For the first time on its own and under its own steam the Selkirk Vintage, Veteran, Classic Car and Steam Rally at Sunderland Hall on the outskirts of the town of Selkirk set a high standard on Sunday as nearly 1,800 entries battled for awards in the September sun.
The rally, begun in 1993 under the auspices of the Ettrick and Lauderdale District Council, has come a long way from its humble beginnings with 80 entries in a small field behind the main stand of the Selkirk Rugby Club.
That field now houses Yarrow Park, the home of Selkirk Association Football Club a second pitch for Selkirk Victoria and a spare rugby pitch and it was fitting on Sunday that the rugby club provided some of the staff who manned the car parks.
In the main arena the huge entry started off in the Classic fields in mid-morning and at the prize-giving it was a 1926 Austin 20 Landaulette owned by David Mill from Kinfauns in Perthshire which took the title "Best in Show" and he was presented with his trophy by Lord David Steel the patron of the show.
If the show started with a bang with so many vehicles in the ring then it ended with an even louder noise as not one but two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, used to power the Battle of Britain Spitfires were fired up alongside an Aveline engine used in a Second World War Sea Prince plane used by the Royal Navy.
There was a distinct commemoration of the war in this twelfth year of the show, coinciding as it did with the 60th anniversary of VE-Day and compere Kenneth Gunn led a minute's silence in memory of the fallen as the biggest yet display of classic military vehicles paraded at Sunderland Hall.
For Mike Povey, the chairman of the new trust now running the show, Sunday was a triumph and the end of a hectic nine months since Scottish Borders Council announced they were pulling out of events. It was a fitting gesture that the convener of SBC, Alister Hutton, performed the opening ceremony.
Next year's show is already at the planning stage and an entry form is included in the rally's web page at: www.selkirkrally.co.uk