CLELANDS ‘RIDE AND DRIVE EVENT’ AT THE HISTORIC ABBOTSFORD HOUSE
Clelands are delighted to invite you to join us for our ‘Ride and Drive Event’ being held this month.
Sunday, 26th February
Abbotsford House, Melrose, TD6 9BQ
10am – 4pm
This ‘Ride and Drive Event’ will allow you a first hand opportunity to get behind the wheel of a range of Volvo cars including the S90, V90, V90 Cross Country, XC90 and the XC90 T8 Hybrid. Not only will this event allow you the opportunity to get a feel of how these cars drive, but also a chance to sample the very latest in automotive technology, refinement and style.
Please RSVP by Friday 24th February to firstname.lastname@example.org (please state a suitable time if you wish to book a test drive).
PS: if you traveling by train Abbotsford House is only 1.5 miles away from Tweedbank Rail Station – let us know your arrival time by Friday, 24th February and we will happily have someone pick you up.
A GREAT SUCCESS - The Young Driver Day at Clelands
Former racing champion John Cleland has given young drivers the chance to train with IAM.
Following a re-launch of the Young Driver Support Programme, ten drivers have been given the opportunity to train with the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM).
An open day to promote the re-launch was held on 27 January at Clelands Volvo, headed by John Cleland who is the founder of the programme. The full event was hosted by John Cleland, who was supported by 2012 British Touring Car Champion, Gordon Sheddon, the IAM Borders group and local IAM members.
Here, young drivers and their parents were given the opportunity to go on a demonstration drive with an IAM observer, after which they were provided with a full assessment of their driving by both their observer and black box technology.
The re-launch of the programme was a great success, with more than 120 people attending the event. Following this, ten young drivers have signed up to the scheme to train for their full Skill for Life with the IAM.
Under the Young Driver Support Programme, those who have now signed up to begin their training will be reimbursed by John Cleland for the full fee of £139.
Following the success of this scheme, dedicated to improving the driving standards of young people in the local community, John Cleland is committed to expanding the programme to other areas of Scotland.
John Cleland said: “If we have the opportunity to cut road deaths, cut government costs due to road accidents and make youngsters safer and more confident drivers for just £139-a-head, to me it’s a no-brainer.”
John Cleland, along with the IAM team, are incredibly grateful to all those involved who made this day possible with a special thank you to everyone who attended this noteworthy event.
For more information on the IAM Young Driver Support Programme please visit the IAM website.
Clelands Flight Refund Promise
Clelands are confident that you will be pleased with the wide selection of outstanding Volvos we have available for you on our forecourt.
If you are interested in any of our vehicles but not local to the Scottish Borders, Clelands provide the perfect opportunity for you to visit our dealership and find the perfect Volvo for you!
If you purchase a New or Used car from us we will refund your airline ticket in full.
For further information about our Flight Refund Promise or to discuss our offers please call Ian or David on 01896 757575.
John Cleland - The Racing Driver
John Cleland is a former Scottish racing driver. He has competed in many disciplines of Motor Sport and has been a very successful professional International Racing driver for 18 years. He was twice British Touring Car Champion (1989 and 1995) and raced all over the world. He still races Classic Cars today and is a co-commentator alongside Martin Haven on the English world feed of the World Touring Car Championship which is used by Eurosport.
John Cleland raced autocross and hillclimb in the 1970s, before achieving success in British Production Car and Thundersaloon championships, before joining Vauxhall for the 1989 British Touring Car Championship. John adapted quickly and won the title at his first attempt, in the days when the championship consisted of four separate classes, each in their own races but scoring points for the same title and won 11 of his 13 races in class C for 1.5l cars. The 2-litre Cavalier was introduced the next year, in readiness for the single 2-litre format in 1991. John finished 2nd in class in 1990 and 5th overall. The following year he won three races and finished second in the championship to Will Hoy, taking Vauxhall's first ever overall BTCC win.
In 1992 John battled with Hoy and Tim Harvey for the title, but was denied at the last round by a controversial collision with Steve Soper, the teammate of eventual champion Harvey. In 1993 and 1994 the championship was dominated by BMW and Alfa Romeo respectively, and John had to make do with fourth overall in both years. 1995 proved to be the breakthrough year for the Cavalier, ironically in its last year of competition. Despite the Volvo 850 and Renault Laguna often having the edge in speed, in the hands of Rickard Rydell and Alain Menu respectively, Cleland's consistent run of points finishes allied to a four-race winning streak in the mid-season allowed him to beat both drivers to the title.
In 1998 John took two victories, both at Donington Park - a traditional happy hunting ground for the Scotsman - before a heavy crash at Snetterton interrupted his season. In 1999 he finished his last race at Silverstone.
His sons Niki and Jamie have also competed at National level in both Rallying (Ford Ka and Subaru Impreza) and Racing (Mini and Renault Clio) where both have been successful in their own right. Cleland Motorsport is still an integral part of the day to day business, modifying customer cars to enhance performance and handling as well as preparing competition cars for customers.
Clelands Young Driver Initiative
John Cleland has been working with the Borders Group of Advanced Motorists - the Road Safety Charity - since 2010 to enable young drivers from the Borders to improve their driving skills and better equip themselves for the roads.
The support from Clelands provides the opportunity for young drivers to team up with the Borders Group of Advanced Motorists, who will coach them towards their advanced driving test. Click here for BBC News Scotland report
Despite a successful background in motor sport John Cleland is keen to stress the importance of young drivers developing their skills with the emphasis on responsibility, which goes naturally with the Institute of Advanced Motorists key message that skill with responsibility is a skill for life.
The initiative is open to any driver under 26 years of age who is normally resident in the Borders, who has held a full UK driving licence for at least 3 months and has no driving related court proceedings pending.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists "Skill for Life" package is refunded after passing the Advanced Driving Test at the end of the process. The pass rate so far has been 100%
If you would like further information about this initiative please visit Borders IAM