Meet the man who provided vintage cars for the filming of Borderland in Glasgow

When it came to sourcing vintage engines to create the nostalgic scene, producers turned to Robert Fraser of Bearsden, a longtime classic car enthusiast and collector.

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Pictured: Robert Fraser in his Mercedes 500sl

He said: “My dad had a Ford Zodiac Mark II in the 1960s, he spent hours working on it which started my interest.

“I have such a passion for old cars, I love playing with them until they run exactly as they should.

“I have about 12 in total now.

“Most people think I’m completely nuts.”

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Robert's father's Ford Zodiac in the 1960sPictured: Robert’s father’s Ford Zodiac in the 1960s

The retired British Airways worker now has a stunning collection ranging from an olive green Mercedes w123 300D to a compact 1963 Austin Mini, so it’s no surprise movie bosses wanted to enlist his help For the movie.

Speaking about the experience, he said: “It was so exciting for me to see my cars used in a film.

“I hadn’t realized how much work you have to do to get a few seconds of what will be on screen.

“It took days to pull off a scene, it’s such an interesting process.”

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Borderland filming in Glasgow city center Photo: Colin MearnsPictured: Borderland filming in Glasgow city center Photo: Colin Mearns

It’s not just two of his most prized possessions that played cameo roles in the film.

Knowing that older models can be difficult to drive, Robert himself jumped behind the wheel and received a complete retro makeover in the process.

He said: “They sent me to do my makeup and put on a wig because my hair was too short.

“I was dressed in a corduroy jacket with massive lapels that looked like the wings of an aircraft carrier.

“There were a few other guys with vintage car collections there, I was joked about, ‘I’m sure I had clothes like that in my wardrobe back then.'”

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Glasgow Times: Pictured: A Mercedes w123 300D is part of Robert's collectionPictured: A Mercedes w123 300D is part of Robert’s collection

Although Borderland was Robert’s first experience on a working set, a number of his cars have already been used for big-budget movies.

Recently, a 60-year-old white mini appeared in the Netflix hit A Castle for Christmas, although upon closer inspection at the end result, she appeared hiding behind a closed garage door.

“At least I knew it was there,” he laughed valiantly.

Taking on a bigger role in a Hollywood favorite was an elegant gray zodiac that would soon lead to a touching encounter between Robert and the film’s lead actress.

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Robert now owns two Ford ZodiacsPictured: Robert now owns two Ford Zodiacs

He said: “My Zodiac was in Saving Mr Banks a few years ago, starring Emma Thompson.

“A while later, when I was working on a flight from LA, she was a passenger and was so much fun.

“She said she remembered the car and when we landed she stopped, turned to me and said ‘Now Robert, make sure you take care of that Zodiac !'”

While the glitz and glamor have resulted in entertaining anecdotes, for Robert owning a collection he’s devoted years of work to is much more than five seconds of glory.

Glasgow Times: Pictured: Robert's 1963 and 1993 MinisPictured: Robert’s 1963 and 1993 Minis

He said, “I think it’s really a nostalgia thing.

“I’m 64 now and often find myself looking back to a time when life was a little slower

“My career could often be quite busy and a great way to relax was to go for a spin in one of the cars.

“No music, no one else with me, just going for a drive.

“There is a feeling of nostalgia that comes from the smells and the feeling of driving an old car.

“It’s so much more than mechanics.

“Using the cars in Borderland was a great way to connect with like-minded people.”