Newsletter Autumn 2016
Historic & Road Rallying, what's that all about? Rally Future, Interview with Garry Pearson Junior 1000 Report SLS Final
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View from the Chair I have been on my travels again in the last three months managing to get to events across various motorsport disciples. I also managed to fit in two of the three major promotional events supported by SACC. I admit to having some initial scepticism when I heard about the Ignition Festival held at the SECC Glasgow but it turned out way beyond my expectations. I was also very impressed with the Scottish Car Show held at Ingliston. This event is more for show cars than motorsport but the GoMotorsport live action went down very well. Unfortunately I was away on holiday and didn’t make it to the Grampian Speed Festival but it too was a great event. I just want to call out a huge well done and thank you to everyone who helped promote grass roots motorsport at these events. I spent two days with South of Scotland Car Club in Dumfries where they hosted a round of British Autotest Championship on Saturday and the Inter Association Autotest on Sunday. It is impossible not to be amazed by the very high level of skill demonstrated by autotest competitors at this level of the sport. It can perhaps be described as ‘ballet on four wheels’. The picture shows me presenting the award to the winning team from Northern Ireland. As I write this piece, I am planning for a busy few weeks ahead which in addition to some marshal training will include visits to racing, karting and off roading events in addition to perhaps six rallies, three as co-driver and three as Steward. The recent news on increased rally costs through the forestry charge and the tracking system are unwelcome to all of us but are a reflection of the world in which we all live. Finally for now, I wrote in my last piece with my thoughts about Roger Reed and it was great to see his wife Pat at the finish of the Grampian Stages Rally presenting the trophy awarded in his name. A fitting and lasting memorial.
Rally Future—Aberdeen On Thursday the 11th August around 40 people gathered in Aberdeen for the MSA Rally Future forum hosted by SACC. Chairman Pete Weall opened the evening and introduced the panel Sue Sanders, Andrew Kellitt, Nicky Moffitt, Alan Page and Jonathon Day Sue Sanders was first to first to speak giving the background on the Rally Future program and how it was implemented following the incidents and Scottish Government Review. Andrew Kellitt was up next and outlined the safety requirements and highlighted that these aren’t set in stone and will continue to be developed and changed to ensure the best method is applied. Nicky Moffitt pointed out that Rallying had to go through a complete change of culture – If there is NO safe Rallying their will be NO Rallying! Nicky spoke about his role as a safety delegate and that the Safety delegates and MSA are working to ensure consistency between them all on events. Jonathon Day and Alan Page both talked about the subject of marshal registration and training. Jonathon talked through the figures and the level of first time MSA registered marshals is good with 2000 of the 4700 not registered previously. Alan Page spoke about the accreditation and registration program and that the MSA are working to deliver high value training. Scottish Rally Championship runner up Garry Pearson was in attendance. Pete Weall got his views on the subject. Garry was keen to highlight that as a driver the sport hasn’t changed in the fact that the stage is still the same just that now is even safer than before. You can read some more about thoughts on the next page. Each member of the panel was asked to leave the audience with a key point on the subject. Jonathon Day said that the MSA do take feedback. Andrew Kellitt spoke about how the events have adapted but getting the public onside is now the hardest part. If you don’t take responsibility for your safety – I as safety Delegate will take it for you, was the words of Nicky Moffitt , Sue Sanders continued this theme highjlighting that our behaviour determines how culture changes and as individuals we need to put it right. Rally Future is not the death – Its evolving, its change, it’s the Future! These were the words of Alan Page. The floor was then opened up for question, these covered various subjects ranging from marshal training, safety cars, lack of new officials, consistency between events and most was meant with an answer people wanted to hear. Time will tell if they come to fruition the MSA are keen to point out that they are working on various matters but sometimes we see little evidence of this until it appears. It was a very worthwhile evening but unfortunately was very much a case of preaching to the converted. The biggest group to educate is by far the casual rally spectators and getting the message to them is always going to prove the biggest challenge.
Garry Pearson Garry Pearson and Robbie Mitchell claimed second overall in the 2016 ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship in their Ford Fiesta R5, but for much of the year looked as if they would become the fourth different champions in as many years. Whilst Mitchell did claim the co-drivers title, Pearson missed out on the overall spoils by just a single point, with Castle Douglas ace Jock Armstrong taking his second consecutive Scottish Rally Championship title. Coming into the season, the 2012 British Junior Champion had next to no experience of four-wheel-drive machinery so he had modest expectations going into the season, despite driving a very competitive car. The Duns driver claimed two wins and a further two second places throughout the six events of 2016, but says the highlight was watching his times improve, in a car he reckons is pretty closely matched with his rivals.He said: â€œThe highlight would have to be the enjoyment of improving throughout the season, we really are rookies in four-wheel-drive and after seven events in the category we feel we can go and challenge for wins, and thatâ€™s a great feeling. You attend the Rally Future Forum in Aberdeen, their wasn't many competitors present, do you think the message is getting through to competitors that rallying has changed in regards to the way it's being organised, marshalled and for spectators? I'm not sure the message is getting through to competitors what extra steps now need to be taken to allow us to compete in the stages, the session really was an eye opener from that perspective. As a competitor have you noticed much difference out on the stages given all the changes going on behind the scenes? As a competitor I haven't, which I think is a good thing and a credit to the guys working behind the scenes on spectator safety This was your first time back in the forests of Scotland for a number of years, why did you decide to do the SRC rather than other championship or events on offer? We tried to use the SRC as a stepping stone to learn the R5 and more importantly how to drive Four Wheel Drive. It's a great championship and very competitive, it would be nice for it to get more coverage than it does. What car club are you a member of and do you have much involvement with club events? Yes I'm a member for BECC and BDMC, Robbie and I spent a lot of our time in our early years competing in 12 car navigational rallies, although roles were reversed as I was only 12 so Robbie drove and I was on the maps. (Successfully I may add) Robbie used to compete in the Senior BDMC and BECC Autocross in a 'Special' and I would compete in the 'Juniors' running a 1ltr Micra and a 1400 Corsa. We were also on the BECC committee, Our involvement understandably now has reduced as Robbie took up baking cakes and I took up a lot more stage rallying and we couldn't commit to any championships other than the ones we were competing in. What your plans for 2017? 2017 is open at the moment, some discussions are happening but nothing in writing yet.
