26 Jun: Mull – 30 years ago

The organisers of the 2020 Beatson’s Mull Rally have stated that a final decision on whether this year’s event will run or not will be taken by the team and the island on the 24th of July. By that time the picture will be clearer on lockdown/isolation rules. Although it […] Read more »

21 Jun: The Rally Bulletin Service

Before the Internet Although many younger rally competitors and fans enjoy looking back at films and photographs of rallies past, featuring such historic delights as Minis, Chevettes, Sunbeams, Corollas and Escorts, they don’t know much about the working background of the sport before mobile phones and laptop computers. Indeed, 40 […] Read more »

18 Jun: Lookback to SRC 1980

The 1980 Border Counties Rally, as published in the SRC Newsletter … Comments about the Esso Border Counties ranged from the good to the bad, and from the nice to the ugly. In fact, I’ve never heard such diverse opinions about the same event. For example, one English crew took […] Read more »

08 Jun: The Origins of Rallying

How it all came about … You may think that rallying wasn’t invented until the car came along, but you’d be wrong. Long before there were cars, there were wheels. Just ask the Romans. But even before we had the wheels, we had to get the navigation bit sorted out […] Read more »

04 Jun: M-Sport Power for BTCC

M-SPORT TO SUPPLY NEW BTCC ENGINE M-Sport has been awarded a five-year contract by TOCA – Series Organiser of the British Touring Car Championship – to supply the next ‘TOCA BTCC engine’ from 2022 onwards. Seeing off stiff competition from a number of interested parties, the Cumbrian firm were amongst […] Read more »

02 Jun: Rallying’s future?

Time to Think – and to Plan Given the fact that rallying has been suspended for the foreseeable future, it gives us all to time to sit back and ponder what that future might look like. If this article can generate some GENUINE debate and practical suggestions then I might […] Read more »

02 Jun: Rallying’s future? Pg2

Time to Think – and to Plan – 2 Such cars might therefore be considered ideal for single venue events only at the present time, with short stages and shorter road sections. Or, like Coltness CC’s well received and enjoyed McRae Gravel Challenge 3 years back which had basically 4 […] Read more »

02 Jun: Rallying’s future? Pg3

Time to Think – and to Plan – 3 And so it will be again with hybrid and fully electric vehicles. If we don’t get on top of this before it starts, the technology race will kick off, costs and prices will increase and more folk will be put off […] Read more »

02 Jun: Rallying’s future? Pg4

Time to Think – and to Plan – 4 Thinking back to the Craigvinean event there was indeed one selfish, irresponsible oaf who was defying the requests of Course Car crews and refused to move from his chosen vantage point – until a few other spectators stepped in and suggested […] Read more »

27 May: The Perfect ‘Spy’ Car

The Ultimate ‘Company’ Car … Something is stirring deep in the heart of Newport Bagnall. It has a 4 litre, triple SU fed straight-six, generating some 290 bhp. It might be a bit pricey, but it’s the only way that a very select few will get to feel like James […] Read more »