SWTVC Bulletin Number 7 October 2019

SWTVC BULLETIN NUMBER 7  (October 2019) 

The SWTVC Website can be found at www.swtvc.org.uk and has up-to-date information about meetings.

Registered address of the SWTVC: 31 Roselea Drive, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 8HE


Ronnie Gordon: (Chair & Acting Secretary)   0141 956 2950    07906 042215     Ronnie@Glasgownet.com

31 Roselea Drive, Milngavie, Glasgow G62 8HE

John Stewart (Treasurer)        01475 520228     07976 264886     Johnstewartinverkip@tiscali.co.uk

44 Harbourside, Kip Village, Inverkip Greenock PA16 0BF

Harry Sherry : (Webmaster)        0141 887 5289    07760 475500     hsherry@tinyworld.co.uk

Corsebar Avenue, Paisley PA2 9QE


John Young: (Membership Secretary)            0141 424 1860                                jfyglasgow@gmail.com

139 Terregles Avenue, Pollokshields, Glasgow G41 4DG

Ian Stother: (Member)           0141 776 5330      07565 718315 Stother@outlook.com

11 Fern Avenue, Lenzie G66 4LE

Ronnie Johnston: (Editor)  01555 896633      07766 027500      sb57nfe@gmail.com

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

Monthly meetings:  These take place on the 3rd Tuesday of the month in the Kirkhouse Inn at 08.00PM.

All members welcome.


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


In spite of it being so late in the season I have had a very busy month.

I took the Roadster to the Selkirk Rally which, sadly, may well be the final one as the committee wish to retire but, as yet, no one has come forward to take up the baton.

An excellent turn out with several cars not previously seen at Selkirk. Let’s hope it will not be the last.

On the following Sunday we had the excellent coach trip to Dumfries House for which Kevin has kindly written the report. (See below.)

The September weekend saw me in the Yorkshire Dales  with the Roadster for an outing organised by the Singer clubs. Spectacular scenery made even more dramatic by the heavy rain which caused all the streams to be in spate.

On Saturday past we had the annual Club Autojumble organised by Ian Stother. This is always an enjoyable event and was well supported both by Club members and other enthusiasts.

Lastly, I was delighted to learn that Maid of the Loch had her engines turning under their own power. This is a significant milestone but there are still plenty hurdles to overcome. Who knows, perhaps our spring BBQ might be held while sailing on her someday quite soon.


Thanks to Kevin Began for this report on the Club outing to Dumfries House on 22nd October.

Arrived at Milngavie Railway station where our coach, a 1974 Leyland Leopard with an 11 litre diesel engine, already awaited. It looked splendid in the black and white livery of Western SMT. As this bus would have operated out ofKilmarnock when in commercial service it was very appropriate for our trip to Ayrshire.

After leaving Milngavie we headed through the tunnel and along Paisley Road to Barshaw Park where the rest of our party would join us.

We joined the M77 at Silverburn having passed historic Crookston Castle on the way.

The weather was fine on our outward journey and the countryside looked great in its early autumn colours.

After leaving Hurlford junction we headed for Tarbolton passing old mine works, possibly the remains of the Barony Colliery.

On the outskirts of Cumnock we picked up the signs for Dumfries House. On arrival we were given a very warm welcome by the curator who gave us a brief introduction to the property.

We arrived a little early for our tour so we had half an hour to enjoy the magnificent gardens.

Our visit began with a recorded presentation by Prince Charles whose personal intervention played a significant part in saving this magnificent house and estate for the nation. The continued operation of the property has also generated many quality jobs in an ex-mining area where work is scarce.

Our guide was a very knowledgeable young woman, as wellas the history of the house we were given an insight into the lives of the people who have lived here over the centuries.

The tour began in the banqueting room where an elegant Chippendale table, adorned with fine cutlery and delicate china sat below a shimmering Murano glass chandelier hung from the Palmyra ceiling.

Every room we visited had a wealth of fine furniture, mainlyChippendale, which has been in the property since it was first occupied.

It would be difficult to overstate the opulence of these roomswith their priceless furniture, tapestries and carpets.

At the end of the tour we were given an excellent afternoon tea with ample home baking served by formally dressed waiters in a room overlooking the magnificent gardens.

Before leaving we had time for group photographs standing in front of the coach with the magnificent house in the background.

The visit was a great success and I must give credit to our two drivers who made every effort to make the trip such a pleasure. a 1974 Leyland Leopard with an 11 litre diesel engine.

a 1974 Leyland Leopard with an 11 litre diesel engine.

Kevin Began

40th ANNIVERSARY DINNER: 26th & 27th October.

Note: Clocks change this weekend .

Everything is now in place for this.

As you will know from previous Bulletins Stephen Leckie will be unavailable over our weekend so we cannot be certain that we will see his car collection as had been originally intended.

As I mentioned in the last Bulletin, Stephen’s “Cars and Calories” event has been rescheduled to 12th October (THIS SATURDAY) and he has already extended an invitation to Club members. If you wish to attend just go along for 09.30 there is no need to book.

The plans for the weekend were published in the September Bulletin but I have repeated them here as a reminder.

Saturday  26th October:

Meet at Waitrose car park (Milngavie) at 10.30 for an 11.00 start.

Some members may wish to travel direct to the Hydro if Milngavie is inconvenient.

A rally plaque and an information pack including a route avoiding main roads will be issued at this time.

Tea and coffee has been arranged at the Hydro for 1.30 and the Club will pay for this.

Members will be free to do what they like in the afternoon.

We hope to have a video of motoring events available at this time.

There will be a pre-dinner drinks reception at 19.00 with the dinner itself starting at 19.30.

Dress: Jacket and tie for gentlemen please.

After dinner speakers: Jonathon Lord and Dan Gardiner

Sunday 27th: October

Assemble 11.00 after breakfast.

We will return by way of Comrie, St Fillans and Lochearnhead.

This run will include a stop at Balquidder for a visit to the historic church and Rob Roy’s grave.

Leaving Balquidder we take an interesting country road to return to the A84 at Strathyre where we have arranged tea, coffee, soup and sandwiches at the Munro Inn.

The Munro Inn is directly opposite where we rejoin the A84.

On leaving the Munro we will continue to the Woollen Mill at Callander where we will say our goodbyes and head home.

Motoring Trivia:

This photo shows preparations being made at the outbreak of the Second World War. Scary stuff!