Registrations are pouring in for the Crathes Vintage Car and Motorcycle Rally
The grassroots rally, which has raised thousands of pounds for local and national charities since it was first held 25 years ago, will be held again in Milton of Crathes on Sunday May 29. The main beneficiary of this year’s event will be Clan Cancer Support, which brings comfort, support and information to anyone affected by cancer of any age.
However, as in previous years, a sum will also be earmarked specifically for local Deeside charities.
“The rally has attracted around 300 to 350 vintage and classic cars and motorcycles in previous years and this year more than 150 vehicles have been registered in the first few days since applications opened,” said the rally secretary, Rotarian Neil Booth.
“The response has been tremendous and speaks to how much exhibitors have missed the opportunity to show their vintage vehicles to the public over the past two years.”
Clan Cancer Support have recently opened a new support and wellbeing center in Bridge Street, Banchory, and are committed to providing local support in the Deeside area for anyone affected by cancer.
“Clan Cancer Support are delighted to have been chosen as the primary beneficiary of this year’s Crathes Rally,” said Mike Wilson, Friends of Clan Deeside. “We look forward to this iconic event returning to the Deeside calendar and everyone having a fun day.”
The main sponsor of this year’s event is Ssangyong car dealership, Station Garage, which has garages/showrooms in Torphins and Aberdeen.
“Station Garage has supported the Crathes Rally every year since its inception 25 years ago and we are delighted to have the opportunity to become title sponsor this year to support such a deserving charity as Clan,” said Managing Director Kenny Cruickshank.
In addition to the show of hundreds of vehicles from a bygone era, the event will feature a variety of other attractions, including children’s entertainment, music and international food stalls.
“It will be a great day for the whole family and an opportunity to support worthy charities,” Mr Booth said.
The event regularly raises £7,000-8,000 for charity and is one of the major Rotary Club fundraisers of the year.
Owners wishing to register their vehicle for the rally must register online on the Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan website or via links on the club’s Facebook page or on the Crathes Village website. Alternatively, entry forms can be obtained from Mr Booth at [email protected] A registration fee of £10 per owner (not per vehicle) applies. All exhibitors present on the day will receive hospitality and free entry to an exhibitor raffle.
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