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Motor Mania Grantown on Spey 2018

Motor Mania Grantown on Spey 2018

Grantown on Spey Motor Mania September 1st/2nd

The weekend`s adventure started on Saturday morning, meeting at Gloagburn Farm Shop for a proper breakfast. The Tay Group were joined by the Clyde Valley. After a practical demonstration and theoretical discussion on the rear suspension design of the TR6, the group left in bright weather. We headed towards Aberfeldy then towards Pitlochry with stunning scenery as our backdrop. Oddly, on the run everyone was driving a TR6, the rest must have gone to Boness. From Pitlochry we drove over the Moulin Moors, which has lovely flowing bends with good views ahead which suit the car and driver. We turned left and drove up to the Glenshee Ski Centre for a rest, snack and a chat with all the cars still operational, we drove by Braemar with no sight of the Royal Family and continued on our way to Grantown. These must be some of the best driving roads in Scotland. Always challenging and exciting.

Once booked into the Grant Arms it was time for a social gathering, a refreshment and in depth debrief of the day`s activities. After a wee rest we met in the dining room for our meal and to celebrate Steve Craig`s birthday. Some of the Highland Group were also staying which boosted the TR Groups numbers. Many of us were amazed at the amount of drink an MX5 owner can consume and still appear OK. A final visit to the bar for a bedtime drink saw most of us in bed before midnight.

On Sunday morning we all met in the dining room for our large cooked breakfast and coffee to wake us up. The cars were positioned on the club stand with the clubs Highland Group banner on display. There were 21 TR`s from a TR4 to a TR7 V8 with an amazing array of bonnie colours. After a good walk up and down the High Street to see the 500 cars on display and have lunch it was time for a seat and a rest. In our group, a rest means having a laugh at ourselves and on a more serious note going over the arrangements for Scone next weekend.

By 4.00pm we are all packed up and ready for home. Many had more than 150 miles ahead of them. The drive down the A9 went well with no real hold ups and some of us had a lovely tea at Bankfoot before the final leg home. If you have not been to Motor Mania before I would recommend the event. Just make sure you register in plenty of time.

Jim Clark

Tay Forth (Western Section) Group

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