12 Jun: Beatson’s Mull Rally Route

… Beatson’s Mull Rally’s routed and ready …

The second moment Beatson’s Mull Rally fans have been waiting for has arrived: the route’s ready.

(The first moment, for the avoidance of doubt, was, of course, when we knew October could be October again and the Isle of Mull would, once again, reverberate to Millington-made magnificence.)

Friday evening (October 11, 19:09 Hrs), if you’re not selecting first gear or engaging ‘stage’ mode at the start of SS1 Mishnish Lochs 1, the best place for you will be the Rally Zone at the Glengorm crossroads on the outskirts of town.

We’re ready. Are you?

Friday evening means five stages, service in Craignure, 50.62 miles of competition and an end of loop at Salen Hotel at 23:50 Hrs.

As usual, Saturday’s split into two legs. The cars re-start out of Garmony at 11:01 Hrs and face two stages before service in Tobermory. The afternoon brings two loops of three tests split by another service in Tobermory, before a 16:17 Hrs arrival at Salen Hotel.

Just over four hours later, the crews prepare for battle once more as the legendary Beatson’s Mull Rally Saturday night gets going. Three stages down, as midnight approaches, there’s one more chance for the service crews to work on the cars – in Craignure – ahead of the final, rally deciding 15-mile run from Glen Aros to Achnadrish.

Lights go green on the 17th and final test at 00:53 Hrs Sunday morning.

Seasoned Beatson’s Mull Rally marshalls, competitors and watchers will notice not much has changed in terms of timetable since the event last ran in 2016.

Clerk of the course Andy Jardine explains why: “We’ve been through some legislation changes since we last ran the rally in 2016 and the feeling from us as organisers – and in conjunction with Transport Scotland, Police Scotland and the Argyll and Bute Council was – that we go with what we know for this year.

“We have some great plans and ideas for the future of the Beatson’s Mull Rally, but given the relatively short time frame we have in the run up to October, familiarity was favoured all around.

“The route’s got everything you’ve come to expect of Mull: the Mishnish Lochs to start Friday evening and then the usual great roads like Glen Aros and the stages around Scridain and Loch Na Keal.

“This is definitely a case of being back by popular demand; the interest we’ve had in the event’s been phenomenal already, I think there’s a danger Mull might sink if everybody who says they’re coming actually arrives in Tobermory in October!”

There’s plenty to celebrate at the Beatson’s Mull Rally in October. Not only is it the first time back since 2016 –new closed-road legislation passed for Scotland in April means the insurance clause that was causing an issue for the event no longer applies – but it’s the 50th anniversary since the first rally on the island.

Deputy clerk of the course Iain Campbell said: “We’re working really hard to make this a memorable comeback event and a really special golden anniversary. The route is the most important thing, but we have plenty of plans to share in the coming months.

“But getting the route out starts to build the excitement. It’s the details, like starting Saturday night with ‘The Long One’ – the 21.5-mile run from Calgary to Aros 33X – is so special.

Saturday night starts with the 21.5 mile Long One from Calgary to Aros 33X before the remaining three special stages see the winner announced at the end of the Mishnish Lochs stage in Tobermory around 1am on Sunday.

Aros 33X?

Campbell: “This is the phone box just outside Salen where in the distant past the rally was more or less run from. It was here that results were called in from, where the communication centre was long before everyone had a mobile phone.”

Last big question: when do entries open?

Campbell again: “August 2. And the plan is to close them, with the full quota of 150 cars on August 3!”

Friday 11th October

19:01 Hrs – Rally Start, Tobermory
19:09 Hrs – SS1, Mishnish Lochs 1, 6.77 mls
19:26 Hrs – SS2 Hill Road/Loch Tuath, 14.51 mls
22:07 Hrs – SS3, Loch Kinloch 1, 4.63 mls
22:31 Hrs – SS4, Knock 1, 4.79 mls
23:00 Hrs – SS5, Glen Aros/Calgary Bay, 19.92 mls

Saturday 12th October

11:01 Hrs – Re-Start, Garmony
11:47 Hrs – SS6, Loch Kinloch 2, 4.63 mls
12:10 Hrs – SS7, Knock 2, 4.79 mls
13:12 Hrs – SS8, Mishnish Lochs 2, 6.77 mls
13:29 Hrs – SS9, Penmore 1, 6.42 mls
13:43 Hrs – SS10, Ensay/Hill Road 1, 7.86 mls
15:09 Hrs – SS11, Mishnish Lochs 3, 6.77 mls
15:26 Hrs – SS12, Penmore 2, 6.42 mls
15:40 Hrs – SS13, Ensay/Hill Road 2, 7.86 mls

21:01 Hrs – Re-Start, Salen
21:39 Hrs – SS14, Calgary Bay/Loch Tuath, 21.89 mls
22:15 Hrs – SS15, Ben More, 4.59 mls
22:39 Hrs – SS16, Scridain, 4.31 mls
00:53 Hrs – SS17, Glen Aros/Achnadrish, 15.30 mls

Full route and maps here:

11 Jun: Crail Summer Stages Prevu

… Summer Sages Rally, Crail, Sat 15th June …

With 4 rounds gone in this year’s Cobble Shop Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship, Colin Gemmell tops the points tables in his Mk2, but by only 2 points. Sharing second place are Kyle Adam and Michael Robertson. A further 9 points behind is Willie Paterson followed by Alan Wallace and Graeme Rintoul. But here’s the thing, holding 9th place overall is perhaps the most standard car of the lot, Stuart Waite’s Peugeot 206 which he drives to and from each round of the series!

