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2019 Events   

Club trip to the Borders, 2019

MG Cars & Jazz on the Lawn: Drum Castle, 2019

Kippie Lodge lunch, 2019             Solstice Run, 2019

2018 Events  

Gathering of the Clans, 2018

MG Cars & Jazz on the Lawn Drum Castle Event, 2018

Solstice run, 2018                         Club visit to Shetland Classic Show

Visit to AW Autotech, 2018           Warm-up Run, 2018

2017 Events

MG Cars & Jazz on the Lawn: Drum Castle Event, 2017

Glamis Castle event, 2017           Club Solstice Run, 2017 

Club at Crathes Rally, 2017         Transport Museum, 2017 

Drive-it Day, 2017                        Warm-up run, 2017 

Mull Adventure, 2017

2016 Events

Gathering of the Clans, 2016        MG participation in the Royal Deeside Speedfest   

MG Cars and Music on the Lawn, Drum Castle, 2016

Club Solstice Run, 2016              Shetland Classic Motor Show  

Warm-up run, April  West Coast Wander, April 1–3

2015 Events

Christmas Dinner, 2015               Gathering of the Clans, September     Classic Cars and Jazz on the Lawn, Drum Castle, August

MGs at Glamis Extravaganza       MGs at Kildrummy Rally                      Solstice Run, June                      

Outing to The Kelpies, May          Drive-it Day, April                                Warm-up run, April

2014 Events

Outing to Elgin, September           Drum Castle Event, August                Rrallye Day, Keith, June

Castles Run, May                          Warm-up run, April

2013 Events

Transport Museum, October          Abernyte, September                        Drum Castle Event, August

Solstice Run, June                         Falkirk Wheel, May                           Drive-it Day, April

2012 Events

Drum Castle Event, August           Stanley Mills, July

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Club visit to the Borders, 12–13th October, 2019

Five Club members and their partners enjoyed a drive south to the Borders in good weather for the time of year.  The group stayed overnight at the Cross Keys Hotel in Kelso, from where they ventured to explore the Jim Clark Motorsport Museum in Duns, Floors Castle and gardens and the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune.


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                   Happy MG fans outside the Cross Keys Hotel

Lunchtime car event at Kippie Lodge, July 20th, 2019

Kippie Lodge is the place where we hold our regular monthly club meetings.  Last year we picked a summer Sunday for an extra event at Kippie — lunch on the lawn with our cars on display.  This year we extrended the invitation to several other local car clubs to join in the event.  This photo gallery depicts the gathering of cars before a short (~60 mile) run to Kippie and the sunny conditions for enjoying lunch and meeting new car enthusiasts.

A full report of the event can be found here.

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                                                           A mixture of marques gathered at Kippie Lodge after a midday drive through Aberdeenshire countryside.

                                                                                                                     Photograph by Martyn Jeffery

Solstice Run, June 20th 2019

Twenty cars participated in a 50-mile drive through beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside, with a stop at the Cairn O'Mount lookout, before partaking of supper at the Falls of Feugh restaurant.

Special thanks go to John and Jill Chessor, who figured out and mapped a brilliant route, with a quiz along the way — spot the house or feature you pass on the basis of an anagram of its name.

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                                                                                                  MGs at the Cairn O'Mount viewpoint 

Gathering of the Clans, September 2018

The annual event (organized by Tayside MGOC) in which MG clubs gather at the Doune Antiques Centre for a final get-together before cold weather creeps in.  The event was blessed with year with zero rain.  More than 80 MGs attended, including fine representatives of modern, classic and vintage models.

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MG Cars and Jazz on the lawn at Drum Castle

Our annual Club event was the biggest ever, with 66 MG cars entered and more than 800 members of the public attending.  Singer Cindy Douglas, accompanied by her trio, provided music for the afternoon, and an array of stalls provided additional entertainment.

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Iain Gallow's trip to Italy, 2018

I’ve had my Midget for 25 years and my friend Stuart has had several Midgets over the years too, but neither of us has done more than around a 150 mile trip in them.