SACC SCOTTISH AUTOSOLO SERIES 2016 SCOTTISH ASSOCIATION OF CAR CLUBS AUTOSOLO SERIES The third and ﬁnal event in the Scottish Association of Car Clubs AUTOSOLO Series was run at Ardeer by Scottish Sporting Car Club on 21st August and featured the usual set up of fast open ﬂowing test layouts, standardised gate numbering and arrowing, and one less than the number of tests completed to count towards results. The usual mixed entry was in evidence with some of the very popular Mazda MX5s, BMW's, a Porsche Cayman and even a Ford Victoria (Google it!). Scottish Sporting slick organisation rattled through the four morning runs on a damp slippy surface and at this point it looked as if Bob Mather in his MX5 had the edge, easing out a slight advantage over Ryan Gardiner and Grainger Robertson in his Fiesta ST. A break for the lunch, thoughtfully provided by Scottish Sporting, saw the sun come out, spirits lift and times fall as the second test layout was tackled. Ryan Gardiner showed his speed in the MX 5 borrowed from Bob Mather and edged ahead towards the end of the day to ﬁnish just 0.4 in front. Grainger Robertson was third some 6.6 seconds down with Archie Simmonds a ﬁne fourth. Billy McMillan mostly went the correct route in his spectacularly driven BMW to take second in class from James McDonald in the 3 series BMW. The sports car class was well supported as usual, with Archie Simmonds MG TF, the ever improving Andrew Park MX5, Ian Brown Porsche Cayman, and Kevin Hamilton MX5, separated by less than 3 seconds after some 14 minutes of competition. With the route arrowing and numbering there were few wrong directions and penalties on tests and apart from Alec and Jonathan Young's 1966 Midget that broke a drive shaft everyone drove home after a good days sport. Photographs and information on past and future events can be found on the Scotosolo Facebook page as well as member club's websites. AWARDS - Presented by Jim Crossan of Irvine Bay Events 1st Overall Ryan Gardiner Mazda MX5 597.4 Class 4 Bob Mather Mazda MX5 597.8 Class 3 Grainger Robertson Fiesta ST 604.4 Class 5 Gerry Robb Ford Victoria 725.9 Best Newcomer Gary Steven Vauxhall Evora Team Award Scottish Sporting A Archie Simmonds, Grainger Robertson, Bob Mather The SACC special award for Best Performance over the series of events was presented to Ryan Gardiner by Bruce Lyle on behalf of the Scottish Association of Car Clubs
We’ve had a busy Summer! Events kicked off in early July at the Grampian Festival of Speed, where I joined Stonehaven DMC. Two of the J1000 competitors – Harry Chalmers and Johnnie MacKay took part in the autotest demonstration on the circuit to an audience of more than 6000. Following their impressive display, we had a flurry of visitors to the stand, looking for more information on both autotesting and junior rallying. As a result, a list of nine very interested youngsters was passed to David Barlow to follow up. Two weeks later, we had a fantastic day at the Scottish Car Show at Ingliston, where over 20,000 visitors watched autotest experts give displays throughout the day. Glenrothes MSC and Saltire Rally Club supported the event, giving nearly 140 passenger rides. Ten show visitors signed up to GMSC’s follow-up event at Knockhill on 17th September. Ten new members is a fantastic achievement. Update to follow at SACC meeting. The inaugural Ignition Festival of Motoring in Glasgow was a huge success, with around 25,000 visitors over the weekend. We were very lucky to have been given a huge outdoor space in which we paired up with Scottish Sporting Car Club, with back up from Coltness CC. Despite the very challenging surface which resulted in over 40 tyres being worn through, we managed to give 258 passenger rides. SSCC has a follow-up event on 1st October, to which stand visitors and passengers were invited. Ist October also sees a new event with Scottish Off Road Club. 4x4’Est will be held in Glen Devon forest, with invitations extended to Perth, Cupar and Edinburgh customers of Pentland Land Rover. The John Clark Group has been very supportive of motorsport promotional events, hosting GoRally and Go Motor Racing nights at their Edinburgh and Aberdeen dealerships. Sales staff will be joining us, with a view to showcasing their vehicles and their capabilities. With Freshers Fayres now being held at colleges and universities, we will be visiting some which we have identified as having potential for a Motorsports Club. The first of these will be at UHI in Inverness, where I’ll be joined by Highland Car Club. With Rory having set up a formal Scottish Student Motorsport programme, there are now several opportunities for students to participate in competitive events across the country. There have been lots of success stories over the Summer – if you want your club to be part of this success, then please get in touch. Alison Clark Scotland@gomotorsport.net Tel 07950 914433
