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Callander Classics Weekend
Sat 28th Aug 2004 to Sun 29th Aug 2004
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 25
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Ok I?m to blame for the weather, yes its my fault for tempting fate by suggesting in my pre event info that.. ?the gazebo will be there for shelter (from the sun of course)?
But I was not alone in getting the forecast wrong.

A weekend of two parts began on Saturday with 18 cars parked on our much enlarged Mx-5 Pitch and after a warm welcome to some of our newer faces Liz & Dave, John Paul & Laura, John, Neil & his son from Yorkshire and not to forget Rachel, Grahams partner, the  business of erecting the gazebos completed and it was time to set off on our mini Trossachs run. As most of the day had been overcast and sunny it was hoods down all the way. Thornhill and the Lion & Unicorn for lunch was the first destination followed by a run through Aberfoyle and up over the wonderful Duke?s Pass where a few of us had the chance to appreciate the fine handling qualities of the cars. Back to the rally field to discuss the run and watch Graham clean his car?again. The latter part of the afternoon gave us the chance to peruse some of the trade stands before heading back home, or to our hotel accommodation in Callander.

Sunday arrived and so did the rain in fact the overnight showers had been so heavy that the field was starting to cut up quite badly, that plus the longer than normal grass meant it was wet ankles for everyone. Our 23 cars were soon arriving and carefully positioned, some of the luckier cars had a free mini wash from Rachel who worked hard to remove the grass from wheels. Due to the weather conditions the driving challenge and parade were cancelled and in its place an inter club laser shooting competition was arranged, our five sharpshooters were Rachel, Graham, John Paul, Sandy and myself and although none of us had done this before I think we all enjoyed it, not sure how we fared in the final team positioning, when we went to the Organisers tent later, no one seemed to know who had won.
As the day went on the showers were becoming more frequent and at one point the small gazebo was lifted clean off the ground by a sudden gust of wind, much to the shock of the occupants sitting inside.
Jim arrived with his big orange bucket to collect for the forthcoming Mx-5 charity run and I?m sure if Graham could have found a source of clean water he would have used that bucket differently.  Cars were starting to leave by now and the exit tracks were well churned up with people picking their route with care.

Not one of the best Callander Classic weekends but I?m sure most people enjoyed it, the feet may have been damp but the company was warm and friendly. My thanks to everyone for attending, to the other four laser shooting volunteers and to Gavin who helped greatly over the two days.


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30th Aug 2004 15:32 :: Gavin
Nice to see such a good turn out on Sunday considering the weather. Good to see people taking pride in cleaning their 5 and other's. By the way the sun did come out later on, for about an hour, but by then most had gone home.

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