AS PART of Montrose Air Station’s centenary celebrations, a vintage military vehicle rally will be held at the 100-year-old air base over this weekend (May 4 and 5).
Craig Burness, one of the team of volunteers at the Heritage Centre, said: “Montrose Air Station, which was founded by the Royal Flying Corps’ 2 Squadron in 1913, was the first military air base in the UK so a display of historic military vehicles fits in perfectly with the centenary celebrations.”
Craig says that about 15 vintage vehicles are expected: “As well as the historic cars, lorries and jeeps travelling to Montrose, and the military vehicles which are permanently on show at the Air Station, there will also be a few vehicles from the Montrose area, including fellow volunteer Graham MacIntosh’s 1940s staff vehicle, which is the same as the one used by the Commanding Officer at RAF Montrose during World War Two.”
The vehicles will be on show to the public from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, and from noon to 4pm on Sunday.
Craig continued: “On Saturday several vehicles will leave Montrose Air Station and travel to Stonehaven to lay a wreath at the final resting place of Graham Philip. Graham, who was a stalwart of Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, instigated the first vintage military vehicle rally – an event which, thanks to his commitment and expertise, has become a regular fixture in the national vintage vehicle calendar. Graham is sorely missed by us all and this is our way of paying tribute to him.”
At 11.30 am on Sunday at least 10 vintage military vehicles will, in convoy, make their way along the streets of Montrose before going on a drive through the local countryside. “Such a fabulous procession of vintage vehicles is quite a sight,” said Craig. “We are planning to stop at the statue of Bamse at Montrose Harbour and also at Sleepyhillock Cemetery, where so many of the pilots who died while undergoing flight training at Montrose Air Station are buried.”
For more information about Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre, and the exciting programme of events which will commemorate Montrose Air Station’s centenary throughout 2013, including a 1940s dance in Montrose Town Hall on June 15 and the unveiling of the replica Spitfire on July 26, visit www.rafmontrose.org.uk