Training News After a very busy season during which 8 event have been held, the pace has slowed slightly as we hit the summer, although we have managed to provide training at Machrihanish, Stornoway, Skye, Stonehaven and Kames. Feedback from delegates remains good, although attendances at some events have been disappointing. The focus over the summer has been to start planning for the 2017 season and as part of that to respond to the feedback provided by clubs, instructors and delegates. Thanks go to Highland Car Club, 63 Car Club, East Ayrshire Car Club, Mull Car Club, Lewis Car Club, Isle of Skye Rally Club, and Knockhill Racing Circuit for their feedback and support. Plans for next year are included overleaf. They provide for training for Rally, Speed, Race, Recovery, Rescue, Radio and Medical personnel and multi-disciplinary training for incident handling and firefighting. Venues and dates are still to be confirmed, but aim for a spread between North, central and South. Additionally we are seeking to run days specifically on Skye, Lewis, Mull and at Dunoon and St.John’s Town of Dalry. To date we have provided 414 delegate-days of training with a resource commitment of 62 Instructor-days of time. We continue to benefit from the generous support of the British Motor Sports Training Trust. We are working with the MSA to develop further training packages, and have just started to pilot the new Rally/Cross Country Timing Modules. We are also involved in the development (and potentially piloting) of the rescue training programme. Feedback from the training events has been good, with ongoing monitoring of the feedback provided by delegates. This is shared with the BMSTT and demonstrates a high level of satisfaction from delegates with 60% rating courses “Excellent”, 38% rating them “Good” and only 2.7% rating them “Fair” or “Poor”. We regularly review the qualitative feedback and Lead Trainers share this with the individual instructors. The big request from the training team is for all clubs to identify a training champion, and to promote these events in 2017. Currently only a handful of clubs have agreed to do this and we are grateful to them for their support. We are providing training to support your marshal recruitment and retention, and it is only by promoting and supporting these events that we will continue to retain and develop a strong cadre of marshals for the future.
Proposed 2017 Training Dates Date
Delegates to choose from: Intro to Rally / Intro to Radio / First on scene / Personal Safety / Spectator Safety; or Timing / Setup / Chain of Command Intro to speed / Flags / Incident / First on scene Incident handling / First on scene / Fire Theory / Practical / Incident Reporting
Basic Skills / Flag / Incident / First on scene Intro to speed / Flags / Incident / First on scene
Delegates to choose from: Intro to Rally / Intro to Radio / First on scene / Personal Safety / Spectator Safety; or Timing / Setup / Chain of Command Senior Officials / Stage Commanders / Club Stewards
Delegates to choose from: Intro to Rally / Intro to Radio / First on scene / Personal Safety / Spectator Safety; or Timing / Setup / Chain of Command
Delegates to choose from: Intro to Rally / Intro to Radio / First on scene / Personal Safety / Spectator Safety; or Timing / Setup / Chain of Command
Further dates for rescue, recovery, medical to be arranged. Dates to be agreed with local clubs for training on Skye, Mull, Lewis and at Dunoon and St Johnâ€™s Town of Dalry. A further date for Incident/Fire Training is also being considered.
Junior 1000 Kames Autumn Rally and Albar Kames Trophy Rally One Apiece For Tindall and Retson Two days, Two rallies, Two different seasons and Two different winners!! That was the Kames Autumn Rally and the Albar Kames Trophy rally weekend on 24th / 25th September organised by East Ayrshire Car Club at the Kames Motorsport Complex, Muirkirk. 13 Junior 1000 crews made up the bulk of the entry on the Saturday and 14 on the Sunday. Saturday was wet and windy for most of the day whilst Sunday was clear with sunshine for most of the day and then very heavy showers from 4pm on. So the 2 rallies presented the young drivers with 2 sets of very different conditions. The overall winners on Saturday were Ewan Tindall and Paul Hudson (Citroen C1) and on Sunday it was Finlay Retson and Andrew Falconer (Citroen C1). Retson held a narrow 1 second lead on Tindall going into the midway stage on Saturday but overcooked it at one junction on stage 8 and dropped 33 seconds and down to 5th place. That left Tindall with a 9 second lead over new 2nd place team Josh Hislop and Ellya Gold (Peugeot 107) Tindall kept his cool and carried on at a steady pace with one eye over his shoulder at Hislop and took the victory by 7 seconds from a delighted Hislop who was enjoying his first time on the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge podium. These were Hislop’s conditions and his smooth style was perfect for the changing and sometimes very slippy stages. And coming in 3rd another 7 seconds back after 7 fastest times and one equal time with Tindall over the last 8 stages was Retson. Harry Chalmers/Steven Brown (VW Up!) were a close 4th just 5 seconds behind Retson who took 6 seconds off Chalmers in the last 2 stages. There is no doubt that the conditions tested these young drivers to the maximum but 13 cars started and 13 cars finished and were all set to do the same thing the following day. Day 2 dawned fair with sunshine but cold. Retson set off to make sure that he did not have a repeat of the day before but