Stornoway looks set to see one of the biggest gatherings of classic cars for many years tomorrow (Tuesday November 19th) as enthusiasts turn out to show off the island collection.

The gathering in Lews Castle grounds is being planned to welcome the entire editorial team of Practical Classics magazine, who are today heading north through Scotland with their own posse of practical classics.

The magazine’s team of editor Danny Hopkins, James and technical contributors Matt George, John Simpson and Matt Tomkins are each driving their own classic car – ranging from a 1989 Saab 900i to a Nissan Micra. They’re being brought to Lewis as part of the magazine’s continuing mission to encourage the use and enjoyment of classic cars in all weather conditions.

Previous runs in the Practical Classics ‘winter warmers’ series have taken them to the Netherlands and the Swiss Alps to show off what a classic car can do. This year they chose a challenging destination closer to home, setting off from their Peterborough base yesterday.

The cars they’re driving have been bought and restored for under £1,000 each and some of them will find new owners in the islands. Two of the five have already been sold and editor Daniel Hopkins says the plan is for the team to go home on the bus if necessary, as long as their cars find new homes.

Deputy editor James Walshe told today (Monday): “We’re on our way with cars we bought and restored for less than a grand! We’re in Ullapool tonight and will be arriving at lunchtime in Stornoway. Look forward to meeting you all!”

Western Isles Classic Car Club has co-ordinated the response from island drivers, fielding a likely turn-out of 25 or more island-based classics. They’ll be rallying in the castle grounds at lunchtime tomorrow ready to greet the magazine team.

Among the cars which could be there are a number of Escort Mark 1s, a Triumph Spitfire Mark IV, an Austin 7 and a Jaguar. Island drivers have been applying spit and polish and even the weather looks ready to play ball, with sunny intervals forecast and very little chance of wind or rain.

The picture shows the Practical Classics team with their cars during an overnight stop in Northumberland last night (James Walshe).