Record turnout at vintage car rally

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A record turnout of both vehicles and the general public gave Banchory Rotary Club one of their most successful vintage car and motorcycle rallies at Milton, Crathes on Sunday.

The organisers hope to have more than £8000 available for disbursement to both national and local charities when the final figures are totted up. The main beneficiary this year is Malaria No More but the club will also be including a number of local charities in their hand-out.

“It was a most successful day despite the blustery wind,” said Rotarian Richard Bridger, chairman of the organising committee. “There was an impressive turnout of veteran, vintage, collectors and classic cars which attracted enthusiasts from all over the North-east of Scotland and further afield.”

Mr Bridger said the club was grateful to all the local companies who had sponsored the event to help meet many of the costs before the gates opened on Sunday morning. The barbecue, run by former butchers, George and Dorothy Sinclair, also had a record day.

“After adverse weather last year which hit the attendance, we should be well on target for our charity fund-raising this year,” said Mr Bridger.

A polo shirt signed by international tennis star, Andy Murray – who is a world-wide ambassador for Malaria No More - was auctioned by Mr Sinclair and realised £100 and other income came from the raffle, stand rentals, tombola and advertising in the rally programme.

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

The main sponsors were Banchory Lodge Hotel, Inchmarlo Continuing Care Retirement Community, Andrew McIlraith Life and Pensions Ltd, Raemoir House Hotel/The Milton Restaurant, Burnett Arms Hotel, Tesco Banchory, Deeside Timberframe, Tor Na Coille Hotel and CHAP Homes.

Results: Veteran and vintage (pre-1930) – S P Webber, Peterculter (Lagonda Three-litre Speed); runner-up – Robbie Gordon, Alford (Chrystler 75 3587)

Post vintage (1931-39) and best sports car – Colin Murphy, St Fergus (MG J Type); runner-up – Harry Thomson, Sauchen (Morris 8 Tourer 918)

Collectors (1940-61) – Jim Murray, Aberdeen (Morris Minor Series 2); runner-up – James Bruce, St Fergus (MG TC 1250)

Collectors (1962-72) and best in rally – George Alpine, Blairs (Mercedes 250 SL Pagoda); runner-up – Bruce Matthew, Mintlaw (Ford Anglia Super)

Collectors (1973 – present) – Ian Wilson, Buckie (Vauxhall Victor FE 1800); runner-up – D and P James, Strachan (Mercedes Benz 560 SEC)

American autos – Graham Stewart, St Fergus (Ford Mustang GT); runner-up – David May, Stonehaven (Chevrolet Silverado 6.5 pick-up)

Motorcycles – Sandy Cheyne, Newtonhill (Royal Enfield); runner-up – Alan Smith, Aberdeen (Triumph Trophy Tr5).

Best wheels – John Ratcliffe, Cults (Alvis Speed)