Tindall and Hislop had other plans. After 4 stages, Retson had opened up a 2 second gap over Tindall and 6 over Hislop. This pattern continued up to the half way stage when Retson had a lead of 7 seconds over Tindall by clawing a second here and a second there. Hislop was hanging in there and was 7 seconds behind Tindall. But Hislop was also in danger from Harry Chalmers/Steven Brown (VW Up) who were only 4 seconds behind. The pace was pretty hot!! But it all went wrong for Hislop on stage 14 when a problem on the approach to the infamous Chickenrun saw them catapult off a set of tyres and enter the Chickenrun upside down and airborne!!! The crew were shaken and the car dented but both crew walked out of the stage followed by their Peugeot 107 driven by one of the recovery crew. Chalmers then moved to 3rd place and the finishing podium was Retson/Falconer; Tindall/Hudson and Chalmers/ Brown. 14 cars started and 13 finished. Jude MacDonald/Michael Cruickshank (Micra) were right behind Chalmers on both days to be first Micra home but could not quite get the Micra wound up enough to get past and Chalmers was not making any mistakes. But a great battle between “1st generation” Junior 1000 cars and “3rd generation” cars. We then come into a group of 4 cars where we saw some terrific performances. On day 1 it was Lewis Haining/Mark McCulloch (Aygo), Lewis Winder/Mike Baird (Micra) who filled 6 th and 7th slots in front of Cameron Russell/Ian McRae (Micra) and Johnnie Mackay/Gordon Reid (Micra) in 8th and 9th. The order was reversed on day 2 with Mackay leading the group in 5th followed by Russell (with Kenneth McRae in the hotseat this time) in 6th , Winder 7th and Haining 8th. The gap between them on day1 was 35 seconds and on day 2 it was 29seconds. Haining was the star of the group on day 1 with Mark McCulloch calling the corners and Mackay got into the groove on day 2. Haining collected the Novice Awards on both days. This would be Russell’s last outing in the Junior 1000 and everybody was delighted that he got his best
result of 6th overall on day 2. Cameron started the biggest “kid” we have had and ended his career in the same position. Andrew Blackwood/Gordon Winning (Micra) were next Scottish crew on both days and second of the newcomers. This was Blackwood’s first outing since Crail in June but it didn’t take him long to get the wee Micra into the groove and keep Winning busy. Made a change for Winning who has spent the summer driving some of Tom Blackwood’s exotic stable of rally cars at various shows. Blackwood hardly put a foot wrong on day 1 with the rain but had a couple of “how did I manage that” moments on day 2 to lose 40 or 50 seconds. But the big smile said it all – from both crew members!! Peter Beaton was out in his faithful Micra with cousin Andrew Grant as his C1 – which he rolled on the Solway Coast – was not fully bolted back together yet after spending some time with Jonny Adams at Love Street Coachworks. Beaton was pretty cautious on both days and apart from a spin onto the grass on day 2 he kept it nice and tidy and took the green ex Dylan O’Donnell Micra home safely. He was placed 11th on both days. That is consistency but he had to work a bit harder on day 2 to stay ahead of Amy Mccubbin/Brian Mclleland (Micra). McCubbin was not out on day 1 – why? She was a bridesmaid at her Dad Mark’s wedding. Alice Paterson/Ian Crosbie’s (Peugeot 107) final place on both days does not do any justice to Paterson’s performance. Conditions on day 1 tested the most experienced drivers but Paterson kept it tidy and we saw another step forward in her stage times. But what was more obvious was the confidence. Was this the same girl we saw in the ice and snow at Knockhill in February? On day 2 her stage times improved and she matched Mccubbin’s times on some stages and was 1 to 3 seconds adrift on several others. But it might be said that she had no option because she had a very large contingent of Patersons looking after her!!! We welcomed Dan Curwen/Katy Mashiter (Peugeot 107) as guests from the Kick Energy Junior 1000 Championship. Dan is in his first year and being introduced to Kames in the sort of conditions we saw on day 1 was probably not ideal. But he took it in his stride and did not push too hard to record a clear round on day 1 in 12th place and then picked up the pace on day 2 to record 9th place between Blackwood and Haining. Highlight of his weekend was probably meeting 2 of the ladies – Jane and Jean- from off the 2017 Scottish Rally Calendar!! I am sure he will be back. In addition to Cameron Russell celebrating the end of his J1000 career, there was another big celebration on day 2. It was Jack Chalmer’s 18th birthday. The Chalmer’s people carrier became a party bus for the day and Lyn had the corks popping in the sunshine that we enjoyed on day 2 plus going round the service area with a great big cake at the lunch halt. It was a merry and talkative Jack who congratulated his “wee” bruv at the photoshoot at the end.Ewan Tindall continues to lead the driver’s Championship after 6 of 8 rounds and Finlay Retson moves up a place to 4th. But after the next round, dropped scores will have to be taken into account. So the battle for the top places will be on.
