2019 Crathes Vintage Car & Motorcycle Rally

Sun 26th May 2019 at 10.00 - 16.30

A magnificent assembly of pristine vehicles on the banks of the Dee at Crathes.

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Main Sponsor - Bancon Homes

The show of vehicles proved a triumph for St Cyrus agricultural machinery dealer, Bill Ross, who won the coveted trophy for Best in Rally with his 1949 Jaguar MK5.
Other awards –
Pre 1940 – John Armstrong, Banchory (1927 Austin Gordon England Cup); runner-up Robbie Gordon, Alford (1924 Cluley two-seater)
1940-59 – Bill Ross, St Cyrus (1949 Jaguar MK5); runner-up – Jim Murray, Forfar (1954 Morris Minor Series ll)
1960-69 – Shaun Struthers, Ellon (1962 Jaguar MK2 3.8); runner-up – Jim MacLeod, Forfar (1961 Rover P4 100).
1970-79 – Maurice Cruickshank, Arbroath (1970 MG B Roadster); runner-up – Ian Wilson, Banff (1974 Vauxhall Victor FE1800)
1980-95 – John Dawson, Aberdeen (1986 Ford Capri 1.6 Laser); runner-up – Alec Forbes, Peterhead (1981 Triumph Spitfire 1500)
1996 – present – Jim Christie, Blairgowrie (2000 Mercedes CL600); runner-up – Peter Tyrrell, Banchory (1996 Daimler 6 Auto)
American Autos – Dave Campbell, Banchory (1940 Chevrolet Pick-up); runner-up – Brian Lindbeck, Drumoak (1950 Ford F3)
pre-1970 – Grant Davidson, Portlethen (1942 Zundapp KS 750 M/B and sidecar); runner-up – Alister Clark, Forfar (1958 Triumph Tiger 110)
1970 - present – James Taylor, Forfar (1970 BSA Bushman); runner-up – David Slapp, Buckie (1970 Norton 650ss (Café Racer)

Raffle Prize Winners - 2019 Crathes Vintage Car & Motorcycle Rally
Congratulations to the prizewinners of the Rally Raffle:

1st Prize - £300 - Rona Cameron, Banchory
Raemoir Garden Centre Voucher - S Calder, Aberdeen
ABV Mixed Box of Spirits - Mhairi Christie, Aberdeen
Banchory Lodge Hotel Dinner for 2 - Alan McCombie, Portlethen
Case of Wine - Irene Tough, Aberdeen
Malt Whisky - Rachel Mair, Banchory
Car Cleaning Kit - S Edmonds, Banchory

Thanks to all who bought and returned their raffle tickets - greatly appreciated.
All profits raised from the event go to charity.


Rally Exhibitors, Families and Friends,

I am happy and relieved that the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan has successfully conducted yet another well prepared and slick Crathes Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally. The 2019 rally had an entirely new layout for rally exhibits, trade stands and attractions. Sadly though, this year the weather was not on our side, in fact it was very much against us.

Unfortunately of the 360 vehicles entered only 140 actually arrived. Being a classic car owner myself I fully understand why more than 200 of you would not wish to venture out on such a rainy start to the day.

For those who came along, thank you. Please tell everyone how much you enjoyed the day, many of you certainly told me that it was a good day out. There was no drama, no hitches, just as always it was a well organised rally with a happy spirit throughout, even the sun briefly smiled.

Those of you who notified us that you were unable to attend and made a £10.00 donation in lieu of raffle ticket sales, we are eternally grateful because as you know the purpose of the rally is to bring a large collection of interesting vehicles to Crathes for the public and to raise funds for worthwhile charities. This year’s main charity being the Forget Me Not Club, an organisation, providing care for those who suffer dementia and support for those who care for them.

So this year our ability to make a financial contribution to the Forget Me Not Club and other worthy charities is severely diminished. Lower numbers of spectators through the gates, has been unhelpful.
But that is not the whole story. Each of you received two books of raffle tickets worth £10.00 to sell in return for your registration and entry to the rally. Not much by today’s standards but a significant amount for charities reliant on donations. These tickets and money are usually handed over on your arrival, but of course this year “no shows” meant no money except for those who have already given.

So to help us help others, particularly the Forget Me Not Club, it would be wonderful if you were able to make a donation / contribution to The Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan, for this very worthwhile cause.  

Yours sincerely,

Stewart Park
Crathes Rally – Chairman.



The day begins at 10.00 with road-run from Crathes to Torphins and then back via Inchmarlo. The rest of the day is a leisurely event with music, good food and a display of all the vehicles.  There are plenty of things to keep the whole family happy with bouncy castle, children's rides, trade stands, the nearby Deeside Railway, Milton of  Crathes craft village, The Milton Restaurant and the grounds of Crathes Castle all within easy walking distance.   

At around 3.30pm the results of the expert panel of judges are announced and there are trophies for the lucky winners. After the prize-giving, the winning entries are invited to drive up to the front of Crathes Castle where there is a photo-opportunity.  

As in past years, we are raising funds for local charities. 

Classes for which Trophies (winner & runner-up) will be awarded. 

1. Cars up to end 1939

2. Cars 1940 - 1959 

3. Cars 1960 - 1969   

4. Cars 1970 - 1979 

5. Cars 1980 - 1995  

6. Cars 1996 - present  

7. American Autos 

8. Motorcycles up to end 1969  

9. Motorcycles 1970 - present

Vehicles under 5yrs old will not be judged. Late entries (not in programme) will also not be judged. Please note that entry to the Road Run will be open to cars only and will be restricted to the first 30 applicants who wish to participate. These will be allocated on arrival  at the rally prior to departure at 10.00H on the day. 

This year we are featuring a display of modern electric cars - one of each model. If you own an electric car or know someone who might like to enter. Please do so by clicking HERE:

Further information from (click on name to send an e-mail): 

          Chairman: Stewart Park 

          Rally Secretary: Neil Booth 

          Trade Stands: Andrew McIlraith 

          Advertising & PR: Eddie Gillanders 

With the exception of electric cars, we regret that we cannot accept any further entries either now or on the day of the rally. However there will be some limited parking in compounds reserved for classic vehicles. 

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