The car is now essentially complete mechanically, and ready for the paintshop, final details such as the hood and radiator badge will be fitted after painting. Discussions with Fiona Armstrong, Lord Lieutenant of Dumfries, in her role as President of the 2020/21 Royal Highland Agricultural Show regarding displaying the finished Skeoch at the RHAS in June 2021 are positive, and in her role as a television journalist, Fiona spent several hours filming in Dalbeattie and Palnackie for a Border Life piece on Shed life during Covid lockdown. The film is planned to broadcast on ITV Border in November.
The Skeoch cycle car project
The Dalbeattie Men's Shed's signature project. We recreated a cycle car, that was built in Dalbeattie over 100 years ago from a handful of parts and some of the original plans.Displaying 31 - 38 of 38
With the Skeoch now ready for paint, it has been loaded into our display trailer where it sits waiting for space in the paintshop. Meanwhile thoughts turn to post completion displays as our original plan to unveil the Skeoch at the 2021 Scottish Motor Show [100 years after its first exhibition] has, like Burns said of many plans, “gang aft agley”. Even without the restrictions of lockdown the Scottish Motor Show has not run for several years and is not planned for 2021 too.
After 16 months closed The Shed was re-opened on Monday 5th July with restricted numbers attending, under protocols compliant with Covid Protection Level 1.
Following the successful exhibition of the Skeoch car in Dalbeattie and points west in July, in August the car exhibits were to the east. On Saturday 28th August we were invited to exhibit the car at Annandale Distillery. This event was particularly poignant because Fiona Sinclair had arranged the visit with Professor David Thomson to allow the car to be driven around his distillery, and by bringing her parents to the event we achieved one of the principal project milestones – drive the Skeoch with Betty Sinclair, daughter the original Skeoch designer and builder, as passenger.