Classic High Tea - 6 December 2015
Report and photos Jim Paterson
Time to chat and have a few laughsAround
40 members braved the wild weather, avoiding floods and landslips to
reach the Royal George Hotel in Perth, where the River Tay next to the hotel was in spate and a bit close to flooding our party.
But classic crews are resilient be nature and a spot of water is not going to put them off. The annual Scottish high tea
gives members an opportunity to chat around the year past and look forward to 2016
on took place in the lounge bar, where else? Once signed on and
fuelled up with our personal favourite drink we headed for the start
line, grabbing a seat around our tables with friends and classic
enthusiasts from across the country.
We enjoyed a great choice
of main courses, followed as you can see by scones, and meringues
for those with a sweet tooth, all washed down with tea or coffee.
The club put together a short video Review of 2015 events, which featured many of the crews at the high tea and provided a bit of humour at the same time.
started with the Monte Carlo Historique, Heritage Runs and Ecosse to
Reims tour, where we saw the snow falling over Paisley for the Glasgow
start. Will it be the same in 2016? Have to wait and see.
Argyll Classic was our club opener and was a special occasion, visiting
the Rest and be Thankful as a tribute to Andrew Davidson who passed
away in January. We presented current owners Stephen Kinghorn and
Andrew's daughter Diane a replica of the steel road sign used in the
1950's to direct traffic to the event. You can read about Andrew's life of speed here.
April got the club involved in the Jaguar Mini Miglia,
which had us organising a training event for Jaguar's celebrity crews
to teach them road book reading, Italian style, and regularity
Moving into May the club ran a new event, the Tour of the Ochils,
which member George Shand put together and organised. Covering roads
not used by the club before, we headed up into the hills of Fife and
After a break for the Classic AutoSports BBQ,
when classic car restorer and Jaguar specialist Dave Barnett puts on a
great spread for his customers and our club members, it was time to get
together for the August Amble. Starting at Clatterin Brig this amble around Angus proved a real favourite,visiting new and unusual places.
We headed north to Inverness to join Highland Car Club for the Crofterra Pandemonia, a two day romp around the highlands, visiting Oban and down to the Mull of Kintyre this year.
Before showing our 'big tour' we visited the Rally of the Borders
from October, which started at the New Lanark Heritage Village and
crossed many of the tight and twisting roads across the scottish
borders to reach Blyth Bridge.
The Montagnes de France
tour video pulled together a selection of photos and video clips from
th crews displaying our fun in the Pyrenees, both below and above the
After the show we discussed dates of the 2016
events and these have been tweaked to avoid potential clashes with
events being run at the same time by our friends in other classic car
clubs. There is no need to split the field and the more variety the
better to keep our passion and sport alive. See the update Sneak Peek
We wish all our members, be they classic owners or
enthusiasts a Very Merry 'classic' Christmas and looking forward to
seeing you in the new year.
Updated 7 December