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The weather was with us again as exhibitors and the visiting public enjoyed a beautiful sunny day at the 2007 Annual WITPG Show at Stornoway Airport, ensuring a great turn out and the best year to date!
Sandy Matheson, Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles and one of our foremost local historians, officially opened this year’s show.  Mr Matheson delivered an excellent opening speech, commending W.I.T.P.G. for the effort it had put into organising the event, in celebration of our motoring and transport heritage.
Best Light Van & Pickup winner at the 2007 Show was Woodys Express Parcels for their Citroen Relay, SG56 YUW.  Driver is  Murdo John MacKay.
 

 

Photographs from the 2007 WITPG Annual Show

 

 

Addressing the large crowd, Mr Matheson said: “I clearly remember the sense of satisfaction and pride, as well as the tremendous public interest which swept through our island, when in 2002 - a mere five years ago - no less than twenty-two vehicles resplendent in age, style and happy memories visited Lewis as part of the West Coast Road Run.

“And in 2005, when a specifically chartered preserved vintage coach toured the Western Isles, bringing 33 visitors, they had then gone on to become ambassadors for the Hebrides – islands which may be on the periphery geographically, but are at the very centre of hospitality.”

He went on to congratulate the Preservation Group for doing its bit in showing off the Hebrides as “….the island that likes to be visited”

Mr Matheson also presented some of the awards to winning exhibitors.

 

There was a good turnout of vehicles from the old to the new, as well as some unusual exhibits.  A number of local transport and plant contractors were out in force again, offering great fleet displays.  Among the main exhibitors were: D R Macleod; I A and C Maciver; Bardon Hebrides (formerly Aggregate Industries), and J A Mackenzie & Co.  Also on show were lorries from a number of small contractors, including a Volvo unit from Inverness owned by Donald Macritchie, of Macritchie Highland Distribution, who hails from Ness in Lewis.

We were once again pleased to see many island contractors exhibiting some fine examples of smaller sized lorries and vans, including for the first time a Mercedes Benz Atego 815 from Sandray Shellfish, Barra.  Stornoway Airport was also well represented with their fleet of emergency and site care vehicles, which featured a new addition this year: a snow-blower – an unusual truck for the Western Isles that might well suggest colder winters in the years ahead?

This year featured a new display of classic bicycles.  Exhibiting these were owners: Alex Dan Cycle Centre; Angus M Mackenzie (from North Tolsta); Donny Freddy (from Westview/Coll) and an unusual bicycle with a sidecar, owned by Alastair Winston (an article about this cycle may feature on the website in the future).  Motorbikes were also on show during the day.

John Maciver, J A Macleod and Ronnie Cameron showed classic old vehicle models in the marquee tents. Some of the model lorries were presented in the particular livery and colours used by the local contractors.    Also exhibiting in the marquee was a superb photographic display by Calum Maclennan that showed transport related images from the island over the years, which prompted much informed discussion by the visiting public.

Teas and refreshments, as well as the show’s much-savoured barbecue, were also available to keep everyone ‘fed and watered’.  The ever-popular Noddy train was busy once again this year - must have been the driver! Additionally, there was the bouncy castle, the bungee run and the mini quads.

The Classic Cars on show at the event provided a great demonstration of some of the models of vehicles that have been available over the decades.  Maybe next year organisers might arrange the cars in date order, to help demonstrate the changes in motorcar technology and style from the early years to the present day.

This year we had a good number of Massey Ferguson tractors on display, from the TEF to the Petrol/Paraffin.  MF was also well represented, particularly the 35, the 100 model and the new 4000 series, as well as a 3000.  Also on show was a 50 tonne crane owned by John MacIver & Sons and a Unihorse BSA single cylinder engine tractor, donated to the club by Roddy Murray, Inverness – many thanks to Roddy for his gift.

Thanks must be given to all the exhibitors who travelled from near and far and who put such a power of work into cleaning, polishing and getting their exhibit ready for the show.  Our grateful appreciation is also extended to the many helpers and supporters who gave their valuable time in the weeks leading up to the 2007 Show as well as on the event day itself 

Special thanks to Sandy Matheson, Lord Lieutenant of the Western Isles, for kindly agreeing to open the show and for his words of support and encouragement.   We are also very grateful to Highlands and Islands Airports Ltd (HIAL) for their support and the use of airport land to host the event. 

We look forward to meeting new and returning friends at the 2008 Annual Show.

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