Revving up for a great weekend

Fraserburgh Commercial Company's 1957 Austin Flat bed van
Fraserburgh Commercial Company's 1957 Austin Flat bed van

All roads lead to the Broch this weekend for the 20th annual Fraserburgh Vintage Car Rally and Craft Fair which takes place on Sunday at Fraserburgh Leisure Centre from 12.30pm.

Organised by husband and wife team, James and Catherine Gray, the event annually attracts thousands of folk from all over the North-east and beyond and with almost 500 entries this year there is sure to be something to suit every motoring enthusiast.

Volunteers at the centenary celebration of the Conquest of Ben Nevis recently.

Volunteers at the centenary celebration of the Conquest of Ben Nevis recently.

With additional disabled parking facilities on tarmac available beside the Bellslea main entrance and on Links Road, the event is probably the only one of its kind in the area to enable enhanced access for wheel chair users to enjoy the attractions on display.

For anyone with a passion for Model T Fords, four are expected to be on display.

There will also be a special treat inside the leisure centre with a display of memorabelia from the recent centenary celebration of the Conquest of Ben Nevis.

This event attracted 77 volunteers who dismantled a Model T Ford and carried it to the top of Ben Nevis, 4,406 feet, to re-assemble the vehicle at the summit, celebrating the achievment of Henry Alexander who in 1911 drove a Model T to the top of Ben Nevis.

A second Model TFord was driven so far up Ben Nevis at the recent centenary celebrations of the Conquest of Ben Nevis.

A second Model TFord was driven so far up Ben Nevis at the recent centenary celebrations of the Conquest of Ben Nevis.

Other attractions include a blast from the past that is returning to the Broch for the Rally, Fraserburgh Commercial Company’s 1957 Austin Flat bed van and a silent auction could see one lucky enthusiast become the proud owner of a 1986 4 x 4 Seirra XR.

A reserve has been placed on the Seirra for anyone thinking of placing a bid.

Many of the Vintage vehicles will take to rural roads in the Fraserburgh area for the country run on Sunday morning in advance of the main attractions at the Rally.

Leaving the main display area at approximately 10.45am vehicles will travel along Strichen Road down the bypass and out towards Inverallochy.

They will then cross towards Cortes going through Gowanhill and onto Lonmay School before heading to Strichen and then over to Tyrie, Rosehearty then back through Sandhaven and Pittulie to Fraserburgh.

Commenting on the forthcoming event, James Gray said: “I would like to thank everyone who has helped Catherine and I organise this 20th Vintage Car Rally.

“We hope everyone has a great afternoon and enjoys the fantastic exhibits, demonstrations and entertainment available.”