01 Aug: Solway Coast Entry & Info

… usedcarparts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally, Sat/Sun 5/6 Aug …

It’s August, it’s holiday time, so pack your wellies and anoraks, it’s off to the Costa del Solway this weekend for the two day festival of fun and motoring frolics that is called the ‘usedcarparts.co.uk Solway Coast Rally’. It’s also a round of the Blackwood Plant Hire Scottish Tarmack Championship so there is a serious side to the affair.

However, the rally is in two parts. The STRC regulars take to the stages on the Saturday only whilst the 14-17 year olds take centre stage on Sunday with representatives from the four home nations. Quite a turn out for the 1 litre speedsters. New to the Sunday run is a separate but additional Historic Rally for Historics driving Historics, or any other age group driving Historics, with a whole dose of Minis taking part plus a couple of Scottish built cars – Hillman Avengers!

But crikey just look at the line-up for the Saturday thrash. Mark McCulloch (Evo9), first last year, and David Hardie (with his new Subaru) look all set to renew their intense battles over the past three years with hot-shot Greg McKnight (Evo9) entering the fray ahead of the number 4 seed, one Lee Hastings (Subaru). We haven’t seen much of Lee this year as he has been concentrating his efforts on the Triton Irish National Rally Championship where he currently leads his class. In other words, he’s well ready for the action on his home event.

Iain Wilson is another fast improving local running at number 5 just ahead of Ian Paterson and reigning Scottish Tarmack Champion John Marshall (2nd last year) all in Subarus. It’s not till we get to the number 8 seed that we find the first of the 2WD cars with Gary Adam (3rd last year) and Alan Kirkaldy in their Mk2s while the Subaru of Gordon Morrison rounds off the top ten.

What an entry for the club that is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, one of the longest running and most active clubs in the country.

And if you think that’s it, forget it. Nigel Feeney runs at 11 in his MINI WRC followed by Ian Forgan in the Hyundai Accent WRC. At 14 is Richard Dickson on his annual outing and yet despite his lack of mileage he goes well every year and gives a fright to those who least expect it. At 15 is Stephen Thompson, always quick in the Mk2, it would appear that he has acquired a Fiesta R5, then there’s regular visitor from the deep south, Steve Retchless in his Mk2 with young Taylor Gibb on his tail in the Lancer. Billy McClelland, Murray Grierson and Jim McDowall round off the top 20 in one of the most competitive looking line-ups you’ll ever see this side of the sun-rise.

Spectator Info:

You’ll have to check the Solway Car Club website for the latest info as the location of the rally is an active MOD facility. I don’t want to worry you, but they have armed guards and big dugs, so please dae as yer tellt – or else.

A spectator car park has been set up in a field just off the A711 Kirkcudbright to Dundrennan road so look out for the car parking signs and the green Spectator arrows. And don’t bring any of your own pets. The guard dogs are no respecters of other quadrupeds and anything smaller than them is likely to get eaten.

There will be at least two spectator areas on the Saturday and again on the Sunday, and they are both a stout walk up the hill (but it makes it easier coming down!) and the arrows will direct you to them. I also expect there will be maps and diagrams on the Solway Car Club website soon, so keep your eyes on that.

There will be 8 stages totalling 43 miles on the Saturday starting at 9.00am, and 9 stages totalling 36 miles on the Sunday starting at 9.15am.

