Scottish motoring news, rally reports and information

News: MacKinnon’s 4th Mull

First time out in a Hyundai i20 R5 Paul MacKinnon with Paul Beaton scored his 4th victory on the Beatson’s Mull Rally by just 9 secs from Daniel Harper and Chris Campbell in the MINI WRC. The fight for 3rd place was close too but a stirring run down the 30 miler on Saturday night clinched it for the Escort Mk2 of John and Peter MacCrone ahead of the Fiesta R5 of David Wright and Paula Swinscoe … [Report]

News: Henderson’s Galloway

David Bogie and John Rowan powered into an instant lead on the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally but David Henderson and Chris Lees had other ideas, scoring their first ever victory on gravel in the Ford Fiesta Rally2. Bogie and Rowan finished second in a similar car with the Subaru of Jock Armstrong and Cameron Fair completing the top three while title hopeful Michael Binnie crashed out … [Report]

Driven: BMW 223i

The BMW Active Tourer is not the prettiest flower in BMW’s window box, but you can’t argue with its sheer practicality. This is an MPV as opposed to an SUV and all the better for it with bags of room for domestic duties. But don’t get the idea this is simply a family hold-all on wheels. On the bootlid was a wee tri-colour badge with the letter ‘M’. In this case the ‘M’ stands not for modesty, but for madness … [Review]

Driven: Skoda Fabia

This is a great wee car and although Skodas are no longer cheap, it is competitive with other one litre rivals. If you want a fuss-free, good handling, zippy little motor with room enough for four and a decent boot then stick it at the top of your list and judge the rest of its rivals against it. It looks good without being cute and is well equipped including a couple of wee secrets for the Scottish climate … [Review] 

The Grand Plan

jbtype03 The 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]

Toyota & Hydrogen

Almost overlooked by the WRC ‘heavyweights’ doing battle in Belgium on the recent WRC round was the debut of a rather unique rally car, although not in competition – yet! Toyota President Akio Toyoda drove a rally prepared Toyota GR Yaris H2  in a demonstration run during Rally Belgium. This was the first time Toyota had shown an ‘under-development’ hydrogen-engine vehicle on public roads outside Japan. With developments like this, maybe there is some hope for special stage rallying after all … [Feature]

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