Biggar Albion Vintage Vehicle Rally 2014 Slideshow

IT all started four decades ago as a humble gathering of a few classic car fans living around the Biggar area.

From those tiny beginnings as the Blackwood Murray Rally in the 1970s, today’s re-named Biggar Albion Rally has now grown into the biggest show of its kind in Scotland.

Classic chassis...motoring across the Thankerton Bridge on their way to Biggar Albion Rally 2014 (Pics Alan Watson)

Classic chassis...motoring across the Thankerton Bridge on their way to Biggar Albion Rally 2014 (Pics Alan Watson)

In fact, the rally, which attracts hundreds of entrants from throughout the UK, has truly put Biggar on the map as the country’s ‘home’ of auto-nostalgia.

This year, yet another massive influx of entrants and spectators motored into the Biggar Showground, the event now being so big that, for the first time, the organisers had to put a limit on entries.

Those who tolerated the long traffic queues into town were rewarded with a feast of motoring nostalgia, the cars on show ranging from the virtual motorised carts of the early 20th century to mighty supercars of the 21st.

Of course, there were also vintage lorries, motorbikes, military vehicles, buses and vans on display. And there were even a couple of caravans your great-grandparents might have gone their holidays in!

As ever, local volunteers took on stewarding duties and many local groups laid on catering stalls and entertainments.

While now massively larger than the original event, the rally is still very much a show which tells the rest of the country that, at least when it comes to motoring history, Biggar is better!

Freelance photographer Alan Watson was on hand to capture all the action for the Gazette and his pictures are featured in our slideshow, created for your viewing pleasure by editor Julie Currie.

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