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Snow on the road on the way south from Inverness on the A9. Hope the caravan is still on the back Donald?

Exchanging some ideas for the 2015 events and how to fit it all into the diary!

Now where are we going on the continental tour in September?

The ladies have a different idea of what events to be involved in next year. The men simply look on.

Well what does everyone else think?

White, crisp and even

Graeme Gallaoway's Anglia
Classic High Tea - 7 December 2014
Report and photos Jim Paterson & Margaret Campbell

Over 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.

We 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!!!!

Having 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.

Some 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.

The 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.

Alan 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 2014