Silloth Show, a trip to Grasmere and a bit of Moffat thrown in!

June is by far the busiest month on the classic car calender, with shows on every weekend and often in multiples. Each year we decide at the AGM which shows we’d like to attend as a club, but many more shows are available to those wanting to enter as individuals.

Back at the start of June we went to Lauder for the BVAC Classic and the following weekend we headed for Silloth-on-Solway. The show on The Green is always a popular one and is very well organised. Unfortunately the organisers depend on donations, sponsorship and programme sales to fund the event as the venue cannot be closed off so that can be visitors charged. There have been a few years where the event was threatened because of this, so we try to support it as much as we can.

We just about managed to line up as a club, with only one vehicle arriving a little later and unable to squeeze into the space we’d tried to save. The weather was blistering, so I was particularly pleased to have remembered my sunsail, which was erected next to the van!

Grasmere, in contrast, was cold and drizzly – as you can see from the photographs!

A lovely event, organised for charity by the local Lions Club, Grasmere takes place on the sports field just outside of the village and is very well attended by vehicle owners and spectators.  It’s nice to see a different set of vehicles, rather than the same ones at each local event! Next year, though, we’ll enter as a club again and have the benefit of the club shelter I think!

To round off June came Moffat Car Rally, organised by the Scottish Rootes Enthusiasts. The weather this year was very kind and we enjoyed the shelter for shade, rather than escape from the rain! Thanks, as ever, go to Gordon Bissett as main organiser of the event.

As you can see, the range of vehicles in the club continues to widen. From small bikes to big bikes, tiny cars to trucks!

Sunday Lunch Club took us today from the bacon rolls of Penrith Autojumble to the excellent food of the Border Gate, A6, Carlisle. Another thoroughly enjoyable family friendly event!



BVAC Classic Show 2018

Sadly the glorious weather we’ve been experiencing in the south of Scotland took a step back especially for this weekend, leaving us feeling as if we’d stepped into monsoon season!

Despite this, this extremely well organised event was well attended by the public and only a few spaces were left vacant by those out off by the forecast.

Our club stand, displaying its new 20th anniversary banner, was well attended with a variety of vehicles on display.

J. Kelly – Rover 75; N.McQuiston & T. Morgan – MGTD; G. Gray & V. McQuillan – Audi TT; G. Hollis – Velosolex; L. Davis-Edmonds – Suzuki Bandit; K & P Whyman – Mercedes CLK; I. Carson – Triumph Herald Convertible; J. Hollis – Citroen Acadiane

Dumfries Motor Show

A recent addition to the calendar is this all embracing show at Park Farm, the home of Dumfries Rugby Club. Here you’ll find lorries parked up alongside Imprezas, with a Nova in the next aisle! 

SWMC attended with our usual varied collection of vehicles, both in age and style!

Huge thanks to Andy and Katrina and their band of helpers for not only organising the event, but also the weather! 

Netherby Hall, Longtown

Some of our intrepid drivers crossed the border from Scotland into England yesterday in order to attend the classic show at Netherby Hall. 

The beautiful setting was undoubtedly enhanced by their presence, as these photos clearly show! 

L>R: Marlin – David Law, Scimitar – Jim Kelly, Herald – Iain Carson, Mini – Neil McQuiston, Austin – Neil McQuiston

Thanks to Iain Carson for the photographs. 

Moffat Classic Rally

It didn’t rain!

Moffat has a bit of a reputation, both for being a great show but also for having some very unseasonal weather! Thankfully this year it was also reasonably dry.

We had a stand with eleven vehicles, including three motorcycles in various stages of repair.

We might not be one of the biggest clubs around, but we certainly have a wide range of vehicles as these photos show!

Our thanks, as ever, go to organiser and club member Gordon Bisset and his fabulous crew of helpers.

Lakes Charity Classic Show

A steady drive down the M6 and along the A66 took two of our vehicles to Grasmere in the English Lake District. We attended this event last year in atrocious weather – this year was altogether different!

Brilliant sunshine and sky high temperatures brought vehicles from all over to this little village sheltered in the valley between high hills. Not only was the field packed, but Grasmere village (just a short walk away) was inundated with visitors.

A great day out, heartily recommended, with all entry fees donated to nominated charities. This year one of these was the Cumbria Blood Bikes – a very worthy cause and one which we were happy, as a club, to support!

Thirlestane Extravaganza

Thirlestane is a highlight of the SWMC calendar, set, as it is, within the fabulous grounds of Thrlestane Castle in the Scottish Borders town of Lauder.

A 100 mile run on the Saturday and a show boasting over a thousand  entries on the Sunday makes it a great event to attend, both as an exhibitor and as a visitor.


Stranraer Show

This was our first show of the year!

It was a day of cloudy skies, high winds and showers, but the enthusiasm of the WYMTC who run the event shone through. With seven vehicles on show, we had a varied display of two and four wheeled vehicles.


Spring Shows: So far, so good!

post by Julie Hollis, Club Secretary

As a club we’ve been to a few shows this Spring  and we’re now gearing up for the summer. June is, without a doubt, the busiest month for events, with more than one every weekend. We sit down at the start of the year and, as a club, decide which events to attend. Factors such as cost, distance and friendliness of organisers all come into play, but we always prefer to enter events as a club which allow us to display as a club, not scattered about the site. Some venues are better suited to this.

However, I’m taking you back to sunny May and the resited show at Stranraer run by the very convivial folk at Wigtownshire Yesteryear Transport and Machinery Club. Usually held at the venue for Stranraer football, Stair Park, this year the show was moved to the local rugby pitch. It was a good site and a great show. SWMC took along seven vehicles, not a bad number for a teensy club!

Our next show took us to the lovely Border town of Lauder and the magnificent grounds of Thirlestane Castle.On the Saturday members of the organising club, the BVAC, took us on a 100 mile run through the Border Lands. Our start from the castle is always a highlight of the event!

Unfortunately the run was spoiled slightly by the fact that a cycle run was following the same route but in the opposite direction. We spent a lot of time avoiding bikes on single track roads!

A few of us were camping in the grounds of the castle and took advantage of the beautiful evening sunshine with a barbecue.

On Sunday the early morning cloud quickly lifted and we enjoyed a day of glorious sunshine! A fab show, enjoyed by us all!

On the following weekend Silloth Vintage Show took place over two days. The Sunday was another beautifully sunny day!

And lastly, yesterday was my first trip to Grasmere for the The Lakes Classic Vehicle Show, whilst other club members have been a few times before. The show raised money for two children’s charities, so this time we didn’t mind contributing the entry fee! The club paid entries for the six entrants, a £30 donation on their behalf.

Sadly the weather wasn’t brilliant, it drizzled for most of the day. The trip there was wonderful, dipping in and out of the hills and alongside lakes. A must for next year, but we’ll book the sun or take a gazebo! Or both!!