Deeside gears up for Speed Festival

Motors galore at the Royal Deeside Speed Festival.
Motors galore at the Royal Deeside Speed Festival.

The countdown has begun to Deeside’s first ever speed hillclimb course on Sunday, August 21, at the picturesque Kincardine Castle.

Four hundred cars and 130 hillclimb cars and bikes will be taking part, including the 1956 Ecurie Ecosse D-type Jaguar - which has just won Car of the Day at the Ballater Week parade - and motorcycling legend and eight-times Isle of Man TT winner Charlie Williams, on his 1974 Maxton Yamaha.

A broad cross-section of over 60 static cars will be displayed, including a Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari F50, and AC Le Mans Coupe, Colin Macrae’s MKII Ford Escort rally car, and the Charlie Bang slingshot dragster.

And Tesla will be bringing their Model X to their stand at the festival. This is the first time the Model X will be north of Edinburgh and is the first Model X out on the road in Scotland.

Model X is the safest, fastest and most capable sport utility vehicle in history. With all-wheel drive and a 90kWh battery providing 303 miles of range, Model X has ample seating for seven adults and all of their gear. And it’s ludicrously fast, accelerating from zero to 60 miles per hour in as quick as 3.2 seconds.

Eighteen car clubs with 240 cars will be attending, representing Ferrari, Ford, MG, Aston Martin and Subaru, to name a few.

Tesla will have a special display of their Model S electric luxury cars. Park’s Motor Group of Hamilton head up an enviable array of trade stands with their McLaren, Maserati and Bentley, including McRae and Dick (Honda and Ford); Murray Motor Group (Lotus); Pentland Land Rover Elgin are coming, and also Shirlaws (Kawasaki and Triumph).

Passenger rides on off-roading courses are to be recommended, the Flowline-sponsored Landrover Experience will offer a thrilling ride tacking the “the Rocky Road”, the “Toblerone” and “Willie’s Drop”, and a scenic ‘off-road safari’ will be run by the Buchan Off-road Drivers Club.

The Clan BMX Stunt Team will be there to take centre stage with their death-defying stunt shows throughout the day.

And the Festival Marketplace in the walled garden will showcase food, drink, crafts, beauty products and local businesses. For kids there will be a climbing tower, carousels and bouncy castles. The finale of the event will be the Westburn Finance Soapbox Derby allowing gravity - along with a few twists and jumps - to prove the thrilling does not necessarily mean engine-powered!

The event supports the charities Children 1st and Help for Heroes.

The Royal Deeside Speed Festival is on Sunday, August 21, from 9.45am to 5.15pm at Kincardine Castle, Kincardine O’Neil, Aboyne, AB34 5AE.

Cost is: adults £15, child £12.50, family £50 (up to three children). 

Advance sales via website or cash-only tickets on the gate. Free parking.

For further information please visit or follow the event on Facebook (royaldeesidespeedfestival).