After a year parked by the sidelines, one of Leven’s favourite summer attractions is driving back to town in style.
The Leven Vintage Vehicle Rally, previously a feast of sunny weather and nostalgia on the town’s Promenade, is making a return trip this weekend – at a new venue and under new organisation.
The Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society (KFRPS) is hosting the event, this Sunday, from 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m, at its base, Kirkland Marshalling Yard, Leven.
Interest in the revived event, which captures memories of the golden days of motoring, has been very encouraging, with over 100 cars and exhibits planned to come along.
And it’s hoped the day will be a successful marker for next year, which sees the rally celebrate its 50th anniversary.
KFRPS has teamed up with the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Federation (SVVF) to bring the event back to the town.
“As both societies have a common love for heritage vehicles, and KFRPS has recently completed upgrade work to its ‘arena’, we feel it is appropriate to come together and showcase the very best in preserved vehicles from the last century,” said Jon Arnott, KFRPS’ marketing and communications manager.
“We would love the general public, our members, their friends and family to come along. With over 370 cars, vans, lorries and motorbikes on the SVVF database, it’s sure to be a fun day out.
“Alongside the many varied vehicles, we hope to have a miniature railway, autojumble stalls, model boat club display, and much more.”
One of KFRPS’ best known vehicles, the River Eden – and its ‘shark brakeman’ – will be taking visitors along the half-mile track at Kirkland during the day.
“This is the biggest event, so far, that the KFRPS has hosted,” said vice-chairman Jim Rankin. “It is our intention to make this a success this year and make sure the rally will be around for its 50th birthday in 2015.”
Sunday’s car rally should be a good indicator for the golden anniversary in 2015.
Jim Rankin, KFRPS vice-chairman, said: “Next year’s should be even bigger, with more time to plan and arrange the site for more exhibits.”
The event is free entry to all, including those who wish to display their vehicles.
Anyone still wishing to exhibit their vintage vehicle on Sunday should go to the KFRPS website at www.kfrps.co.uk to download a form.
Enthusiasts also hope the occasion raises awareness of KFRPS’ goals and increases willingness to help with the running of the charity.
“We hope the more people who can see the good work we are doing in restoring Scotland’s, and more accurately Fife’s, mechanised transport heritage, the more they’ll be inclined to help support our cause,” said marketing and communications manager Jon Arnott.
The group’s current main project is restoring one of its engines to steam, an Andrew Barclay-built ex-National Coal Board vehicle, which has been nicknamed the “dubbie pug”. “We hope to achieve this in the next two years but, with the budget being anywhere between £20,000 to £50,000, obviously this is very much dependent on both time and money donations,” said Mr Arnott.