MG Car Club MMM Register – Reivers Raid II – Motoring Interest Story
We all know how the Scottish Borders is an often overlooked gem of an area for those who enjoy driving.
Well several members of the MG Car Club MMM Register agree and after much arm twisting and ambushing convinced BVAC member Ian Lindley together with fellow MG Car Club members Bill and Karen Niven to organise another three day tour here in the Borders.
“When I was ambushed at Silverstone and the NEC Classic Car Show by some of my European MG friends I knew there was no other way to get peace and quiet other than to to put on another Reivers Raid”.
With Bill and Karen on board planning commenced and it was agreed that The Barony Castle should again be the event base, routes were chosen and dates confirmed. Bookings opened immediately after The Kernow MMM tour in Cornwall and within a week 30 cars had been signed up and now there are now 50 pre war MMM cars, several from Europe, being prepared for the event. No pressure then for the organisers.
So watch out on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd of May as MG Midget, Magna and Magnette (hence MMM) cars built between 1929 and 1936 take to our Border Roads.
Temples and Toffee – from the Barony Castle valley the challenge of Talla Linn awaits enroute to the Samye Ling Buddhist Centre (Temple). Then heading further west to Moffat (Toffee) before returning via The Grey Mares Tail.
Moors and Fields – into the Border hills via the climb of Witchy Knowe and on to The Watermill for refreshments. The road then takes us off to the east as the landscape softens to rich farmland passing by Thirlestane Castle and Scott’s View before reaching the fine Borders town of Kelso. Finally a gentle home return run back to the Barony where a Gala “Borders” themed dinner awaits.
Mystery and Magic – it is off into the Moorfoots, taking in the Granites (no one seems to know how this road got its name), as we head to the mysterious and some say magical, Rosslyn Chapel. No matter what it is historically significant and a wonder of the stonemasons art. The Chapel also gained worldwide fame as the setting for the final acts of the Da Vinci Code.