Flying Scotsman Rally
Mechanics to the rescue as rear suspension issues threaten leaders on rally’s closing stages
’A brilliant event, incredibly well organised and an amazing result’
There was a close finish to the ninth Flying Scotsman Rally with the winning crew of Paul Crosby and Ali Proctor recovering from two breakdowns with their 1939 MG TB Supercharged on their way to take the chequered flag at Gleneagles.
The MG suffered broken rear suspension issues but got back in the race with the help of the Endurance Rally Association’s mechanics. This enabled them to keep their lead from day two of the vintage reliability trial over John Abel and Leigh Powley with their 1937 Lagonda LG4, with just 24 seconds separating them.
Abel and Powley have finished second for the past two years. Bill Cleyndert and Dan Harrison were third in a 1928 Ford Model A.
‘I’m absolutely overwhelmed because we never thought we had any chance of coming here and winning,’ says Paul Crosby. ‘ We’ve done two Flying Scotsman events and Ali didn’t make a mistake all weekend.’
More than 100 cars participated in the rally, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, that left Slaley Hall, Northumberland, on 31 March. The route took participants through Kielder Forest before heading across the border for the first overnight stay near Edinburgh. The next day the crews headed to the Cairngorm Mountains for the second overnight stay at Aviemore.
Two special awards were presented during the dinner at Gleneagles Hotel on April 2. The Concours D’elegance was awarded to Clint and Brad Smith in a 1938 Jaguar SS100, while The Spirit of the Rally award went to Mitch and Wendy Gross with the 1938 BMW 328.
Theo Hunt and James Galliver getting to grips with a 1933 Frazer Nash TT replica. Concours d’Elegance winners Clint and Brad Smith in a 1938 Jaguar SS100. ABOVE A well-travelled 1907 Itala 40, crewed by David Ayre and Anthony Thompson, won the Pioneer class. BELOW Paul Crosby and Ali Proctor celebrate their win at Gleneagles in their 1939 MG TB Supercharged.