How lovely to see that club member and former chairman Derek Scott recently won Best in Show at Canonbie village show with his Beauford Open Tourer!
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!
Every now and again, in between shows, we have a social event. Our latest was this, The Six Loch Run.
So named because during the run we pass by six lochs, starting at Castle Douglas and heading north into Ayrshire. Our event started with a breakfast for some at Wetherspoons in Dumfries, before heading on to meet the rest at Carlingwark Loch.
The route took the drivers and passengers along single track roads, then through New Galloway, Ken Bridge and Balmaclellan before heading towards Loch Doon.
We eventually stopped at the Castle Doon car park, enjoyed a picnic lunch, an explore of the castle ruins and views of the loch in gorgeous summer sunshine.
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.
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 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.
This year the club travelled south to Rheged Discovery Centre, near Penrith, for National Drive It Day.
As the club is spread across two countries as well as two counties, we had a few pick up places, the first of which was Clarencefield between Annan and Dumfries. The furthest travelled was Graham and Eileen Edmonds from Monreith, closer to Ireland than England!
After a few stops we eventually started our run from Kingstown in Carlisle, a route which took us through Dalton and Hutton in the Forest before dropping onto the A66 just below Rheged.
The weather was fabulous, as you can see, and Rheged itself offered activities and shopping for everyone.
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!!