About the BVAC

The Club regrets that all Meetings Events and Activities are suspended at present. We shall monitor the situation and hope to re-launch our Events programme later in the year.

Whilst most of our Members own historic cars, many others simply share a passion for vintage and classic motoring.

Borders Vintage Automobile Club (BVAC) were formed in 1972 and this was the year that we held our first ever Car Show at Mellerstain House. 2020 was set to be the 48th year, this annual event has moved to the grounds of the magnificent Thirlestane Castle and has grown into a true celebration of our motoring past attracting more than 1,200 entrants from across the length and breadth of The UK. The BVAC Classic, a festival of motoring, is now the premier classic car show in Scotland and was recognised by The Sunday Times as 'One of the top ten motoring events in the UK!'

A monthly Breakfast Meet takes place on the second Sunday of the month at the A68 café, Milestones Garden Centre, Newtown St Boswells. Enthusiasts passing through the Borders are always welcome at this gathering as is anyone considering joining the club. 

BVAC members attend other shows as a club with our own stand and members cars on display. We are also pleased to support other events in the Borders such as the annual Jimmy Guthrie Run organised by our friends The Hawick and District Motorcycle Club.    

Our Summer meetings include scenic drives, visits to attractions and destinations and treasure hunts.  In winter we host film shows, quiz nights and talks on motoring matters by guest speakers and of course the ever popular Christmas Dinner.    

All members receive the club magazine ‘The Starting Handle’ and there is a selection of attractive club regalia available for purchase.  The club website helps to keep everyone in touch along with our Facebook page.    

The BVAC is a member of the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Association and is an MSA affiliated club.  

Read more about the history of the club


See BVAC Extravaganza photos over the years

Aims & Objectives of the club

  • To encourage the enjoyment of, and interest in, all types of historic and classic vehicles.
  • To welcome as a member anyone with an interest in our motoring past.
  • To organise and promote the BVAC Classic Festival of Motoring.
  • To provide a wide range of regular activities and events for our members.
  • To actively support and engage with other groups and events; particularly here in the Scottish Borders

How to Join the BVAC

Office Bearers 2018/19

President Capt. The Hon. G Maitland-Carew CBE

Vice Presidents Mr J (Robin) Wild, Mr David Pratt

Chairman - temporary vacancy

Vice Chairman - temporary vacancy

Club Secretary Mr Kenny G Wilson

Treasurer Mrs Helen Grimes

Club Management Convener  Christopher Biggs

Thirlestane BVAC Classic Management Convener Edward Maitland-Carew

BVAC Classic Show Site Management Mr David Webster

Competition Secretary  Mr Ian Lindley

Club Displays Organiser Dennis Fortune


Committee members
  • Mr David Irvine
  • Mrs Evelyn Irvine
  • Mr David Hunter
  • Mr Jonno Hunter
  • Mr Fred Magill
  • Mr Mike Webber
  • Mr Paul Hann


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