CARS, CRIMINALS AND CASTLES: Scottish Eastern Bloc Vehicle Weekend

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Date(s) - 21/07/2023 - 23/07/2023
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Join  us for a summer adventure to the north east of Scotland, to the land of the silver city, sheep, ginger coos, and Doric dialect fit like.

Friday 21 July:  Early arrivals will meet from 1pm at Castle Fraser, west of Aberdeen.  One of Scotland’s largest tower houses, this 16th Century baronial castle, with extensive gardens and estate, is near to the ancient Pictish Standing Stone.

The castle features hidden trapdoors and incredible views from the top of its round tower.  Our parking area in front of the castle will provide an impressive photographic backdrop for our vehicles.

Evening meal:  TBC – we’ll make a group booking closer to the time when we know numbers.

Saturday 22 July:  A short convoy drive brings us to a relaxing day at ‘Blast from the Past’.  This charity event is one of Scotland’s principal shows featuring cars, motorcycles, commercials, auto test, parade laps, and live music.

The event is held entirely on tarmac and there’s a large hall should the weather be less than perfect.  Individual entry is required – see below for details.

Evening meal:  TBC – we’ll make a group booking closer to the time when we know numbers.

Sunday 23 July:  We convoy to the excellent Grampian Transport Museum at Alford,  Celebrating its 40th Anniversary, our vehicles have been invited to join their anniversary cavalcade of classic vehicles which will include a 1905 Sentinel Steam waggon.

Early afternoon, after the cavalcade, those not rushing home will convoy onwards to the fascinating Peterhead Prison Museum where we will walk the halls and corridors of the former HM Convict Prison Peterhead, the only penal servitude prison in Scotland.

Interested?  Come for a day or make a long weekend of this great event – all vehicles with an Eastern Bloc pedigree are welcome.

Pop an email to:  and we’ll keep you up to date with convoy routes, timings, meal details, etc.

Accommodation:  Convoy runs will start from the suggested Village Hotel, Aberdeen, AB15 8PJ which gives easy access to the various weekend destinations.  Participants can of course make other accommodation arrangements.

More info: 

Castle Fraser, Sauchen, Inverurie, AB51 7LD.  Adult £9.50.

‘Blast from the Past’. Thainstone Centre & Show Ground, Thainstone, Inverurie AB51 5XZ. Participants make own bookings via THE CLUB NAME SECTION: ‘IFA CLUB’.  Adult entry to this charity event £11.37 per person – a free bacon roll/tea/coffee is included.

Grampian Transport Museum, Montgarrie Rd, Alford AB33 8AE. Adult entry £10.

Peterhead prison Museum, South Rd, Peterhead AB42 2ZX.   Adult entry £10.