Riley Rally returns for silver jubilee

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This year’s Scottish National Riley weekend to mark the silver jubilee of the Scottish Riley Enthusiasts Club is to be held in Angus.

The president, well known Carnoustie artist Jim Dunbar, revealed that over 50 cars will attend the event from Friday, May 24, to Sunday, May 26.

It will be centred on Edzell and he said that club members have booked just about every room for that weekend, and some have had to get accommodation further afield.

He explained: “We have pretty much taken over both hotels, the Panmure Arms and the Glenesk Hotel, as well as all the bed and breakfast accommodation.

“Our oldest car so far is a 1929 Riley Monaco and the most recent will probably be a 1969 Riley Elf.”

Mr Dunbar said that members will have a choice of three Riley Runs on the Saturday, ranging from a serious tour to a short local trip to savour the countryside.

The flagship run will be a classic motoring tour of Royal Deeside. The second route will take the party around and through the countryside of Grassic Gibbon, the ‘Howe o’ the Mearns’. and the third will take in Fettercairn and Drumtochty Glen.

A boat trip to the Bell Rock Lighthouse is also planned from Arbroath Harbour, weather permitting.

Mr Dunbar stated: “This would be a great opportunity to see the world’s oldest surviving sea-washed lighthouse 11 miles offshore, built by Robert Stevenson in 1807.

“This 35m light has not been restored or adapted in over 200 years. The trip takes two-and-a-half to three hours and the boat can take 20 to 30 passengers.”

On the Sunday, members will drive the short distance to the National Trust House of Dun property by Montrose for the prize-giving. The cars will be parked attractively in front of the house of which tours will be available.