The official programme for Scotland’s first air show gives a distinct flavour of the times. It contains numerous advertisements, both local and national, as well as full details of the event. One page of advertisements is included in this selection. In addition to an attractive Art Nouveau cover, the other pages show details of the meeting and the state of aviation at the time.
The second aeronautical meeting in the UK (the first had been at Bournemouth the previous month), the Lanark event took place between the 6th and 13th August 1910, on Lanark Racecourse. 22 pilots registered, and seventeen took part for eleven events, including use of a 1.75-mile circuit marked out by pylons on the racecourse. The prizes totalled £8060. Individual hangars were erected for competitors.
The event attracted some 215,000 paying spectators, including 41,724 on the Wednesday. The Caledonian Railway built a special station at the racecourse with fourteen special trains per day. 1274 motor cars attended. A UK speed record was set at the meeting by James Radley and a world altitude record by the American Drexel.
Although otherwise a huge success, the event failed to make a profit, but its liabilities were covered by insurances.