Vinty aims to wheel ’em in

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VINTAGE car enthusiasts have created a cartoon character to try to attract more people to their rally at Lauder next month.

The Borders Vintage Automobile Club (BVAC) has designed the animated “Vinty” to promote its 39th Scottish Borders Historic Motoring Extravaganza at Thirlestane Castle on Sunday, June 5.

A spokesperson said: “The animated vintage car is being used to highlight the family-orientated nature of the event.”

Vinty (below) has his own website (, Facebook and Bebo pages and Twitter account, and anyone visiting his Facebook page can enter a competition to win a ride in a supercar on the day.

BVAC chairman Robin Wild said: “We’re really excited to have Vinty promoting this year’s Extravaganza. He really encapsulates how much fun the day is for the whole family.”

There will be about 1,000 vintage, classic and performance cars, military vehicles and motorbikes. Other attractions include the chance to ride in a classic car or supercar, seeing a Formula 1 car up close, face painting, steel band, craft fair and number plate treasure hunt.

The event will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar E-Type. There will be a large gathering of E-Types and former British car champion, John Cleland’s D-Type replica, along with modern Jaguars XK, XF and XJ.