Around 60 cars turned up recently to a Coffee, Cake & Cars breakfast meet at Potarch Café in Banchory, where the 2018 Royal Deeside Speed Festival was unofficially launched.
The organisers hope to make the coffee mornings a regular fixture on the Deeside calendar alongside the Speed Festival itself which will thunder back into action on an earlier date this year.
They met more than 80 enthusiastic supporters at the Café to tell them more about this year’s event, which promises to build upon 2017’s success.
The Speed Festival will take place on Saturday June 16, returning to the beautiful and historical setting of Kincardine Castle, 20 miles west of Aberdeen, in the roaming Highland countryside.
The change of date is for a variety of reasons, some of which cannot be shared yet, but the organisers promise that all will be revealed over the coming weeks – and it will be worth it.
Hamish Tait, one of the small team of four organisers, said: “We have been working hard over the winter with a new and exciting partner who will bring a new dimension to the event.
“We cannot promise you the weather... although moving to an early summer date might help to warm up the hillclimb route more effectively... but we can promise that there will be much to see and do – and plenty to keep the whole family entertained.
“Recently we have seen some well-funded events disappear by the wayside, but mainly through the affection and support we have seen from our followers we continue to grow from strength to strength.”
The festival will return with its traditional mix of horsepower and festival stalls, with the Soapbox Derby once again promising to thrill, excite and entertain everybody as the finale to the day.
“This year the event actually falls on the same weekend as Father’s Day,” Martin Page, returning event organiser, said.
“This isn’t just a coincidence, as we wanted to give all the dads out there a very special weekend and we hope that what we have planned will allow them to kick-back and have a fun-filled time whilst the rest of the family are equally as entertained and amused.
“We are moving into year three and with that our confidence in what we can achieve has certainly grown.
“We have returning attractions such as the Landrover Experience Scotland and the Soapbox Derby, together with a huge selection of car clubs and hillclimb entrants keen to get involved.”
RDSF are still accepting entries for the hillclimb, club stands, Soapbox Derby and static displays – together with accepting enquiries from exhibitors and traders.
If any businesses would like to become involved through advertising or sponsorship, then there are still some opportunities available.
Similarly, if you would like to be involved with the event, please contact the RDSF team directly as they still require trained track marshals and general stewards to assist on the day.
For further information, visit www.rdsf.co.uk and also Facebook. Tickets are on sale from the website.
Gates will open at 9.45am on June 16, with the first cars due up the hillclimb circa 10am.
The next Coffee, Cake & Cars breakfast meet will take place at 10am on Sunday March 25 at Potarch Café, near Aboyne.