run on 20th August - Slugs meet Swedes

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run on 20th August - Slugs meet Swedes

Postby The Pram » Mon Jul 31, 2006 11:45 pm

Ok, a wee suggestion for local folk.

As you may be aware, a group of Swedish MX5 owners are coming to Scotland for a trip. Central Area members are escorting them on part of their journey and on the 20th August, the group are heading from St. Andrews to Inverness via Braemar, Tomintoul and Kingston.

This might be an ideal chance for old timers and new folk alike to get out and meet some fellow enthusiasts.

There was a suggestion on the forum earlier for the established "slug run" again but perhaps this could be modified to encompass some of the route that the Swedish folk are taking.

Rockdoc planned the last Slug Run so might be in a better position to advise on the route than me (I wont make it as working-again) or indeed Douglas from Central Scotland who has been in contact (I believe) with the Swedish tour leader.

If anyone is interested in joining in here is the link to their planned route


[url]http://mx5scotland.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.php?t=481&highlight=swedish

Andy - are you happy to give advice re the route round our parts?

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Postby rockdoc » Tue Aug 01, 2006 5:28 am

Would be no problem :D
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Postby The Pram » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:12 am

Why thank you kind Sir :wink:
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Postby mike9jr » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:26 am

Aye, the thought off getting topless with the Swedes is very appealing. :wink:

Sadly working all bloody day........... :evil:

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Postby PaulDS » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:36 am

I will make every effort to be there too.
Will have clearer picture nearer time.
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Postby The Pram » Tue Aug 01, 2006 9:47 am

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Postby DouglasH » Tue Aug 01, 2006 10:37 am

Excellent Lorraine and hopefully Colin and the Dundee members could join us on one or both days too.
You will notice the routes I mailed you are quite meticulous, with a strong hint of a whisky trail, remember our visitors are on holiday and therefore are planning to see the sights, this might mean there will be no time to detour from the planned route.
Central Scotland were intending to stay with the Swedes all the way to Inverness, however it would be better if someone from Aberdeen Area were to lead this part.

Sunday route is:-
Pitlochry---Braemar---Cockbridge---Tomintoul---Glenlivet---Dufftown---Keith---Fochabers---Kingston on Spey---Elgin---Nairn---Inverness.

Also...Alec Dunbar from Comrie, called me a few weeks ago about meeting up with the visitors when they reach Crieff Hydro, Alec works on a local estate and has arranged permission for the cars to be parked in front of the Castle, perhaps Colin and the Dundee members might want to get involved with this.
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Re: run on 20th August - Slugs meet Swedes

Postby findlay » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:06 am

The Pram wrote:Andy - are you happy to give advice re the route round our parts?
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Ooooh-er! :oops:

Again, I'll see how things look nearer the time. Thats a fair drive considering we'd meet them at the end of the Glen Gairn road. Could aim for a group pic at the lay-by half way up the Lecht, the one with the amazing view down Donside 8)
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Postby The Pram » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:06 am

I would think if the whole point is to help out the visitors then any changes to the route should be their decision. I am sure that perhaps Andy will be able to come up with a plan if he is free fon the 20th.

a decent turn out from NS members would be good but it sounds like a few wont be able to make it, but who knows.

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Postby findlay » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:18 am

Just as well that route is over the Lecht then, thats a must-drive road for anybody coming to Scotland :D

I'd agree that the schedule looks quite tight for the day though especially with a distillery stop-off at Glenlivet/Dufftown. It does sound like a good drive though however I'd avoid the A96 and head from Dufftown through to Craigellachie to Grantown and across the Dava Moor road to Forres then hop onto the A96 to Inverness. The only plus-side to the A96 route is Baxter's (mmmmm pancakes :lol: )
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Postby IanH » Tue Aug 01, 2006 11:44 am

Hmm, could probably be persuaded to meet up at some point, could head west from Inverchuck and catch up somewhere, will keep an eye on this thread.
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Postby rockdoc » Tue Aug 01, 2006 6:20 pm

Would probably echoe Finlays suggestion about missing out part of the A96 and head cross country to forres through Dava, depends if the swedes are into Baxters soup though.- like Douglas says its the Swedes hols so if they wanna.- thats ok too.
Fochabers /Keith are nice to see but the A96 is a pain.
With that length of run - there wouldnt be much of the original slug run in there( stoney/finzean/lower deeside /ballater/braemar)- but thats not a problem.

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PS - any Victoria Silvstedt lookalikes amongst the Swedes :?: :shock:
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Postby findlay » Wed Aug 02, 2006 1:51 pm

Actually, thinking about it, there is a gorgeous road that you can take from the Dava past Lochindorb that comes out at Duthill (on the Carrbridge road) or back onto the Dava road at Ferness...

If the swedes are hapy to take advice from a neep like me (geddit? Swedes? Neeps? Arf!) then I can't think of any good reason to grind up the A96 when, by adding on a few miles, we can dramatically improve their view of scenery, enjoy quieter roads and go through quiet little towns (handly for loo stops etc.)
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Postby martin1962 » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:26 pm

Would be happy to help out at the Inverness end.

Just let me know.

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Postby rockdoc » Wed Aug 02, 2006 7:40 pm

work is conspiring against me ..........looks like i,ll not be around on the 20th now..... :( bugger, things may change -hopefully
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Postby findlay » Thu Aug 03, 2006 1:02 pm

My central heating just broke down... Depending on what that stings me then I'd be happy to lead the convoy/ give advice on the day...
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Postby The Pram » Thu Aug 03, 2006 5:13 pm

Ok guys - whip round for Findlay :wink:

shame about the heating, hope you get it fixed ok as I am sure the 20th would be better with you there 8) 8)
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Postby findlay » Fri Aug 11, 2006 8:26 am

Edit: Panic over, we're roasting the in-laws (I wish) on Saturday. I'll be clear for Sunday :wink:
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Postby Looow blue » Sun Aug 13, 2006 8:31 pm

Hello,
If you suggest we stay off the A96, it,s fine with me. Hope Roland agrees. I prefer the smaller roads, as long as they are good. My memory off Scotlands is that they mostly are.

No, unfortunately, Victoria has to stay home. We could,nt fit her "bums"into the cabin...

But we all look forward to meet you. As Sweden is quite big, we are all used to drive a lot ( long distances ) so if you suggest different routes/ longer trips, I think no one complaines.

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Postby PaulDS » Sun Aug 13, 2006 9:41 pm

Borje, Loow blue,
I will travel from the Moray Firth Coast to meet up with you Sunday.
If you let us know when you expect to leave Pitlochry I could probably meet up at Ballater.

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