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Saturday 14th August 2004
Stornoway Airport

A motoring extravaganza on the Isle of Lewis that featured a wide range of commercial and agricultural vehicles.

Wall to wall sunshine and temperatures in the 80s helped make this a memorable event for the 1,500 visitors who came along to the Western Isles Transport Preservation Group’s Annual show on Saturday 16 August.
Held at Stornoway Airport by kind permission of Highlands & Islands Airports Ltd, this years display included vintage and modern trucks, buses and coaches, tractors and plant, emergency vehicles, vintage and modern vans and classic cars.
The show was opened by local councillor Keith Dodson, himself a keen vehicle enthusiast.
An event for all the family, the bouncy castle and Noddy train were appreciated by the very young –while the slightly older visitors enjoyed the digger driving, archery and bungee runs, as well as the barbecue and the excellent home baking that was also on offer.
This year’s treats included a display by the Fire Brigade, who demonstrated how they remove people from a trapped car.  Also the line dancers were out in force, and Isles FM broadcasted live from the event.  There was also a special guest appearance by Jim Beresford and Peter Midgley, who had travelled 657 miles from Yorkshire with their Foden and Albion to be at the event.
The day offered an excellent standard of transport and local hauliers made a huge effort with their vehicles, as did the drivers.


Aerial view of 2004 WITPG Fun Day at Stornoway Airport. 
Photo courtesy of Bristow's Stornoway Coastguard Rescue crew.

WITPG is delighted with the high turnout and perfect weather conditions at Stornoway Airport.  The organisors would like to thank everyone who helped make this year's event complete, and plans are already well underway for the 2005 Motoring Fun Day.
 

Some of the prizewinners and vehicles that were on show at this year's event

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The Best Working Truck Trophy (sponsored by Volvo Bus & Coach Scotland) went to William MacKenzie (Contractors) Ltd, 5 Laxay, Lochs with their impressivre Volvo FL7 six wheel tipper, registration number P410 TSU.  The Trophy was presented to driver Ian MacLeod by Roddy J. Mac Donald, Chairman of the Western Isles Transport Preservation Group.
[Photo: Rod Huckbody, Stornoway Gazette]

     
 

William Mackenzie’s Volvo FL7.

     
 

Best Vehicle Livery (sponsored by Dingbro, Inverness) was won by D.R. MacLeod’s Volvo FH 12 and tar tanker, registration number SY52 TVE, driven by Steven MacLeod.  The trophy was presented by Ian Smith.
[Photo: Rod Huckbody: Stornoway Gazette]

     
  D.R. MacLeod’s  Volvo FH 12 and tar tanker.
     
 

Best Van or Pickup (sponsored by Norscot, Inverness), won by Roddy Murray, Newmarket, Stornoway with his 1950 Fordson 5cwt. Van.
The trophy was presented by Councilor Keith Dodson
[Photo: Rod Huckbody, Stornoway Gazette]

     
  Roddy Murray’s 1950 Fordson van, registration number JVS 508.
     
 

Best Item of Plant (sponsored by Scot JCB, Muir of Ord )

Won by John MacIver & Sons (am Peel) with a mobile crane, registration number N786 SFH.
Iain MacIver, pictured on the left, is being presented with the winning trophy by Donald Stewart, who judged this category.

     
 

Best Bus or Coach (sponsored by Murdo Morrison, Glasgow and Harris)

Murdo Morrison (pictured left) presents the cup to Malcolm MacRitchie, from Tolsta, who accepted the trophy on behalf of MacLennan Coaches.  Dennis Coach, registration number M259 OKN.

     
 

Best Tractor (sponsored by CampMuir, Inverurie) was won by Roddy J. MacDonald, 118 Cross Skigersta Road, Ness with his 1961 Massey Ferguson 35, registration number TWG 70.

     
  Some of the exhibits on the plant stand included a Bedford TM 6x6 snow plough and gritter owned by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (local authority); a JCB 3CX owned by Angus MacKay & Sons, 60 Coll, Back; and an impressive Volvo loading shovel owned by Aggregate Industries, Marybank Quarry.
 

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