So instead of the annual gentleman's motorcycle tour and after taking part in “Rust to Rome” last year we decided an adventure for the Midgets was in order. I’ve been waiting for my engine to expire for years but it’s never given up, however, a rebuild was definitely sensible before doing some proper miles. Despite planning months in advance, the engine only went in the week before departure and clutch and carburettor problems were fixed the night before we left. Bizarrely, Stuart also had engine woes, and did two engine swaps leading up to the trip, and only had a running car the night before me.

So, both cars set off unproven on the way to the ferry near Newcastle. My temperature gauge wasn’t reading and by the time we got to Edinburgh the cooling system would get a decent test as we got stuck in traffic for the Highland Show. I needn’t have would be the fuel gauge that would let me down. Blocking the traffic near the entrance to the show didn’t go down well, but thankfully the police made room for me to get off the road and I had fuel in the boot.

All good after the crossing and down through Holland, where we changed the running in oil in a service station car park. On through Belgium and we finished the first day in Echternach, Luxembourg.

We travelled mostly on smaller roads out of Luxembourg and down into France, stopping at a wartime fort in Bettviller, then on through the Moselle region for a stop in Strasbourg at night. Unfortunately the cars were broken into that night in the campsite...which was the first time ever that I’ve left my sat nav in it. So that was the preplanned routes out the window and a waste of 2 hours in a Police station as Stuart baked in the sun whilst guarding the cars.

We travelled down through the Black Forest and into Switzerland, stopping for a couple of nights in Meiringen. We used Meiringen as a base to cover some of the Alpine passes, but it has a lovely gorge walk nearby at Aareschluct, and the famous Reichenbach falls above the town. Just don’t be too tight to take the cable car and walk directly up the hillside, trust me!

From Meiringen we crossed Switzerland to Zernez and on over the border to Livigno. The journey back through the mountains on a train from Susch was of course much quicker than over the top on the passes, and we didn’t get held up by a group of Ferrari FF’s as we had on the way down! True.

Out of Switzerland, through Lichtenstein, the edge of Austria and back into Switzerland along the shore of Lake Konstanz saw us end the day in Konstanz itself. It’s a lovely town with the German border running through the middle of it. Switzerland had been as beautiful as ever, but it felt particularly expensive this year.

Stuart’s car had been running a little rough the previous day, but it felt better when we left Konstanz to head North through Germany towards our stop for the night in Rudesheim am Rhein. To get some miles covered we hit the autobahn, happily sitting at 70 odd most of the time and maybe closer to 90 at one point. After stopping for a quick break we’d got about a mile down the road when Stuart came on the radio saying his temperature gauge was off the scale.

Sadly, that’s where his Midget trip ended, on the hard shoulder with a blown head gasket and severely roasted engine. Thankfully breakdown cover meant his car would be repatriated and he had a hire car for the final few days of the holiday.

Overall, I covered almost exactly 2000 miles and the car didn’t miss a beat. I fitted green stuff pads before leaving but I found my brakes faded quite quickly in the mountains. I’ll fit Goodridge hoses and drilled discs and see how it feels. The folding bikes we took were great to have, and worth sacrificing space for. I think I’d be happier with a permanent luggage rack than the clamp on one I used, or perhaps a tow bar and a Bak Rak. We took lots of spares just in case, but maybe we’d cut back a little next time.....

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Club Solstice Run, June 21st 2018

On a sunny summer solstice evening, fifteen MGs set off from Stonehaven to Fettercairn via country roads for dinner at the Ramsay Arms.  Club Treasurer John Chessor took these elegant photos mid drive.

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Club cars visit Shetland Classic Motor Show, 2018

Five cars from the Aberdeen MGOC were represented at this year's Shetland Classic Motor Show.  Members and their partners travelled to and from Shetland via Orkney so they could enjoy the delight of both Northern Isles.


                                                                                                    Aberdeen MGOC entries at the Shetland Classic Motor Show.

Club visit to AW Autotech, April 2018

Warm thanks are due to Alan Wallace and his staff at AW Autotech in Aberdeen, for hosting a club morning at their garage.  Members were allowed to have minor rectification work, servicing and inspections carried out on the ramps. Proceeds from a raffle, organized by Al Leonard, and donations for the work done raised a total of £206 for the British Heart Foundation.  Thanks are due, too, to Graham Rettie, from our club, who set up the meeting and furnished the bacon and sausage rolls on his barbecue!  AW Autotech is clearly an excellent place to take a classic car for service and repair.

