Virtual Cars on the Campus 2020 – Show Report & Winners (Pt.1)

Virtual Cars on the Campus 2020  –  Show Report & Winners (Pt.1)
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It wasn’t the show anyone expected or wanted but it definitely turned out well in the end and judging by your feedback and the web traffic the day generated (almost 3 times as many visits as our previous busiest day, a real CotC and over 10 times as many visits as our normal daily numbers), we’re guessing that the Members, the Classic Car Community & the general public enjoyed it.

Heartfelt thanks for taking part and we sincerely hope that it helped alleviate the lockdown boredom and provided some relief as we all #StayAtHome.


Our day began with a few words from our esteemed Chairman as the vehicles got ready to ‘virtually park up’:

We were then lucky enough to be able to welcome over 100 vehicles and their owners to the virtual show with vehicles representing almost a century of motoring – owners from our own club and various other clubs around Scotland as well as proud owners bringing their vehicles ‘on their own’ but all of us together in the spirit of our shared hobby so public & enthusiasts alike could appreciate them in the comfort and safety of their own home.


Matthew Guy has brought this beaut along!

“This is my 1972 MGB GT that has been restored with only 5 thousand miles originally. The car is special as it was built in memory of my gran who passed away due to cancer . It certainly isn’t concourse however I think it’s still a nice mk1 mg. the reason the door handles are different as when the car came out of factory. Mk1 and mk2 bits were used so it makes it more a mk1.5”

Birthday Boy Brian Mabon is next in.

“This is my 1977 Triumph Stag.  What makes the car special for me are the cars looks, the sound of it and the ease of driving with power steering on a classic!”

Allan Wolstenholme is next to pull up in his gorgeous 1969 Lotus Elan S4 DHC.

“I’ve had it for 39 years, returned it to factory specification colour and it won ACCC Favourite Car Award at COTC in 2019.”

Here comes Ken Gordon in his 1997 Mitsuoka Viewt – Ken says:

“Our car is special to us as we inherited it from an old friend whom we knew for 47 years and sadly passed away.
We are very proud to be the new owners of this unique, fun and easy to drive vehicle.  Our car attracts a lot of interest when driven parked or attending shows. Without our car we would not have met so many wonderful friends through ACCC Meetings and outings.”

Great to have you as a Member Ken!

Now some American Muscle as James Stewart parks up his 1979 Chevrolet Camaro RS

“It’s fairly rare as there were only around 19000 produced in 1979.
Not in it’s original two tone, but then again, they don’t always have to be concourse to shine!”
You’re not wrong there James!

Here comes David Allan in a Classic Racer!

“This is my Wingfield Jaguar / D type recreation /1956

Why it’s so special to me:

In 1957 when I was around eleven or twelve years old  I went to my first motorsport event at Crimond, Aberdeenshire and racing there was a very young Jim Clark in the white Border Reivers D type TKF 9. The car had been raced the previous year by Henry Taylor former British Formula 3 champion who eventually also became a Grand Prix driver in the very early 1960s.

On Henry’s retirement from motorsport many years later he tried and failed to buy back TKF 9 and then commissioned Bryan Wingfield to recreate the car for him. This Bryan  did with all aluminium short nose D type body, dry sump 3.4 engine with D type cams and otherwise as identical as possible with the original car, right down to the white livery and Border Reiver statue stickers on the flanks. This car TNG 756 was owned and enjoyed by Henry Taylor in the south of France for nearly three decades before he sold it to a Swiss collector just a few years before his death.

When the car came up for sale again in the UK I was lucky enough to buy it and complete the circle!

The accompanying photo shows the car competing at the Bo’ness Revival a few years ago in the hands of my good friend David Barnett.”

Parked up next to Allan is Maureen Mroz in her 1986 Porsche 924S

“Hi folks….
Maureen Mroz here with….
My Marine Blue Porsche 924s, his birthday is 19th Sept 1986 and on a D – plate,  with the 2.5 litre 8v Porsche engine inside. It can produce around 165 bhp, a top speed of around 130, and has covered just under 115,000 mile to date, and after a chat with the 924 stand at Birmingham last Nov, found out he has is a rare model in this colour. 
I acquired him in Aug 2014, from a lovely wee man in Cupar, Fife, who got it from London, and had it 2 years as a hobby after losing his wife, and was happy to sell to us, as we didn’t just kick the tyres and ask “how fast does it go”
Bought for £1700, he had a lot of minor jobs done prior to us buying him, so a freshening of paintwork in Aug 2015 is all we’ve had to do. Numbers are now around 140 left from just under 17,000 made. Parker price guide is now around £3-5000.
The reason I love my 924 so much is how affordable he is to keep… Never needs washed, always has petrol, and has no bills like MOT & road tax….. But then there is this guy, with a red 944, who occasionally drives him too….. 
Enjoy the “show”, keep safe, and hopefully see you in a field somewhere soon
Maureen xx”

