All revved up with some place to go

The Oban Times - - Front Page -

THERE was de­light for any­one with an in­ter­est in vin­tage and mod­ern chic cars at Co­rachie Clema­tis, near Taynuilt, at the week­end. Kenny Devine, a mem­ber of Oban and Dis­trict Clas­sic Ve­hi­cle Club, said he was pleased with the great turnout on the day.

THERE was a de­light for any­one who had an in­ter­est in vin­tage and mod­ern chic cars at Co­rachie Clema­tis, near Taynuilt, at the week­end.

But the ru­n­away suc­cess of the day was a beige Cortina Mark 1 with the pet name ‘Tina’.

Kenny Devine, a mem­ber of Oban and Dis­trict Clas­sic Ve­hi­cle Club, said he was very pleased with ev­ery­one who turned out on the day.

Mr Devine said: ‘There are 45 mem­bers of the lo­cal club and many of them have turned out.

‘Mem­bers don’t need to have a car, but we do have lots of ac­tiv­i­ties that in­volve go­ing to other events and drives.’

The win­ning car, cho­sen by mem­bers of the pub­lic, was the beige Cortina Mark 1, TLG 587D, owned by Mel Burnip.

He has owned the 1966 Ford Cortina for 11 years and it is the first time he had won a prize for it at the club.

When asked if the car was the love of his life, Mel said: ‘No, she is,’ point­ing to his wife.

Mel has been a mem­ber of the club since its ear­li­est days, join­ing one year af­ter the club was founded.

Aside from out­stand­ing cars, Lorn Model and Model En­gi­neer­ing Club helped vis­i­tors en­joy the day.

There were minia­tures of the puffer Vi­tal Spark along­side a steam mini rail­way of­fer­ing rides to adults and chil­dren, and a pris­tine and work­ing steam en­gine.

A game of splat the rat, ad­min­is­tered by Ken Groom, was at the cen­tre of the pro­ceed­ings. Try as they might, no- one within the half hour or so of watch­ing the game could, in fact, catch the rat ... far less splat it.

Even Scott Cruick­shank and his grannie Bar­bara, who were giv­ing it a ‘ very good go’, didn’t man­age to touch that wooden rat, nick­named Usain Bolt.

Money raised by the club is do­nated to lo­cal char­i­ties. Last year Marie Curie and the Lorn Area De­men­tia Group shared al­most £1,200 raised by the group.

The group will be in­volved in Mo­tor­fest Oban in Septem­ber as well as Bunes­san, Dal­mally and Lorn shows.

A su­perb red Es­cort.

The event was marked into sec­tions, in­clud­ing a lux­ury car range.

The event field was packed.

Mel Burnip and wife Mar­garet re­ceive the Iain Camp­bell Me­mo­rial Tro­phy from Iso­bel Camp­bell.

John Findlay of Lorn Model and Model En­gi­neer­ing Club with the boats on dis­play.

Scott Cruick­shank takes on splat the rat.

A Volk­swa­gen Bee­tle was a fam­ily car for four in the 1970s.

Lorn Model and Model En­gi­neer­ing Club were giv­ing rides on this fan­tas­tic steam en­gine.

Finn Chap­man, from Taynuilt, views the cars from the swing.

A tra­di­tional Mini proved pop­u­lar.

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