Brick and Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge
Strong Leuchars Display From Tindall Leuchars Airbase in NE Fife has been synonymous with powerful jets and air displays for many years but it is just one of the MOD properties in Scotland that has warmly welcomed single venue rallying onto its tarmac over the last few years. Aberdeen and District Motor Club ran the first rally there on 22nd October 2016 and the Weston Transport/Branston Junior Granite Rally was the penultimate round of the 2016 Brick & Steel Junior 1000 Championships. A total of 13 Junior crews turned out on what was to be a pretty dreich day but that did not lessen the excitement or pace of the young drivers and their â€œadultâ€? co-drivers. Finlay Retson/Andrew Falconer (Citroen C1) had won the previous event at Kames and started strongly with the plan to topple Ewan Tindall/Paul Hudson (Citroen C1) from the top of the points table. It went well in stage 1 and Retson took a 6 second advantage over Tindall into stage 2. But it went wrong for Retson when a bit of time on a grass section lost him 12 seconds to Tindall. Retson did rally back over stages 3 and 4 and Tindall went into the afternoon stages with a 6 second advantage. He was quickest on 3 of the stages and came out of the final stage 5 seconds in front. It was some battle but Tindall displayed great maturity and determination to stay ahead of his rival for the Championship. Harry Chalmers/Steven Brown (VW Up!) took third place 28 seconds behind Retson. He got close on a couple of stages but not enough to worry the leaders. As usual, Chalmers was chased hard by Jude MacDonald/Michael Cruickshank (Nissan Micra) who took fourth place 26 seconds behind. The weather and some teething problems with the first event at the venue made for a challenging day for the Juniors but 13 started and 13 finished. The final round of the Championship will be on 26/27 th November down on Anglesey. This event is always a great challenge and adventure over 2 days with several stages in the dark on Saturday night. And given that the 2 Championship leaders are both on the same points and having to drop a score, it is anybody's guess who will come out on top. It will be exciting and nail biting. For further information contact David Barlow, Championship Co-ordinator - firstname.lastname@example.org
Super Lap Scotland finished with plenty of thrills for everyone. Five lap records were broken in the Rockstar sponsored event and Class winners emerged from the series held at Knockhill for Scots racers.Super Lap Scotland came to a thrilling finish when Paul Ranklin streaked over the line in his Subaru Impreza to be crowned King of Knockhill in the championship. But it was not all easy going . He was made to race for the final line by Ali Mowat who tied on the maximum 200 points when the dropped round was taken into consideration He was also pushed hard by the Mitsubishi EVOs of Eric Holmes and Andrew Barbour who were less than a second behind. In Class A, John Stevenson was crowned champion, having dominated the season in his Subaru Impreza. Fiona Kindness rounded off an excellent season in her TrackScotland Impreza, winning her fourth round in succession and going on to earn her the class championship for the season. Super Lap Scotland - Round 6 In Class C, George Rigby won the championship in his Whiteline sponsored Subaru Impreza, ahead of hard charging Blair McConachie in his Caterham 7. This again was one of the classes that was decided on the day, and the overall winner could have gone either way, with both drivers swapping wins and places throughout the season. Class D champion Keith Cowie had lucky escape in his Seat Leon Supercopa, spinning into the tyre wall as he came onto the main straight at the top of Duffus Dip. This allowed Paul Tough to take the win on the day, and to come within 3 points of Keith for the overall title. In Class E, Ali Mowat continued his dominance in his immaculate BMW M3 to take the honours and narrowly missed out on the King of the Hill title.
Scott Robson in his Lotus Elise went on to win Class F overall, coming second on the day. Such is the camaraderie in the SLS paddock, that when Robert Jobson’s Audi failed during the morning practice session, Scott volunteered the use of his car knowing well his title hopes would have ended had his car been damaged. Scott was awarded the Willie Brown spirit of the meeting award for his courtesy. But that was not the only highlight of the day. Lap records were demolished in almost every class.
John Stevenson took Class A in his Subaru Impreza (54.551 secs), Blair McConachie grabbed Class C in his Caterham (55.262), Class D was set by Keith Cowie in a Fiat Supercopa (56.908), Class E went to Alastair Mowat in his BMW M3 (58.390) and Marshall Wishart took Class F in his Mazda RX8 (60.223). Fiona Kindness already holds the Class B record and the top spot in her Subaru Impreza. •As part of the final round of the Super Lap Scotland championship, Stuart Robb Jnr from Aberdeen attempted to set a new outright lap record around Knockhill, in his 4.0 litre V8 Pilbeam Judd race car. With around 700 horse power under the bonnet and carrying only around 500Kg, Stuart was reaching speeds in excess of 180mph along the straights at Knockhill. However, with a few spots of rain falling and a mechanical gremlin that forced the team to disable the traction control, Stuart’s best lap time of 43.09 seconds was just over a second off the outright lap record held by a Ferrari F1 car. This lap time was still around 10 seconds faster than a leading BTCC car and about 70mph faster along the straights.
Marshals Required 19th & 20th November 2016 Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally – Forrest Estate, St John’s Town of Dalry – DG7 3XS Want to be part of the most exciting off road motorsport event of the year? Want to be close to the action and get an insight and access to this beautiful site that is not available to any spectator? We need your help to run this spectacular motor racing extravaganza. Marshalled at Gravel or Tarmac Rallies, Marshalled at Circuits, Sprints and Hill Climbs, Marshalled at Karting and Autotests, never Marshalled before – come and experience the best Motorsport action. Come and marshal at this year’s Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally – please contact Dean Pugh by commenting below, emailing email@example.com or 07590 696 400. We are delighted that we have sold out our competitor entries in the first 24 hours. We have a diverse and international field of 50 drivers and vehicles competing in the final Hill Rally Championship race of the year, in the last round of the Defender Challenge, in the Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally. 15 Stages through day and night over 110 competitive miles, a real test of endurance for the competitors, but it cannot run without you out there ensuring everyone remains safe, so please get in touch. http://scottish-hillrally.co.uk/ FAQ Do you need a 4x4? No, all areas of the site are accessible without a 4x4 (but if you have one you can have a lot of fun exploring). Where can I get accommodation? Rustic camping available on site. Hotels and B&B’s throughout the area and various types of self-catering accommodation throughout the region, inc http://www.lochken.co.uk/ Do I need to do the full weekend? No, happy for you to do 1 day, (but you will want to come back for more!) Do I need to be MSA Marshal Registered? No, whilst preferred it is not essential. But plenty of time to get registered at https://www.msauk.org/Marshals How do I get involved? Contact the Chief Marshal, Dean Pugh at firstname.lastname@example.org or 07590 696 400
Kingdom Stages Saturday 5th November November approaches and it is therefore time at Glenrothes MSC for our flagship event, the Kingdom Stages 2016. Concluding one of our busiest years for events, this rally is also the final counter of three Championships, including the Blackwood Plant Hire Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship. The Kingdom Stages has been our pinnacle event for decades, and has seen many different forms. Originally it was a farm road event, then it moved to the forest and became a counter of the SRC, evolving into a multi-venue tarmac rally and now a single venue at Crail Airfield. First run in 1977, the rally was the brainchild of Tam Ness, who was Clerk for many years. His son Rab Ness has stepped into that role, and the Glenrothes MSC members compete for the Tam Ness Memorial Trophy. The Kingdom Stages is the â€œend of termâ€? event for tarmac competitors and we look forward to delivering a grand finale to your season. Usual deal applies for marshals - petrol money, free stuff & free grub, plus a cracking day out. If you fancy it please email me at email@example.com. As always if you can spread the word by persuading your mates or publicising it on Facebook etc etc I would be eternally grateful as it makes the thankless task of the Chief Marshal just that little bit easier! Cheers! Graeme Brown Chief Marshal Tel: 07768 748836
Historic & Targa Road Rallying……………………… what’s that all about? Historic Road Rallying and Targa Road Rallying are perhaps the best fun you can have rallying for very little money.
