Catterline Cartie Grand Slam

Monymusk Cairtie Race "Once a fortnight is plenty" achieved the superb feat of winning the Monymusk Cairtie Race today to complete the "2006 Grand Slam" of North East Cartie Races.
Monymusk is quite a different event to Catterline; the course is 3.2 miles long, and has a very steep first section of perhaps three quarters of a mile, followed by over two miles of rough ground, tracks and fields. Some parts of it are up hill, and the carties need to be pushed nearly all the way. The speedo on the Tequila Slammer showed 33.2 mph as the maximum speed in the first section (and it would've been quicker if I hadn't hit a bale half way down Embarassed).
Once a fortnight's time of 19 minutes and 28 seconds was exceptionally quick and made them the clear winners, and they also picked up the prize for the best named cartie. Tequila Slammer's time was rather slower, but it still managed to take the "Best Design" prize. The Slammer crossed the line in about 24 minutes, but one of the team members had developed stitch on the way down so crossed the line several minutes later. He was, however, awarded a consolation prize for his efforts - 5 litres of Mackies Ice-cream!
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Gala Fund

It's taken a while to get around to a final published figure, but the Gala Fund now stands at £2394. We've already given a few small grants out, including £150 to the Gardening Club to put planters around the village, and £70 to cover the hosting fees for Catterline Online for the next two years.
We are still keen to hear of any other suggestions for local projects that are looking for funding, so if you have any ideas for projects or suggestions for worthy recipients then please do let us know.
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"Once a Fortnight" wins again

 "Once a Fortnight is Plenty" - this year's Supreme Champion from the Catterline Cartie Challenge - once again showed its class with a convincing win at the Stonehaven Carties Annual Race Event (SCARE). Callum Marshal drove three clean runs to win the prize for both the single fastest run and the best aggregate time. Andy Poppleton finally managed to complete a cartie run without injuring himself to come second on aggregate with Urie Blue, and Lewis and Tom Roseweir grabbed third place aboard Elijah.
In the junior competition, Callum Bailey came first and Brendan Hall was second, and the Slammer won the prize for the best crash for not one but two distinctly Lemming-esque high speed rollovers.
"Once a Fortnight" and The Slammer will both be travelling up to Monymusk next weekend, with "Once a Fortnight" hoping their run of good form will continue and that they'll "complete the triple". I'll be happy just to keep the Slammer the right way up...
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Catterline Carties Get Ready For SCARE

Catterline will be strongly represented at the Stonhaven Cartie Annual Race Event (SCARE) this Sunday. This year's Supreme Champion from the Catterline Carties, "Once a Fortnight is Plenty ", will be taking part, and Team Weasel has borrowed three fine carties - Maniac , Slammer and Elijah - to make sure we have the best possible chance.

Other carties familiar from the Catterline Cartie Challenge will also be there, plus a few new machines. In total there will be about a dozen carties taking part.

The course for the competition is in Mineralwell Park, starting from The Glebe. Teams will gather at the car park at 12.30pm, with the first run due to take place at about 1.00pm.


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Still No Decision on St John's Hill Windfarm

Yesterday's meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Comittee decided to postpone their decision about the St John's Hill Windfarm until they have made a site visit to assess the visual impact for themselves.
A decision will now be made at their next meeting, on 19th September.
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