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Le Mans 24Hrs 2007

The Le Mans 24Hrs and Classic Tours have moved under the new banner of le mob.com, which will also feature some exciting new "Escape to France" Club Weekends to Le Mans. With no Classic race in 2007 the Le Mans 24 hrs looks like it's going to be exceptionally busy so early booking is advised.

Full details on www.lemob.com

25th Anniversary Callander Classic Weekend

The Callander Classic Weekend National Concours, arguably the most prestigious and best organised concours event in Scotland, now carries a prize of £500 to the winning car and possibly will have a new sponsor by the time the event takes place. Matching the prize for the concours will be no less than six exclusive Le mob.com Le Mans 24hrs or Le Mans Classic château camping packages awarded to members of the winning team in the Team Driving Challenge.

The main event will be held over Saturday and Sunday and include a Classic & Sports Car Sale Enclosure Saturday. The Auction on Sunday will include auto memorabilia, auto spares and equipment sections as well as classic and sports cars. It is planned for the Trade and Auto Jumble Village to be increased in size to embrace a covered section. The MGOC from Northampton have volunteered to run a new version of the Mini Highland Games to be held on the Saturday afternoon with finals on Sunday and the traditional Highland drive on Saturday will incorporate a photo quiz and treasure hunt.

Full Details and booking forms can be found on this web site.

PAST EVENT REPORTS

Callander Classic Weekend 26th 27th August

With the weather having been very unkind to us the last two years it was a relief for everyone when the sun shone on the Sunday and the Callander Classic Weekend brought back the memories of how good an event it is. The concours was as usual keenly contested with the honours going to Jim Scott with his well known Ford Cortina just ahead of Tom Shanks with the Hudson Sport 8 . Dick Swindle a well earned third place in his Lotus Elan. The Club Lotus team took the Team Challenge honours. It will be interesting to see all these winners competing next year when the prizes are £500 for the winning concours car and six Le Mans Tour packages for the Team Challenge winners.

The auction provided great interest as usual along with a selection of motoring memorabilia. We shall be concentrating on the auction next year and hopefully we can encourage more entries for the Auto Spares and Accessories Auction.

Thanks go to all those who helped with the organisation including all our regular team. We all appreciate your efforts and input.

Roll on 2007 and our 25th Anniversary which promises to be something special.

Callander Classic Weekend Sat 28th Sun 29th August 2004

We received over 600 entries for this year's Classic Weekend. With lots of attractions on offer including the Concours D'Elegance, Driving Challenge, Classic and Sports car Auction and Sale and model helicopter displays and real helicopter flights to name but a few it all added up to what promised to be a great weekend. All we needed was half decent weather. We didn't get it. The heavens opened and it simply poured none stop for almost the whole weekend. It just goes to prove that no matter how well organised and planed an event is you need half-decent weather for it to be a success. Conversely there are poor events which are deemed successes simply because they have been lucky with the weather. We can only say that despite the inclement weather many of those attending made the best of it proving to be true enthusiasts and we have to admire and thank them for that. We received a number of very kind letters of appreciation despite the dreadful conditions including some from regular entrants who had travelled hundreds of miles from England to be with us. They promised to be back next year. It is letters like this that are the icing on the cake for us and make it all worth while.

Photos of the Callander Classic Weekend can be seen on our Recent Events page and on our official photographers web site www.nexus-photography.co.uk


Highland Tour 15th - 24th October 2004

Our tour commenced with the arrival of the advance guests in Ayrshire on the Thursday in anticipation of joining others the following day for the sail to Mull. An excellent dinner was enjoyed by all at Wildings Hotel & Restaurant fronting the picturesque shoreline at Maidens, some guests staying there overnight.

