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All geared up for classic car show

Pic. Tim Badham

SHETLAND’S motoring enthusiasts are getting excited about this year’s Classic Motor Show being held at Clickimin Leisure Complex on 2 and 3 June.

Joint organiser Graham Johnston said the event had gained a national reputation as an exceptional regional show and had once again attracted a wonderful selection of more than 220 exhibits from 100 years of motoring history.

The tractor exhibits range from the wartime Ford Ferguson through various types of Iron Horse, the full range of Grey Fergies and examples from Fordson, Massey-Ferguson and David Brown.

AEC Mercury Pic. Peter Bannister

Among the visiting commercials are heavies from AEC, Austin, ERF, Guy, and Morris, with a Leyland Leopard bus coming all the way from Staffordshire.

Local exhibits making their debut this year include Ian Isbister’s wartime Bedford OY, and Colin Nicholson’s recently restored bulk powder tanker trailer which came to Shetland new in 1978.

Light commercials include familiar models from Austin, Morris and Reliant. On the car side, the sports car line-up looks particularly strong, with Triumph TR’s from 4 to 6, with TR cousin Swallow Doretti plus Spitfire, Stag, and Roadster.

1955 Austin Healey Pic. Ken Broster

The big Austin Healeys will be at Clickimin in strength, from early 100 four cylinder through to the final 3000 six cylinder model.

Two pre-war MGs will be accompanied by assorted MG Midgets and Bs, notable in their golden jubilee year. The Ford range is particularly strong, from two Model Ts through to the Cortinas, Escorts and Granadas which were so popular in Shetland from the 1960s to 1980s.

Brian Gifford’s Humber Imperial joins several Sceptres and a visiting Singer Vogue from the Netherlands, and Erik Erasmuson’s ongoing 1923 Bean restoration will be in the company of two visiting Beans.

Other local exhibits which will debut at this show include Raymond Irvine’s Citroen Ami, Jim Laurenson’s Vauxhall Cresta PA, Larry Moncrieff’s Sunbeam Imp Sport, Robert Sinclair’s TVR Cerbera, Paul Rutherford’s Vauxhall Viscount and James Tetley Anderson’s rare Datsun 1200 Coupe

Visiting rarities include a 1933 BSA three wheeler, 1951 Lea-Francis saloon, 1930 Rolls-Royce 20/25 and 1929 Morris Oxford Six Coupe. On Sunday 3 June only, Bill Spence from Orkney has arranged a visiting “Diamond Jubilee Tour of Ultima Thule”, with an amazing 22 vintage and veteran cars.

Mr Johnston commented: “Visiting and local exhibitors in their hundreds will pull out all the stops to put on an exceptionally entertaining and informative show at Clickimin.”

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