Last Sunday’s BVAC Classic Festival of Motoring, saw us welcome a bumper crowd of over 10,000 people to take in the sights of over 1,000 classic, vintage and historic cars in the beautiful grounds of Thirlestane Castle, in the Scottish Borders.

Taking place on Sunday 2nd June, in glorious sunshine, the event celebrated 60 years of the iconic Ford Mustang, with a special display of Mustang’s through the years, from 1965-2018, on show on front of the Castle.

In addition, visitors were treated to displays of hundreds more wonderful classic cars – of all shapes, sizes and types – from over 60 car clubs, as well as military vehicles, motorcycles and buses. The ‘best in show’ was awarded to a stunning 1926 Vauxhall 30/98 owned by George Muir, from Kirkcaldy.

There was also live motorsport action, courtesy of the Scottish Summer Hill Rally, which gave visitors the chance to over 40 unique and dramatic Hill Rally cars setting off for a special stage, in the grounds of Thirlestane Castle. The Hill Rally was contested over 70 stage miles in total and was won by Ian Gregg and co-driver Jason Noakes, in their Polaris Pro R rally car.

The Sporting Bears, also had a very successful day offering show visitors the chance to enjoy a ‘Dream Ride’ in their selection of amazing cars in return for donation to the Harris Trust. In total, almost £3,200 was raised for the charity on the day.

Away from the cars, visitors enjoyed breath-taking BMX Stunt shows, pipe band displays and browsing the collection of over 50 fabulous food, drink and retail exhibitors to keep everyone fuelled and entertained throughout the day.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the show this year and to our sponsors, Thompson Quarries, as well as EventScotland for their support making this year’s event such a success.

As part of our review process, we have created a short post event feedback survey. If you attended the show, we would be very grateful if you could complete the survey to help us make further improvements to the event. Please click here to complete our feedback survey. The survey will close for responses at midnight on Thursday 13th June.

The 2025 show is anticipated to return to Thirlestane Castle again, in early June. For all the latest news and updates on 2025 plans, follow the BVAC Classic on social media:

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