Keeping Maureen company is Gary Mroz with his Porsche – a 944S

“Ladies and gentlemen…
I’m Gary Mroz and…..
Here is my lovely Red Porsche 944 Ventilor,
First registered on 6th Jan 1987 on a D – plate, but couldn’t resist a private plate when I saw it.. GAZ 9440
2.5 litre 16v, 190 bhp, and a top speed of around 145mph, and still under 92,000 on the clock.
Bought in Oct 2012 in Morpeth, for £2650, paint freshened up in May 2013, and no major work needing done until March 2019, when sills were chopped out, replaced and paintwork freshened up again. Numbers on the road now around 175, from just under 13,000. Parkers price guide now around £10-12,000.
But the 1 thing no one told me about owning a classic car, as i found out when i got married in June 2018, is that they are like a wife….
They are beautiful things, but your hand is never out your pocket keeping them happy.
Hope you like the car, enjoy the “show”
And stay safe.

George & Margaret Frame are next in with the subject of a recent article on this website; the ‘Barn Find’ 1993 Rover 414SEi (In typical GF fashion, here’s a video instead of a picture!)

“This 1993 ROVER 414 SLi was a garage find , the old folk have passed away and the next door neighbour was clearing the house out for the family as they stayed the other side of London , I picked it up with the help of Towbar and his son and headed off to their workshop in Ayr , I say we got it going and got all work complete but most of this was done by the boys with me looking on and of course telling them what to do so it’s right,
It passed its MoT 100 per cent , if this was a real show  today this would be one of the nicest cars in that age group with only 17,450 on the clock as you can see it has the original spare tyre and the tools are still in their factory clear cover, these are the up to date photo’s and I did make a point of going back to the house last week to take a photo with the car outside looking 100 per cent , hope the judging goes well and it would be nice if we were all winners”

Here’s a real treat for 80’s car enthusiasts – David Seditas in his BMW E21.  David says:

“This is my 1981 BMW E21.
Quite a rare car now and in good condition for age.   A high spec car for the 1980’s”

Keeping it in the family, Lawrence Seditas is next up in his cracking 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint.

“It’s one of 1500 sprints, not many left now.
Mine has been fully restored to its original spec.   Many good miles left in it yet.”

Taking advantage of the ‘virtual’ nature of the show, Reg Donald was able to show up driving more than one classic – What’s first Reg?

“Hi, My favourite 80’s car – the Audi UR Quattro, had a test drive at Ingram of Ayr on the very first demo LHD car they had. No chance of buying it, at that time by the way, but blagged my way to a test drive.
Had two second hand 10 “valver’ cars in the late 80’s. Then in ’91 bought this – one year old at the time, a rare 20 v Quattro. Took some finding at the time.
My Son in Law was actually in it as a lad before I bought the car. His next door neighbour in East Kilbride owned the car from new.
Now has 50K on the clock and has had new suspension and tyres. Thought I should get them when the guy at Abbosintch Tyres said he was not born when the old ones were made!! I have the original wheels but managed to get a set of Spit Rim BBS wheels from a local guy, they are now very rare I believe.
Good investment as a great condition car has gone up in value, indeed a Classic!!”

Hot on the Quattro’s heels comes Reg Donald in his 1971 Lotus Europa

“When I was 17 in the late 60’s my dream car was a Lotus Europa. Went to look at the car in Doonfoot Garage whenever I was in the area. Drove Mini’s in them days.
Always said I would get one (as most members probably said about their cars at some point before they got their Classic car)
Bought in London In the late 80’s from original owner, as a non complete rebuild and finished over a few years.
Engine rebuild by Lawrence Seditas and Maintained by him ever since. Going really well and less than 100 on the road now.”

Brian Wood brings us up to date with his Porsche 987 Boxster Spyder

“It’s an iconic shape harking back to the original 550.
This is one of only 2 red examples in Scotland and of only around 24 in red in the UK. Only 225 were sold in the UK in total – A future classic!”

John Malcolm is pulling into the Campus with some cars and some stories!

