DeLorean to star at car show

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A DeLorean ‘Time Machine’ sports car is set to steal the show at Sunday’s Borders Motoring Extravaganza at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder.

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the hit movie, Back to the Future, the DeLorean DMC-12, just like the one in the film, will be a star attraction guest of honour at the Border Vintage Automobile Club (BVAC) event.

The event will be made even more special with the appearance of Doc ‘Emmett’ Brown and Marty McFly, courtesy of professional actors Calum MacAskill (Doc) and Stanley Pattison (Marty) from Edinburgh-based charity Hearts and Minds.

Fred Magill, BVAC chairperson, told us: “Our ‘Back to the Future’ theme and the prospect of the DeLorean time machine is generating great interest.

“From the fully functional and programmable time circuits and gauges, to screen-accurate detailing and fluxing flux capacitor, no expense has been spared to recreate this incredible car, and we fully expect it to steal the show.”

Fred continued: “We also have some extra Docs and Martys coming to the show - the successful entrants in our ‘Search for Doc and Marty’ held earlier this year.

“And, if this were not enough, we are expecting the largest collection of DeLoreans in Scotland ever in one place.

“Cleland Jaguar will be unveiling a brand new sports saloon car; we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Jaguar XJ-S ; and for the first time ever the Sporting Bears Charity Dream Rides will include a DeLorean DMC-12 among its fantastic choice of classic and supercar rides.

“All money raised by the Sporting Bears will go to Scottish Association for Children with Heart Disorders (SACHD), so it is all for a good cause.

“We also have a wide range of family attractions, including a walking jazz band, American-style cheerleaders, emergency services and community vehicles display, dog agility display, fun fair, craft tent, static falconry display, food stalls, face painting, bungee trampoline, archery and paint ball.”

Car enthusiasts will be able to enjoy a huge selection of cars, motorbikes and military vehicles. This year, more than 1,100 cars have been entered into the show - including around 300 vehicles in more than 30 ‘Club’ stands, concours classes for cars from veteran to 1987, motorbike classes from veteran to post-war and commercial, military, steam and agricultural classes, plus an auto-jumble area.

The show, whose major sponsor is Morris Leslie of Perth, is open from 11.00 am, admission is £9, accompanied children under 16 go free, and parking is free.