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                                                                                                     Nothing better than to take a peek under an MG.

Warm-up run, April 2018

14 MG cars (plus two others substituting for MGs still off the road!) assembled in Kingswells Park'n'Ride car park for this year's annual warm-up run.  The sun shone enough for drivers to keep their hoods down as they rode via North Deeside and Strathdon to the Kildrummy Inn for an excellent lunch.

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                                                                                                                                      Some of the participating MGs.

MG Cars & Jazz on the Lawn, Drum Castle, 2017

Fifty-nine MG cars took part in the annual Drum Castle event on August 6th.  To a background of jazz music performed by Cindy Douglas and her backing trio, a record number of people attended the club's special day.  The sun peeped at intervals from behind the cloud cover, and illuminated a superb range of beautifully maintained MGs, ranging from a 1933 MG J3 (voted the car most entrants would like to take home with them) to a 2015 MG3.  The RNLI and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf charities put on displays.


                                                                                                                           Aerial view of the Drum Castle event.

Glamis Castle Transport Extravaganza, 2017

Several members of the Aberdeen MGOC participated as guests of Tayside MGOC at this year's Glamis Castle event.  Our hosts from Tayside Club did a superb job with their stand, which boasted 70 cars and won first prize for a stand.  These photos are a small selection of the cars on view.










         Circle of 'oldie' MGs on the Tayside Club stand.

Club Solstice Run, June 21st, 2017

The weather decided to celebrate the longest day of the year with cascades of rain.  Over 30 MGOC participants splashed off on their annual run from Banchory to Fettercairn, with smiles on faces despite the foul conditions.  We followed an interesting route, devised by John and Jill Chessor, with the traditional stop to admire the view (thick fog) from the Cairn O'Mount summit.  Proceedings ended with a meal at the Ramsay Arms in Fettercairn.  The prize for most correct answers to the en-route quiz was won by Carl and Helen Everard.

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MGs pause to take in the view from Cairn O'Mount lookout.

Club presence at the Crathes Vintage Car Rally, May 28, 2017

The Aberdeen MGOC was represented at the Crathes Rally by a block of MGBs and Midgets, flanked by the club banners.  Elsewhere, some seriously old, beautifully preserved examples of MGs were on show.

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                                     Club banner with MGBs aplenty

MGOC visit to Grampian Transport Museum, Alford

Our regular Thursday evening in May took us to the Alford Transport Museum.  Mike Ward, the museum curator, gave an orientation talk, then the Club members were free to explore the museum at their own pace.  The evening ended with sandwiches and hot drinks, ably served by John and Jill.  Many thanks to Martyn Jeffrey, the MGOC member who serves on the museum board and set up the visit for us.

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MGs arrive at the Grampian Transport Museum.

MGs at the Drive-it Day outing, April 2017

Drive-it Day is an annual event open to all types of vintage cars.  Over 100 Aberdeen participants assembled in bright sunshine at the Beach Boulevard to set off on a run to Drum Castle, via the restored Deeside Railway Station at Crathes.  The MG count among the cars in the event was particularly notable; among the many Bs and Midgets were a few earlier examples of the marque.  A great day out for MG petrolheads.

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MGB Midget sets off for Drum Castle from the Deeside Railway Station.

Club Warm-up run, April 2017

A record 38 club members participated in a 35-mile warm-up run in countryside north of Aberdeen on April 13th.  The run ended at the Garlogie Inn, where drivers and their navigators enjoyed a tasty meal and convivial company.

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Thirteen MGs line up for the start of the warm-up run.  (Photograph by Roger Key)

Outing to Mull, April 2017

A dozen club members drove their MGs to Mull for the first club outing of the year.  To avoid bunching in convoys on Mull's mostly single-track roads, participants were free to explore the island in their own time and manner.  The only group gatherings were there fore at the hotel and the ferries.

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Part of the MG line-up from the Mull adventure.

Gathering of the Clans, Doune, September 25th, 2016

One hundred and four MG cars from all over Scotland descended on Doune for the annual Gathering of the Clans event, organized by members of Tayside and Kingdom MG Owners' Clubs.  Thanks to Roger Key for the photos. 

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A handsome MGA at the Gathering of the Clans