaret Campbell
40 members turned out on a wintry afternoon, with snow showers greeting
the crews as they arrived from Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Glasgow,
and all points on the compass. A great meal and plenty to drink (soft
drinks for the drivers) gave way to talk of events past and those to
come in 2015.
gathered at the Royal George Hotel in Perth, starting in the lounge bar
area, for 'signing on' and to fill our glasses with refreshments after
what for some was a long and arduous journey. As you can see from the
photo taken by Margaret Campbell, the drive over Drumochter Pass was
more like an alpine challenge on the Monte Carlo Historique Rally. Just
for added excitement husband Donald, was towing a caravan!!!!
got everyone 'signed on' we headed for the start location and were soon
presented with our orders. As organiser I had the entrants choose their
main course from a menu provided before the event. For those
unfamiliar with a Scottish high tea, its a main course, followed by
tea, toast and cake. With a menu choice of eight dishes there was
something for everyone. However, with Christmas approaching most
decided to steer clear of the chicken, as there will be plenty of that
as we near the 25th. Steak pie is a delicacy around these parts and
proved the most popular dish of choice.
of our 2015 organisers also took the opportunity to sound out how best
to run their event, and took away good ideas from the comments
received. The club is always keen to encourage new members and provide
training on navigation and autotests in a friendly and social
environment. You will see from the 2015 event list that we have such an
event at the beginning of the classic season in March.
bi-annual continental tour was discussed and information on route
outline and overnight stays will be published very soon to allow
those wishing to join to secure accommodation on route. Member and
organiser Dave Spence has done another great job compiling the
information, and is hard at work creating the 'gazetteer' highlighting
things to see on the run. Dave is a past master at this sort of thing,
having filled many of Highland Car Clubs Crofterra Pandemonia
roadbooks with great places to see on or near the route across the
highlands of Scotland.
By time we had come to the end of our
time together the night was dark, and the Christmas lights in Perth
were shining bright. Some would stay over for the night and the bar
once more became the popular hostelry for the rest of the evening.
Gibb of Swallow Doretti fame, he has I think three at the last count,
is off with fellow enthusiast Drew Scott tomorrow to collect yet
another example, this time for Drew who will set about a restoration
later this year. More on that story as the project proceeds.
A Happy Christmas to all our members and take a look at the Events
page for the selection in 2015, starting with the Monte Carlo
Historique and associated Heritage Runs. Places are filling fast, so
what better Christmas present to give yourself than to join the crews
heading to Reims, the Borders, or the Loch. The choice is yours.
Updated 8 December