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History of Hillbillies MCC

Hillbillies MCC was started in 1999 by a group including brothers James and Kenny McColm.
Their idea was for regular ride-outs by a group of like-minded friends.

After a day on the hills deerstalking, Kenny McColm remarked that they looked 'like a bunch of hillbillies'.
The name stuck and the crossed guns were adopted along with the deer's head as the club badge.

Early Hillbillies MCC club photo taken in 1999.
Early Hillbillies MCC club photo taken in 1999.

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The first meeting was in Muirkirk with close family and friends.
Further meetings were held in Mauchline and Drongan and at a bothy where clay pidgeon shoots were arranged.

Hillbillies ready for a shoot at the bothy in 2000.
Hillbillies ready for clay pidgeon shooting at the bothy in 2000.

Betty Fulton on her trike in 1999.
Betty Fulton on her trike in 1999.

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James McColm was the first President of the club with Kenny McColm as Vice President.

The first president of Hillbillies MCC, James McColm.
The first president of Hillbillies MCC, James McColm.

James McColm, first president of Hillbillies MCC, at a club meeting in 2001.
James McColm, first president of Hillbillies MCC, at a club meeting in 2001.

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Kenny McColm then became President with Donald Fulton as Vice President.

The second president of Hillbillies MCC, Kenny McColm.
The second president of Hillbillies MCC, Kenny McColm in 2001.

Hillbillies outside the KFC Supporters Club in Mauchline for a club meeting.
Getting ready for a run outside the Mauchline Killie Supporters Club.
Kenny McColm 2nd from left. Donald Fulton 3rd from right, at back.

Kenny getting ready for another good night!
Kenny getting ready for another good night!

Kenny and Diane with the third president of Hillbillies MCC, Jock Lamb.
Halloween 2004 at 'The Myle' in Mauchline.
Kenny and Diane with the third president of Hillbillies MCC, Jock Lamb.

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The key aims of the club had been agreed from the start:

1. Ride bikes and have a good time
and
2. Raise money for charities and local good causes.

Hillbillies on a run.
Kenny on the left and James, standing, second from the right.
On the far right is Jock McCrindle, the fourth president of Hillbillies MCC.

Donald Fulton with his prize after a day shooting on the hills.
Donald Fulton with his prize after a day shooting on the hills.

Music, beer and good company!.
Music, beer and good company!

2003 Hillbillies MCC Easter Egg Run.
The 2003 Hillbillies MCC Easter Egg Run with Fugitives MCC from Dumfries and Loudoun MCC from Darvel.
Easter eggs were delivered to Crosshouse Hospital's Childrens Unit and to Malcom Sargent (now CLIC Sargent) in Prestwick.

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By 2007 the membership in Ayrshire had grown significantly and two new branches were formed. The first of these was in Greenock covering the Renfrewshire area and then later that year the Argyll branch was formed, based in Dunoon.

Hillbillies MCC Renfrewshire .
Jock McCrindle (4th Ayrshire president) Liam Laughlin (2nd Renfrewshire President),
Derek Lamb (Ayrshire Ex-Vice President) & Gavin Kerr (1st Renfrewshire President).

Hillbillies MCC Argyll.
Early photo of Argyll members with Jock MacKenzie (Argyll President) on the left.

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Hillbillies MCC is a family club with a membership that includes women and children. This friendly culture has helped the club to continue its success and Hillbillies MCC still sticks to its original aims of riding bikes, having a good time and supporting local charities.

Getting ready to start the 2007 Hillbillies MCC Easter Egg Run.
Getting ready to start the 2007 Hillbillies MCC Easter Egg Run.
The old Ballochmyle Inn ('The Myle') is where many meetings and party nights were held.

Hillbillies MCC Club Photo 2008.
Hillbillies MCC Club Photo 2008.

10 year anniversary run to Muirkirk in 2009.
10 year anniversary run to Muirkirk in 2009.
The Coach House Inn is where Hillbillies MCC was founded in 1999.

Hillbillies Presidents at the 15 year anniversary  Xmas Dance in 2014.
Hillbillies Presidents at the 15 year anniversary Xmas Dance in 2014.
Left to right: Kevin McKnight (6th Ayrshire President), Jock Lamb (3rd Ayrshire Prsident),
Jock MacKenzie (1st Argyll President), Lez Ritchie (5th Ayrshire President),
Jock McCrindle (4th Ayrshire President), Gordon McDade (3rd Renfrewshire President).

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For more early pictures of the club, check out the Old Photo Album.


 
 
 

Hillbillies MCC helps
raise funds to support
good causes including...

Crosshouse Hospital Children's Ward

Combat Stress Hollybush House, Ayr

We are MacMillan Cancer Support

Mauchline Holy Fair Annual Gala Day

CLIC Sargent in Prestwick

BWR Bikefest at Harleys in Ayr


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