Cars on the Campus – Show Report

What a day it was!

Easily our biggest Cars on the Campus yet and without doubt our busiest with well over 300 vehicles displaying on the day, Autojumble stalls, Car Memorabilia stalls, Food & Drink, Alloy Refurbishment, Detailing Product Suppliers and much more (not to mention a parade of vehicles round Kilmarnock to commemorate the Coronation Holiday Weekend)

We have to thank our wonderful sponsors and visiting classic clubs and owners, without who we could not put on this annual show and keep it free for the public to enjoy.

Our show is obviously popular with Vintage, Classic, Retro, Modded & Modern vehicle enthusiasts but we always aim to spread the word on our hobby with those who may not have previously been aware of it and to enthuse the younger generations who will hopefully be the next custodians of these vehicles and keep them & their history alive.

If you didn’t manage to pick up our free show booklet on the day, you can view a pdf of it by clicking on the image – please support those generous local businesses who have supported us so well.


We were also delighted to welcome along representatives from two fabulous local charities, The Ayrshire Hospice & Street Pastors to present them with cheques for funds we’ve raised for them.

The Ayrshire Hospice provides specialist palliative care and services to people affected by life-limiting illness across Ayrshire.

Care is provided where there is no cure for the condition, but which improves the quality of each day for people who have a limited time to live.

Ayrshire Hospice were the chosen recipients of the funds raised from our Christmas Charity evening with the club matching the donations / proceeds received at the event to make up the £720 total.

Street Pastors are a mult-denominational organisation committed to improving community welfare on the streets, reducing conflict & violence and connecting with those who are sleeping rough or just in need of a friendly chat.

Street Pastors were the chosen charity of the ladies who run the tea & coffee ‘stall’ at our club meetings where members donate £1 for a cuppa & biscuit / cake with the profits going to a nominated cause which made the £250 total.

To learn more about the vital work they both do, click on their names to visit their respective websites.

We hope all who attended enjoyed the show and found the experience to be a welcoming and worthwhile one but we certainly don’t always get it right 100% of the time and have to sincerely apologise to a disabled gentleman who was turned away from the show as the existing disabled spaces were occupied.  We have always had a policy of finding a space somehow for any disabled visitor to the show, even when the existing spaces on-campus are filled but our steward was not aware of this.  We have been in touch with the gentleman concerned and offered a full apology.  As mentioned previously, this was easily the busiest Cars on the Campus we’ve ever had and we’ll be reviewing how we operate it moving forward.

We were delighted that our ‘Rock n Roll Provost’, Jim Todd was able to attend and enjoy the show again this year as well as present the prizes to our winners.  It was great to see him looking so well and we thank him for his continued support.

We generally don’t have what you’d call ‘Concourse Judging’ as we like the show to have a friendly and not too formal air about it but we do award some prizes and these are listed below:

Car of the Show

Terry Lloyd’s stunning Gold 1977 Ford Granada Ghia attracted a lot of attention on the day and more than one ‘My Dad had one of those‘ comments.  No expense was spared in its restoration and it shows just over 60,000 miles over its 46 year history – a real credit to Terry and our show winner this year!


Ayrshire Classics Choice

A rather familiar car & driver was chosen as this years ACCC choice – A lovely Racing Green 1970 Mk2 MGB Roadster with quite a history belonging to our rather surprised Chairman, Francis Fisher. It has enjoyed quite a few modifications over the time Francis & Sandra have owned it, the most recent being a power steering conversion completed just in time for it’s appearance at Cars on the Campus!


The Provost’s Cup

Each year the Provost chooses his favourite vehicle of the show and it’s invariably a cracker.  This year Jim chose a pristine 1964 Triumph Herald Coupe belonging to Keith Dewhurst.  An expertly executed family restoration, this was certainly the best example of a Herald Coupe we’ve seen and a worthy winner amongst 300+ worthy winners!


Presentation to Provost Jim Todd

It goes without saying that we’re always grateful & delighted to see the Provost at Cars on the Campus and anyone local will know of the great work that Jim and his team constantly do, so we thought we’d thank him for not only his attendance, help & support this year but in many previous years.  Thank you Jim !

Finally, our thanks go to everyone who came along on the day and enjoyed the spectacle – The show is nothing without the general public and we do it for you all.

As always, there’s a video of the day below for your enjoyment – We’ve added chapters to this one so you can jump to your favourite part if you don’t want to watch it all:

If you enjoyed that one, there’s a video of the Triumph Centenary Show & Historic Hill Climb at Doune below as well:


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