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Oban Weekend
Sat 13th Oct 2007 to Sun 14th Oct 2007
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 21
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Although a few weeks later than our normal yearly sortie into Argyllshire, the advantages were much quieter roads, with far less holiday traffic, ok it was a gamble with the weather but I seem to remember every Oban Trip we have made previously was a game of two halves Saturday being fine and Sunday hoods up the whole day.
Nineteen cars met up at Loch Lomond Shores, including one very nice BMW M3 Coupe, belonging to Gordon and Janice who unfortunately were waiting on parts for there own Mk-1, of course no one minded this foreign body amongst the pack and I believe Gordon had many offers to swap if he was missing the open top too much.
A slightly later start this year meant we could meander up the usual excellent military and loch side roads to Inveraray, where we stopped for Lunch. Some had brought their own picnic and sat by the cars, others chose to dine in one of the many Hotels or Restaurants the Town had to offer. Before heading off we bid farewell to Ann & Ron, AJ & Rich and Norma & Graeme, who had joined us for the first part of the day. The road from Inveraray to Lochgilphead next and it was now becoming clear how few cars were on the road at this time of the year, our normal choice of B roads for monthly Runs means that the convoy very seldom has to negotiate overtaking, but when driving on the main Trunk roads the Run leader is often left with the dilemma, do I overtake this slow moving car,  will the other sixteen cars be able to do the same, will I run the risk of annoying the slow moving car if I overtake then slow down in front of him while waiting on the others to pass, anyway at this time at least, it was all irrelevant as the road was almost completely empty and a joy to drive. Lochgilphead was the next dropping off point for the other set of day trippers, a big wave to Heather & David and Robin, as they made their way back home. The Lochgilphead to Oban section of road is one of my personal favourites, a bit reminiscent of the Dukes Pass though much longer and with just as many tight bends and hairpins, albeit they are not all as close together as the Trossachs Road but certainly just as enjoyable. Oban Town Centre was as busy as always and a few cars dropped off here to visit the Town, the remainder carried onto the Hotel and enjoyed a few refreshments before dinner.
We were also pleased to see Shaun & Mary who arrived just after us having managed to make the weekend after all.
We have never been let down when it comes to the quality of food at these weekends at Brander Lodge and this year’s dinner was no exception, thoroughly enjoyed by all. Rounds of applause to Shaun & Mary who had just celebrated a wedding anniversary and a surprise birthday cake for Heather, well hidden by John.
Our evening was concluded in the lounge with a very professional pop quiz, organised once again by Gordon and Alison, complete with CD player, song snippets, printed question sheets, prizes for the winners, (Janice’s team again) and prizes for the last placed team (no comment… sorry Ian & Jacqueline) all made for a hugely entertaining and humorous night.
We were not due to have a raffle on this Run but as Rob & Margaret had brought so many prizes, together with the prizes the Hotel had donated, we decided to hold a free raffle whereby every driver or partner, received one free ticket, between that and the quiz just about everyone went away with something. Having already celebrated one birthday earlier, when the midnight hour struck we all congratulated Sharon after Craig let the cat out the bag.

