Set to be vintage year for rally ...

Jim Smith at the Leven Vintage Car Rally last year
Jim Smith at the Leven Vintage Car Rally last year

All roads lead to Burnmill this weekend as the Leven Vintage Vehicle Rally roars into town once again.

Saved last year by Kingdom of Fife Railway Preservation Society (KFRPS) after the original Prom event had to be cancelled in 2013, the rally is back ‘bigger and better’ for 2015, its 50th anniversary year.

We hope to continue to grow the event and other society events too

There will be something for all ages at the rally, which is excpected to welcome around 170 entrants – 70 more than last year.

Jim Rankin, vice-chairman of KFRPS, told the Mail: “The rally this year is going to be bigger and better than ever before.

“Last year was amazing and, although we didn’t have a way of quantifying, exactly how many visitors there actually were, by our estimates, we had at least 1500 people there.

“If we get that again this year, that would be great. We hope to continue to grow the event and other society events too.”

Over 500 invitations were sent out for the event and Jim said they are very happy with the number of entrants who will be appearing on the day.

Winners from each of the categories will also go forward to the Scottish Vintage Vehicle Federation’s (SVVF) Champion of Champion event in 2016, thanks to an affiliation between KFRPS and the national body.

As well as a host of vintage cars, and other vehicles including tractors and buses, visitors on the day will get the chance to see some of the work being done by the Society and of course, rides on the popular River Eden engine will be back for another year.

“Last year, we took a great amount of money for the Society on the engine and we were at full capacity, so hopefully we’ll be full again,” said Jim.

In 2014, the sea cadets played a welcome role in acting as stewards at the event, and this year, both the air training corps and army cadets are also involved, receiving a big thanks from Jim.

Jim also offered his thanked to Stuart Young of KFRPS for playing a “huge part” in the organising of the event, and to Andrew Cook and family, who have helped significantly to improve and increase the showground at the Society’s yard, at no cost to the group.

The rally takes place at the KFRPS yard, in Burnmill Industrial Estate, Leven (look out for signposts) from 10.30 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. this Sunday.

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