The Scottish Military Vehicle Group
The Scottish Military Vehicle Group


January 14th. SMVG Annual General Meeting. Institute Hall Bridge of Earn. Meeting starts at 2pm sharp. Refer to your official notification. There will be the usual bring and buy sale prior to the meeting and the club shop will be in attendance. A raffle will be held at the close of business with proceeds going to the Army Benevolent Fund. Donations of prizes are very welcome.

IMPORTANT! As always, if the weather looks at all doubtful contact any member of the committee for advice before setting out on a long journey.


March 4th. SMVG Annual Swap Meet. Held at the Institute Hall, Bridge of Earn. 2 mins off junction 9 M90. Sale of militaria, military vehicle parts and collectables. Military vehicles and other exhibits on display. Refreshments available on site in the NAAFI.   Admission 10am-4pm. Adults £1, accompanied under 16's free. Contact Al Smith for table reservations and all other enquiries on 07704 187739 or eml


NOTE: Sellers table space is now fully booked, Full house once again!

If the weather is favourable further outdoor pitches may be available.

April 22nd, Drive it Day. This is the day the FBHVC encourage us to take our vehicles out on the Queens highway and do what it says on the tin, ...Drive It.  Some SMVG areas will be organising runs, West Area will have their customary weekend crank up run, but If there is nothing organised in your area then why not take the jeep to the garden centre instead of the car, or better still, phone two or three fellow members and meet up for a pub lunch... remembering to take your old motor of course.


Well that's it confirmed!, the West Area "Drive it Day"... sorry "Drive it Weekend"... sorry "Drive it Long Weekend" is going to the Island of Arran this year. Going over on the afternoon of Friday 20th April and back on the Sunday 22nd late afternoon. So, if you fancy a run round the Island before the midges come out of hibernation, why not join us. Contact John Webster at  or phone 01655 760215. Let me know in plenty of time as the ferry will have to be booked.

May 11th – 13th 2018  ‘Carry On Culty’ Event

SMVG members and their friends are invited to participate in a military themed weekend organised by the Comrie Development Trust at the former Cultybraggan POW / training camp during the weekend 11th / 13th May.

This is a great opportunity to take part in an event with lots of themed entertainment and activities set in a large former military camp situated in beautiful countryside where vehicles and Living History enthusiasts representing all periods form the 40’s right through to the closure of the camp in 2004 will be welcomed.

The event will be open to the public on the Saturday only with the rest of the weekend free for members to enjoy the location as they wish. Members attending are being provided with lunch on the Saturday and free entry to a period dance with transport laid on. Organisation of the event is now well advanced with a good number of members committed to attending but there is till time to register an interest. Anyone wishing to bring a vehicle along or to contribute to the event in a living history capacity should contact Roddy Brown to register their interest.

May 19th&20th. BA Stores Vintage Working Weekend, Lyne of Skene, Dunecht, Aberdeenshire. Excellent military vehicle display dug into the tree line. Living history welcome. Off road course. Evening entertainment. Contact Mike Ogston for further details.

June 3rd. Borders Vintage Automobile Club. 46th Historic Motoring Extravaganza Thirlestane Castle, Lauder, TD2 6RV. Good military display. Contact Alistair Smith for further info. Official show contact - David Hunter.

June 9th/10th, Military Vehicle Tattoo at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford. See news page for full info. Contact the Events/Marketing team who will send out an entry form. Tel: 019755 64517 (Tue/Wed) or email  Website -,uk

June 10th. Tayside Classic Motor Show. Hosted by The Tayside Classic Car Club at Errol Airfield, PH2 7TB. Contact Jim and Mary MacLeod on 01307 465838 eml

June 16th /17th, Bon Accord Steam Fair, Castle Fraser, Sauchen, Inverurie, AB51 7LD. Contact Jill Standing, 01467 642472.

June 16th/17th. Keith and Dufftown Railway 1940's Weekend. See poster below.

Tel 01340 820794 for more info.

June 30th (Saturday) National Armed Forces Day Aberdeen. Contact Mike Ogston for more info.

June 30th. Stirling Military Show. Contact Gary Wallace for further info at

July 7th& 8th. 44th Scottish Transport Extravaganza, Glamis Castle. Hosted by the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club. Good military vehicle section. Contact Lesley Munro for entries. On 01307 840311.

July 21st & 22nd, Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum Military Vehicle Weekend. Last year there were over 2000 visitors for the unveiling of the “Loch Doon Spitfire”.  Always a friendly event with a barbecue on the Saturday Evening. Contact John Webster for more info.

July 28th & 29th. Note change of Date. The  Devils Porridge Exhibition and Museum at Eastriggs, near Annan have recently opened WW2 Gallery. To promote this they are holding a WW2 event and have asked us for WW2 Vehicles, mainly British, with crew in uniform plus kit & equipment displays. There is some fuel money being offered plus lunch – soup & sannies.  Overnight camping. More details to follow. Contact John Webster for more info.

Note: Space is limited so let me know if you are coming along to this event ASAP!

August 5th. Glenisla Classic Vehicle Club. Nice laid back vehicle display held in the heart of stunning Glenisla, right beside the hall. BBQ and scenic off road run for classic 4x4’s and tractors from 10:30am. Contact Nick Morrocco on 01575 560207 for info.

