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Hi-5s do The Gathering
Sun 22nd Jul 2012
organised by Highland Scotland

Car Count : 7
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The Gathering & Ma5da Racing – Knockhill    Sunday 22nd July

No matter how early we left Inverness we weren’t going to get to the Gathering in time for the first few races.  We elected for an 0800 departure and three cars crept quietly out of Inverness on the A9 South.  We met up with another two cars at Aviemore and the North contingent was intact.  We arrived at Knockhill just around 1000 to be met by Shane and Bill with their better halves, they had come up from the South, to make the Hi-5s compliment up to a grand total of 7 cars.

The parking area allotted to the MX5OC was already full almost to bursting, I think around 85 cars were logged in total.  The question was what to do first?  There were numerous folks there we had met before to say hello to and then there were all the races going on on the track. There were a couple of new MX5 models on display from one of the Mazda dealers from Edinburgh.

Probably the highlight of the day was when we were allowed to take our own cars out onto the track. Unfortunately there were another 74 like-minded MX5 owners so there was very little chance for a flying lap – although a couple of us did manage to get the tyres to squeal on the hairpin!  The entire fleet stopped on the grid for a photoshoot, what an amazing sight!

On the way back North a few of us stopped for some supper at a superb wee bistro in Dunkeld called Howies recommended to us by Jean and Greg, who unfortunately had to call off.  The food was excellent and the service second to none – well worth a visit!

Another great day out for the Hi-5s and our thanks to all who were involved.

The event had been organised by Central who had done an excellent job of pulling everything together with enough going on to keep everyone amused. There are dozens of photos and a full report on the MX5Scotland website.

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22nd Jul 2012 22:35 :: wendy Haywood
Had a great day at the gathering Knockhill pity it was so windy, enjoyed taking the car round the race track, would love to take a racing car round, hope every one got home safe and sound Wendy 

23rd Jul 2012 08:32 :: wendy Haywood
Sorry Jean & Creg forgot to thank you for booking the bistro for us the food was very good and joyed company and chat over dinner sorry you were not there to share with us Wendy ffexre

25th Jul 2012 16:10 :: Davie
Aye i had a great day out, apart from the wind, It was nice to get a few laps of the track, although not very fast ones, and to see all the MX5'S on the start grid.

Also enjoyed the racing, wish i was there earlier in the day  for the full program, oh well there is always next year..

Cheers Davie

19th Sep 2012 22:28 :: Brian - part of FAB
Back from holiday and STILL trying to catch up with things!!  Report and photos posted for this one too !!

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