SLOAN WILL RETURN IAN MILLS
MN’S ROAD RALLYING EXPERT “The police confusion is part of history”
BTRDA 1400S rally competitor Scott Sloan is eyeing a return to rallying after his Vauxhall Corsa burned out on the DMACK Carlisle Stages earlier this month.
Sloan dislodged the exhaust in a ditch and when he and co-driver David Sloan reached the end of the stage, the car ignited.
The Scottish driver says he has been blown away by the support of the rallying community. He’s already received replacement parts as gifts ahead of what he hopes is a speedy return.
“I just can’t believe the support I’ve received,” admitted Sloan. “I didn’t ask for anything and all of a sudden folks were trying to organise parts for me and set up a fund to raise money for me. It’s blown me away, I’m so, so grateful and I can’t believe people have been so kind. I’ve had people dropping stuff off at my farm already.
“It’s been so touching and I’m so moved by it. I’m really humbled, everyone has come together. I’ve gone from losing everything and a day later there’s all this hope. It’s given me a new lease of life and I want to work my hardest to get a new car built and get back out and make everyone proud.”
The 22-year-old put a substantial amount into the Corsa he built up over five years, but thanks to the generosity of the rally community he believes he’ll be able to return.
“I have a shell already and the plan is to build it up slowly,” added Sloan. “I’ll be in the garage every night working to get it ready and to get it out. I had that car for five years and I built it up slowly. This year was supposed to be the year where the car was the best it had been. I was happy, enjoying it so much. I put everything into that car, it’s what I live and breath. To see it go up in flames was just the most horrific thing ever. I was so upset and I thought that was rallying for me over. Obviously it’s taken a while for me to save up and build the car, I thought it was years before I’d be able to get back out.”
To donate to Scott’s cause, visit his Just Giving page set up by rally organiser and competitor Heather Grisedale here: crowdfunding.justgiving.com/scott-sloan.