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No Dams, No Chippie Run
Sun 16th Nov 2014 to Sun 16th Nov 2014
organised by Highland Scotland

Car Count : 13
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Please find following Doug's report from yesterday's run. Many thanks to Muriel for giving him the day off in order to do this for us.

No Dam – No Chippie – No Sun Run

Dreich would probably describe the first sight of Sunday morning so it was with a heavy heart  we headed for our first assembly point.
There they all were, tops down, big smiles, holiday suntans – suddenly the day was looking brighter. Five MX’s and Peter’s pseudo MX headed for Forres, tops down and the second meeting point of the day. More hugs and greets before the growing band, now up to twelve MX’s including Phil’s shiny new Anniversary Edition set off inland, still tops down to try and improve our chances of better weather and it wasn’t so bad, puddle jumping around the back roads of Moray without much opposing traffic. We arrived early at Baxters in Fochabers which allowed a  short shopping trip  for some, fortunately lunch was booked for 12:00 so 22 of us sat down at our huge table for the pancake eating competition -  Stuboy won we reckon but he’s had more practice than us in the Hi5’s.
So, with the MX5 Car(bohydrate) Club topped up we set of to tackle Speyside, this time with the addition of Maria and Jaime in their Mk1 giving us the complete set. Tops up this time but leaving Fochabers on the Ordiquish road fairly makes you forget the rain, it sharpens the senses and whitens the knuckles, the white pseudo MX even managed the left turn out on to the B9103 in one go.
On to Craigellachie and Speyside where the convoy got a bit scattered, seems the Co-ordinator was throwing his weight about and the result was a speed restriction for a 55mph wheel vibration. Onwards and upwards with the leading Hyundi keeping the progress rate well below 55 mph to Coylumbridge and Glenmore Lodge where the entertainment committee had arranged an Audi launch system demo – nice one Peter.  Time to get our heads in the clouds so we attacked the ski road for a high altitude coffee in the Cas Bar of Cairngorm. Log fire, lots of chat but the sunset was a bit disappointing, atmospheric is the best you could say, atmospheric and damp.
Having been assured that the selected Happy Haggis would be shut for November, remember the Chippie theme, it was with some disappointment we saw the bright lights of said establishment, open for business they said. The disappointment was not because it was open but for the flak we would get from the following cars. We were a bit early again so another shopping experience was available but the discovery of the £300 wellies saw us all head for the exit. Time to play the  trump card of the Cairngorm Hotel  and we had an excellent meal with excellent service which seemed to set everyone up for their respective runs home. For us going home on the A9, at an average speed of course, it is the first time I have kept the lights of FAB in view all the way to Inverness.
Thanks all who turned up making what seemed a No event into something special.

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16th Nov 2014 21:58 :: stuboy
Hi Gang , Thanks for more great routes today Douglas, a brilliant day out although Bobby had his wrong dancing shoes on before this morning!!
Excellent day with great company , see you all soon on another outing .....

16th Nov 2014 22:48 :: Liathach
Looks like a great turnout of cars today. We were off partaking in our other sport - eating!!

17th Nov 2014 07:59 :: Peter P Smith (J80PPS)
The Highs and the Lows (you choose which is which)

6am start for a long wet drive up the A96.

Stuffing my face at Elgin Mcd’s

Washing Chloe at Tesco Jet wash in Inverness at 9am (with assistance from T Shirt No.1) in the cold

First to arrive at the DFS car park and have to wait 40 minutes cause I am so punctual

Not having the option to take the roof down.

Stuffing my face with a giant pancake with ice cream and toffee sauce at Baxter’s.

Jumping from puddle to puddle on more roads I have never experienced before, including some roads only just wide enough for a car.

Successfully completed the TTS turning challenge (junction beside bridge)

Struggling to demonstrate a TTS trick

Eventually being able to demonstrate a TTS trick

Failed to completed the TTS turning challenge (bottom of Cairngorm)

Not seeing the £300 welly’s

Forgetting my jacket and having to walk to the hotel in only a T Shirt

Getting the chance to show off MX-5 T Shirt No.3

Stuffing myself once more with the fantastic Cairngorm Hotel scallops then fish and chips.

Meeting new members

Meeting old friends

Looooooong lonely drive from Grantown on Spey to Fordoun (only joking, it was brilliant)

All things considered, there aren’t many better ways to spend a Sunday - Roll on the next one!!!

17th Nov 2014 11:14 :: Phil
@Peter  And don't forget someone told you that you are fat.......

17th Nov 2014 12:09 :: Chuck & Gill
Fantastic turnout on a dirty day and great to have all models represented as the ‘Dirty Dozen’ left Fochabers for the ‘Ordequish stage’. Especially nice to meet new members Maria & Jamie – whom I hope we will see again soon. Many thanks to Douglas & Muriel for a great route. Santa needs to bring Bobby some new dancing shoes for Christmas, and the ‘Where’s Kerry?’ conspiracy deepens!

17th Nov 2014 12:31 :: FaB
Liatach...check out Pete's post...we managed to combine both sports ;-)

Another great day out. Good to find new roads in the usual excellent company, brilliant banter and way toooooo much eaten!

Thanks Doug and Muriel

17th Nov 2014 14:17 :: Debbie & Bobby
What a brill day meeting up with old friends and meeting new.
I think we all need to have our suspension reinforced with all this
Watering holes we keep stoping at :0)
Big Thank you to Doug & Muriel what brilliant water ways..... sorry I ment roads ;0)

17th Nov 2014 14:30 :: liathach
I noticed that Frankie!!!  Shame about the weather but I guess it is November and we have been lucky so far.

17th Nov 2014 20:53 :: Greg & Jean
Great driving roads, good food and company thank you Doug and Muriel. Think we should have a whip round at the next meeting to send Bobby to dancing classes.

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