August 18th & 19th. Deeside Steam & Vintage Club Rally. Milton of Crathes, Banchory. For entries contact Mike Morrison 07900 233548. eml

August 18th & 19th. Garlieston Military Weekend. Run in association with Galloway Tanks, last years event raised over £1000 for local forces charities, and it is hoped to build on that success. See poster below.

More details as we get them. Contact - John Webster.

August 19th Race the Runway (Leuchars)

Supercars will be racing up the runway in a bid to attain the fastest speed of the day. Last year it was 217mph and its all in aid of the ABF, the Soldiers Charity. We have been invited to attend and form up a static display of vehicles and kit. Outdoors if weather is good, indoors if its likely to be rainy. We will be well fed and watered too. Its a private event not open to the general public, but Its a highly entertaining day and If you are interested in attending with your miltary vehicle then contact Al Smith on 07704 187739 or eml

August 25th & 26th. Montrose Air Station Squadron Scramble.

Annual fly in event held on this historic airfield with many light aircraft landing for the weekend. SMVG vehicles are welcome to form a static display on the airfield / football pitches next to the Roselea football ground, camping is available on the football ground with toilet facilities available at the Roselea club. Any support from the SMVG will be very much appreciated.

For further Info contact Craig Burness by email -


Further to the above, Neil Butler has issued an open invitation to all SMVG members to attend the Montrose Air Station Squadron Scramble, Open weekend with free admission, Light Aircraft Fly in, Camping and Military Vehicles, Re-enactors.
1940's room, WW2 bunker. Afternoon cream tea in the library , Top Navy Chef running our bar b que.

I have prices for flights, should any of the members wish attend or to book an introductory flight please contact.

Cessna 172 per person (takes 3).

£20 per person for 10 minutes Trip around Montrose

£40 for 20 minutes

Flex Wing £40 for 20 minutes

Gyrocopter £50 for 20 minutes

Free Camping (Airfield)



0793 208 9595

01674 840380

August 25th & 26th. Culzean Country Park. Forces in the Field. Multi period Living History Event. Some changes to this popular event this year, with displays and camps being spread throughout the park.  Contact John Webster for more info.

September 1st & 2nd. Scottish International Air Show, Ayr.  Military entries required to form a static display at the event. It is back to a Saturday & Sunday format this year. For more info see 

Contact Stuart Campbell on 07939534560 for more details or if you are interested in attending.

September 8th&9th. SMVG National Show, Farming Yesteryear, Scone Palace. (Scottish Vintage Tractor and Engine Club) Entry details to follow nearer the time.

September 16th. Selkirk Rally. Sunderland Hall, Lindean, near Selkirk. TD1 3NZ. Contact Gordon Edgar. 07836 706254.

September 29th/30th. Defend Fife 2018. A follow up to last years successful WW2 event centred in Dunfermline. Contact Brian Morgan at for further info or to register your interest.



Just when you thought it was time to tuck your vehicles away for the winter, here's some idiot inviting you to take them out for a couple of events at the beginning of November!
First is the West Area End of Season Run. Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th November. To be fair, this is about the usual date for our last run out for the year, but this year we are planning a different location from our usual Galloway Forest run. This time we are heading to the Forest of Ae area in Dumfriesshire, details are still to be confirmed, but if you are interested in going, let me know.
Also on Sunday the 4th, we have been asked to support and take part in the Saltcoats Fireworks display. This year they want to make the event a bit more special, on a remembrance theme, with poppy displays and a military presence. We are looking for a few vehicles, and some guys in uniform. Group member, Suzanne Fernando is one of the organisers, and in her words- "We would have special lighting focused on the vehicles with a few members standing amid a haze etc.  This is going to be a really special night, and I'd love if the group could support me with this." So, if you can help out with this one, again let me know.  
The following Saturday, 10th. November. there is the Festival of Remembrance at the Vikingar in Largs We have been asked if we could supply two or three vehicles to go on display while the public are going into the pavilion. I will have to confirm times but I would think it would be early evening and for no more than about an hour, although we are welcome to stay for the show if we want.
Sunday 11th Nov. Remembrance day. We have again been asked if we could provide some vehicles to line part of the route for the remembrance parade in Saltcoats. I know some of you may have your own arrangements for Remembrance Sunday, but if not please think about attending this event, it would be a great way to show our gratitude and respect for those who paid the ultimate price helping to win the freedom we enjoy today.
If you can attend any of the above, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can give the organisers an idea of numbers etc.
John Webster

November 10th (Saturday). Royal British Legion Scotland West of Scotland Festival of Remembrance, Barrfields Theatre, Vikingar Largs. The SMVG have been asked to support this venture with a display of vehicles, equipment and if possible and people in uniform. The event is still at the planning stage, but more info as it becomes available. I know it's a while away yet, but I could do with an indication of who would be interested in attending so that I know what level of support we can offer.

Contact John Webster for further info.



March 10th. SMVG Annual Swap Meet. Held at the Institute Hall, Bridge of Earn. 2 mins off junction 9 M90. Sale of militaria, military vehicle parts and collectables. Military vehicles and other exhibits on display. Refreshments available on site in the NAAFI.   Admission 10am-4pm. Adults £1, accompanied under 16's free. Contact Al Smith for table reservations and all other enquiries on 07704 187739 or eml

June 9th,  Military Vehicle Tattoo at the Grampian Transport Museum, Alford. Set up on Saturday, open to the public on Sunday. More details to follow.

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