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First Royal Deeside Motor Show set for July

By David Porter

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Plans for the first-ever Royal Deeside Motor Show are in full throttle as the exciting new event prepares to race onto the events calendar this summer.

Sponsored by Lamborghini Edinburgh, the July 17 and 18 Royal Deeside Motor Show is set to draw more than 1000 vintage, retro, and modern vehicles for a weekend of Covid-safe family fun.

Held in the grounds of privately-owned Kincardine Castle near Kincardine O’Neil, the two-day Royal Deeside Motor Show follows on from the former Royal Deeside Speedfest event which used to be held at the same location.

In addition to the motor showcase, the main attractions are set to be the 4x4 offroad safari, trade stands and of course the cartie race, welcoming kids, and adults of all ages to get involved.

Two dedicated areas will showcase motor vehicles of all shapes and sizes.

From trikes to tractors, cars to campers these zones will be bursting at the seams with vintage, retro, and modern motors on display.

The awesome autos will then take to a specially created “motor catwalk” as the castle drive becomes a showcase for some of the most marvellous motors, thanks to the huge support of enthusiasts from across the North-East of Scotland, and beyond.

Teams of budding designers, engineers and daredevil drivers are already busy firing up their imaginations to draw up blueprints for their entries to the Scottish Cartie Association’s inaugural Royal Deeside Motor Show Cartie Race which again builds on the previous highly popular cartie run which used to take place at the venue each year.

Cartie racers are set to fly high once again at Kincardine Castle. Picture: David Porter
Cartie racers are set to fly high once again at Kincardine Castle. Picture: David Porter

Reaching speeds of up to 40 miles per hour as they hurtle down the Kincardine Castle drive, entrants will be accepted for separate junior and adult races where teams will literally pull out all the stops as they hurtle to success via pinch point, chicane and slalom obstacles.

The winners of each section will go head-to-head for a hotly contested grand finale to decide the overall winner.

And for those looking to get a bit more hands-on, Buchan Off-road Drivers are set to give visitors “a wheel of a time” by creating a unique, adrenalin-filled safari experience in the woods around Kincardine Castle (subject to weather and Covid restrictions).

A selection of carefully procured leisure, auto and motor retailers will be on hand along with more than 30 local food producers also on hand to dish up some mouth-watering delights when it’s time to refuel.

Making the weekend a truly family one will be a variety of children’s entertainment including a bouncy haulage vehicle, face painting and a range of kiddy rides.

Organisers Etiom’s operations manager Adam Simpson commented: “Our aim is to create an environment that is as safe as possible given the current situation from the pandemic which we are confident we will achieve.

"We are working closely with Visit Scotland and Aberdeenshire Council, both of whom are hugely supportive of the event.

"We know that people are keen to get out and about and we are devoted to promoting something positive and fun for the area and local economy, all the while managing every opportunity to responsibly stage a safe, socially distanced event.”

Kincardine Castle is a Victorian country house which is located less than a mile from the village of Kincardine O’Neil and five miles from the town of Aboyne on Royal Deeside.

The private home is run as a hospitality venue and hosts a range of occasions from private dining and weddings to marquee events and meetings.

Castle owner, Andrew Bradford comments, “We are excited to be welcoming the team at Etiom to bring this new event to the area, and we are already working closely with Etiom to ensure that the good people of the North-East have something fun to look forward to in the Summer.”

Gavin Esslemont, Etiom’s managing director, added, “We are working hard to design an exciting and varied event for the summer, and we have been blown away by the support that The Royal Deeside Motor Show has received so far. We are proud to be working alongside a range of local charities on this event, including The Archie Foundation, Charlie House, Children 1st, The Scottish Men's Shed Association, STV Children's Appeal and The Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside, all of whom we hope will raise much needed funds at the event after being significantly impacted over the last 12 months or so”.

The Royal Deeside Motor Show takes place on Saturday July 17 and Sunday 18 July at Kincardine Castle, open from 10am until 5pm both days.

Tickets can be purchased online for £15.95 (adults), £10.75 (ages 8-16), with children 8 years and under, going free. Discounted family passes are also available online.

To find out more, log on to royaldeesidemotorshow.com

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