Royal Deeside Motor Show

Keeping emissions down is front of mind as the UK’s car industry embarks on the road to 2030 targets, so to recognising this The Royal Deeside Motor Show is working in partnership with Ecologi to offset all visitors’ carbon emissions accumulated by visiting the show.

Showgoers who want to reduce their carbon emissions will be able to contribute towards neutralising their carbon emissions on arrival to the show by simply opting into the donation platform when purchasing tickets, via the link below or by scanning the QR code on arrival. 

In return, Ecologi will donate to environmental projects all over the world, ranging from afforestation to renewable energy and emerging technology, all of the schemes are UN-approved projects, across the globe. 

“Reducing emissions is very much at the heart of the motor industry at the moment and the rapid advancement of technology is making our cars cleaner, more efficient and far better for the environment”

“As a responsible company, the show’s promoter, Etiom, recognises that any large event will have a carbon emissions impact, so the opportunity to work with Ecologi to neutralise that is a strong indication of how we are working with the car industry that we know and love to help it achieve its own goals, while helping the environment ourselves.”

 Adam Simpson , Royal Deeside Motor Show


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As we continue to put the finishing touches to this year’s Royal Deeside Motor Show 2022, a very boring but important item on the To Do List has not been able to be closed out, which is leading towards the cancellation of the integral Cartie Race. Quite simply, we are unable to secure sufficient insurance coverage.

Due to the popularity of cartie races (or soap box derbies as they are more commonly referred to as), particularly fuelled by the televised coverage of the Red Bull Soap Box Derby, and the gradual increase of tragic fatalities and serious injuries at other events, insurance companies have shied away from providing cover to event organisers, and if you are lucky enough to find a company that may be willing to provide cover, the conditions are so limiting, that the insurance is pretty much meaningless.

We have been fully engaged in discussions with multiple insurance companies over the past few months, as well as the Scottish Cartie Association and Soapbox & Gravity Racing UK, and it would appear that the problem that we are encountering is one experienced on a national level, with only those races operating and underpinned by local councils or round tables being able to proceed, due mainly to the insurances that those organisations hold.

So we have to accept defeat for the 2022 Cartie Race, but the story doesn’t end there. We are fully engaged with various associations and insurance underwriters to understand the main risks from their perspective and to work on ways to de-risk these, so that this sport is not lost.

We are also working on some exciting additions to the Royal Deeside Motor Show to backfill this popular attractions, so keep an eye on our website and social media for updates on this.

We appreciate everyone’s enthusiasm and support for the Royal Deeside Cartie Race and we can only sympathise with those that have already put so much time effort and emotion into designing and building their carties. We have not reached this decision lightly, and when it comes to our duty of care towards participants, spectators, volunteers, staff and contractors, there really was no choice in the matter.

The Cartie Race is a popular and fun addition to the Royal Deeside Motor Show, and we hope to see it return in 2023.

Once again, the popular Royal Deeside Cartie race is returning for 2022, so get ready for more thrills, spills, custom carts, and crashes!

Applications are open for teams of amateur racers to design and build their own gravity powered, engine-less Carties and race them against the clock in an extreme downhill battle

More information on rules, and how to enter is available on the website page ;

The race will be held on Saturday 2nd July on The Kincardine castle drive as part of the Royal Deeside Motor show

…and the best themed entry will win a prize! Over the years Carties have ranged from realistic replicas to anything the imagination can conjure up. Don’t forget, you need time to build your cartie, so enter as soon as possible to guarantee your entry for 2022!

Stephen hall - Scottish Cartie Association ; “We return this year with a longer course, allowing speeds of up to 40 miles per hour. With more obstacles to tackle, the driver will have to test their skills on items like the Ski Slalom, the chicane or on of the many jumps !

The event is limited to a maximum of 40 entrants. There is a junior category (driver is 12yrs to 17yrs on the date of the race) and an adult category (driver is 18yrs and over on the date of the race).

The extravaganza is expected to draw as many as 10,000 spectators, with up to 40 Cartie carts going head-to-head in a time trial challenge.

The race is run each year as a charity fundraising event, all monies collected are donated to local charities. This year again we are looking to support Men’s Shed , A fantastic local charity. 

Soapbox racing was popularised in America and refers to an unpowered cart which is raced downhill, with gravity being the only form of propulsion. In Scotland we traditionally call a soap box a ‘Cartie’ or ‘Kert-ie’ in Doric.

A grand final will be held at the end of the day, with the top teams from each competitions Juniors and Adults categories going head-to-head to determine a final winner

Don't forget, you need time to build your Cartie, so enter as soon as possible to guarantee your entry for 2022!

Entry Fees;

- No Entry fee this year

- RDMS22 day ticket required (from £15.00)

A unique event which is set to draw thousands of visitors to Royal Deeside this summer has announced a significant new addition for people looking to “pitch up” for the weekend-long festivities.

