Out and about in Scotland

I have enjoyed a great few months being out and about in Scotland with my wee car.  This year my boyfriend Derek has finished his ‘freshen up’ of his 1971 Fiat 500 Giardiniera so he was able to join me at some events with his own car. Our first outing together was over the Easter bank holiday weekend where we decided to have a run around Stirlingshire and the Trossachs. It was lovely weather and we covered a lot of miles in the cars just driving about and turning a lot of heads when we passed through the towns and villages.  

Our first car show outing was to Bridge of Allan near Stirling. It was a brilliant day out with over 600 cars on display and the sun was out all day, perfect car show weather. It was also nice to meet Paul and his family who is also a club member and decided to visit the show. It was good to have a chat to him and see some photos of his 500. Derek’s car was awarded runner up in best of show which was a lovely surprise as there were so many cars on show. 

Our next trip was to the Scottish Italian day at Hopetoun House near Edinburgh. Unfortunately, the weather was not too good as we woke to grey skies and pouring of rain nevertheless, we decided to head to the show as we are used to the rain!  I was also taking along my Abarth 595 (every day car) as the show was open to all Italian cars regardless of age.  Despite the weather there was a good turnout of cars, we were the only two classic 500’s along with lots of modern Fiats, Alfa Romeo’s and a collection of Italian supercars. It was also good to meet with another club member, Mike and his wife and see photos of their 500.  It rained for most of the day but still had a great time out in the cars.

In June we had a busy few weekends with the cars and covering a lot of miles, including a 120-mile round trip to Lauder in the Scottish Boarders (where it rained) and then up to Tayside to a car show at Errol, then to Dunfermline in Fife. There has been a lot of interest shown by the public for Derek’s car as you don’t see a lot of Giardinieras in Scotland, and he has won a few prizes at the events we have been to.

We have got a few events that we are attending over the next few months with the cars so hopefully we will get some good weather.

                                                                     Shona Campbell