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The Fish n' Chip Run
Sun 2nd Mar 2014
organised by Central Scotland

Car Count : 18
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The Fish n' Chip Run

Sunday 2nd March 2014

It was great weather for our first run of the year, no rain, snow or bitter winds. When we arrived at the Falkirk Wheel car park there were many MX5’s but no bodies, they were all in the Café. We met new members, potential members, as well as the usual suspects, some first time we have met since Christmas.

It was typical that when we were all ready to leave and the rain started. This didn’t spoil the run, so 17 MX5’s set off towards Bonnybridge. There's something special about Bonnybridge, since 1992, the small town has been the sight of an unusually high number of UFO sightings. In fact, Bonnybridge lies in what UFO believers call "The Falkirk Triangle," an area of land between the cities Stirling, Fife and the outer neighbourhoods of Edinburgh where people routinely report unidentified objects sailing through the sky. The Scottish government says it receives over 300 UFO sightings per year from Bonnybridge. Well the only sighting we saw was a closed road sign which was not there on Thursday when Jim and Wattie did the run. SPOOKY! With the help of Sat Nav we finally were on the set route.

We travelled up to the Black Loch Limeriggs which boasts of their Trout fisheries. The road along the shore was wet and the Loch looked higher than normal. We travelled the Bathgate hills passed the site of Bangour Village Hospital and the derelict Psychiatric village complex which was modelled on an Asylum in Germany. This area is said to be haunted and used as a film set for many horror films. After all this excitement we stopped at Dobbies for 45 minutes especially for the brave ones who had their roofs down.

Second section we headed over the Dechmont hills towards Linlithgow where many wished they didn’t have that cake with their coffee as this a ‘roller coaster style’ road. We skirted Linlithgow and headed for the hills again passing Cairnpapple. Which is one of the most important prehistoric monuments on the mainland of Scotland, Cairnpapple was used as a burial and ceremonial site from about 3000 to 1400 BC.

Now down to the village of Torphicen which boasts of their Preceptory which was built in the 1140s around an existing church. We travelled down through Muiravonside under the beautiful viaduct heading to Linlithgow Bridge.  We travelled the back road to Bo’ness but turned off travelling to Upper Kinneil where we experienced fantastic views of the Firth of Forth, the Kindom of Fife and of course INEOS and B.P. Grangemouth. Viewing how vast this complex is. We were down on the normal roads heading for Bennie Ts. The cars were well viewed by all the patrons and staff of the Restaurant. It was time now to enjoy the Fish & Chips and good conversation.

A big thank you to everyone travelling from near and afar, making the first run of 2014 such a success. We all hope that Joan and her hubby will join the club and that Evan is on the road to recovery, looking forward to seeing you both at the next run.

Report by: Maria

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Your Comments
2nd Mar 2014 20:45 :: Marcia & Raymond
A great turn out for the first run of the year and a nice selection of roads with the rain holding off until we were parked up. A nice meal and great company. Roll on the next run!

2nd Mar 2014 21:01 :: Chic and Heather
Enjoyable afternoon, good roads, company and food.  Thanks to all who donated pants and bras for Smalls for All. 

2nd Mar 2014 21:12 :: Marshall
Great day with great people so many cars and so much fun see you all soon

2nd Mar 2014 21:31 :: Drew & Ali
Thanks all for a smashing turnout and good to see some new faces and lots of familiar ones (note I didn't say old!!) If the rest of the runs are like this we are in for a great year on 2014.

2nd Mar 2014 22:20 :: Robert craig
Thanks for a great day and great company. 
Robert and gary
Ps didn't realise till I got home that raffle prize was for Easter wkend, should have passed on to somebody that was going.  Sure my grandchildren will enjoy painting the eggs
See you all soon

3rd Mar 2014 08:18 :: Ronnie & Jean
Thanks for making us so welcome, what a great day looking forward to loads more

3rd Mar 2014 14:19 :: Jim and Maria
Thanks to everyone for making this a very enjoyable day out. Good to meet  new members and always good to see people coming back. Thanks to BennyT's for a very good tea. Also, thank you to the members who supplied raffle prizes, then raised a terrific £90 for our raffle. See you all at the next event

3rd Mar 2014 15:30 :: Wattie97
Not bad for a first run. Biggest turn out yet for fish and chip run. Well done Fordies another great day out.

4th Mar 2014 10:31 :: Jo and Les
Thank you Maria and Jim for organising the run - we really enjoyed ourselves.  Great company and excellent fish and chips. See you again soon.

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