Thousands flock to 20th car rally

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Thousands of people flocked to Fraserburgh Leisure Centre on Sunday afternoon to see a line-up of veteran, vintage and classic cars, motorbikes, lorries, buses and tractors at the 20th Fraerburgh Vinatge Car Rally.

The estimated attendance for this year’s event was in the region of 4,500 to 5,000 people.

Organised by husband and wife team, James and Catherine Gray, the rally and craft fair has over the years raised thousands of pounds for local good causes.

Commenting on the craft fair, Mrs Gray said: “I am absolutely delighted, the day was a big success.

“All the exhibitors were kept really busy throughout and commented on how much they enjoyed the day. I would like to thank all the exibitors for supporting the craft fair and vintage car rally but the biggest thank you goes to the public for coming down and making the day a great success.”

Mr Gray added: “The day exceeded all our expectations, starting at 10.30am the momentum continued throughout, with the weather staying fair it was just brilliant.

“Feedback from visitors and exhibitors has been really positive, commenting that this has been the best yet.

“Catherine and I would like to thank family, friends, leisure centre members and staff, individuals and Gray & Adams staff who voluntarily gave up their time to help, without them the rally and craft fair would not be possible.

“We would also like to thank everyone for all their generous donations, these are really appreciated. Finally we would like to thank the public who came and supported the day.”

With almost 500 competitive entrants, the competition was fierce giving the judges the most difficult job of the day.

The 3sixty display team wowed the crowds with their stunning demonstrations, bunny hopping a 4ft bar, balancing 7 ft off the ground and jumping off their van onto an aliminium can to crush it.

Throughout the afternoon the woodcarvers created a stunning bench, with an eagle, an owl and squirrels adourning the creation that was then raffled to raise funds for the Special Nursery Unit in Aberdeen.

Winning the beautiful bench was a Mrs Reid from Balmedie who will have the bench delivered to her home this week.

A cheque in the sum of £800 was also given to Sandy Stronach, area rep for the British Heart Foundation from funds raised during the Fergie Tractor Challenge.

Money raised from this year’s event, will be donated to Fraserburgh’s Community Nurses.