SWTVC Bulletin May 2019 Number 13


Dave Stewart: (Webmaster) 07539 408986 daavross@tiscali.co.uk

The opinions expressed in this bulletin are not necessarily those of the committee or any of its members.

Monthly meetings: These take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Kirkhouse Inn at 08.00PM.
All members welcome. (See special note from Dan Gardner below.)



This meeting date should already be in your diaries.
A number of other clubs ( including the VSCC) have circulated their members with a note of this meeting and so  there may well be a good turnout. Having said that if all 6,000 members of the VSCC turn up then we will have a slight parking problem in the Kirkhouse car park.
So a large turnout of SWTVC members with their cars is hoped for. Just turn up any time around 8pm at The Kirkhouse Inn, Strathblane. G63 9AA , or if you prefer you can have a meal earlier at the Kirkhouse by phoning them at 01360-771771. ( Remember to ask for the 10% discount agreed ).

Don’t Forget………Tuesday 21 May.

I took my Singer to Summerlea for Drive it Day. The weather was a bit overcast but it did not rain. There was an excellent turn out including several Club members.
I always regard Drive it Day as the opening of the season and the Selkirk Rally in September marking the time to put the toys away for the winter. It is probably common knowledge now but I am saddened to hear that this year’s Selkirk Rally will be the last. I am told the present committee wish to retire and they have been unable to recruit a new team. What a pity, it has always been a great show with some excellent entries from south of the border.

Crieff Hydro:

Stephen Leckie, owner of the Hydro, invited the club to attend his “Open Day” when he opens his car collection for other enthusiasts to see. A very pleasant morning with a lot to see. In addition to Stephen’s collection many of those attending arrived in their own Classics and there were lots of interesting cars to see. I was particularly impressed by an Alvis special with a home-made body.In my experience many home built specials have a distinctly “ hand knitted” appearance but this was a notable exception. Without doubt the car I would most like to take home.

I am grateful to Liz Young for the following information on events a bit further from home.

Grantown Motor Mania:

This event takes place on Sunday 1st September and entries are now being accepted. Follow the link below for full details and entry form.


The following website has information on car events all over the country.
If you are travelling over the summer you may find an event close to you.


Club Outings:

Our first outing of the year takes place on 19th May when we take a run to the Maid of the Loch for a BBQ.
Meet as usual at the Milngavie Waitrose car park at 10.30 for an 11.00 start.
Ian Wright has agreed to prepare the route and the route sheets will be distributed when we meet up.
The BBQ will be provided by “Hairy Coo” the same folk as last year.
There will be a self judging arrangement for the cars in the following categories.
1. Pre-war.
2. 1940-60
3.1961 onwards.
Kevin Began will collect judging forms and Evelyn Sherry will present the fabulous prizes.

The remaining programme of Club events is still under preparation and details will be published in subsequent Bulleins.

Motoring Trivia:

With Drive it Day just passed I thought I would give some background as to how it came about.

In 1900 the motor car was still in its infancy and was regarded by many as simply a rich man’s plaything.
In an effort to promote the car as a practical form of transport some manufacturers and wealthy owners participated in a reliability run from London to Edinburgh and back, a total of 1000 miles. Organised by the Automobile Club it started from London and went through Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester, Derby, Kendal, Carlisle, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and back to London.
It left from Grosvenor Place, London and there were 83 entries although only 65 actually started. By Edinburgh 51 were still running. The event began on 23rd April and finished on the 12th of May with 35 vehicles making it back to London.
The event attracted enormous interest and probably gave many of the general public their first view of a motor car.
This event is seen as a landmark event in British motoring history.
In 2005 when the Federation of British Historic Car Clubs began to promote a “ Drive it Day” it was decided to hold this on the Sunday closest to 23rd April as a recognition of its importance.

And finally:

This is a caption competition. Current suggestions are:

“ I think I have flooded the engine.”

“That’s not what I meant when I said dip the lights”.

“Octopus spotted in river.” (I like that one!)

That’s all folks; I hope to see you on the 19th at The Maid.

Ronnie Johnston