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Scot 5 Braemar
Sun 5th Jun 2016 to Sun 5th Jun 2016
organised by Highland Scotland

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Scot5 – The Gathering

The ‘Gathering’ events are a way of bringing together the four Scottish areas for one day to share their passion for MX-5s. The last one took place a few years ago and it was a fairly low key event. It was therefore decided to introduce some inter area “fun” games to make the day a bit more entertaining.
The weather forecast looked particularly good as 13 cars arrived at DFS and then headed south on the A9. We hadn’t travelled far when you could see the sun was trying hard to get out and bathe us all in glorious sunshine. We arrived into Grantown-on-Spey just a little ahead of schedule, joined by another two cars we headed south to Tomintoul.  By the time we got there the sun was well and truly out and we enjoyed our morning refreshments al- fresco whilst watching a bus load of German tourists having a good look at our cars.
Just after we left Tomintoul we spotted a couple of 5’s coming against us. It was not long before they had turned around and were chasing to get on the back of our convoy – said convoy now having 17 cars. The last car must have had a spectacular view of the ones in front.  The drive over the Lecht and onto Braemar was simply stunning.
On arrival at Braemar we found the showground and it was a very impressive sight with all the 5s  lined up neatly inside it. I’m sure Her Majesty would have been impressed – if she had been there. We were the third area to arrive and when Central arrived there were 100 MX-5s all lined up around the show field.  Many hands make light work and the shelter was quickly put up and the ‘Thong’ marked out for the wellie throwing competition. Soon practise wellies were being chucked in all directions (some even ended up behind the throwers!).
The competitions then started in earnest and first up were the ‘Silly Hat’ competition. Sean (our resident piper won first prize with a very impressive 3D hat showing the various journeys that his car has made this year. Frankie, also with a very impressive hat depicting her artistic side, took second prize.
Next up was the ‘Welly Throwing Competition’ and areas were invited to put forward four men and four women to represent them in this contest.  In the first round throwers were invited to make two throws and then the two top throwers in each area were then entered into a single welly throw final.  The tension obviously got to some, but Dorothy prevailed for the ladies and Tom won the men’s competition. Unfortunately there was only one trophy for this, and Tom being a gentleman gallantly allowed Dorothy to take the trophy home. Mind you watching him wrestle it from Dorothy’s clutches would have made an exciting new competition – Dorothy of course would have won!
Two competitions down and two trophies, I love it when a plan comes together.
Competition number three, the ‘Tug of War’.  Our six strong heroes stepped up and won their qualifier with a straight 2-0 score. However this was not without cost. Both Eric and John had taken bad injuries in the first round.  Eric had gone over on his ankle and was not in a good way and John had blood gushing out of his arm. Bravely both made it into the final.  We took the first pull, but strangely we lost the second. However our heroes dusted themselves down and made short work of the final pull and won the competition 2-1.
Trophy number three was now in our hands.

Central were then keen to get the rounders competition underway but the field was covered with big men trying to recover from their efforts and everybody just needed a break. By the time we got the rounders competition up and running there were only two teams, and it kinda seemed like it was us against the rest. It would be wrong to question the umpiring of this particular event, but as there was no trophy available for this competition the score line was immaterial. However Central or more accurately the rest of Scotland were deemed as being the winners.
All that was left to do now was to have lots of group photos with all of our trophies.
The day was still stunning and the drive back was equally as enjoyable as the drive in the morning. However it has to be said that the lead car was struggling a bit on the hills but we put this down to the extra weight of the trophies in the boot!!!!
We still had ten cars at our fish n chips stop in Aviemore, after which we said our goodbyes and all headed home.
We often write these reports and say it was a great day – but this really was one to remember. Your AC’s would like to thank everybody who came along making it such a fantastic day to remember. At no point did we have any shortage of volunteers to take part in the games or helping out, and in the end we could probably have fielded two rounders teams when other areas were struggling to field one.  It is not just about the number of members we have – it’s the quality that is important and we have that in abundance.
Overall the club were delighted with the 100 car turnout. The onsite caterers had a good day, as did the club shop (very good range of merchandise I thought). The organisers of the Braemar Games were very pleased also, and we think it would make an excellent location to hold a similar event next year. I say similar, but next year’s event will be even better as we (that means you as well) are thinking about organising it.

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Your Comments
5th Jun 2016 22:36 :: Martin & Sean
Great day nice to see so many MX5 every one is a winner have a well earn rest because we will be after all the trophys again next year😎

6th Jun 2016 20:04 :: Andy & Dorothy
The sun was shining ..the tension was rising ...ooh I do love Abba ..
" The winner takes it all " , great team work , great company and great day from start to finish.. its not the taking part the counts its ..WINNING

Danke :)

7th Jun 2016 16:30 :: Charles and Gillian
Event Report now posted

7th Jun 2016 20:37 :: Debbie @ Bobby
WOW...what a brilliant day we all had what more can one say...TROPHIES TROPHIES TROPHIES!!! ;0).

12th Jun 2016 09:48 :: Gregor & Jean
We had a really good day last Sunday. It was so good to catch up again and wasn't the weather wonderful. Well done to everyone, great to come home with so much silver!Look forward to meeting up again in the near future.

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