Scottish motoring news, rally reports and information

News: ET’s Home Win

Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton’s victory on last weekend’s Border Counties Rally makes it three wins on the trot and the 2019 season is barely four weeks old. A half minute winning margin may make it sound rather easy, but that was far from the case. Garry Pearson and Dale Bowen initially led but ended up 2nd, while Stephen Petch and Michael Wilkinson were pleasantly surprised to find themselves 3rd at the finish! Full report here … [Report]

News: Gemmell wins Condor

Colin Gemmell and David Aitken scored their first outright victory on a Cobble Shop Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship counter when they won the Memorial Garden Stages rally at RM Condor near Arbroath. This puts them back at the top of the points tables after 3 rounds. Alan Wallace was runner-up in his Mitsubishi and Kyle Adam scored his first podium finish. Early leaders Ian Forgan and Nigel Feeney didn’t make it! … [Report]

Driven: BMW X7 50d

Having spent the afternoon at Gleneagles on Sunday for the finish of the magnificent Flying Scotsman Rally, it was back to Gleneagles again on Monday for the Press launch of BMW’s new flagship, the X7. By goad it’s big. Fit for a President or a rock star it is expensive, but it comes with a BoGoF offer! … [Review]

Driven: Ford Focus 1.0

57 years ago, a certain Carroll Shelby swapped the 170 bhp AC Ace 2.6 litre straight six for a Ford 4.7 litre V8 with 271 bhp, and has since been quoted as saying “there ain’t no substitute for cubic inches.” It now turns out “there ain’t no truth ” in such a saying as Ford’s new Focus might indicate … [Review]

The Grand Plan

jbtype03The Jaggy Bunnet website is complemented by a Blog (see Navigation Bar above) which will report ‘Live News’ from events, while the Website will publish detailed post-event reports after each rally. Now on Twitter too!   @johnfife1  …. [Read More]

Transit goes Hybrid

Ford is to introduce a new Hybrid powertrain on its 2 litre diesel engines starting with the Tourneo Custom nine seater people carrier. No doubt this will make it’s appearance across other commercial models in the range in due course. There are no bold claims about huge savings in fuel consumption, but these days, every little helps … [News]

Special Features

Forestry Fees … Is rallying pricing itself out of the forests?

Rally Timing … Most rallies use ‘Target Timing’, but what is it?

Co-driver’s Guide … Drivers have the easy job, but what do Co-drivers do?

Tyre Talk … Which is better? More power, or more Grip?

Press Matters … Is the Press a necessary evil, or a force for good?

Safety in the forests … marshals need to be identifiable!