On that basis there is much to see this weekend at Round 5 which takes place this Saturday at Crail and spectators are welcome. Makes a change, eh? Anyway, for those who do turn up to watch they are in for a treat. The top 20 is the best this year.

Andrew Kirkaldy will be hoping to make amends from his Granite Rally outing when the Escort let him down while the Lotus Exige of Alistair Inglis is behaving itself a lot better this season. Two maximum points scores from two finishes proves it. The Subarus of John Marshall and ‘The Sheriff’ are due to make an appearance at number 3 and 4, and John Rintoul will wheel out his R5 at number 5. There’s no number 6 in the entry list so maybe we’re in for a surprise on Saturday!

The ‘Senior’ Rally will get underway at 08.30 Hrs with the first of 5 stages totalling some 57 miles of stages while the ‘Junior 1000’ event will start at 14:15 Hrs with its own 5 stages totalling 49 miles. All we need now is the weather – tee shirts or padded jackets?

Entry List
1, Andrew Kirkaldy/Peter Carstairs (Ford Escort Mk 2) 2500cc, Cl4
2, Alistair Inglis/Colin Inglis (Lotus Exige) 2150, 4
3, John Marshall/Scott Crawford (Subaru Impreza) 2000, 5
4, Brian Watson/Sean Donnelly (Subaru Impreza S11 WRC) 1998, 5
5, John Rintoul/Ross Hynd (Ford Fiesta R5) 1600, 5
7, Alan Gardiner/Dave Robson (Ford Escort MkI) 2500, 4
8, Colin Gemmell/Pete McCallum (Ford Escort Mk2) 2500, 4
9, Tom Blackwood/Gordon Winning (Ford Escort Mk2) 2499, 4
10, Richard Sutherland/Jack Sutherland (Opel Manta) 1998, 3
11, Greg Inglis/Colin Harkness (Lotus Exige) 2000, 3
12, Michael Robertson/Murray Milne (Honda Civic Type R) 1998, 3
13, Andy Horne/Alison Horne (Darrian T90) 2000, 3
14, Michael Harbour/Ian MacDougall (Ford Escort Mk2) 2000, 3
15, Jamie Stewart/Kevin Mollison (Peugeot 205) 2000, 3
16, Des Campbell/Craig Forsyth (Peugeot 206) 1600, 2
17, Kyle Adam/Fiona Moir (Ford Escort Mk2) 1600, 2
18, Steven Hay/Steven Brown (Vauxhall Corsa) 1598, 2
19, Alan Wallace/Darren Robertson (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo6) 1998, 5
20, Phil Jobson/Mark Casey (Ford Escort RS) 2400, 4
21, George Ross Auld/Richard Stewart (Ford Escort Mk2) 2400, 4
22, Joe McKeand/David Crosbie (Subaru Impreza) 2000, 5
23, Robert Ness/Julie McGuire (Subaru Impreza) 2495, 5
24, Harry Chalmers/Michael Moates (Subaru Impreza) 2000, 5
25, Jamie Miller/Ian McCulloch (Citroën C2-R2 MAX) 1598, 2
26, Martin Watterston/Kenny Anderson (Subaru Impreza) 1999, 5
27, Graeme Rintoul/Jim Rintoul (Ford Fiesta) 1999, 3
28, Grum Willcock/Donna Harper (Opel Manta) 1998, 3
29, Graham Bruce/David Aitken (Ford Escort Mk2) 2000, 3
30, James Brims/Iain MacDonald (BMW Compact) 2995, 4
31, Hamish Grant/Stewart Hurst (Ford Escort Mk 2) 2500, 4
32, Robert Marshall/Lewis MacDougall (Ford Escort Mk2) 2500, 4
33, Alan Stark/Greg Stark (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo9) 1998, 5
34, Gregg Lithgow/Chloe Fleming (Ford Escort Mk2) 1998, 3
35, John Paterson/Scott Paterson (Vauxhall Corsa) 1600, 2
36, Stephen Bethwaite/Ann Forster (Vauxhall Nova Sport) 1400, 1
37, Lewis Haining/Johnnie Mackay (BMW E30) 2800, 4
38, Jonathan MacDonald/Chris Wareham (Peugeot 306 GTi-6) 1998, 3
39, Alistair Haw/Russell Smith (Peugeot 205 GTi) 2000, 3
40, Sandy Arbuthnott/James Ralph (Ford Focus) 2000, 5
41, Ewan Stanhope/Cameron Dunn (Renault Clio) 1998, 3
42, Andrew Plunkett/Neil Prior (Ford Escort) 2000, 3
43, Dave Cranston/Shannon Blaney (Opel Astra) 1998, 3
44, James Munro/Emma Muir (Subaru Impreza) 1994, 5
45, Peter Oag/Jennifer Oag (Citroën C2 VTS) 1598, 2
46, Andrew Blackwood/Robin Nicolson (Ford Fiesta ST) 1998, 3
47, Martin Murray/Eoghan Anderson (Ford Escort Mk2) 2000, 3
48, Andrew Hutchinson/Joe Hutchinson (Renault Clio) 1997, 3
49, Tom Pearson/Jim Stairs (Ford Escort Mk2) 1975, 3
50, John Nicholson/Kari Bates (Ford Escort Mk2) RS2000, 1998, 3
51, James Rae/Louis Ford (Honda S2000) 1997, 3
52, Sandy Coghill/Billy Hamilton (Rover 100) 1800, 3
53, Colin Blake/Pauline Blake (MINI One) 1598, 2
54, James Clark/Paul Orchiston (Audi TT) 1800, 3
55, Alister Watson/Stuart McBride (Ford Escort) 2000, 3
56, James Strachan/Louise Strachan (Peugeot 106) 1400, 1
57, Hector MacInnes/Jenny O’Kane (Subaru Impreza WRX) 2000, 5
58, Garry Coutts/Curtis Fraser (Ford Fiesta) 1596, 2
59, Robert Wood/Ryan Griffiths (Ford Fiesta) 1596, 2
60, Drew Barker/Shona Hale (Vauxhall Corsa) 1600, 2
61, Stuart Waite/Lisa Demirkoc (Peugeot 206) 1587, 2
62, Robert Cumming/Robert Irvine (Vauxhall Astra) 1998, 3
63, Niall Thomson/Jack Hall (Toyota Yaris) 998, 1
64, Martin Farquhar/Aiden Henderson (Peugeot 106) 1360, 1
65, Meghan O’Kane/John O’Kane (Vauxhall Nova) 1400, 1
66, Chris Rock/Phil Rock (Austin Mini Cooper S) 1275, 1
67, Campbell McColm/Donald McColm (Peugeot 106) 1600, 2
68, Kayleigh Strachan/Allan Watt (Citroën Saxo) 1600, 2
69, Nathan Hogg/Harry Marchbank (Vauxhall Nova) 1400, 1
70, Claire Kilmurray/Eamonn Kilmurray (Suzuki Swift GTi) 1312, 1

