Time warp for Moray motorists as classic rally heads east

Ron Billing shows CLAN’s Tracey Sellar around his classic car

MOTORISTS HEADING ALONG the road to Aberdeen this week could be forgiven for thinking they have slipped into a time warp as they encounter a series of historic cars on the road from Moray.

What they will be seeing on Friday is a cavalcade led by a Portgordon man who hopes to emulate his cancer support fundraising efforts of a year ago.

Ron Billing has gathered together 30 vintage vehicles for a cavalcade that managed to raise £3000 for the cancer support charity CLAN – and now his repeat showing of that effort is already well on its way to exceeding that effort.

“I am very passionate about classic cars so when I decided to fundraise for CLAN I wanted to involve that,” the 80-year-old explained, adding: “I have an Alfa Romeo Spider myself and will be driving that – while the oldest car will be an Aston Martin 10 from 1937.”

While the classic cars will be the centre of attention it is the charity on which Mr Billing wants the focus to be – and to that end he would welcome anyone taking part, regardless if they have a classic or not.

He said: “It is not essential that drivers us a classic car to take part. I have unfortunately been diagnosed with prostate cancer, so I can attest that CLAN is a very worthwhile cause.”

Tracey Sellar, CLAN’s coordinator in Moray, said that everyone taking part is expecting a fantastic day out: “It will be fantastic to see the cars of all shapes and sizes from yesteryear come together in aid of the charity.

“Events like these really help our services and I’d like to thank all those who are planning to give up their time to take part in the event.”

The cavalcade sets out from Elgin at 10am on Friday and expects to arrive at CLAN’s Aberdeen HQ by 5.30pm.

For further details on how to take part in the event contact CLAN Cancer Support on 01224 647000 or visit CLAN online at http://www.clanhouse.org/fundraising/events.