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Motoring showcase at the Transport Museum highlights the issue of 'here today, gone tomorrow'

By David Porter

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When launching their first ‘How Many Left?’ event for mass produced cars and motorcycles which were once a common sight on our roads but have now largely disappeared, little did the organising team at Grampian Transport Museum realise how popular a trend this would become.

How Many Left at the GTM returns in May
How Many Left at the GTM returns in May

There has been a realisation in the classic motoring world that unless some of these vehicles are preserved and shown, a whole generation of motoring heritage could be lost.

As the museum's Kevin McCormick noted: "When did you last see an Austin Allegro, a Vauxhall Cavalier, a Hillman Imp or a Ford Cortina?

"These and many others each left their own mark on the evolution of family transport and are a source of many memories (not all good!)."

How Many Left? 2022 will take place on Sunday, May 8 in the museum’s arena, and there is already a list of over 100 very interesting vehicles entered.

They are as diverse as an Austin A90 ‘Atlantic’ once owned by King Farouk of Egypt and a prototype Vanden Plas limousine (based on the 1800 ‘Land Crab’) which British Leland never put into production.

Three wheelers and motorcycles are well represented too, with Reliant Robin, BSA Bantam, Vincent Black Shadow and Aerial Arrow amongst the evocative names signing up to be there.

New for HML?2022 is a special compound of BMC and British Leyland vehicles representing all their marques over the years, making an evocative display.

A call for entries is being made for owners across Scotland - The rules for entering are very simple, whatever you have and in whatever condition from ‘barn finds’ and everyday drivers to concours restorations, all are welcome as long as they represent previously mass produced vehicles of which there are now under 500 known to still exist – “Once everywhere, now rare.”

Entries remain open until May 1 with all the details at www.gtm.org.uk.

For spectators the event runs from 12.30pm - 4pm with all the details on the website, so you can Make a Day of it at GTM.

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