Entry List, Saturday 5th August:
1, Mark McCulloch/Michael Hendry (Dumfries/Archiestown) Mitsubishi Evo9, Class 4
2, David Hardie/John McCulloch (Dumfries/Newton Stewart) Subaru Impreza, 4
3, Greg McKnight/David Crosbie (Penpont/Thornhill) Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9, 4
4, Lee Hastings/Alistair Wyllie (Collin/Rosscarberry) Subaru Impreza, 4
5, Iain Wilson/Mark Fisher (Dalbeattie/Workington) Subaru Impreza, 4
6, Ian Paterson/Heather Grisedale (Dumfries/Workington) Subaru Impreza, 4
7, John Marshall/Scott Crawford (Alloa/Johnstone) Subaru Impreza, 4
8, Gary Adam/Gordon Adam (Dollar/Tillicoultry) Ford Escort Mk2, 4
9, Alan Kirkaldy/Cameron Fair (St Andrews/Kilmarnock) Ford Escort Mk2, 4
10, Gordon Morrison/Calum MacPherson (Kilbarchan/Taynuilt) Subaru Impreza, 4
11, Nigel Feeney/Abi Louden (Monkton/Kinneff) Mini Countryman WRC, 4
12, Ian Forgan/Chris Lees (Lundin Links/Glasgow) Hyundai Accent WRC, 4
14, Richard Dickson/Sanny Dobie (Dumfries/Castle Douglas) Subaru Impreza , 4
15, Stephen Thompson/Larry Higton (Kirkcudbright/Newton Mearns) Ford Fiesta R5, 4
16, Steve Retchless/Sasha Heriot (Northallerton/Chesterfield) Ford Escort Mk2, 4
17, Taylor Gibb/Jane Nicol (Kilmarnock /Edinburgh) Mitsubishi Evo8, 4
18, Billy McLelland/Helen Brown (Dumfries/Dumfries) Mitsubishi Evo3, 4
19, Murray Grierson/Mark Grierson (Dalbeattie/Edinburgh) Subaru Impreza, 4
20, Jim McDowall/Jamie McDowall (Creetown/Newton Stewart) Subaru Impreza, 4
21, Brian Watson/Caroline Will (Stonehaven/Inverurie) Mitsubishi Evo9, 4
22, Stuart Paterson/Allan Paterson (Collin/Mouswald) Subaru Impreza, 4
23, Alan Gardiner/Dave Robson (Biggar/Ancrum) Ford Escort Mk1, 4
24, Hamish Kinloch/Stuart Faulds (Newmilns/Tamforth) Ford Escort Mk2, 3
25, Colin Gemmell/Derek Keir (Stair/Ayr) Ford Escort Mk2, 4
26, Gareth White/Harry Marchbank (St Boswells/Thornhill) Peugeot 208 R2 Vti, 2
27, David Benson/Steven Benson (Blackpool/Blackpool) Honda Civic EK4, 2
28, Andrew Scott/Ian Robertson (Aberdeen/Norwich) Ford Escort Mk2, 4
29, Derek Blyth/Phil Hall (Stainton/Blidworth) Subaru Impreza, 4
30, Chris Marshall/Graham Wild (Wigan/Market Rasen) Mitsubishi Evo5, 4
31, Liam Harkness/Steven Clark (Dumfries/Mostyn) Subaru Impreza, 4
32, Ellya Gold/Jean Hay (Dunfermline/Dunfermline) Mitsubishi Evo6, 4
33, Kenny Moore/Richard Wardle (Larkhall/Pickering) Hillman Avenger, 3
34, Hamish Grant/Stewart Hurst (Muir of Ord/Muir of Ord) Ford Escort Mk2, 3
35, Angus Lawrie/Paul Gribben (Castle Douglas/Annan) Vauxhall Corsa, 2
36, Ben Wilkinson/Joe Taylor (Skipton/Huddersfield) Citroen Saxo, 2
37, Ross McCallum/James Ralph (Perth/Elgin) MG Maestro, 3
38, Robert Marshall/Lewis MacDougall (Tullibody/Renfrew) Ford Escort Mk2, 3
39, Donald Bowness/Robin Nicolson (Ardrishaig/Largs) Vauxhall Nova, 2
40, George R Auld/Richard Stewart (Whiting Bay/Falkirk) Ford Escort Mk2, 3
41, Michael Robertson/Murray Milne (Dunfermline/Dunfermline) Honda Civic, 3
42, Michael Harbour/Ian McDougal (Dalmelligton/Tobermory) Citroen C2 R2 Max, 2
43, Andrew Varley/Michael Calvert (Lothersdale/Addingham) Ford Escort Cosworth, 4
44, Peter Bennett/Zak Hughes (Tandragee/Welshpool) Skoda Fabia R2, 2
45, William Nelson/Craig Nelson (Dumfries/Haverfordwest) Subaru Impreza, 4
46, Hugh Murdoch/Robert McIntyre (Stranraer/TBA) Ford Escort Mk2, 3
47, Geoffrey Gallagher/Lee Gallagher (Tobermory/Tobermory) Mitsubishi Evo8, 4
48, Jim Robertson/Claire Robertson (Penpont/Penpont) Citroen C2 R2, 2
49, Simon Hunter/Howard Pridmore (Chorley/Nottingham) Peugeot 205 Rallye, 1
50, Chris Pedley/Chris Pedley Snr (Rochdale/Rochdale) Renault Clio, 3
51, Martin Page/Ben Anderson (Finzean/Clitheroe) BMW Mini, 2
52, Duncan Ferguson/Janice Ferguson (Dalmellington/Dalmellington) Ford Escort BDG, 3
53, Innes Mochrie/Paul Hunter (Lochgiphead/Glasgow) Rover Metro GTi, 1
54, Jim Sharp/Shona Hale (Stranraer/Dunfermline) Suzuki Swift, 2
55, David Kirkpatrick/Colin Johnstone (New Galloway/Newton Stewart) BMW 318ti Compact, 3
56, Jamie Miller/Ian McCulloch (Paisley/Lennoxtown) Vauxhall Nova, 1
57, Martyn Douglas/Brian Pringle (Larkhall/Lanark) Subaru Impreza, 4
58, Drew Gallagher/Chris McKnight (Inverkip/Dumfries) Subaru Impreza, 4
59, Niall Cowan Jnr/Thomas Bruce (Dumfries/Newton Aycliffe) MG ZR, 1
60, Beefy Fraser/Fiona Moir (Inverness/Inverness) Hillman Avenger Tiger, 2
61, Andrew Potts/Dave Wilkinson (Morecambe/Bury) BMW Mini, 2
62, Jamie Stewart/Kevin Mollison (Perth/Alyth) Peugeot 205 GTI, 3
63, Greg Turner/Grant MacNiven (Airdrie/Oban) Peugeot 206, 2
64, Billy Hamilton/Sara Hamilton (Reiss/Thurso) Opel Kadett, 3
65, Robert Cumming/Bob Irvine (Coylton/East Kilbride) Vauxhall Astra, 3
66, Allan Watt/James Strachan (Peterculter) Citroen Saxo, 2
67, Ewan Murdoch/Miki Lock (Stranraer/Glenluce) Ford Focus, 3
68, Finlay Brock/Chris Pattinson (Montrose/Huddersfield) Vauxhall Corsa S1600, 2
69, Toby Marshall/Jim Brindle (Macclesfield/Chorley) Nissan Micra, 1
70, Colin Stockil/Sarah Craven (Harrogate/Harrogate) Peugeot 205, 2
71, Joel David Simpson/Nick Young (Wigton/Newcastle) Nissan Micra , 1
72, Eric McClurg/Robert Sherry (Dumfries/Creetown) Subaru Impreza, 3

