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In 2017 after 10 years of taking part in ‘Drive it days’ organised by Joe Norman of Strathendrick Rotary Joe asked me if the Rotary Club of Blairgowrie could take over the event, as their Members had decreased and the Club has since been wound up.
The Rotary Club of Blairgowrie did its first event on 22 April 2017 with 75 Classic and Vintage Cars taking part.
The Club Members put in an incredible amount work with a lot of attention to detail, learning from all the past experiences, what makes a successful event.
The objective was to make participants very happy and in the process raise a lot of money for the chosen Charities Participant feedback was that it was the best day ever and the club raised £17500 with one Participant raising £2,000 in Sponsorship.
This was most money raised in UK on Drive it Day that year The event pulled the club together and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Building on this event the Club decided to have a two day Motoring Festival in 2018.
The Saturday event would take 150 Classic, Vintage and Super cars into Perth, where Perth & Kinross Council closed the streets.
2,000 people attended including HRH Prince Michael of Kent who took the Salute as all cars left Perth to return to Scone Palace We celebrated the 1875 Red Flag act with the Provost of Perth & Kinross in 1907 Model T Ford which was the same Model as the first Town Car and with the High Constables leading the Parade over Smeatons Bridge in Perth.
When the cars returned to Scone Palace 1,500 people attended and also enjoyed 20 Car Clubs displays of over 400 unique, special cars, vintage motor cycles, Spitfire plane, Pipe Band Children Poster competition and flying display by a ‘Pit Special’ Plane.
The day ended with a Civic Reception hosted by Perth & Kinross Council attended by HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Lord Provost of Perth & Kinross and Lord Lieutenant of Perth & Kinross Brigadier Mel Jameson.
On Sunday 85 cars set off from Blairgowrie Golf Club driving into Blairgowrie Wellmeadow where the local Community Council had set up a arch for the cars to go through along with entertainment for local people HRH Prince Michael of Kent, drove a Jaguar XK120 owned by me the 160 miles along with the other participants to Banchory for lunch and back to Scone Palace for High Tea in the Long Hall.
This event raised £28,000 for Charities, which is the most money raised in Club’s history from one event.
On 28th November 2018 the Club organised a Classic Car Club event at Perth Airport, courtesy of Morris Leslie.
120 Car Club members viewed a collection of 300 Classic cars, 95 aircraft in 1936 World War II Hanger and visited Air Services Training centre A further £5,200 was raised for Charity.
The total amount raised in car events in the last two years is £50,700 from the Rotary Club of Blairgowrie Charities benefiting were – Cancer Research, Children’s Hospice Across Scotland, Alzheimers Scotland, Scotlands Charity Air Ambulance, Rotary Foundation, local causes.
Chairman of the Car Organising Committee
We did it!
The Rotary Club of Blairgowrie would like to thank everyone for the fantastic generosity in raising £28,000 for the Charities – Cancer Research UK and Alzheimers Scotland – during the Festival and Drive it Day and also for all the help and support from Volunteers. Many letters of thanks have been received from participants.
See below for a look back on a great weekend!
Perth Motoring Festival - 21st April 2018
150 Vintage, Classic and Super Cars were displayed in Tay Street Perth. Perth and Kinross Council were very helpful in closing Tay Street and other streets for the event.
Over 2000 people enjoyed the spectacle in the Presence of HRH Prince Michael Of Kent who was very knowledgeable about the cars spoke to many of the participants.
Cars returned to Scone Palace via Perth old bridge, celebrating the red Flag act from 1879 with a 1920 model T Ford in which the Lord and Lady Provost of Perth and Kinross were passengers
At Scone Palace the 150 special cars joined the 16 Car Clubs from all over Scotland displaying over 350 cars and Motor Cycles. Various forms of entertainment were on hand including an Aerobatic display.
Special thanks to Lord and Lady Mansfield for use of Scone Palace.
Drive-It Day 2018
80 Vintage, Classic and Super Cars set off from Blairgowrie Golf Club and drove via the Wellmeadow where they were welcomed by a large crowed before embarking on a 160 mile drive.
The route was through Glenshee to Braemar, along part of the new ‘Snow Road’ to Raemoir House Hotel in Ballater for lunch. The afternoon drive was over Cairn O’Mount through the Angus countryside, back into Perthshire arriving at Scone Palace for High Tea and an Auction.
Prince Michael of Kent drove a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 for the 160 miles and remarked he had enjoyed the weekend immensely and that it was extremely well organised.