Castle hosts classic car festival

Motoring fans from across the UK will be heading for South Ayrshire this weekend for the first annual international heritage motoring festival to be held at Culzean Castle.

Some 50 automobile clubs will be represented at the Culzean Autoclassica, with around 400 vehicles and exhibitors taking part on Saturday and building up to 700 for the main event on Sunday.

Vehicles on show will range from an 1899 De Dion Bouton through to brand new high performance and super cars from the likes of Ferrari, Aston Martin and Jaguar.

There will also be a number of classic motor sports and race vehicles taking part in driving demonstrations and convoy drives around the estate, allowing visitors to view and hear the vehicles in motion. Included in the paddock line-up will be an F3 Van Diemen once driven by Ayrton Senna and James Hunt's Hesketh.

Visitors are being invited to get into the spirit of things, with spot prizes being awarded over the weekend to the best retro dressed entrants and visitors.

Other attractions include a Soap Box Grand Prix, a Concours d'Elegance, fashion shows and live 1950s-style music and dancing to entertain visitors relaxing in the castle's courtyard.

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