Many of the guests on this first part of the tour to Mull were first timers but everyone joined in the fun so typical of the Highland Weekends and it was soon clear we had a number of real characters amongst them. On Saturday we drove over to the island of Iona for lunch at Martyrs' Bay Restaurant - You have got to sample Sheila's Fish Chowder, surely the best in the land and to die for! The sail to Staffa with our usual skipper Davie from Staffa Trips was a great success and included sailing our small boat right into the mouth of Fingal's Cave. Sunday's visit to Torosay Castle via the miniature steam train, brought out especially for us, was as enjoyable as ever. Torosay Castle has to be one of the best castles to visit in Scotland, visitors are made to feel almost at home by the relaxed informal atmosphere and the train journey to get there is a must. We left the castle and after visits to the "Wings of Mull" birds of prey sanctuary and Duart Castle for a photo shoot, both venues making us most welcome we journeyed back to our the Western Isles Hotel. Teatime each day meant a visit to the famous Mishnish Bar on the front a Tobermory. A fantastic pub atmosphere made more enjoyable by the free bowl of locally caught mussels served up on the bar counter. Monday, and after farewells some guests departed for Oban and home whilst others sailed north from Fishnish en route for Loch Inver. One worthy guest was enjoying himself so much he decided to leave his wife to travel down home with another guest whilst he continued on to Loch Inver. His delightful and understanding wife had important appointments to keep I hasten to add. The Western Isles Hotel had done us proud yet again and remains one of the best hotels on the West Coast of Scotland. It won't be long before we are back in Mull.

Our journey to Loch Inver was via Loch Carron, stopping for coffee at another not to be missed favourite the Carron Restaurant near Strathcarron. Excellent food including grilled fresh prawns and home baking served by hosts Peter and Michelle. Peter is a big Porsche enthusiast with a preference for 928s so he is obviously someone with good taste like myself…. smile! Over a gloomy but awe inspiring "Pass of the Cattle" into Applecross for a light lunch and then on round the peninsula towards Torridon gave us our first breath taking view of Wester Ross and the Western Highlands.

By the time we had checked into the Inver Lodge Hotel at Lochinver we were all ready for a drink at the bar and to meet up with our new guests joining us for the second leg of the Tour. The Inver Lodge is another firm favourite with us. The friendly welcome, the service, the rooms and the food are simply excellent and there is no better base to explore arguably the most beautiful remotest part of Britain! Guests were mesmerised as they toured amongst the majestic highland peaks of Suilven and Stac Polly, walked the deserted white sandy beeches near Kinlochbervie. We shopped away in Ullapool and enjoyed our tea time walks to another great pub next to the "Pie Shop" at Lochinver each day. It was a perfect haven and we were in perfect company. Everyone was sad when it was time to leave but all departed with fond memories, not least of the fantastic last night's dinner when we sampled the locally caught fresh lobster and venison.

A spirited drive south to the Pine Trees Hotel Pitlochry to meet up with more arriving guests was followed on our first night by a visit to the Pitlochry Festival Theatre. For the next few days we toured Loch Tummel Loch Rannock and Loch Tay. We made a memorable short visit to the lonely tiny Rannock Station and it's tearoom on the edge of the world … sorry Rannock Moor, and promised ourselves to return one day to catch the train across the moor.

When the tour finally came to an end everyone, although exhausted agreed they had had a fantastic time. The Pine Trees Hotel at Pitlochry, as with the other hotels was as superb as ever and the staff couldn't have been more helpful and attentive.

Photos of Highland Tour be seen on our Recent Events page

See details of 2006's visit to the Outer Hebrides.


Selection from the many letters received from Callander Classic Le Mans guests.


Tony,
I just wanted to drop a quick note of thanks for your unbelievable hospitality. How we would have made it without you is unthinkable. I hope all goes well for you and if you should ever make a trip to the States please let us know.

Doug Dwyer
KN Filters Saleen Racing Team California USA


Hi Tony & Josie
What can I say other than a huge thanks for making us so welcome. Both George & Fergi, I think you saw, had a brilliant time also. I have a lasting image of the cars passing the restaurant window, and that sound of the cars was just awesome. Special thanks for arranging the weather, spot on even though we had to hide in the fridge on Monday for a short time.

