FLY­ING SCOTS­MAN RALLY

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Event News -

BELVOIR-GLE­NEA­GLES, 15-17 APRIL

A British team driv­ing a 1931 Tal­bot has beaten more than 100 teams from across the globe to take vic­tory in this three-day rally for pre-WWII vin­tage cars.

Gareth Bur­nett and Martyn Tay­lor – who also won in 2013 – ended a two-year win­ning streak for Wil­liam Med­calf’s Bent­ley. This was fol­low­ing a 700mile jour­ney from Belvoir Cas­tle in Le­ices­ter­shire to the Gle­nea­gles Ho­tel in Perthshire. Two more British teams took the other podium fin­ishes, with John Abel and Leigh Pow­ley tak­ing sec­ond place in their 1937 Lagonda LG45, while Stu­art An­der­son and Andy Pullen fin­ished third in their 1938 Bent­ley Derby.

Other stand-out cars in this year’s rally in­cluded Shane Houli­han’s and Richard Pain’s 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C, which won the rally’s con­cours com­pe­ti­tion, while the Spirit of the Event award went to Matthew Abrey and Jasper Hulscher. The plucky pair had to re­move the en­gine in their 1931 Ford Model A, en route, in or­der to change a failed clutch.

The En­durance Rally As­so­ci­a­tion says this year’s Fly­ing Scots­man was the tough­est since its foun­da­tion eight years ago. This was in no small part due to the win­try con­di­tions en­dured along the way.

‘Our com­peti­tors faced every type of weather con­di­tion imag­in­able over three days of in­tense driv­ing in some very ex­posed ter­rain and re­mained in great spir­its through­out’, says rally di­rec­tor Fred Gal­lagher.

‘Our thanks go to every crew and mar­shal who once again made it a fan­tas­tic event for the vin­tage mo­torist.’ Pho­tog­ra­phy by Ger­ard Brown

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