Competitors of all ages and abilities can enjoy good motorsport and the company of likeminded competitors. Times change and although at one time an entire entry list would be made up of Historic cars unfortunately Historic Road Rallying in Scotland has lost a good number of cars in recent years as the cars become rarer and more valuable. So we may see anything from a Stutz Bearcat, Cooper S, Hillman Imps, Volvo PV544, Escorts, early Peugeot 205’s, Opel Kadette's and so the list goes on. Broadly speaking the period definitions are; Historic Cat 1 - Cars registered before 1st January 1968 Historic Cat 2 - Cars registered between 1st January 1968 and 31 December 1974 Historic Cat 3 - Cars registered between 1st January 1975 and 31 December 1981 Historic Cat 4 - Cars registered between 1st January 1982 and 31 December 1985 If you have a standard car it won’t be far away from meeting the regulations but it is important to read carefully the restriction on each class set out in section R19 of the MSA Year Book Targa Road Rally Cars can be any age provided they meet with the technical requirements set out in section R18 of the MSA Year Book. What is a Targa car, basically any car that has four cylinders and single cam. Twin cam is allowed if the car was originally fitted with fuel injection.
Craig Wallace He has competed on road and stage events as a navigator with a lot of success this season he has done some targa events behind the wheel,
But what’s it all about? Historic and Targa Road Rallies can run as separate events or as in the case of the Saltire Classic Rally as a dual permit event. There are three disciplines that may be included in the events. These vary from one event to another but briefly are; Speed Tests – Tests on private land via a defined route at an average speed of 30mph. Slow……..don’t believe it! Most events run on loose surface but some are mixed and one uniquely all sealed. Regularities – Run on the public road the skill of the Navigator comes to the fore endeavouring to ensure that an average speed set by the organisers is maintained over specified distances. There may be multiple speed changes in one road section. The maximum average speed is 30mph but the organisers like to be less simplistic. It’s OK though a good set of average speed tables provides the calculations to go along with a couple of stopwatches. Navigation – sometimes pre plot, sometimes plot and bash, sometimes marked maps. Add the pre plot to Regularities and you have a challenge.
Continue reading the next page as we answer some Questions about these events………….
When & how did you first start competing? I first started in competing as a navigator on historic road rallies and night navigational rallies in 2000 with my dad, stage rallies as a co driver in 2005 and did my first targa rally as a driver in 2016, What do you enjoy about competing in targa events? I enjoy being able to have a good time driving a car I love and enjoy, challenging myself as well as having a good laugh and friendly competition with like minded people You also contest stage rallies do you find the skills gained in targa events beneficial? As a co driver/navigator there are lots of skills that transfer across the strictness of time keeping on road rallies train you well for stages where it's often a bit more relaxed on road timming, there is a lot of benefits from doing road rallies as a way in to stages, and to keep you sharp between events, What advice would you give to anyone thinking on starting out? Join a club and get talking to people, there is a wealth of experience and advice to get from competitors and you be able to find someone willing to get you started
Typical questions we are asked by those interested in this form of rallying might include; Q – Would I Manage? A- Yes, these events are great fun, the first timer will get help from other competitors and most events are laid back affairs with a strong social aspect. Q - What about my car A - Yes you need one if you want to drive J or ask to Navigate for someone? Q - Are the events run during the day or night? A Usually daytime but depending on the time of year and geography some competition in the dark is inevitable. Q - What preparation do I need to do to the car? A – Depending on the event possibly none. Recommended would be a sump guard, first aid kit, fire extinguisher. A map light and a trip meter and rally clock are useful but a head torch, car odometer and a stop watch (or two) will do just the same. Q - Are many of the cars heavily modified? A – Targa Cars are more or less in standard format, Historic’s may be modified to a certain degree. Q - What models of car are used for Targa? A - Peugeot 205’s. Toyota Starlets, Toyota Corolla’s, Citroen Saxo’s, Rover 75, Proton Satrias, anything really that is four cylinder and single cam. Twin cam is allowed if the car was originally fitted with fuel injection. Q – Are the Historic cars all very well prepared? A- No some have been rallied for many years and show it. My own SAAB is quite rough and has been in use as a rally car for 17 years. Q - What about tyres? A – Tyres must be road legal E marked tyres. Most events have within their own Supplementary Regulations stopped the use of specialist tyres as they damage the loose surface roads Standard road or snow tyres are now the norm. Q - I fancy doing this with my daughter, how old would the Navigator need to be? A – 12 years old, and quite a number of top Co-Drivers in Scottish Rallying started in this form of the sport. Q - Do I need a competition licence? A - Not for clubman permit events. The Saltire Classic, Berwick Classic and other NESCRO events are all run as Clubman. If you do an HRCR Championship round then you would need a National B Licence. Q - Is it expensive? A - Typically an event entry fee as in the “Saltire” would be around £115 + insurance. For that you get a full day’s motorsport, lunch and an evening meal for Driver and Navigator. So it’s not expensive and it can be a standard car. Some competitors only paid £300 or £400 for their car. (Some even less), others use their daily car. Q What about Championships? A – the most readily accessible series of events in Scotland and the North of England is the NESCRO Challenges – See www.NESCRO.co.uk for more information on the wide variety of events. If you fancy something a bit more challenging then the HRCR Historic & Clubman Championships will offer something extra but you will need to travel. www.HRCR.co.uk
