“ONE of the best – if not the best – events we have ever had.”
That was the assessment of organising chairman Gordon Edgar on Monday as he and a squad of volunteers helped extricate the vehicles of some of the enthusiasts who had descended on Sunderland Hall for the Selkirk Rally.
“We were helping pull out some caravans which had arrived with exhibitors earlier in the week,” he explained. “The heavy rainfall on Friday helped make it one of the muddiest rallies we have every had, but the quagmire conditions merely added to the sense of fun and camaraderie.”
The elements certainly did not deter an estimated 2,500 paying customers and nearly 1,500 exhibitors from enjoying the last major showcase of veteran, vintage and classic vehicles in the Scottish calendar.
At one point on Sunday morning, the entire length of the A7 trunk road between Galashiels and Selkirk was gridlocked, but the traffic jam, an unsurprising symptom of a hugely-successful event, gradually dissipated thanks to the work of the volunteers, aided by the police and the local army cadet corps, superbly marshalled by Michael Glendinning.
It was worth the wait for the visitors as they marvelled at the exhibits, taking in 32 competitive classes and all modes of transport as well as farm machinery and steam engines.
The event was opened by Scottish Borders Council convener Alasdair Hutton, with Selkirk’s toastmaster extraordinaire Morris Manson in champion form as master of ceremonies.
It proved an extra special day for Mike Dixon from Carlisle whose 1982 Ford Fiesta was judged the best vehicle in the rally, earning him the Selkirk Glass Trophy. Local exhibitors were not to be outdone, however, and there were notable successes for, among others, Selkirk’s Colin Squance whose 1971 Bedford was deemed the best campervan, and Gordon Amos who presented the best agricultural implement with his 1960 Massey Ferguson baler.
“Despite the mud, the sun shone on a great show,” reflected Mr Edgar.
Veteran cars up to 1918 – Neil McGarva, East Riggs, Annan (1914 Arrol Johnston).
Vintage cars up to 1930 – Stewart Brown, Edinburgh (1928 Lagonda HC 2ltr).
Post-vintage cars up to 1939 – Alastair Gunn, Edinburgh (1933 Lagonda Continental).
Post-war cars up to 1960 – Malcolm Monkhouse, Carlisle (1960 Jaguar XK150).
Post-war cars up to 1970 – Jim Scott, Penrith (1966 Ford Cortina Mark 1).
Post-war cars 1971 onwards – Garry Wilson, Dunblane (1979 Ford Escort).
Kit cars – Brian Barry, Darnick (1973 Beauford LWB).
Vintage motorbikes – Jim Malone, Strathaven (1930 Royal Enfield).
Post-vintage motorbikes – David Drummond, Freuchie (1936 Norton Model 50).
Post-war motorbikes – Allan Wood, Hawick (1958 Matchless GL3).
Post-war classic motorbikes – Doug Harvey, Renfrew (1969 BSA Rocket 3).
Pre-war heavy commercials – T. B. Murray, Biggar (1935 Albion KL 127).
Post-war heavy commercials – Robert Drummond, Armadale (1962 Leyland Octopus).
Post-war light commercials – Wesley Turnbull, Bellingham (1961 Ford 400E).
Military vehicles – Mike Waggot, Haddington (1949 Bedford QL).
Buses – Alan Dixon, Stanley (1965 Albion).
Enclosed crank engines – Ronnie Grieve, Lockerbie (Lister L).
Open crank engines – William Brown, Dumfries (1921 Ingelo 3HP).
Working units – Dennis Andrews, Newark (1929 Ruston Hornsby AP).
Agricultural implements – Gordon Amos, Selkirk (1960 Massey Ferguson M20 baler).
Bicycles – Ron Callan, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea (1869 Snoxell & Spencer Velocipede).
Collections – Eric Chisholm, Melrose (hand-made models).
Miniature steam – Malcolm Kirkby, Uphall (2006 4” Alfred Dodman).
Steamers – Andrew Cook, Leven (1898 Marshall traction engine).
Junior class – Ben McDonald, Uphall (1930 replica Buccati pedal car).
Pre-1975 camper/caravan – Colin Squance, Selkirk (1971 Bedford CF).
Vehicle of special interest – Ian Hardie, Lindean (2010 Jeep half-size Willys).
Fire appliances – David McAusland, Johnstone (1970 Dennis F108 PE).
Tractors, paraffin or petrol – David Johnston, Dundee (1943 Ford Ferguson 9 Nan).
Tractors, diesel – Herbert Murray, Clovenfords (1964 International 414).
Club stands – Edinburgh MG Club.
Best Triumph motorcycle (and best motorcycle in show) – Bill McQueen, Burnhope (1961 Triumph Thunderbird).
Best Triumph car – Bill Shankland, Carlisle (1975 Dolomite Sprint).
Best Ford and best exhibit in show – Mike Dixon, Carlisle (1982 Fiesta)
Long haul – Barbara Perry, Harrogate (2005 MG ZR 105+).
Most original vehicle – Gordon Mathers, St Boswells.
Best BMC vehicle – Alistair Scott, Selkirk.
Tommy Hogan Trophy – Colin Kirk.