Flying Scotsman ready for take-off
Entrants in the UK’s biggest reliability rally for vintage cars are preparing for next month’s three-day, nearly 700-mile run from Leicestershire to Scotland.
The eighth edition of the Endurance Rally Association’s Flying Scotsman Rally will see 110 entrants departing from the new setting-off point at Belvoir Castle, Leicestershire on Friday, 15 April. This year’s route takes in parts of Lincolnshire and the Yorkshire Wolds, Northumberland and into Scotland to arrive to the sound of a kilt clad piper at Gleneagles Hotel.
The Flying Scotsman Rally attracts drivers from all over the world and this year’s participants include Michel Laarman and Maryan Greif taking part for the first time in the rally in a 1911 Knox Type R. Michel completed the 2007 Peking to Paris rally in this car despite losing a cylinder on the first day.
James Gateley from the USA will be hoping for a win in his 1937 Cadillac 60 Series Coupe, having come second on the ERA’s Alpine Trial. Andrew Bailey and Philippa Spiller from Ireland are taking part in a 1934 Triumph Dolomite 6C this year as opposed to previous attempts in a Bentley and an Invicta.
Defending champion William Medcalf, one of the original drivers from the first running in 2009, is looking to achieve his hat-trick in a 1925 Bentley 3-Litre, while Bill Cleyndert is hoping to improve on last year’s second place in his 1928 Ford Model A.
Hardy vintage car drivers face a 700-mile journey.