The Royal Deeside Motor Show is revving up for its return to Kincardine Castle on July 2nd and 3rd and, for the first time, visitors will be able to make a weekend of it thanks to the addition of a new, off-grid camping experience and music festival.

Sponsored by Hillhead Caravan Park, the camping venture is being held in association with Mental Health Aberdeen and will feature a limited number of pitches for caravans, motorhomes, campervans and tents.

In keeping with the motoring theme of the weekend, drinks partners Devenick Drinks Co. will be on hand to serve up a range of locally produced refreshments, including craft beers, ciders, vodkas, gins and liqueurs from their Citroen HY van which has been converted into a spirit bar.  There will even be the chance for thirsty campers to plan ahead and order their tipple to be waiting for them when they pitch up. 

Meanwhile, Country Park Catering will be on hand with vintage van street food village featuring a range of mouthwatering options including freshly cooked artisan pizza, The Rind House pork kitchen and Le Petit Café hot drinks, croissants and crepes.

As well as soaking in the breathtaking Royal Deeside scenery, campers will be treated to two evenings of some top live music from the North East and beyond thanks to a partnership with North East Arts Touring (NEAT).  Across the sessions – which will be hosted by River Dee Radio – will be sets from the likes of The Ruckus, Double Jack, the brand-new Arthur Coats Trio, Monza Express, and folk duo The Sorries.

Adam Simpson of Etiom Events explained: “After conducting a survey among visitors at last year’s Royal Deeside Motor Show, it was clear that camping facilities were high on lots of people’s wish lists, so we’re delighted to introduce this for 2022. 

“It is really important to us that the camping is about much more than simply providing the space, so we are delighted that the music festival has also been created to entertain visitors.  Many of us have missed listening to or performing live music and we are sure that this will be a popular addition to what is shaping up to be a busy, exciting and packed weekend.”

Thanks to every one of you that took the time out to share with us constructive feedback to build on the inaugural motor show back in August this year. Thank you so much! We have analysed the good, the bad, the ugly, and we are immersed in planning and developing enhancements for those elements that we need to improve, and opportunities for a bigger and better motor show for 2022. All our partners involved are working hard designing an exciting weekend of motoring actives and attractions for all the family,  an ideal weekend for any motor enthusiast.

So here's a wee early preview on the projects we are working on:-

  • Visual motor attractions - We are designing a full weekend timetable of motor attractions for all attendees, bringing excitement and drama to motorsport enthusiasts across UK, including a dedicated motor entertainment arena;
  • Cartie Race - it's back! Applications are now open, so get thinking, designing, building! Lots of design hints and tips available on our website. We are continuing with our partnership with The Scottish Cartie Association, who are busy designing the all new extended racetrack and obstacles;
  • 4x4 offroad experience - We are delighted to welcome the Buchan Offroad Drivers Club who are reviewing and adding an all-new 4x4 orienteering safari to the popular offroad 4x4 experience. A free attraction and ideal for anyone who’s keen to test a 4x4's off-road abilities;
  • Motor Showcasing and Parades - A thrilling full weekend schedule of motor showcase parades of motors, including performance, classic, retro, contemporary, agri, and heavy haulage, motorbikes, campers, 4x4s, tractors, HGVs and more; 

Improvements to existing event set-up, including:-

  • Additional entry and exits, designed to streamline and reduce queuing times;
  • Redesigned showcase villages, allowing motor clubs to showcase their motors whilst giving them the opportunity to meet like-minded motor enthusiasts;
  • Larger motor retail areas, and introducing new areas for dealerships & autojumble;
  • Shorter grass, better ingress and egress times for showcasers;
  • Additional food and drink offerings, optimised serving times;
  • Enhanced communications throughout each day and bigger signage;
  • Hop on Hop off transportation, perfect for those needing a wee hand getting round the large site and a bit of fun for the kiddies;

Onsite Accommodation options:-

  • We were inundated with requests to offer onsite accommodation and entertainment options. We have been investigating what is achievable on site and the costs involved in delivering this. We now have the full costs and preferred suppliers, which opens up the options for basic tent pitches, glamping pods or bringing your own motorhome. Guests can enjoy the beautiful views over the surrounding countryside and Royal Deeside valley, whilst listening to two exciting evenings of professional live performances from local artists both Friday and Saturday nights. We are working on offering toilets, shower blocks, water and power options.

As our plans continue to come to fruition, this is all subject to change and we thank you for coming forward and offering us suggestions for what you want to see again, what you would like to see in addition, and what we can enhance, so that the Royal Deeside Motor Show continues to build year on year. An event of this size requires a lot of planning and this is why it is so important to continue getting feedback from everyone that wants to get involved.

We'd also like to continue to thank all our partners and charities involved in the planning of the 2022 event. If you would like to get involved in RDMS22, in whatever capacity, please do send Adam an email, on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or give him a call on his direct line 01224 539913.

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Best wishes, The RDMS22 Team