A number of classic vehicles flew the flag for Shetland at several classic motor shows in the UK and Ireland recently, winning a number of awards and trophies as well as promoting the Shetland Classic Motor Show in 2010.
At the Caithness and Sutherland 40th Vintage Vehicle Show, where there was a good representation of Shetland and Orkney vehicles, and Shetland came away with four trophies.
Robbie and Lorna Burgess with their 1972 MG Midget won the Ladies Choice Trophy as the most desirable vehicle, Brian Gifford with his 1963 Humber Sceptre Mk1 won the Houston Cup for the classic car of the era and John Peterson’s 1957 BSA A7 won the Edwards Quaich for motorcycles prior to 1960.
While south, Brian and Hazel Gifford went on a 2,500 mile tour with his Humber Sceptre where he took in five shows and rallies, including the Gordon Bennett tour of Portloise and came home with five prizes including first, second and also the furthest travelled.
The Gordon Bennett tour with over 100 cars included a classic show in the town of Kildare (basking in temperatures of over 25 degrees) where Brian’s car won the Car of the Show award and was presented with a silver cup and a glass trophy.
Brian also attended the classic show at Thirlestone Castle in Lauder which was packed with classics and enjoyed the fun run in spectacular scenery on the Saturday.
Over 900 entries were registered at the Moffat Show where the 456NDV took the shield as the second best Humber and the furthest travelled vehicle.
Shetland Classic Motor Show was provided with a stand at the Castle Fraser Steam and Vintage Fair to promote the Shetland Classic Motor Show to the steam enthusiasts, whose 65 traction engines were on display. Multitudes of tractors, engines, commercial and vintage vehicles were there, as well as 7,200 visitors to the event.
There have been extensive reports and pictures in the club magazines by the Bentley Drivers Club and the Lagonda Car Club after their visit to the last Shetland Classic Motor Show, and tours of Shetland have reached thousands of owners of this type of impressive vehicle. Hopefully this will encourage them to make the journey to the next show which takes place on 5th and 6th June, 2010.