Sunday came with the usual dollop of the wet stuff and the hoods were up and down a few times during our slightly earlier than normal start, a bit different this year, rather than doing the Kinlochleven loop we decided to take Central Scotland members into unchartered territory across Loch Linnhe into Moidart, en route to Fort William, the long way round.
Starting off, we went over the Connel Bridge, thru Appin and Duror and onto Ballachulish, which is where we said farewell to another two cars, both Gordon & Janice and John & Heather had prior commitments and had to leave early. Time was tight in order to be able to do this loop and get back home at a reasonable time and that is the advantage of doing a proper recce, so with an extra ten minutes added to our expected journey time to catch the 10.45 Ferry at Corran we arrived in plenty of time.
If you were counting you will realise that this means we had Thirteen cars make the crossing at Corran, so no worries about the Ferry being too small and shortly after disembarking we were joined by car no Fourteen; Jenni and her Mother Rita who live in Morvern. It wasn’t long before the hoods came down again and the sun came out a wee bit, through Strontian and alongside Loch Sunart where the road was mainly single track and as someone pointed out afterwards the road surface was exceptionally smooth and well maintained, the next stretch of road widened out again and with the Sound of Arisaig to our side, it was a most pleasant experience before reaching Lochailort. Turning right onto the Mallaig to Fort William road and passing through Glenfinan and Fort William itself before our Lunch stop at Onich. This is where Willie & Gill and Gordon & Alison left the convoy to head straight home.
Once again the Onich Hotel did us proud, although we arrived at about one o clock, it’s reassuring to know that this Hotel does lunches all afternoon which is ideal for a long and perhaps complicated Run, they even reserved the sun lounge for us. After Lunch we said goodbye to Jenni & Rita and headed back down through Glencoe, Tyndrum and Crianlarich where Phil left us to head back to Largs.
Richard & Eileen dropped off at Callander and the remaining Nine cars ended the Run at  Dobbies Garden Centre just outside Stirling.
Many thanks to Rob & Margaret for helping with the planning of the Run and for supplying the prizes for the raffle. A big thank you to Gordon & Alison for organising the quiz and for providing the winners prizes. Thanks also to Brander Lodge's Tony & Louise for donating raffle prizes and to all the staff for their help, including our waitress Linola, who liked having her picture taken.
Since there are only seven names unmentioned until now, thanks to Colin & Claire, John & Carol, Gavin, Tom, Linda and everyone else for their excellent company over the weekend.


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Your Comments
13th Oct 2007 22:33 :: David & Heather
Good run up to Lochgilphead (and back down again, tailing Robin) Hope the rest of the weekend goes as well. We'll be watching out for you on the webcam.

14th Oct 2007 09:57 :: robin
Great fun. Looking forward anecdotes.Pain having to return!TY for "classy" company home David & Heather. 

14th Oct 2007 10:01 :: Norma & Graham
Our first run out with the club and had a great time on the run up to Inveraray just a pity could not make Oban.Looking forward to the next run. Thanks to Craig and Sharon for lunch and Hope Sharon had a good Birthday on Sunday.

14th Oct 2007 16:57 :: Willie and Gill
Had a great time.realy good roads and plenty of laughs with all involved.Thanks to the organisers for all their hard work.

14th Oct 2007 18:24 :: Rob and Margaret
Thanks everyone for making this a wonderfull weekend, we had a great time,with so much fun and laughter.
Thanks to Douglas and Linda for organising and special thanks to Gordon and Alison for yet another enjoyable pop quiz. Roll on next year.

14th Oct 2007 18:53 :: Jacqueline & Ian
Many thanks to Linda, Margaret, Douglas and Rob for organising yet another brilliant weekend we both had a great time.

14th Oct 2007 23:34 :: Billy

just thought i'd say hi, i got caught in the middle of your meet today (grey evo viii mr) - looked like you were all having a blast.

just read here that you were on skye too - i was there sat/sun but didn't see any of you - big island though 

anyway, i used to have an S2000 and felt a bit nostalgic for some roadster driving when i saw you lot (even though it was quite wet today!).

anyway, just thought i'd say hullo.

er, goodbye!

14th Oct 2007 23:47 :: Douglas
replied on forum..cheers Billy, nice car.

15th Oct 2007 00:03 :: jenni
Nice to meet some of you today. Catch up with you again soon.

15th Oct 2007 19:42 :: Gordon & Janice
Just home from Aberdeen. Thanks everyone for a great day out on Saturday, great work Gordon and Alison for the Pop Quiz, the red wine was really good :-)
Hope we didn't hold anyone up to much in the support car.

15th Oct 2007 21:34 :: John & Carol
An absolutely brilliant weekend. Thanks to Douglas and Rob for the organisation, and thanks to everyone for making our first weekend away with the MX5 Scotland team such good fun! Class!

17th Oct 2007 09:00 :: Craig and Sharon
a great first Mx5 weekend for us both, thanks to Norma and Grahan for lunch :-) and to all who made us very welcome during the two days, a great time, loved the drives and the weather did not spoil things at all

Stickers now on Douglas !!!!

25th Oct 2007 22:34 :: gordon&allison

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