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Over 100 pre-war cars will set off from the starting line of the Endurance Rally Association’s sixth Flying Scotsman Rally which is being held on Friday 14th April. The route starts in the Midlands which allows drivers to enjoy more of the Scottish Borders and Scotland before reaching the finish line 600 miles on at Gleneagles in Perthshire.
The ‘Great Northern’ edition will begin at 8am on the 4th April from the Forest of Arden Hotel and Country Club, ten miles south of Birmingham. Some of the pre-war cars motoring towards the north include Bentleys, Lagondas, MGs and Jaguars, followed by Ford Model As, Rileys and Rolls Royces.
The rally will involve one overnight stay near Blackburn before taking in remote routes through Lancashire and Yorkshire. The second day will see the cars cross the border into Scotland, reaching Gleneagles, north of Edinburgh, on Sunday 6th April at around 5pm.
The rally is the only long-distance rally purely for vintage cars and to add to the atmosphere, the rally competitors are encouraged to dress in period clothing, matching the Pre-war style of their cars, with a trophy to be awarded at the gala dinner at Gleneagles.
Philip Young, Endurance Rally Association’s Rally Director, said: “We have entrants coming from all over the UK and Europe, with even Americans, Canadians and Australians taking part, making it a truly international celebration of pre-war motoring.
“But don’t let the vintage dress they will be wearing fool you. There are plenty of teams who are definitely in it to win it. Entrants will be judged on their performance and reliability and will have to maintain certain average speeds over set distances along the route. Once we hit the road, that’s when the competitive spirit will be seen in all its glory.”
Amongst those taking part is the winning team from the 2013 Peking to Paris Rally and the 2012 Trans-America Rally, Phil Garratt and Keiran Brown in their 1932 Alvis Speed 20 who will be hoping to complete a hat-trick of wins.
The oldest car in the Flying Scotsman rally is the 1912 Chalmers 10 driven by last year’s ‘Pioneer’ division winners Robert Abrey and Brad Webb from the UK, while fellow British team Vincent and Victoria Fairclough will be driving the youngest pre-war car in action, the 1948 MG TC.
The vehicles will receive a final check on Thursday 3rd April between 12 noon and 5pm, and ongoing support throughout the rally will consist of a team of a team of experienced rally mechanics that can cope with almost anything these special cars might throw at them.
The Endurance Rally Association has a track-record of over 60 major international events including the new Alpine Trial 2014, the Road to Mandalay 2015 and the Peking to Paris Motoring Challenge, due to be held in 2016.
For further information on the Endurance Rally Association event visit www.endurorally.com