Rally on at Crathes!

Pictured is Ryan Bond and Jim Sellers with an Austin 12 and MG Midget
Pictured is Ryan Bond and Jim Sellers with an Austin 12 and MG Midget

All roads will lead to the Milton Show Field at Crathes on Sunday (May 27) for Banchory Rotary Club’s annual Vintage Car and Motor Cycle Rally.

The rally is the club’s biggest charity fundraising event of the year and this year has attracted another record entry of more than 200 vintage and classic vehicles.

The main charity to benefit will be UCAN who are currently seeking to raise £2.5 million towards the cost of new state-of-the-art facilities for the treatment of urological cancer patients at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

This year’s event is being supported for the first time as main sponsor by leading Aberdeen-based international oil supplies and services company, EFC Group, which specialises in the design and production of subsea controls, drilling instrumentation and mechanical handling for the global oil and gas industry.

All proceeds from sponsorship, entry fees, trade stands, raffle, admission charges and competitions will be donated to UCAN and other deserving charities, both local and international.

“It is always a great day out for both exhibitors and spectators and we look forward to welcoming a large attendance on Sunday to support UCAN and the other charities who will benefit,” said Rotarian Richard Bridger, chairman of the organising committee.

The event will also feature the launch of Grampian Police Road Safety Unit’s “Be a SMART driver” campaign which is being supported by NHS Grampian, Stagecoach, the Institute of Advanced Motorists and Specsavers.

“We are delighted that Grampian Police have chosen the Crathes Rally to launch this important initiative and that the road safety unit will have a major presence at the rally,” said Mr Bridger

The classes in the rally will feature vintage (pre-1930), post vintage (1931-39) and three collectors’ classes (1940-61, 1962-72 and 1972 to present). There is also a class for Automobiles of America and awards for the best sports car and best motor cycle (pre-1950 and 1951-present).

The rally includes the opportunity during the morning for vehicle owners to take part in a road run from Crathes to Raemoir, Torphins, Inchmarlo, Banchory and back to Crathes.

Other features of the rally include performances by Stonehaven Pipe Band and Northfield Community Brass Band, a display of Highland dancing by pupils from the Coutts School of Dancing, side-shows, stalls, tombola, bouncy castle for the kids and barbecue by former Torphins butchers, George and Dorothy Sinclair.

“We are grateful to all our sponsors, and particularly to our new main sponsor, EFC Group, who enable us to put on a fun day for all the family while raising a large sum of money for deserving charities,” said club president, Ryan Bond.

Other sponsors for the event include Banchory Lodge Hotel, Inchmarlo Continuing Care Retirement Community, Andrew McIlraith Life and Pensions Ltd, Burnett Arms Hotel, CHAP Homes, Bancon Homes and Orvis.