4th September 2022
Scottish Torque Show
BROOMHALL HOUSE HOSTS SCOTTISH TORQUE SHOW IN SUPPORT OF LEADING RAF CHARITY
More than 100 supercars were on display at the Scottish Torque Show this weekend, hosted in the grounds of the historic Broomhall House Estate in Dunfermline. The event commemorated the 81st anniversary of the Battle of Britain while raising money for the RAF Benevolent Fund, the RAF’s leading welfare charity.
Lord Bruce hosted the event, which included Jim Clark's personal Lotus Elan and Colin McRae's famous championship Subaru rally car, at the ancestral home of the Bruce family on Sunday. Guests were treated to static and aerial aircraft activity, including the Pitts Special display and a Spitfire fly through, and performances from the RAF Police Dogs display team.
Charles Bruce said: "It was a pleasure to once again host the RAF Benevolent Fund here at Broomhall House. As a family with strong connections to the Armed Forces, we understand the importance of the Fund's work for both serving personnel and veterans. Following the success of 2018 and 2019's events, and the unfortunate cancellation of last year's show, I'm thrilled that we could put on such a wonderful show featuring more cars, aircraft and displays than ever before.
The event was organised by Mark Ryan, founder of Driving Scotland, and Stuart Gray of Knockhill Racing Circuit alongside Lord Bruce and fellow committee members John Young and Ian Muckett. The show formed part of an exciting weekend of activities which also included a black tie gala dinner and charity auction on Saturday evening, raising more than £30,000 in total for the RAF Benevolent Fund.
Gavin Davey, Area Director at the RAF Benevolent Fund, said: "I'd like to thank Lord Bruce for his generosity hosting the Scottish Torque Show here at Broomhall House. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on many members of the RAF Family here in Scotland, and the funds raised this weekend will help to ensure the Fund’s continued support for Royal Air Force veterans and personnel alike."
Last year, the team behind Broomhall House won the title of Fundraising Team of the Year at the RAF Benevolent Fund's Annual Awards. Their efforts have enabled the Fund to continue supporting members of the RAF Family throughout Scotland, where the charity spent more than £1.7million supporting beneficiaries in 2019 alone.
This event will again be held in the grounds of Broomhall House in Fife. This is the ancestral home of the Bruce family and Lord Bruce has graciously allowed for us to use the grounds of this wonderful house for the event again this year.
The format of the show will be largely similar to what we had lined up for 2021. There will be display parking for both clubs and individuals on the day. This will be a private and strictly 'Invitation Only' event with no members of the public being allowed to enter on the day.
The cost of entry for the event remains the same as 2021 at £25 for an individual car and driver. Any passenger over the age of 16 years of age would pay £10 on top of this.
As in 2020 the Scottish Torque Show will be raising well needed funds for our wonderful RAF Benevolent Fund who continue to support veterans and serving members of the RAF and their families.
At this early stage we have already secured some of the following attractions that will be on site all day at the event.
- Two Rolls Royce Merlin engines ( The engine that won a war) Both Merlin engines will be started and running at various times throughout the day. PLUS - Auction prize high bidders will be able to sit behind and start up and run the engines. Bids accepted to be able to sit behind and start these engines anytime leading up to the show.
- Supermarine Spitfire - Full sized replica displayed in the grounds with photo opportunities in the cockpit during the day.
- Historic Military vehicles
- RAF musicians/band
- The wonderful 'McAndrew Sisters' singing era appropriate songs.
- A display of Scottish motor sport legends cars, including Jim Clark's personal Lotus Elan and Colin McRae's famous championship Subaru rally car.
- Some flying activity overhead - weather permitting which we hope will include a 75% scale Spitfire in authentic RAF colours.
On the day there will be much more for everyone to enjoy and a full itinerary will eventually be made available nearer the time.
AT THIS STAGE THERE IS STILL A LITTLE UNCERTAINTY IF THERE WILL BE ANY RESTRICTIONS ON NUMBERS ALLOWED TO ATTEND AN OPEN AIR EVENT IN SCOTLAND.
RAF BENEVOLENT FUND DINNER - Saturday 4th September 2022
Details for the RAF Benevolent Fund dinner will be released in the weeks to come by the RAF Benevolent Fund to me. I can however promise you a truly unique and hugely enjoyable evening. There will be guest speakers from the RAF with some inspiring and humbling stories. On top of this we are working to get a guest speaker from the world of motorsport to appeal as well to the petrol heads amongst us.
The theme for this years RAF Dinner is the story behind the two Scottish Spitfire Squadrons that took part in the first ever aerial combat of WW2. This took place on the 7th December 1939 in the skies directly above the Forth Rail Bridge. This exact spot being within a few hundred metres of where our dinner function will be held. It involved Spitfires from 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron and 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron. On the evening there will be relatives of the very pilots that took part in this action where they shot down one and damaged another of the attacking German bombers.
As if this is not appetising enough, the RAF are working on some very unique auction prizes. They are likely to include a VIP visit to RAF Scampton and be treated to a private tour of our world renowned RAF Red Arrows. They are also working on a private and behind the ropes tour of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight aircraft at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. This is where you get close up and personal to famous RAF aircraft such as Spitfires, Hurricanes and Lancaster bomber. I can attest to just how truly amazing this visit can be and has you in awe of what our wonderful RAF has done in the past and continues to do to this day.
If anyone would like to attend this dinner on the Saturday evening, ahead of the Torque Show or book tickets for the event, please get in touch with Stephen Hall, email@example.com