Date(s) - 23/04/2022 - 24/04/2022
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We’re back and, following our most recent Scottish event taking in the superb scenery of Loch Lomond, this year we tackle the industrial heartland of Scotland, home of the Big Yin and deep-fried Mars bars.
Saturday: We meet 11am at Glasgow’s Riverside Museum. Located at the junction of the rivers Kelvin and Clyde, it houses the city’s fabulous transport and technology collections showing the importance of Glasgow’s heavy industries like shipbuilding, train manufacturing and engineering.
Admission, including to tall ship ‘Glenlee’, is free. Our vehicles will be on display on ‘events square’ right alongside this iconic building and the Clyde waterfront.
At 3pm, we head out on a road run through the city, passing landmarks such as the Finnieston Crane and the People’s Palace.
Saturday 7pm evening meal will be at the spectacular WEST Brewery. Housed in an imposing building, this brewpub is famous for artisan lagers, wheat beers and traditional German cuisine.
Sunday: This is ‘Drive it Day’ when the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs encourage all owners of classic vehicles to take to the roads. We start the day with a guided tour at the impressive Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust. Arrive from 10.30am for 11am tour start.
Their Bridgeton Bus Garage is home to 150 buses, coaches, commercial vehicles and fire appliances. Vehicles range from hulks rescued from scrap yards and awaiting restoration to fully restored and active examples. Bridgeton Bus Garage at 76-136 Fordneuk Street, Glasgow. Admission £5, free parking.
Just after midday, we head off in convoy on a 35 mile road run arriving early afternoon at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway, home of the Museum of Scottish Railways.
The Railway has been developed on a reclaimed site alongside the Firth of Forth and offers visitors nostalgic steam and heritage diesel trains rides as well as Scotland’s largest railway museum. Historic buildings have been re-erected to provide a traditional railway setting. The Museum, recently extended earlier this year, comprises three large buildings full of historic locomotives, carriages and wagons, as well as models, displays and photographs telling the history of railways in Scotland.
Parking is free – admission to the museum is £7. Train tickets can be bought on the day.
Join us for all or part of this weekend celebrating the best of Eastern Bloc motoring. All vehicles of an Eastern Bloc heritage welcome from 2 to 8 wheels! Let’s see your MZ, Simson, Trabant, Wartburg, Barkas, Skoda, Lada, Polski-Fiat, Tatra or KAMAZ!
Interested? Do please let us know (no commitment) so that we can keep you up to date with details. Contact Richard Hemington: events@IFAClub.co.uk or 07736 962572.
Accommodation: We’re suggesting Premier Inn Glasgow City Centre South, 80 Ballater St, G5 0TW.
Meals: Saturday meal: WEST Brewery requires pre-booking. To reserve phone 0141 550 0135 – tell them you’re with IFA Club. Online booking, go to: www.Westbeer.com – follow links ‘Menus and Bookings’, ‘Book a Table’, ‘Restaurant and Dining’ – enter number of guests, 23 April date, start and finish time (7pm and 9pm respectively, or nearest available slot) and enter ‘Stuart Cross/IFA Club @ 7pm’ in the ‘Special Requests’ box (Stuart has organised the meal). WEST will do its best to seat us together.
For those arriving on the Friday, we have a Russian restaurant in mind if the interest is there. Let us know…
Venues: more info is at:
- Riverside Museum: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/riverside-museum
- Finnieston Crane: https://bigcranco.co.uk/
- Peoples’ Palace: https://www.glasgowlife.org.uk/museums/venues/peoples-palace
- Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust: https://gvvt.org/
- Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway: https://www.bkrailway.co.uk/