“1974 Jaguar 4.2 XJ6 Series 2 swb
Bought in 1993 from Ardneil Garage in Troon for £1,100, as a trade-in with no guarantee, 24,000mls, 1 elderly owner (a heavy smoker).
I was in the process of converting a couple of barns and after fitting a towbar, used it as a builder’s hack to tow a trailer to and from work.
The auto gearbox blew oil out its filler and it caught fire underneath the bonnet; so acrap it?  No, because I just loved driving it so much.
Luckily, promotion saw me driving a 1989 Honda Legend, so I was now in a position to restore the Jag at my leisure in my new spacious garage.
New sills, front and rear valances, quarter panels, strip back to bare metal, repair autobox, refurb interior, refurb engine bay and 9 coats of cellulose.
New seatbelts, tool kit, refurb wheels, fit door mirrors etc.  Underneath was very fresh and still had original labels and door bottoms had been done.
New tyres and exhaust fitted, we headed to Chamonix in it, for 3 weeks, with the kids and a Coleman hardtop camper trailer in tow.  2,500mls at 19mpg.
After the car had basked in sunshine, I burnished the paintwork.  The best comment I got was from a paintsprayer who assured me the paint was original.
I joined the JEC and had some great travels with like minded enthusiasts all over Scotland.  The car was on the stand at Ingliston indoor show and many others.
We used it for 5 family trips into France and the biggest problem was it had no aircon fitted.  I have photos somewhere of my daughter hugging it the best she can.
It is in many holiday snaps, from lakes to glaciers, to beaches and many campsites.  Jaguars have been the most reliable and dependable cars that I’ve owned.
I can’t recall why I sold it but 3 Irishmen came to view it.  I opened the garage door, went to get the car keys and they handed me the full price on my return.
I said: “But you haven’t seen the inside, boot, engine, underneath or driven it”.  I guided them to a petrol station.  The Jag refused to start after filling up!”

Here’s John Malcolm again with another machine to display:

“1987 Suzuki Samuri SJ413
A friend spotted this vehicle sitting in a garden in Glasgow and noticed it hadn’t moved for many years.
He secured it and sold it to me and another friend and we decided to do it as a rolling project in the summer.
We had use of storage at a nearby farm south of Ayr on the coast, with access to the Carrick Hills for off-roading.
New tyres, timing belt, service items and a full inspection and overhaul recommissioned the jeep for road use.
It’s previous doctor owner had it from new in Germany, so it was LHD and she had brought it over to the UK.
However, the battery kept on going flat and she couldn’t get a replacement alternator, so left it sitting.
The alternator was fine.  All it needed was a new batttery!
We had more fun with this thing you can imagine.  It’s capability of plowing through deep snow and climbing up
the steepest of slopes and being LHD put smiles on our faces and it exuded a friendly wee character.  Loved it.
The farm changed hands and we lost the storage space and we sold it to a Polish guy to give to his daughter.”

Alistair Stirling is parking up his Land Rover and wants to share a few words about it:

“This is my 1961 Series 2 Land Rover which I’ve owned since 1972. It was my everyday vehicle till 1991. I also used it to go hill walking with friends and for off road events. The black and white picture shows it at the Sloy Dam above Loch Lomond with me bending over the map.  The second picture is at Inveruglas Power Station to which the dam supplies water. My Land Rover is at the right end of the shot.
I put it off the road in 1991 for a quick restoration which was a bit “Off/On” so it didn’t emerge again till Oct 2016 !

I take it to shows but still use it for off road trips and it performs as well as any modern Land Rover.”

John Malcolm is back again with another vehicle for us – A modified Range Rover with a tale to tell.

“1972 Range Rover 2.8 litre turbo diesel Daihatsu, Bobtail

A friend of mine had asked me to accompany him to view a restored MGB GT with a Rover V8 conversion.
He ended up purchasing it, whilst I took an interest in an old Range Rover languishing outside the garage.
The seller was suffering from cancer and keen to reduce his projects and concentrate of his Harley Davidsons.
Over time, we became acquainted and he persisted that I buy the Range Rover from him, which my friend and I did.
He had done all the hard work of shortening it to a Bobtail pickup, welding underneath and had the suspension parts.

We spent the winter restoring it; 4 coats buildup applied by brush, flatted then by roller in a matt finish, Range Rover colour.
There was no wiring to the rear, no pickup bed, no exhaust, no interior except for dashboard and the turbo was knackered.
We both felt heartened that we had finished the project for him and it proved to be the best off-roader to tackle Drumclog.”

Permit me to get all misty-eyed as Bobby Graham drives up in a vehicle from my childhood.
Tell us all about it Bobby!

