Well seeing as the new year wa here 2DD-Turbodave and myself decided to see it in 2D Development style and organised a little outing (well it had been a week since our last one). So 10am seen us meet at Dulloch park and blow me down with fairy dust if every one that said they were coming turned up (well except Dougie who was sighting running problems, but really we think just fancied an extra half hour in bed). So deciding that given Dougie was in his valvered Nova accompanied with his style of driving we reckoned it was safe enough to head off an he would catch up.
So after breakfast served by the dreariest little **** McDonalds had to offer we headed out along the M90 with our 8 car convoy, turning off at the Knockhill turning heading up towards Gleneagles and onto Crieff:
Once through Crieff and giving Doris the local Policeman in her fully eqquiped Police CRV a hernia we headed north again into the Sma' Glen and into Glen Quaich where we decided to wait for a little on Dougie catching up and it gave Ally the chance to give the worlds most expensive Cavalier Turbo a full system check (unfortunaly Turbodave was winning the "how many dash lights can you have on at once in a Cav Turbo competition):
Turbodaves Cavalier in its element
(John on the first of hir 23 washer bottle top ups of the day......washer bottles on the otherside.....maybe thats where he was going wrong)
Allys new toy
Grahams undercover touring car
Bennys BP Ultimate sponsored GT TDI
Lugys 900.3bhp Saab
Coo debating if he too could be an ice road trucker:
Whilst we awaited Dougies immenant arrival Turbodave and Lugy argued over exactly which bit of snow covered icey arse road it was we were going on. When upon Auld Bill in his Isuzu diesel eqquiped MK3 Astra went past at which point it was "**** it, follow him". So with Dougies arrival
we headed on for the white roads, undetered by the sign:
However we really should pay heed to signs like that when the tempratures in the minus, following Turbodave who was making good progress, team GSi decided not on your life am I going up there, and decided to give the traction control light a new years work out:
Unfortunately dave was met with old will coming back the other way gibbering something in-comprehendable and waving his arms, so we presumed the road be a no go. Unfortunately the GSi made harder work of going down the hill backwards than it had going up. Eventually we were back off the ice and onto tarmac, at which point Ally decided, "**** this, ma cars got 4x4 badges", and preceeded to rock on up the road:
We decided to walk a bit to see how far he got with mutters of "hes gonna smash the ****"
Mean while farmer Joe popped out to see what was going on, once informed he gave a jovial laugh stating that he had been up there this morning in his fully eqquiped 4x4 Polaris quad and got stuck.....we held out no hope.
Soon Ally returned grumbling about someone in a Land Rover Discovery being stuck, but if he was out of the way he could have made it.......so on that note we headed back out for the main road and the long way to Pitlochry:
Through Tummel bridge:
Once in Pitlochry it was time for some well earned food:
At this point Benny broke off heading back to the East Coast before Mrs Benny lost her sense of humour.
So fuelled up we headed back out and onto the Braemar road towards Blairgowrie where as well as scaring sheep & other manners of wild life Turbodave managed to run old Bessie and Jim in their Renault off the road as well as Brain the family man in his Scenic (who despite his best efforts to lead the pack failed miserably):
Once in Blairgowrie it was time for Coo to bid fairwell to head over to Arbroath to keep Mrs Coo happy:
So after John having his last washer bottle top up of the day we headed back down to Perth (and despite the best efforts of Perth Constabularies finest we all managed it without a speeding ticket (more luck that judgement......apparently Sunday drivers do have their uses after all), then on down the M90 back to Dunfermline for a de-brief and pant change:
All in not a bad effort, 220miles and 3/4 of a tank of V-power;s finest
One happy GSi