Fly­ing Scots­man ready for take-off

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

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.

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Hardy vin­tage car driv­ers face a 700-mile jour­ney.

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