Annual extravaganza beats the wet weather

AUSTRALIAN IMPORT: James Gray from Fraserburgh with his 1912 Austin Wellington at the Scottish Transport Extravaganza in the grounds of Glamis castle at the weekend. James imported the vehicle fromfrom Australia 12 years ago and has been bringing it back to its original condition since.
AUSTRALIAN IMPORT: James Gray from Fraserburgh with his 1912 Austin Wellington at the Scottish Transport Extravaganza in the grounds of Glamis castle at the weekend. James imported the vehicle fromfrom Australia 12 years ago and has been bringing it back to its original condition since.

IT was another rather dreich weekend, but the elements failed to dampen the spirits of those who attended the annual Scottish Transport Extravaganza, held, as always, in the grounds of Glamis Castle on Saturday and Sunday.

After yet another week of heavy rain, thousands braved the elements to take in what is always a top local attraction.

For a spell on Saturday, things looked promising weatherwise, but by mid-afternoon the heavens opened and the rain lashed down.

The downpour left the ground rather soggy ahead of the Sunday programme, and there were times when the tow truck was called into action, or vehicles had to be dug out of the mire.

However, in spite of the elements, the show was hailed another success.

There was an entry list of 1,300 vehicles of yesteryear, in all shapes and sizes, complemented by Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s special celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

An appeal for a vehicle representing every year of the Queen’s reign resulted in a spectacular display of two and four-wheeled machinery.

In addition to the many veteran, vintage and classic vehicles on show there were 150 stands comprising autojumble, motor trade, antiques, fund-raising and a craft tent, where visitors could see craft persons making their own goods.

Main ring entertainment included a multitude of parades, pipe bands, a dancing display and driving tests.

Static displays included a magnificent fairground organ and some fascinating birds of prey.