Junior 1000 Entry List
1, Oliver Hunter/Michael Cruickshank (Peugeot 107) 1000cc
2, Cameron Davidson/Ian McRae (Volkswagen Up!) 999
3, Marcus McElwee/John Henderson (Škoda Citigo) 1000
4, Jack Hall/Robin Nicolson (Toyota Yaris) 998
5, Letisha Conn/Ian Crosbie (Peugeot 107) 1000
6, Justin Gunning/Stuart McBride (Škoda Citigo) 999
7, Thomas Johnstone/Ian Shiells (Nissan Micra) 998
8, Daniel Hurst/Gordon Finnie (Peugeot 107) 1000
9, Aaron Webster/Neil Jeffrey (Nissan Micra) 998
10, Erica Winning/Ellya Gold (Nissan Micra) 998

07 Jun: Obituary – Jimmy Horne

… Obituary: Jimmy Horne, 1943 – 2019 … Husband, father, grandfather, garage proprietor, rally driver, and proud possessor of bad taste in shirts, Jimmy Horne passed away earlier this week after a long illness, borne with fortitude and good humour. Although a quiet and private man, Jimmy was well known […] Read more »

06 Jun: Scottish Rally Blethers

… Royally Scottish Blethers … The cause of David Bogie’s abrupt retirement on the Speyside was a broken circlip. The offending part was inside the steering rack and when it broke, it jammed the rack causing David to spin and block the stage momentarily. Oddly enough, Bob Adamson’s Skoda suffered […] Read more »

06 Jun: Wales Rally GB National info

… WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STAGE OPEN TO LOCAL HEROES … National Rally 3/4/5 October Top class rallying really is a world apart from all other major league sports: the action is staged miles from the beaten track; the extraordinary high-speed spectacle rewards like no other and, incredibly, it is a sport […] Read more »

04 Jun: Ian Callum leaves Jaguar

… Ian Callum Leaves Jaguar … Jaguar today announced that Ian Callum, Director of Design, is to leave his position at the company after two decades heading up Jaguar Design. Julian Thomson, currently Creative Design Director, has been appointed to the role of Director of Design, effective 01 July. Since […] Read more »