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 »

19 Nov: Obituary – Gordon Hastie

John Gordon Hastie, 1949 – 2020 Another dark day for Scottish motor sport. Very dark. Gordon Hastie passed away on Tuesday 17th November. He had been coping with cancer for almost two years but in typical Hastie fashion had made plans. In the early days of the disease he and […] 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 »

04 Aug: Obituary – Brian Patterson

Obituary – Brian Patterson, 1944-2020 Irish rallying lost its sparkle at the weekend with the passing of Brian Patterson after a short illness. And not just Irish rallying, right across the UK the double act of Brian & Liz Patterson brought enlightenment and entertainment to the masses with their mobile […] Read more »

04 Aug: McNish on the Future

Allan McNish is a three-time winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours, and also triumphed in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship with Audi team-mates Tom Kristensen and Loïc Duval. On becoming team principal of Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler in 2017, McNish guided the squad to its maiden Formula E […] Read more »

21 Jul: Autotesting Under Covid19

Testing Times That last weekend’s Autotest at Kames and AutoSolo at Errol went ahead is a tribute to the sheer tenacity of both East Ayrshire CC and Saltire Rally Club stalwarts. As late as the Wednesday before the events there was a phone call from the deep south saying that […] Read more »