Vintage time for Banchory rally

Rally secretary John Brind, club president Ken Lennox, event chairman, Harry McNab, and president-elect, Richard Bridger, with his Aston Martin DB9.
Rally secretary John Brind, club president Ken Lennox, event chairman, Harry McNab, and president-elect, Richard Bridger, with his Aston Martin DB9.

An ever-popular Deeside vintage vehicle event has attracted a record entry.

Three hundred vintage, classic and collectors’ cars and motorcycles will take part in the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan’s annual Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally this weekend.

We hope the public will enjoy a day out viewing what will be a huge range of vehicles from a bygone age

Harry McNab Organising Committee Chairman

It will take place at Milton of Crathes, Banchory, on Sunday (May 29).

The annual rally, now in its 20th year, has raised thousands of pounds for both local and national charities over the years.

The main beneficiary this year will be the proposed new Banchory Sports Village, but donations will also be made to other local charities.

Rotarian Harry McNab, chairman of the organising committee, said they were hoping for a great event.

He added: “We look forward to welcoming a large attendance of the public to enjoy a day out viewing what will be a huge range of vehicles from a bygone age and support our fundraising efforts to raise money for a development which will be of great benefit to the community in Banchory,”

The main sponsor of the event for the fourth year running is the Aberdeen-headquartered EFC Group, which is a major player in the global oil and gas industry.

EFC commercial director, Louise Creane-Smith, said: “We are delighted to continue our support for this valuable fundraising event that annually supports local community and charitable projects.”

Classes in the rally will feature vintage (pre-1930), post vintage (1931-39) and five collectors’ classes (1940-61, 1962-69, 1970-1980, 1981-95 and 1996 to present).

There are also categories for Automobiles of America and best motor cycle.

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

Entertainment for the day will include performances by Banchory Pipe Band, side-shows, stalls, tombola and bouncy castle for the youngsters.

There will also be a catering van serving burgers and bacon rolls and the Rotary ladies’ group will be serving teas and coffees.