13 Jun: Obituary – Mike Gascoigne

Michael Neil Clifton Gascoigne, 1949 – 2021 Motor sport needs ‘doers’ every bit as much as it needs participants. Those behind the scenes, often faceless figures, that we all seem to take for granted – until something needs sorted or goes wrong. It is notable that at the conclusion of […] Read more »

08 Jun: Obituary – Gavin Gray

Obituary – Gavin Gray, 1956 – 2021 Another good rally man gone. You may not recall the name but you will recognise the mutton chopped face and the polka dotted car. Gavin Gray was one of those rally drivers who were never likely to threaten the front runners far less […] Read more »

04 May: Virtual Marshal

THE LATEST INNOVATION FROM LEADING VINTAGE & CLASSIC CAR RALLY ORGANISER BESPOKE RALLIES Run by John Brigden, ‘Bespoke Rallies’ was arguably the first rally organiser to augment the role of road books by the introduction of GPS navigation, and the latest version of its Garmin-based system draws much praise from […] Read more »

24 Feb: Forestry England Future

… Forestry England Motorsports Review … JB recently published the full 11 page 3,000 word Forestry England Motorsports Review – Executive Summary document on these pages. And whilst it would appear that forest rallying is safe for the moment it was not exactly fulsome in its support while indicating that […] 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 »

26 Jan: View from the Top

Update from the Scottish Association of Motor Sports Clubs … In normal times, early 2021 would have seen Motorsport UK holding the biennial round of seminars for Licenced Officials. But these are not possible in lockdown so instead, there is a week of online seminars. Specialist role specific sessions are […] 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 »

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 »