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To Celebrate 40 Years - A Bigger Vintage Vehicle Rally for 2009 At John O'Groats

Caithness & Sutherland Vintage Vehicle Rally 2009

14 June 09
Caithness & Sutherland Vintage Vehicle and Machinery Rally - 40th Anniversary
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The Vintage Vehicle Rally to celebrate 40 years of the Caithness & Sutherland Vintage Vehicle Club was held at John O'Groats today and despite the wet weather was attended by a large crowd.  At one point the organisers had run out of entry tickets at the gate having sold over 1500.

Sunday 14th June 2009
John O'Groats
Rally For Vehicles Starts 13th June (Various Options)

Closing Date For entries 5 June 2009
Entry Form For Stallholders and Exhibitors (Pdf)
Advertisers For 40th Anniversary Programme by 30 April 2009
Caithness  Sutherland for hotels, B&B's, Caravans etc

Rally Secretary - Tony Hagon
Tel 01955 641288
Fax 0870 1992699

Rally web site
Caithness & Sutherland Vintage Vehicle Club Ltd

Bigger Displays - Bigger & Longer Rally
2009 is the Club's 40th Anniversary (founded 7th November 1969) and to mark the occasion the club are holding a very special Rally. It will comprise the usual display of fine vintage vehicles and machinery, but in addition, they will have an exhibition with lots of items of interests for vehicle enthusiasts and families. There will also be a Rally market, with various stalls that will please the enthusiast and non-enthusiast alike. Of course, there will be plenty of refreshments available and to try to ensure that the weather is good, we have brought the date forward two weeks to the middle of June.

Normally the club has a short road run from Lybster calling at Wick. This year however, a much longer road run taking up the whole of Saturday is being organised. Owners can start at Tain in Sutherland or at various points along either of the two routes from the Falls of Shin to Thurso - one via the north coast through the lovely Strath vally - the other via the gorgeous Moray coast via Dunrobin Castle and Helmsdale.

On the Sunday, a cavalcade of vehicles will leave Thurso, where many have stayed overnight, and will call at the Castle of Mey for a brief look at the Castle before moving on to John O'Groats where the Rally starts at 12.30p.m. Visitors who are not in the Road Run from Thurso or Castle of Mey can arrive at any time after 11.00.

Join The 40th Anniversary Road Run
The 40th Anniversary Grand Road Run starts at the Glenmorangie Distillery, at Tain, just south of the Dornoch Firth, thanks to the hospitality of the Glenmorangie Company. Following our farewell from the distillery (faster car drivers might want to visit the distillery before setting off!) our cavalcade drives along the beautiful Dornoch valley to the Falls of Shin, where, if the coffee and marvellous array of goodies won't tempt you, the Falls with their rugged history, will. Maybe a bit early for salmon leaping, but let your imagination take over!......beautiful countryside, quiet roads and a ceilidh in the evening......more details



Bigger Rally In 2009 Event Means Changes
For such a special event we’re extending the ground area this year (courtesy of the owner). We’re still using the area we’ve used in previous years as the vehicle display area, but the previous car parking area is to become the exhibition and stalls area, and the car park is now a much larger area as we are expecting many more visitors this year. A new feature for the 2009 Rally is a parade ring in which we will be inviting our visiting vintage vehicles to circulate, by class, not only giving our visitors a chance to see the vehicles in action, but to enable our judges to investigate the mechanical properties of each of the entries.

Site Layout For 2009

Moving the visitors’ car park off to the left means that we can move the entrance gate away from the main road about 100 metres into the field and therefore reduce congestion on the road, particularly as we are expecting more vehicles to arrive than usual. Our vintage vehicle visitors will use the same road but they will enter the display area to the right.

Again, to reduce congestion on the main road the exit from the visitors’ car park is on to the Canisbay road, whilst the vintage cars will leave by the pedestrian entrance, which faces John O’Groats. These vehicles will therefore follow the roundabout at the John O’Groats visitor centre to gain the Wick road southbound and avoid having to cross this road on exiting the showground. We’re investigating the possibility of an autojumble and bring-and-buy for visitors to stock up on those hard to get bits.

Advertise In The 40th Anniversary  - Good Rates
Ads Must be Submitted by 30th April 2009

Earlier Rallies At John O'Groats