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Classic car restoration firm teams up with Cognoscenti

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Image caption The Cognoscenti was formed to unite owners of classic cars through regular events

A Perthshire car restoration specialist has teamed up with a new organisation for classic car enthusiasts.

Alyth-based Classic Restorations (Scotland) is to collaborate with the Cognoscenti, a group created to unite owners of historically important cars.

Classic Restorations will provide mechanical support for events planned by the Cognoscenti this year.

They include road trips and hotel stays, aimed at showcasing the best of Scotland through prestigious cars.

The events are restricted to owners of sports, luxury and historic cars produced on, or before, 1973.

Classic Restorations was formed 26 years ago by classic car enthusiast Charles Palmer.

It now employs 18 people and completes about 10 full restorations each year.

The company boasts a client list from around the globe, including the UK, USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

'Automotive heaven'

Mr Palmer commented: "It has been my long held ambition for Scotland to be regarded as being a nation closely associated with wonderful cars.

"Working with the Cognoscenti will ensure that classic car owners from all over the world will be able to bring their vehicles to Scotland and join like-minded owners and enthusiasts in a celebration of automotive heaven."

The Cognoscenti staged an inaugural event in November at comedian Billy Connolly's Candacraig House in Aberdeenshire.

Cars brought to that event were worth more than £15m in total.

Details of the group's 2013 itinerary are expected to be announced soon.

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