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Alford Museum Visit
Sun 30th Jun 2019 to Sun 30th Jun 2019
organised by Highland Scotland

Car Count : 10
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A Day in the Life of the Hi-5 Group on their
trip to the Grampian Transport Museum at Alford on 
Sunday 30th June 2019.
At 6am, while most members were still tucked up in bed or watching yesterday’s world super bike race, two Skye members Martin and Lisa, were getting ready to set off for the DFS Inverness meeting point. Oh no, someone left the door open, so the car wouldn’t start. After a few minutes all sorted and on their way.
They joined Ali, Dougie, Andy, Dorothy, Alex, Brian and Frankie at the near sunny DFS car park for the drive down the A9 to Dulnain Bridge where Ali was picking Kirsty, Steve and Lou before driving to Grantown-on-Spey where Derek and Eleanor were waiting for the start of the Alford run.
Steve and Lou took the reins and set of over the River Spey then taking the roads to Nethy Bridge. Lou was also master of the CB radio for the first time as lead car. At Nethy Bridge the group headed north to join the Tomintoul road.
On getting onto the main road (Steve, not a good idea) let an Audi A3 past, so the group could get back together. Unfortunately we all got stuck behind the A3 for some 15 miles of wonderful MX5 road. The group followed the A3 up the B9136 which follows the River Avon up to Glenlevit Distillery. The A3 eventually turns of as we all head south to Tomintoul. So off we go with no A3 in front nice open roads and fast flowing curse. Well it would have been a great drive but for the freshly manicured road with loose chippings. Fast flowing roads and 9 MX5’s doing 15 miles an hour for some 20 miles, well it probably was only a couple of miles but it felt like 20. The joys of open top motoring. After a short sprint free of chippings and slow cars we reached the Old Fire Station at Tomintoul for the much needed bacon butts and coffee. Here we met another couple Peter and Kerry who had come on a run for the first time in a few years and only took delivery of their red MK1 the previous day at 7pm. Very brave, but hopefully it will serve them well in the coming months and years.
So now, with the extra car, we all set of to the Grampian Transport Museum. We join the A939 heading for the Lecht and immediately come upon a slow campervan. No problems here as we all glide safely past. Someone a few miles down the road suggests a photo shoot at the top of the Lecht, can’t think who it was(Steve again!) Over the CB a comment was made that the campervan may pass us while we stop. You’ve guessed it, the campervan was back in front by the time we’d taken lots of photos. Never mind we enjoyed our drive to the museum where we met our last pick up who were Eric and Rachael also from Skye. 
We were welcomed at the museum by Neil the curator and he suggested we take the cars around the back of the museum and park on their track, which immediately got a few drivers thinking they were going for a quick blast of the track. Unfortunately this was not allowed, but we did get a slow driver round after a practice Le-Mans style start.
The group then spent a couple of hours wandering around the museum, having a bite to eat and lots of chatting. The museum was fascinating from the old to electric with a conversation about turning the MX5 to electric power. Maybe that’s the future for MX5 driving. Over lunch Steve and Lou met up with volunteer Kevin (also a member of Grampian MX5s) and discussed with Neil about organising a Scottish gathering next year at the museum. 
After a great few hours and a few farewells with those heading in different directions it was time to get back on the road and head towards Grantown on Spey for our Indian meal at Sylhet Brasserie. All of the group enjoyed the meal and was joined by an ex member for a short while and after lots of chatting we walked back to the cars for the journey back. Some were a few miles up the road while others had much further like Eric and Rachael who we driving back to Skye.

Happy motoring for the future
Steve & Lou

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Your Comments
1st Jul 2019 13:20 :: Doug and Muriel
Thanks Steve and Lou for what was a great day out, felt like royalty with the Alford welcome. Thanks to all for making it the great day out.

1st Jul 2019 21:01 :: Martin and Lisa
What can we say Lou and Steve fantastic great run, great museum great company a fantastic day 😇😇

8th Jul 2019 18:25 :: Ali
Brilliant run really enjoyed the day
Well done

8th Jul 2019 21:07 :: Alex
Thoroughly enjoyable day out from start to finish. Cheers to Lou and Steve

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