“AEC Reliance, Plaxton Supreme,1976

I started my career as a coach driver, with Clyde Coast.
My 1st allocated coach was the same as the one representing the firm today,
I carried out a 5 year restoration on the vehicle, as a memorial to Clyde Coast where I worked for over 20 years, the company closed in 2010 after 85 years serving Ayrshire.”

George Frame is pulling up in his 1966 Sunbeam Alpine and in typical George fashion, here’s another video 😉

Here’s Bill McIntosh with his 1987 BMC Mini Advantage.

“What makes it special for me?: Son and daughter learned to drive in her, couldn’t part with it now, fun to drive, parking easy”

How many of us learned in a Mini ?
Must be loads!

We’re back with a pot of tea, some biscuits and another Mini that Iain Howie brought!!

“1999 Mini 1.3i
Owned her for 9 years, she was restored in 2015 and used as our wedding car in 2016.”

Eddie Brown has brought along a Triumph with a tale!

“My entry is my Triumph Herald 13/60 convertible first registered in 1970.

My first ever car was a 1966 Triumph Vitesse convertible GRU 231D which I bought in 1975 as a 21 Yr old for £150.  The car had seen better days and you needed to hold the steering wheel to the right to keep it in a straight line and when turning left it took a full revolutionof the steering wheel before the steering gear engaged.  On acceleration the backend stepped out and stepped back in when slowing down.  The straight 6, 2l engine was fantastic and could pull away in 4th gear.  I had lots of fun with the car and always promised myself to get another.

To my surprise when I retired my wife agreed.  So in 2018 I set about finding a suitable car.  Decent Vitesses were in short supply, expensive and snapped up as soon as they came on the market, so I started looking at Triumph Heralds.

In July 2018 I came across BPJ 980H for sale in Kent.  Finished in Valencia blue and recently restored it appeared to fit the bill.  My wife and I flew down to Southend and caught a taxi to Maidenhead in Kent to view the car and having gone to all that trouble decided it would be a shame not to buy it.  As it was going to cost an additional £1,000 to transport it back to Ayr we decided we would drive it home.  So at 4.00pm on a Friday in the middle of rush hour we found ourselves on the M25 going through the Dartford tunnel, with no satnav, radio or even a bottle of water (remember this was the heat wave of July 2018).

On the first day we stopped over near Stanstead having experienced no problems.  On Saturday we set of up the A1(M) heading for pre-booked accommodation in Catterick. During the journey we started experiencing fuel flow problems and had to keep my foot on the accelator and slip the clutch when slowing down to keep the engine from cutting out.  Any time we stopped we had to leave the car for about an hour before it would start again.  Eventually we limped into Caterick. 

Next morning the car started on the first turn of the key and we set off on the last leg of the journey.  However I had to stop to refuel and could not get the engine started again.  Fortunately we had taken out Green Flag insurance and called them out.  After a 2 hour wait Greenflag arrived and adjusted the carburettor and throttle settings and set us on our way.  What a difference the car behaved,  no more slipping the clutch to keep the revs up.  Sun splitting the sky, hood down, wind in our hair and on the picturesque A66, what could be better?… Until bang!   Rattling and grinding…something was amiss.  We pulled in to a layby to check it out.  Knowing absolutely very little about the workings of the internal combustion engine we added some oil and set off again.  This time we got less than100 yards and had to pull in to a farm roadend.  Something was seriously wrong and we were going no further.  Time to call Greenflag again and another 2 hour wait.  Fortunately the farmer’s wife noticed our plight on her way to the local village.  My wife went with her to the village and got some food and water to keep us going.  On her return we were loaned a couple of deckchairs and settled down with the Sunday papers to await Greenflag.  Peter arrived eventually in a lowloader, cranked the engine and informed us that he would be taking us home.  So off we set for the third time that day with the Triumph on the back and Peter as our chauffeur.

Turned out that the crank had broken, so with a reconditioned crank, engine rebore and new pistons I eventually got the car back in mid September and an additional £1400 out of pocket. 

Despite the adventure of getting it here (or because of it) the car means a lot to us.  For me it takes me back to my youth and the start of my car ownership and as a family it is a good source of fun.  It also had a supporting role at my daughter’s wedding in September. 

Our plan this year was to attend all the club outings that we could, but for now we are stuck with using it on our essential shopping trips.  Hopefully we may get to show it before the season ends. 