If this takes your fancy why not give it a try, a typical Saltire Classic Rally would run as follows; Pre Plot route information is provided a few days in advance of the event so you can mark your maps. The evening before or the morning of the event you need to attend the Rally HQ to have the car checked by the scrutineers and deal with the basics of signing on and receiving your event information. Typically the firs car will start at 9:00am, and follow the prescribed route. First section is usually easy to let competitors waken up. Then through the morning perhaps two regularities over maybe 15 miles each and 9 speed tests. Stop for a snack lunch and then carry on with a similar format in the afternoon with another 9 tests or so and more regularity. The total route might be around 120 miles with 40 or so of those regularities. 18 tests usually varying in length from 0.3 miles to over a mile. First car is back to Rally HQ at around 5:00PM for the first car. Evening meat and results and prize giving follow on. Often a number of competitors stay overnight so there is plenty opportunity to brag of your highs and commiserate with the lows. All good fun in a congenial atmosphere. Colin Wallace Saltire Rally Club The Saltire Classic Rally has been running since 2002. First as an Historic Rally and since the inception of Targa regulations as a Historic / Targa rally. The event regularly draws a full entry with competitors from across the UK & Ireland."
The town of Paisley has once again been confirmed as the sole UK start point for the 2017 historic rally run to Monte Carlo. It’ll be the fourth time the town – which is bidding to be the 2021 UK City of Culture – will be the only British start point out of seven European cities for a range of historic cars to make the 1300 mile trip to the South of France. Close to a hundred cars are expected to leave the start ramp outside Paisley Abbey at 6pm on Wednesday January 25th in three separate categories. The Historique class is being run for the 20th year and is restricted to car models which competed in the Monte Carlo Rallies between 1955 and 1980. It will run over eight days on open public roads with the cars and crews having undertaken a series of fourteen demanding test stages in the mountains of southern France. The Classique event is for older cars from as early as 1911 to 1980 and follows the same route to Monte Carlo but does not include any test stages, the goal simply being to finish in Monte Carlo after checking in at a series of control points on the way. Once again the event will feature the popular Monte Heritage Runs which will follow on from the full-scale events and will take in a series of short classic routes in Scotland. In January this year a crowd of more than 10,000 gathered in the centre of Paisley with the magnificent backdrop of the Abbey to wave off the crews in a party atmosphere with lights, music, street food and fireworks…..and working with staff from Renfrewshire Council and volunteers from many motorsport clubs in Scotland the organisers are confident of making the start even bigger and better next year. The event was officially launched this morning by Douglas Anderson, the UK co-ordinator and the man responsible for bringing the Monte back to Scotland in 2011. He believes the 2017 start will be the best yet. He said: “The Paisley Abbey Start will flash round the world on the evening of 25th January 2017. It is universally acknowledged as the best start in Europe and with the help of the good folk of Paisley who come out in their thousands to cheer the competitors on their way, we will keep it that way.” Also there was one of the entrants in the 2017 event, Andrew Goodfellow from Dundee and co-driver, his brother-in-law Derek Coghill and their 1930 Austin 7 Ulster 2-seater sports which will – hopefully – complete the drive to Monte Carlo. Said Andrew: “What a fantastic opportunity this is to take part in this historic event and were both totally confident that we and the car will make the 1300 miles. We’ve been prepping the car over the past month with still lots more to do to it to ensure everything is in top condition before we set off. The only concern is the very strong likelihood of snow while driving through the Alps.” Their drive will also raise funds for SAMH, the Scottish Association of Mental Health. The event is being supported by Renfrewshire Council. Leader Mark Macmillan said: "We are delighted to be hosting the only UK start leg of the Monte Carlo Classic Rally here in Paisley again in 2017, for the fourth year in row. "Next year we will be submitting the town's bid for UK City of Culture 2021, and to have this prestigious and truly international event in the town centre just helps cement Paisley's status as a key destination on Scotland's map of major events. "The people of Renfrewshire and beyond have always turned out in huge numbers to wave the cars off against the striking historic backdrop of Paisley Town Hall and Abbey, and I am sure they will be as excited as we are to welcome the event back." Giving his backing to the event is Scotland’s latest motorsport champion, Gordon Shedden, who won the British Touring Car Championship for the third time earlier this month. He said: “Scotland has such a proud history in motorsport and it’s great to see Paisley as the only UK start point for this classic event. The Honda Civic Type R in which I compete is the latest example of car technology but I love getting behind the wheel of something from the past. I wish everyone taking part the very best of success…..and an enjoyable and safe drive to Monte Carlo.” More information can be found at www.monte.scot
