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AN OUTSTANDING 15th Shetland Classic Motor Show has drawn to an end with exhibitors as bowled over by the island hospitality as the locals were by the quality of vehicles.

Overall numbers attending the Clickimin event over the weekend were around 4,200, slightly down on the last show in 2010, which enjoyed better weather and the unique attraction of steam engines.

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But there was plenty to keep this year’s crowds in awe, not least an international standard bicycle exhibition in the squash courts and the Radio Racers converting the athletics track into a racing car track for their remote controlled vehicles.

The standard of exhibits was as high as ever with 180 cars, 144 motorcycles, 27 commercials, 19 stationary engines, 35 tractors, eight Land Rovers and innumerable bicycles and models (courtesy of the Orcades Club).

To cap it all the finest motors have been enjoying their Diamond Jubilee Tour of Ultima Thule which took them through Orkney on the way north and will see them reach the most northerly strip of tarmac on Unst on Tuesday.

Joint organiser and chief publicist Maurice Mullay said the local enthusiasts were already planning the next event on the weekend of 7/8 June 2014.

“We have already had interest from some motor clubs, which is tremendous good news, but I think we’ll be keeping our star feature under wraps for now” he teased.

“What we are finding is that people coming up to Shetland are going back and telling their friends to come up too.

“We have had nothing but praise and it’s nearly embarrassing to hear what some of the visitors are saying.

“But some of the cars we have had up here have been incredibly rare and expensive. It’s been mind blowing.

“I was quite sure on Sunday afternoon I would wake up and find this had all been a dream, because something as exotic as this just can’t happen in Shetland.”

Here’s a series of photos from the show from Will’m Spence and Austin Taylor

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