Entry List, Sunday 6th August:
Junior 1000

31, Ewan Tindall/Paul Hudson (Ryton/Darlington) Citroen C1
32, Jude MacDonald/Michael Cruickshank (Inverness/Crieff) Skoda Citigo
33, Johnnie Mackay/Steven Hay (Newburgh/Pitteuchar) Suzuki Alto
34, Elliot Payne/Carl Williamson (Harrogate/Chesterfield) Citroen C1
35, Lewis Haining/George Myatt (Dumfries/Dumfries) Toyota Aygo
36, Tom Rawlings/Alan Gilbert (Bewdley/Kidderminster) Citroen C1
37, Tom Llewellin/Richard Crozier (Haverfordwest/Stonehaven) Peugeot , 107
38, Sam Adams/Andrew Bushe (Ballymoney/Downpatrick) Skoda Citigo
39, James Hall/Simon Bradley(Witney/Witney) Citroen C1
40, Andrew Blackwood/Gordon Winning (Stewarton/Neilston) Citroen C1
41, Rob Wilson/Martin Haggett (Ledbury/Rugby) Nissan Micra
42, Marcus McElwee/John Henderson (Magherafelt/Loughgall) Nissan Micra
43, Ioan Lloyd/Ryland James (Llandysul/Carmarthen) Nissan Micra
44, George Sheard/Shaun Hughes (Congleton/Macclesfield) Citroen C1
45, Peter Beaton/Dean Ross (Nairn/Alness) Peugeot 107
46, Eddie Lewis/Emma Morrison (Newark/Mansfield) Citroen C1
47, Riley Banks/Mike Jode (Preston/Coleford) Peugeot 107
48, Rory Byrne/Paul Gallagher (Mayobridge/Derry) VW Up
49, Lwi Price Edwards/Keegan Rees (Wrexham/Llanelli) Peugeot 107
50, Steven Jones/Christopher Brierley (Bangor/Menai Bridge) Nissan Micra
51, Adam Dalton/Alex Taylor (Hartlepool/Thirsk) Nissan Micra
52, Rob Cotton/Chris Williams (Garstang/Millom) Nissan Micra
53, Amy McCubbin/Robin Nicholson (Muirkirk/Largs) Skoda Citigo
54, Alice Paterson/Ian Crosbie (Dumfries/Penpont) Peugeot 107

1, Clive King/Anton Bird (Dudley/Birmingham) Austin Cooper S
2, Jim Brindle/Sam Bould (Leyland/Chorley) Mini Clubman 1275
3, Ray Cunningham/Jared Gill (Athenry/TBA) Mini Cooper S
4, Colin McDowell/Cameron Rawson (Carrowdore/Cloughy) Morris Mini
5, Ian Clare/Antony Elkes (Ludlow/Bridgnorth) Austin Mini
6, Peter Ellerby/Ben Anderson (Darlington/Clitheroe) Morris Mini
7, Shane Gamble/Bob Ward (Sheffield/Birmingham) Morris Mini Cooper S
8, Paul Price/James Seymour (Wolverhampton/Bridgenorth) Morris Mini Cooper S
9, Andy Walkingshaw/Brian Hodgson (Whitehaven/Penrith) Austin Mini Cooper S
10, Rhodri Roberts/Alun Hayward (St. Asaph/TBA) Morris Mini
11, Richard Ford/Neil MacDonald (Bacup/Chorley) Mini Cooper
12, Robert Kennedy/Catrin Jones (Lytham St.Annes/Llanrhaeadr) Nissan Micra
14, Nigel Hart/TBA (Raglan/TBA) Mini Cooper
15, Louise Thomas/Emily Easton Page (Dervaig/Finzean) Rover Mini
16, Barry Stenhouse/Steve Coles (Liverpool/Manchester) Morris Mini
17, Martin Melling/Carmel Venables (Wigan/Golborne) Austin Mini
18, Stuart Hart/Catherine Farrell (Raglan/Redbrook) Mini 1275 GT
19, Jack Hartley/John Cressey (Barley/Long Preston) Mini Cooper
20, Alan McMorran/Mark Simpson (Castle Douglas/Moffat) Chrysler Avenger
21, Ian Robertson/Andrew Scott (Norwich/Aberdeen) Hillman Avenger Tiger