02 Mar: Snowman Rallython

The Virtual Snowman ‘Rallython’ 2021 – March 6th March 6th 2021 should have been the day that the Highland Car Clubs Snowman Rally once again roared into life in the forests of the North of Scotland, kicking off the Scottish Rally Championship year and entertaining the thousands of spectators who […] Read more »

15 Feb: Obituary – Bill Taylor

William Dickson Taylor, 1938 – 2021 Scottish rallying will be saddened to learn of the passing of William Dickson Taylor, better known as Bill to a certain ‘older’ generation of fans and followers. The current generation won’t recognise the name as he wasn’t a flamboyant, outspoken or controversial character. Bill […] Read more »

10 Feb: Obituary – Johnstone Syer

… Johnstone Syer, 1933 – 2021 … One of rallying’s more colourful characters has sadly passed away. Originally a miner and later a photographer with his own studio in Dunfermline, Johnstone Syer was better known as one of the world’s top rally navigators. Note the use of the term ‘navigator’ […] Read more »

21 Jan: Obituary – Farquhar MacRae

Obituary … Farquhar Finlay MacRae, 1937 – 2021 The new year started badly again with news that rally driver and retired garage proprietor Farquhar MacRae passed away in early January in Raigmore Hospital after a short illness. A very quiet, intelligent, practical and resourceful engineer, Farquhar was a rally driver […] Read more »

13 Dec: Obituary – Reay MacKay

… Reay MacKay, 1974 – 2020 … A bad year just got worse. Reay MacKay passed away on Friday, he was just 46 years old. One of the most popular characters on the Scottish rallying scene, Reay was actually quite quiet and yet very sociable. He didn’t need an excuse […] Read more »

04 Dec: Miss Shilling’s Orifice

Skinners Union (SU) Carburetter Company is best known for its automotive applications but, during the Second World War, SU paused road car carburetter production to help with the war effort. This change of direction led SU to be successful in aero carburetion, and their single-point fuel injection pump became standard […] Read more »

07 Nov: Obituary – Phil Walker

… Obituary: Phil Walker, 1946 – 2020 … ‘Uncle Phil’ Walker, the Godfather of Scottish rallying, passed away on Friday morning the 6th of November in a hospice in Edinburgh after a brave fight with leukaemia. An illness endured, as we would expect, with uncomplaining fortitude and good humour. It […] Read more »

02 Nov: The Virtual Marshal

… The Virtual Marshal … Rallying is going to look pretty different when it finally gets the green light. Some concern is already being expressed regarding the continued use of Forest Scotland roads which would leave little alternative but closed venue and closed public road events. It’s not just the […] Read more »

26 Oct: New for Old

Often seen as the bad guys – simply because they currently supply the most popular means of personal transport and charge a lot for it – motor vehicle manufacturers are always looking at ways to make money and more profit, be it developing new models or new equipment. The trouble […] Read more »

06 Aug: A Night Out at the Forum

The Internet has made quite an impact on modern life, but not necessarily in a good way. Like all good things, there is a downside. Although rallying has benefited greatly with on line news, action film clips, event results and on-line chat, it has killed off the club night. Even […] Read more »