Vintage vehicle rally in Groats next month after two-year hiatus

A vintage MG sits on the driveway of Chateau de Mey during a club event last year. Photo: DGS

The Caithness and Sutherland Vintage and Classic Vehicle Club (CSVCVC) said it was delighted to hold its annual gathering again at John O’Groats on June 12 after a two-year absence due to Covid restrictions.

Club members have worked hard to prepare, organize and plan a safe event and look forward to the public attending from noon.

Jasper Bremner, CSVCVC committee member, said: “We hope to have all the usual classes of vehicles, from early veteran, pre- and post-war and classic vehicles, to modern classics and modified cars.”

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Members of the Caithness and Sutherland Vintage and Classic Vehicle Club line up with their cars outside the Castle of Mey at an event last year. Photo: DGS

There will be an agricultural class, utility vehicle classes, stationary engine classes, and other vehicle and machine classes. With a new show and shine class, where any vehicle can be entered.

“In all, we hope to have over 150 vehicles on display,” added Jasper.

“Blue Bell, our Standard 10 car, will be on our stand – come and see our famous little car which has saved many other vehicles from being scrapped.”

Some of the club members outside Castle Mey during a social distancing event last year with their new bespoke trailer.  Photo: DGS
Some of the club members outside Castle Mey during a social distancing event last year with their new bespoke trailer. Photo: DGS

The Club’s new event trailer will be used – the first event for the unit which was purchased two years ago, and from which the rally will be run on the day. “Feedback will be provided by our friend AI Willie who will keep us updated on today’s event, class entry judging and of course the class winners.”

Club chairman Kevin Sutherland said: “There is more than cars, motorcycles and tractors to be seen at the event. a motorcycle team, a local fire engine and a display of classic Ford cars by the Northern Ford Club.”

Classics from many different eras were featured in a photoshoot outside the Chateau de Mey last year.  Photo: DGS
Classics from many different eras were featured in a photoshoot outside the Chateau de Mey last year. Photo: DGS
Some of the club cars outside Chateau de Mey during a social distancing event last year.  Photo: DGS
Some of the club cars outside Chateau de Mey during a social distancing event last year. Photo: DGS

Donations will be collected at the door and parking is free. The Club hopes that the weather will be good that day.

The CSVCVC has over 70 members, with more members joining every week. During the summer months, members participate in car races or meet for coffee chats at various locations in both counties, and the annual barbecue is a very popular day.

If you would like to join the club, there will be membership forms on the stand with an annual membership at £15 or a family membership at £20. There is also a Facebook page for the club where people can find more information at: www.facebook.com/CSVCVC

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