Gearing up for the biggest and best festival of motoring at Thirlestane yet

27th February 2018

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The BVAC Classic at Thirlestane was launched today and after last year’s record breaking numbers, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before.  

One of the finest motor cars in the world, a stunning 1922 Grand Sports Delage affectionately known as ‘Napoleon’ officially launched the 2018 ‘Festival of Motoring’ with the help of some other truly world class cars. Doddie Weir added a spot of tartan glamour to the launch of this prestigious event, previously described as the “The best classic car festival in Scotland” by the Sunday Times.  

The 2018 event will take place at Thirlestane Castle on Sunday the 3rd June and promises to be the biggest and best yet with over 1,200 veteran, vintage and classic vehicles making the journey to Lauder.  There will also be a celebration of Land Rover, Lotus and 2CV who all have anniversary years in 2018 as well as Gorgeous Italian classics with a special Concorso Italiano display as well as a celebration of Family Cars through the years.    

David Pratt, Chair of the Borders Vintage Automobile Club was delighted to announce that leading wealth managers Brewin Dolphin have confirmed their Partnership of the event for the next three years along with wine merchants Corney & Barrow, this support will undoubtedly help to take the event to a new level in 2018 and beyond.    

Jonathan Tweedie, Head of Brewin Dolphin in Edinburgh said at the launch:    

“Brewin Dolphin is delighted to announce a new partnership with the BVAC Classic Motor show, which takes place, as always, in the grounds of the magnificent Thirlestane Castle in Lauder over the first weekend in June.     Now in in its 46th year, this classic motoring extravaganza has developed into an exceptional event on the Scottish calendar and a wonderful opportunity for everyone to enjoy the stunning beauty and elegance of a bygone era of motoring.     We are particularly pleased to be working with the team at Thirlestane who share a long-term vision and commitment for the Castle that draws on an entrepreneurial spirit which is closely aligned to our own values and ethos. Indeed, the world of classic cars itself often transcends the twin habits of investment and passion.  We are looking forward to getting to know the organisers, owners and enthusiasts as we commit to this wonderful show.”  

Image (left to right) Doddie Weir, Jonathan Tweedie Head Of Office Edinburgh Brewin Dolphin, Edward Maitland-Carew Thirlestane Castle and David Pratt Chair BVAC.

Photo credit: Phil Wilkinson Photography


By: Fiona Mackinnon

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