Yup, it’s that time again! Time for Dave Reid to don his kilt and head on over to Crail. Let the madness begin…
More Scottish show shenanigans from the ‘Viva Vauxhall’ event.
For us lot in the north, the annual pilgrimage to the ‘Viva Vauxhall’ event at Crail Raceway way out on the most easterly tip of the Kingdom of Fife is a rather special affair. Not only can it be argued that Crail Raceway has long been the spiritual home of car enthusiasts in this part of the world but with the sad loss of founder Willie Robertson almost two years ago, for many it’s a chance to remember the great man and pay tribute in the best possible way and gather some of the finest and fastest Vauxhalls Scotland and beyond has to offer. This year, again the forecasters told us it’d be rain, hail and blizzards but several hundred hardy Scots shrugged it off and went “Tell us something new,” and by 10am the venue was packed with several hundred Scots wondering what the bright thing in the sky was. Game on!
The concept behind Crail is simple… if you are there to race, you pay £15 and you lay rubber down on the strip until you either run out of fuel or daylight. If you’re there to park up with your club and your mates, then you take to the grass, and if, like snapper Ade, you’re there to get through two sets of tyres in under 7 minutes, then you take to the drift oval. This year the main focus was on the grass. For most Viva Vauxhall at Crail marks the beginning of the UK show season along with a chance to catch up with some fellow enthusiasts and try and win some awards. As a result, the standard of cars Crail is attracting these days is quite remarkable. Gone are the days when cars of a show standard were outnumbered by sort of ‘Tesco on a Saturday afternoon’ stuff and even though we say it every year, the standard of cars on display just keeps getting better and better which in turn makes the task of judging the various class winners a little more challenging.
This year we also welcomed a special guest in the form BTCC legend, John Cleland. The man responsible for making a Cavalier fly, settling a few BMW based scores and lifting the 1995 drivers title kindly took time out from campaigning his current 1999 BTCC Vectra to be on hand with his expert knowledge and cracking wit to mingle with the masses, help judge the show and shine competition and make sure resident snapper Steve McCann was managing ok with the promo girls. With cars travelling from all over Scotland and the north of England, a daunting task lay ahead but I’m sure you’ll agree that the winners were deserving of their awards and we would extend our gratitude and admiration to everybody who came along to support what has become Scotland’s
VX220 lines up ready to take on the Crail drag strip
Who says you can’t race your estate?
Mean looking Vectra on 3DSMs