Le Jog 2016 at Forrestburn

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Still considered by crews to be one of the most demanding and challenging events in Europe and a definite must-do event, Le Jog visited Forrestburn on 5 December 2016 in foggy, cold and atmospheric conditions. As ever there was a great range of cars to be seen on their way from Land’s End to John O’Groats. The Reliability Trial and Classic Car Tour is open to cars built before 1986.

Trish and Donald MacDonald were there with other MSCC worthies to help out with marshaling and to take some pics. Here they are.

Production Car Trial: 6 November 2016

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Due to the proximity to Halloween, “Silly Hat Day” at the November trial has become a tradition and exotic examples of the hat-makers art were on full display.

A small but determined entry tackled the 16 hills, bathed in strong, winter sunshine. Unfortunately for the marshals, the same sunshine was doing little to raise the arctic temperatures they were experiencing.

In spite of the dry conditions, the hills were proving to be challenging and the scores for the morning runs reflected this. By the afternoon, most entrants were showing an improvement with some close battles in the classes.

The Provisional winners are –
Class 1 Barry Holmes, BMW Mini
Class 3 Brian Hopkins, Austin 7 Special
Class 4, Colin MacKay, Morgan +8.

The prize for the most imaginative hat went to Shonah Gibbon.

At the end of the event, a minute’s silence was observed in memory of Bill Henderson, a great friend of Monklands Sporting Car Club.

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Bill Henderson, 1924 – 2016

Photogallery from Trish MacDonald:

Photogallery from Chris Nicholson:

Production Car Trial: 9 October 2016

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Forrestburn can be a lovely place – especially if the weather is good and today was no exception. One of the late season trials took place there today and photographer Chris Nicholson was there to gather the evidence. This is his take on the events and atmosphere of the day. Thanks Chris!

But then … Donald and Trish MacDonald sent a bit of commentary on the day and more images. Here’s the text:

Jonathan worked his magic again and we had our fifth consecutive trial in great weather. There was a large entry and the dry ground made for some low scores. Some of the “experts” were obviously a bit rusty as some silly mistakes cost them penalties, but everyone seemed to have fun. The final results will not be available for a week but the provisional class winners were Class 1 Candice in a Ford KA, Class 3 Jamie Gibbon in his MG Midget, Class 4 Brian Hopkins in the Austin 7 Special and Class 5 Geoff Burns in a Mazda MX5. Here are some of Donald and Trish’s images:

And then … George Dow came along with more:

Highland Three Day Classic Tour at Forrestburn

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The Highland Three Day Classic Tour is organised by Lancashire Automobile Club. The event is a Touring Assembly for interesting, sports and classic cars. They visited Forrestburn en route to Dunkeld for the start of the event.

The route is approximately 600 miles long and takes in “A” Roads and country road and is planned to pass through the most attractive scenery between Start and Finish venues. The route includes:

Day 0 22 September: Biggar, Forrestburn, Carron Valley, Loch Ern to Dunkeld
Day 1 23 September: Dunkeld, Glen Shee, Alford, Nairn and Inverness
Day 2 24 September: Inverness, Loch Shin, Loch Inver, Applecross and Inverness
Day 3 25 September: Inverness Loch Ness, Loch Rannoch, Aberfeldy and Dunkeld

Bill Barr was there to record the interesting collection of cars on the hill climb track. Here is his photogallery.