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Donald MacLeod Memorial Award -
The Donald MacLeod (Domhnall
Easy) Memorial Award is presented annually by the WITPG to the
person who is considered to have made an important contribution to
the benefit of the Group during the previous year (2003). Murdo,
who originally comes from North Uist, is now living in Inverness
where he is the transport manager with animal feed stuff
wholesalers, Harbro Ltd.
||Murdo is a keen vehicle enthusiast,
with his special interest being buses. He is the Northern Area
Chairman of the MacBraynes Circle and has a vast knowledge of the
MacBrayne bus fleet. He was instrumental in the organising of our
memorable bus trip to Skye in June 2001, and he also organised
MacBrayne buses for us to use at the Lewis Carnival and the West
Coast Road Run.
Murdo was the guest speaker at the
AGM held at the Retirement Centre on 17th March, where he gave a
very interesting talk on the work of the MacBrayne Circle, which now
has 10 preserved buses. It was fitting that John Angus should
present the award to Murdo as they have become great friends since
the WITPG was formed.
The WITPG and the MacBraynes Circle
work well together and we have to thank Murdo for that. Thanks also
for taking the time to come over from Inverness and give us such a
thoroughly enjoyable evening.
Murdo MacPherson, (right) accepts the Donald
MacLeod (Domhnall Easy) Memorial Award from WITPG Membership
Secretary John Angus MacLeod
Stornoway Garages & Motor Hirers -
Wed 18 Feb
Our guest speaker for
this evening was local historian and Isles FM presenter, Norrie
MacGregor. His talk concentrated on early garages and motor hirers
He started his
talk by telling the audience where and how he gathered his
information and then went on to explain in detail the history of the
garages, petrol pumps and motor hirers that were based in
Stornoway. Following this, we had a question and answer section
were Norrie used his vast knowledge of Stornoway history to give an
informed response to the questions put to him.
Our grateful thanks to Norrie
MacGregor for giving us an excellent nightís entertainment, and we
certainly hope that Norrie will come and talk to us again soon.
Transport Quiz Night -
A transport quiz night was arranged for
Januaryís entertainment, with the questions being set by WITPG
chairman Roddy J MacDonald and vice chairman Calum MacLennan.
The topics covered all aspects of
road transport, as well as questions on local transport and general
knowledge. These quiz nights have been hailed a great success, with
plenty of friendly and often hilarious banter coming from the
The transport quiz teams
J. Kernahan, Calum MacLeod (Stealag), Angus Norman Campbell (ANC),
Alisdair Murray, Ian Murray (Plum), James MacLeod, Ian Mitchell.
Donald N Morrison (Fury), Kenny Murdo MacLeod, Michael MacLennan,
Norman Graham (Noddy).
Garry MacLeod, Alan (Waddel) MacDonald, Hector and Ian MacDonald
Donald A MacLeay, Calum MacLeod (Gobs), John MacIver (Shonnie),
Murdo John MacKay.
Team 3 eventually emerged as winners
with an impressive 34 points. Team 2 was in second place with
28 points, Team 1 was third with 18 points, Team 5 had 16 points and
Team 4 had 9 points.
Video Night -
On this occasion we
held our very popular local video night, which was well-attended.
The video on show was a real treat and was filmed in glorious
weather on Lewis and Harris in September 2002 when the West Coast
Road Run visited the Western Isles for the first time.
Angus Morrison, Knockaird, Ness, and
Donald Murray of Back filmed the video. It is a must for commercial
transport enthusiasts and those who will appreciate the beauty of
the natural island backdrop that the vehicles travelled through
during their brief tour of the Isles. A fine selection of lorries:
AEC, Albion, Atkinson, Austin, Bedford, Commer, Foden, GMC,
International, Leyland, Scammell and Seddon are all represented.
As with all of Angusís videos, the
photography locations are selected with an expert eye. There is
also some superb background music by members of the Ness Melodeon
Band, which all makes for great viewing on a cold winterís evening.
We are indebted to Angus Morrison for an outstanding video.
MacBraynes Circle -
Wed 19 Nov
Murdo MacPherson and
Stewart Groundwater of the MacBraynes Circle were scheduled to give
a talk on MacBraynes buses and the work of the MacBraynes Circle.
Unfortunately, this event had to be postponed until further notice.
Instead, a video on Bedford vehicles was shown, which everyone
Members Photo Night -
Wed 15 Oct
We held a Members Photo
Night on Wednesday 15 October, with photos provided by Vice
Chairman, Calum MacLennan.
The pictures were mainly slides of
commercial vehicles that were taken at the Grampian Truck Show,
Alford, Aberdeenshire and the Haddington Agricultural Show, East
Lothian. Photos included a good selection of artics, recovery
vehicles, classic vans and pickups, modern and vintage tractors and,
of coarse, classic commercial vehicles.
Wed 17 Sept
Our winter season
started with a superb illustrated talk by guest speaker for the
evening, Ian Smith. Ian, originally from Achmore in Lewis, lives in
Dunblane, Perthshire, and has had a lifelong passion for cars,
describing himself as a Ďcar junkieí.
In June 2003 Ian was
given the chance to take part in the 21st American Great Race. The
Race is the countryís longest running vintage automobile rally, with
more than 100 vintage automobiles participating each year in a
time-speed-distance race covering 4,000 miles of some of the
beautiful back-roads in North America.
More than 40 cities host the Great Racers with a
celebrity-style welcome. Always free to the public, fans along the
way enjoy an up-close-and-personal view of the vintage machines.
Ian was in the navigatorís seat for the
Splinterbox Team. His car, owned and driven by Spence Darby from
West Bend, Wisconsin, is a 1929 Ford Model A Station Wagon with
woody body. Spence purchased the Ford in July 2001 and began
restoring the vehicle. Because the vehicle had lain on its side in
a swamp for around 25 years, Spence needed to rebuild the woody body
To the teamís disappointment, they didnít win the
race, though the 2003 Great Race proved to be a memorable experience
for Ian and the Splinterbox team.
WITPG members are grateful to Ian Smith for
giving us an excellent nightís entertainment, and a very interesting
and well-considered presentation