Eddie Brown”

Robin Mitchell has pulled up in his ‘well kent’ MGB GT

“Robin Mitchell – MGB  GT 1973
I have owned this car from 1980 .The car has been on the road most of the time ,it’s has covered 89000 miles”

And we’re back to the ’50’s with Des Wright:

My Name: Des Wright
My vehicle Make / Model / Year: Austin/ A30 seven/1955
Why it’s so special to me: It the first car I can remember my grandad had.”

Andrew Gorrie brings two cars along to our virtual show:

“Hi, please see attached photos of my two cars. Hope this is ok. (Of course it it!)

My Name:  Andrew Gorrie

GBS Zero 2018

Why it’s so special to me: Because I built it myself (with some great help from some local gurus).

Abarth Punto Evo Supersport 2013

Why it’s so special to me: Always wanted a Abarth Strada / Ritmo or an Uno Turbo ‘when ah were a lad’ and never quite got there, so I’m kinda catching up with the successor.

Thanks for organising this, hope you are all staying safe and well.”

The pleasure is all ours Andrew!

Now for a car that has me screaming ‘why did I sell mine?’ – Take it away Brian McKenna

My Name:  Brian McKenna
My vehicle Make / Model / Year: Ford Mondeo 1995
Why it’s so special to me: Makes me happy when I drive it 

Mmmm – Love these!  Tell us what you’ve brought Simon Godfrey!

My Name:  Simon Godfrey

My vehicle Make / Model / Year:  MG  TF      2003
Why it’s so special to me:  MG is a British institution, the TF was the last two seater sports car produced by this marque.

My TF has a 1.6 K series engine and OAS number 129 out of 524 of this variant produced in eye catching trophy yellow.
A great practical ‘modern classic’ which puts a smile on my face every time I take it out.
Why is it called a TF? It’s Terrific Fun

John Ferrier catches the spirit of the day with his entry:

Here is my entry in tribute to the NHS!
This is my :  Morris Eight Series E  4 Door Saloon
1948 ( the same year the NHS was established)
This is a genuine 3 owner,although only 2 have driven it!
Purchased new in 1948 by an Essex smallholder it was sparingly used until put off the road in 1965 with under 25000 miles on the clock. It was eventually purchased at auction by its second owner in 1985, taken apart but never re-assembled…
I eventually purchased the car via the Morris Register Newsletter in 1991 and the car was re-assembled and restored. It has been used sparingly and the 72 year old car has still only 29000 miles under her wheels.
She is entered as a tribute to the 72 year old NHS and  the staff who have served the British public and particularly those who are currently on the frontline of the battle against the Covid 19 virus.
John Ferrier

Hugh Donachie next with another favourite of mine (I know, too many favourites):

My vehicle Make / Model / Year:  Jaguar XK8 convertible
Why it’s so special to me:  For me it’s the shape. When I first saw one in 1997 out on the road I was instantly smitten and followed it all the way to it’s destination!
I became an XK8 stalker making a list of my sightings and locations those encountered.  This passion for model remains today especially when driving it in great comfort and contentedness.

Here comes a real classic by any definition of the word – Tell us all about it Douglas Taylor

My Name:
Douglas J Taylor

My vehicle Make / Model / Year: Aston Martin, 15/98 LWB, 1937
Why it’s so special to me: I already own a modern 2002 Aston Martin V12 Vantage Volante and I always wanted a special pre-war car and the 15/98 came to my attention and just thought “what a wonderful car”. The photographs were taken the day I bought it and last weekend before a short run.

Can I hear the burble of a V8 pulling in? It’s Malcolm Mearns

Malcolm Mearns – MG BGT V8 1974

I have owned this car for 35 years, after having previously owned an MGB roadster and 2 GTs , When I first came across a V8 it became an obsession to own one. I eventually found this one and have been enjoying it ever since .

Here’s Scott Sinclair in a modern classic and one of the best selling cars of all time:

Hello everyone,
Name: Scott Sinclair
Car: 1994 Eunos Roadster 1.6 Japanese import
I have owned the car for 2 years now, the car was originally imported in late 2004.
Being a Japanese import it has the 115 bhp 1.6 engine, the rear of the car has a smaller number plate panel which is different to the European market car. The car also has rare eunos embossed black leather seats which were an option in Japan.
I my ownership I have upgraded to larger & lighter 15” wheels and added a cold air intake system to help the car breathe better. I have also been busy over the lockdown rust proofing the car as the Japanese market cars have very little corrosion protection from the factory.
Looking forward to enjoying getting back out on the road as soon it’s safe to do so.

Its time for lunch! – We’ll be back with the second half of the show and the winners very soon!


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