Record crowds flock to sun-kissed rally

Steve Kew of Aboyne, with his Bentley Blower 1936
Steve Kew of Aboyne, with his Bentley Blower 1936

Scorching sunshine pulled out the crowds to the Milton Showfield at Crathes for Banchory Rotary Club’s 16th Vintage Car and Motor Cycle Rally.

The best-ever turnout of visitors basked in the sunshine viewing a magnificent display of 234 gleaming vintage cars and motorcycles – a record for the event – and enjoying the afternoon entertainment.

Carol Fowler, Banchory Lodge Hotel, presents first prize to Robbie Gordon in the Veteran and Vintage Class pre 1930.

Carol Fowler, Banchory Lodge Hotel, presents first prize to Robbie Gordon in the Veteran and Vintage Class pre 1930.

“The nice weather was a bonus and we estimate we must have had an attendance of over 4000,” said organising committee chairman, Richard Bridger.

“Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves and the large attendance should result in a record disbursement to our main charity this year, UCAN, and various other local charities.”

Last year’s event, even with adverse weather, raised more than £10,000 and Mr Bridger is confident this sum will be exceeded this year.

He paid tribute to main sponsor, oil services company, EFC, and other sponsors for their generous support.

Entertainment included performances by Northfield Community Band and Stonehaven Pipe Band and Highland dancing by pupils from the Coutts School of Dancing, Banchory.

In addition to EFC, the other sponsors were Banchory Lodge Hotel, Inchmarlo Continuing Care Retirement Community, Andrew McIlraith Life and Pensions Ltd, Burnett Arms Hotel, CHAP Homes, Bancon Homes and Orvis.

Top exhibit for the first time in 16 years at Banchory Rotary Club’s annual vintage car and motor cycle rally at Milton, Crathes, was a motor bike.

The 1956 BSA B31 350cc came out top in competition with 234 other cars and motor cycles for Hugh Junor, Peterhead, a regular winner at the event.

The best sports car was a 1991 Mercedes 300 SL from Ross Duthie, Kingswells, and the award for the best vehicle in the road run went to Neil Booth, Banchory, with his 1967 Morgan 4/4 Series V car.

The best wheels award was won by Mark Perry, Cults, with his 2001 Chrysler Prowler.

Results from Sunday’s event are as follows: Pre 1930 – Robbie Gordon, Alford (1929 Chrysler 75 3587); runner-up – Stewart Brown, Edinburgh (1928 Lagonda 2 litre high chassis)

1931-39 – Colin Stuart, Brechin (1936 Rover 10); runner-up – Stuart Christie, Culter (1935 Morris 8 four seater tourer)

1940-1961 – Frank Brown, Urquhart (1960 Jaguar XK150 SE DHC); runner-up – Alan Gibb, Portlethen (1954 Swallow Doretti Roadster)

1962-72 – Bruce Matthew, Mintlaw (1966 Ford Anglia Super); runner-up – Wm Alexander, Balmedie (1966 Morris Minor 1000

1973-present – Iain Mitchell, Hatton (1984 BMW 3500cc 7351); runner-up – Ross Duthie, Kingswells (1991 Mercedes Benz 300SL)

American Autos – Derek Jones, Westhill (2008 Ford Mustang 4 litre); runner-up – Michael Christie, Aberdeen (1995 Ford Mustang 3.8 litre)

Motorcycles – Hugh Junor, Peterhead (1956 BSA B31 350cc); runner-up – Chic Christie, Brechin (1944 Norton 16H 50cc)