CRAIL

Yup, it’s that time again! Time for Dave Reid to don his kilt and head on over to Crail. Let the mad­ness be­gin…

Performance Vauxhall - - CONTENTS - Words Dave Reid Pho­tos Ade Bran­nan

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

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