Full steam ahead for popular vintage rally

Castle Fraser which will be the venue for the annual Bon Accord Steam Engine Club rally in June.
Castle Fraser which will be the venue for the annual Bon Accord Steam Engine Club rally in June.

Organisers of a popular North-east steam rally will meet later this month to discuss plans for this year’s event.

Castle Fraser has hosted the annual steam and vintage fair since 2004. It is held over two days in June, in association with the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club.

Exhibitors, collectors and enthusiasts travel from throughout the UK to the event, which usually attracts around 30 steam engines, more than 80 tractors, fairground organs, steam lorries, vintage cars, lorries, classic cars, steam saw mills and motorbikes.

Thousands of visitors attend the two-day fair at the National Trust for Scotland property, near Kemnay, to sample the sights, sounds and smells of a bygone era.

There is also a full programme of attractions for all the family which normally includes a dog show, duck show, children’s rides, games, food and one of the highlights of the rally, a spectacular parade of vintage vehicles.

The site has a large car park and caravans are welcome at the event.

In 2010, the Bon Accord Steam Engine Club celebrated its 40th anniversary. The club is made up of engine owners and enthusiasts in the North-east.

In addition to the annual rally, the club holds several social events throughout the year including an annual dinner dance.

Officials will meet on Tuesday, Jaunary 31, to plan this summer’s event, which will be held on June 16 and 17.