MSA Club & Volunteer of the Year Entries are open for the 2016 JLT MSA Club and Volunteer of the Year Awards, which will be presented during the Night of Champions ceremony at the Royal Automobile Club in London on 28 January. Regional Associations, Clubs and Groups are asked to submit nominations in various JLT MSA Volunteer of the Year awards categories, including: Steward/Clerk of the Course; Technical Official e.g. Scrutineer or Timekeeper; Marshal; and Medical/Rescue/Recovery/Safety. The is also a category for ‘Other’, for example under-25s going above and beyond, non-licensed club officials, committee members or unsung heroes. Each category winner will receive a prize cheque and a commemorative MSA trophy. The best overall entry will be declared the MSA Volunteer of the Year and will receive the JLT silver pewter salver at the MSA’s annual prize-giving ceremony. Clubs can nominate themselves for the JLT MSA Club of the Year award. The top three will receive cash prizes and commemorative trophies, with the winning club being invited to collect its award in London. Jess Fack, MSA Development Manager, said: “The volunteering award recognises excellence across the volunteer workforce and is open to volunteers of all stripes, whether marshals or officials. Meanwhile the club award aims to highlight the fantastic range of motorsport activity that clubs deliver over the year, providing opportunities for members to compete, volunteer and socialise; as well as attracting new people into the sport.” Nomination forms are available and the deadline for submissions is 31 October. Club and volunteers seeking more information can contact their local Regional Development Officer via www.gomotorsport.net/contact. Application Form Scottish Association of Car Clubs Ordinary General Meeting Tuesday 15th November 2016 The meeting will be held at Stirling Court Hotel Stirling University Bridge of Allan FK9 4LA This would be a good time to start thinking about writing your reports and send them in a week or two before the meeting, to allow time to distribute them. Also, if your club has had any changes to the list of contacts - especially Secretary or Treasurer this would also be a good time to consider whether you need to update the list of club contacts, which you can do using the Key Info form on the SACC website. You can get there from the menu by selecting: Association Admin > Admin Forms > Key Info. If nothing has changed but an email or phone number, you can just send me an email instead of filling in the whole form again. Lock Horsburgh firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday 20th September - Scottish Association of Car Clubs Meetings Chairman Pete Weall welcomed and opened the meeting; he introduced Rob Jones Chief Executive of the MSA who was the guest for the evening. Earlier this year a Rally working group and a marshal working group was established, the two groups recently met and both found some similar issues facing the sport and will work to find solutions in these areas, the information from this is currently being complied and will be circulated soon! A very interesting point was raised regarding the “Scrutineers Bulletin” this bulletin which is circulated to MSA scrutineers informing them of new regulations, technical information and things to keep and eye on! The MSA Extra allocates some space to this information but doesn’t display it all. The reason that it isn’t readily available is its claimed to have ‘Sensitive’ Information but it would be in the MSA and the scrutineers own interests. This would help to ensure that competitors are arriving in advanced of events prepared rather than leaving scrutineering with a fail ticket! Rob Jones took note and hopefully it will become available on the MSA website or available for associations or championship to start informing competitors. Raymond Mann who manages dates has started receiving some 2017 dates and has urged clubs to contact him (email@example.com) so that any potential clashes that may cause issues can be reviewed. Alison Clark, Regional Development Officer Go Motorsport then spoke of her recent work which involved working alongside various car clubs and Scottish Motor Sports (SMS). Key items that Alison pointed out was that the MSA Volunteer and Club of the year applications were now open and close on the . To date only 1 club application and 10 volunteer applications have been received so your chances atr high! Scottish Car Clubs across the country have so many success stories so take a moment and put in an application if you’re successful it’s a great tool for media coverage and a nice financial reward for your club. More details Rory Bryant and Gillian Sefton of Scottish Motor Sports (SMS) both updated of their current work and in particular of the work Gillian has started on club development. An initial pilot scheme of 4 car clubs has started and she will work closely with them to find common factors to clubs and individual issues clubs face. Gillian will then in the New Year look to add more clubs to the scheme as she looks to build a club profile and an analysis. A document is also being produced for each motorsport discipline explaining the basic information required to get involved and will be available digitally and for distribution at events. Rob Jones was next to speak introducing himself and what he has been up to since assuming the role 2 and half years ago as MSA Chief Exc. He was full of praise on how the events in Scotland had reacted to the safety review. Then came the two big news items for the evening, the first being that the MSA had agreed a 3 year deal with the Forestry Commission with a 5% cost increase per mile each year over the 3 years. Its never good news that a cost is increasing and will most likely mean an increase in entry fees but on the plus side ensures that forest rallying will continue. MSA statement here He spoke about the negations with Natural Resources Wales, since the meeting they have successfully negotiated a contract more details here. Just a the audience was getting their heads around the costs next came that the MSA was planning introducing on-event tracking to MSA National or Regional Championships (SRC included in this). Details hadn’t been finalised and have still not been made available. The information that did come from Rob Jones is that each car will have a tracking cradle fitted inside the car this is a one off cost of £75 plus VAT. On each event a tracking module will then be fitted costing £45 plus VAT Mr Jones went on to speak of the review that the MSA is conducting and that a new interactive systems should be introduced in April 2018. As the audience asked questions Rob was happy to answer and took notes on any that he was to follow up. It was a pleasure to have Mr Rob Jones in attendance. John Fife has also done a report on the meeting and makes great reading it can be found here