Banchory Rotary Club’s annual Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally, to be held at Milton of Crathes on Sunday, May 31, is heading for a record entry of more than 300 vintage, classic and collectors’ cars and motorcycles.
The fun day out for the whole family is again being sponsored for the fourth year running by leading designer and manufacturer of control systems for the global oil and gas industry EFC Group.
Event secretary John Brind said 295 entries had been confirmed and entries were still being accepted.
“It’s going to be a spectacular show and the final entry is set to exceed 300 and beat last year’s record total of 288 comfortably,” said Mr Brind.
“The total includes 89 applications for vehicles which have not been exhibited at the Crathes rally before.”
This popular charity event, which attracts a large attendance each year to enjoy the spectacle of a large collection of vehicles from a bygone era, is the club’s major fundraiser and last year raised £9,000 for local charities.
The main beneficiary this year will be CHAS, which provides the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people who have life-shortening conditions for which there is no known cure. CHAS runs two children’s hospices, Rachel House, in Kinross, and Robin House, in Balloch, and a home care service called CHAS at Home.
“We are delighted to support CHAS, which provides such a vital service in providing care and comfort for children with terminal illnesses and their families,” said rally chairman, Richard Bridger.
“A number of local charities will also benefit from the fundraising, all of which goes to the club’s charity fund.”
The 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 classes for Automobiles of America and best motorcycle.
The rally includes the opportunity during the morning for vehicle owners to take part in a road run from Crathes to Raemoir, Torphins, Inchmarlo, Banchory and back to Crathes.
Entertainment will include performances by Banchory Pipe Band, sideshows, stalls, tombola and bouncy castle for the kids. There will also be a catering van serving burgers and bacon rolls and another offering ice cream and strawberries and cream.
The rally takes place from 10am to 4.30pm.