Allan H
Club Lotus Scotland.


Tony and Josie,
Thank you very much for the marvelous time at Le mans. It was far more than I would have expected. The fellowship was great, the accommodation superb, and the race - well what can you say!!!! Thanks again for a great time.

John B
Porsche Club America Arizona USA


Dear Tony
Once again thank you for organising a wonderful week at Le Mans we thoroughly enjoyed the event even though it was a German walkover. It would have been great to have had a few screaming Ferrari V12's competing and a if only the MG's hadn't broken we might have had a more interesting race. Still great crack anyway, and please pass on my thanks to Josie who so ably supports your efforts.

Brian G
PCGB & MGCC Bucks England


Hi Tony,
I just wanted to send a very warm thank you for a grand time with you and your group at Le Mans. I thank you for all the hard work you put in to making everyone happy and comfortable, I know it's not an easy job. Thanks for giving me some very special memories. I know that Jerry and Pat had a fantastic time with you also. Please give my best to Josie.

Jan D
California USA


Dear Tony and Team at Callander Classics,
Just a note to let you know how much we enjoyed our stay at the Camp site with you for the Le Mans 24 hour race. We all had a memorable time over the weekend, so many thanks to you and your staff. Please pass on our thanks to the owner and staff of the chateau for their hospitality. Well done from the MG owners. Please let me have details as soon as they are available as we hope to be back next year. Love to Lulu the Goat.

Jon T
Solent MG Owners Club England


Tony & Josie
Just spoke today with Jerry and feels that you two are super! And made their stay extremely enjoyable and can't wait until next year. As it looks, Rodney is planning to race again in 2003 and will be coming in May during the Le Mans practice sessions to qualify. I think you two have made more friends for life.

Steve & Gail
Las Vegas USA


Dear Tony & Josie,
Thanks for what I can only describe as one of the best away events I have ever been to. The farm house and facilities surpassed our expectations and the company was brilliant!!! I will definitely be coming next year, hopefully with the 'Dorm boys'. Very memorable, got lots of top pics to send to you.

Simon B
356 Register PCGB London England


Dear Tony and Josie
This is just to thank you both for acting as our hosts and guides last weekend. Will and I thoroughly enjoyed our first trip to Le Mans. Now that we know a little of what it is about I am sure it will not be the last. Mone seems an excellent venue and I am sure the chateau would be an experience. Particularly we would both like to thank you for making us feel so welcome as soon as we arrived and throughout the weekend. It was also a pleasure to meet such well known characters.. Best wishes and regards to you both.

Tim and Will C
356 Register Derbyshire England


Tony/Josie
Just a note to greet you on your return, we arrived back on English ground at around 6 am Monday. Sun seemed to have followed us from France. Thanks for a great week-end and especially the extra hospitality shown to Jack and Delwyn which was much appreciated. In particular the culinary efforts on our behalf by Josie and Diana yesterday evening.

Fred H
Porsche Club GB London England


Tony,
Just a brief note to thank you both for all your efforts in making it such an enjoyable event for us and the rest of the group. The setting and the company were excellent and your assistance with the geography of the circuit and the AOC carpark were invaluable . I also made useful contacts whose acquaintance I look forward to renewing at some future date. Only regret was having to leave so early on Sunday. Please bear us in mind for future events and if you do get your Marcos out you know you will be most welcome at any of our CMI Scotland division meetings.

David A Angus
Club Marcos International Scotland


Hi Tony.
Just to say thanks for organizing a brilliant trip down to Le mans, we got going straight after the race to avoid the Monday slog. I was very impressed with all that you and Jose did for everybody at the farmhouse, fantastic, please thank her for me, I was only sad to miss out on Sundays fun. Thanks again to you both, you make an excellent team.
Bruce and Deb
Sportswagen Kent England

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