Forres Theme Day

A journey back through 100 years of motoring

Next event: 5 May 2024
Venue: Grant Park, Forres

This established annual event showcases vintage, veteran, and classic vehicles and is one of the largest such events in the area attracting a variety of exhibits including cars, vans, lorries, motorcycles, and steam-operated machines. It’s also the first of the season for many exhibitors, so it’s a good chance for them to get their vehicles out of storage!

Entry to spectators is free. Around 250 entries are expected, and it promises to be a fun day for all the family with stalls, food vendors, and plenty of picnic spots!

It is traditionally held on the Sunday before the Spring Bank Holiday in early May.

Chair of the Vintage Vehicle Theme Day, Robbie Paterson, said: “It really is something to see all the vintage cars on display in Grant Park while enjoying all the food stalls and entertainment on offer.

“The addition of the pipe bands this year will certainly move the event up a gear.

“Thousands of people came along to last year’s Vintage Vehicle Theme Day and, along with our sponsors Benromach, we’re expecting this year to be even bigger and better.”

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Typical programme of events

  • 9am to 12:30pm – Vehicles assemble in Grant Park
  • 10am to 2pm – Judging
  • 12:30pm – Programme of musical events
  • 4:30pm – Announcement of cup winners and prize-giving; winners’ parade
  • A selection of side shows and stands will be on-site throughout the day.


  • Class 1 – Veteran and vintage, pre-1931
  • Class 2 – Post-vintage cars, 1931 to 1944
  • Class 3 Post-war cars, 1945 to 1959
  • Class 4 – Early classic cars, 1960 to 1969
  • Class 5 – Late classic cars, 1970 to 1979
  • Class 6 – Post-classic cars, from 1980 to present
  • Class 7 – Veteran and vintage motorcycles, pre-1931
  • Class 8 – Post-vintage motorcycles, 1931 to 1944
  • Class 9 Post-war motorcycles, 1945 to 1958
  • Class 10 – Early classic cars, 1959 to present
  • Class 11a – Commercial vehicles (heavy)
  • Class 11b – Commercial vehicles (light)
  • Class 12 Steam/stationary engines
  • Class 13 – Military vehicles
  • Class 14 – Vehicles of special interest
  • Class 16 – Tractor class
  • Special category – Show and shine
  • New category for 2024 – unpowered vehicles

Pictures from Forres Theme Day 2023

News about theme day

Highlights from previous years

Photographs by Billy Laing

Forres Theme Day is supported by Forres Local Event Services and Visit Forres