Royal Deeside Motor Show

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)

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.

Links to registrations:-

Best wishes, The RDMS22 Team

We are delighted to share with you that early bird tickets have been released for Royal Deeside Motor Show 2022, happening next year at Kincardine Castle and Estate, 2 and 3 July 2022. 🎞
As we continue to develop plans for a bigger and better motor show for 2022, we are also delighted to announce our first event partner for RDMS22, Car Calendar, the UK's no.1 events platform built specifically for the car scene. Go check them out and see which car events are happening near you ...
👇 To secure your early bird discounts, pop along to this link to reserve online! 👇

We are launching the first of many new additions to the Royal Deeside Motor Show 2022.
Off-Grid Camping! Located within the beautiful Kincardine Castle and Estate, guests can enjoy the picturesque views over the surrounding countryside and Deeside valley. Our new Off-Grid campsite offers a range of accommodation options from tent pitches to motorhome/campervan pitches . We are also bringing you 2 wonderful evenings of professional live performances from local artists, on Friday and Saturday night.

The Royal Deeside Motor Show offers a family filled weekend of motoring activities and attractions - ideal for any motor enthusiast.