Winning Bentley Super Sports of William Medcalf and navigator David Kirkham
Winning Bentley Super Sports of William Medcalf and navigator David Kirkham

Flying Scotsman Rally 2014 – Report

The 2014 running of the Flying Scotsman Rally was staged 4-6 April starting out from the Forest of Arden in Warwickshire, England. Despite heading further north for this year’s rally, it was a team from the south of the UK that went on to win the three-day, 600-mile event, after a ferocious battle for the lead.

Driver William Medcalf from Liss, West Sussex, and navigator David Kirkham from Ruislip, Middlesex, crossed the finish line at Gleneagles, north of Edinburgh, in their Bentley Super Sports to claim the win, with Paul Carter, the leader of Kent County Council, and John Bayliss in the Bentley Derby, less than a minute behind in second place.

After a determined final day’s effort, David Thomson and Alan Smith snatched third place in their Talbot 105 Alpine, just 26 seconds clear of the Jaguar SS100 of Nick Jarvis and Ryan Pickering in fourth, with the Ford Model A of Matthew Abrey in fifth spot.

Each day was laced with several timed tests, a hill climb, a demanding river crossing, and several regularity-sections, each challenging the cars, drivers and the leaderboard.

The ‘Great Northern’ route started from Birmingham’s Forest of Arden Hotel on Friday morning, travelling through the East Midlands to Derbyshire’ Peak District, Yorkshire, Lancashire, County Durham, Northumberland and over the Scottish Borders.

There were few casualties in terms of retirees. Last year’s second place team of Trina Harley and Sue Shoosmith in the Bentley pulled out after the back axle broke, a problem also incurred by the blue Delahaye of Dirk and Nick Van Praag from Belgium.

The red Jaguar SS100 of Shane Houlihan and Michael Jackson suffered a fuel leak, which lead to the engine catching fire, shooting flames through the louvres in the top of the bonnet. Fortunately the crew was able to use their fire-extinguisher in time to prevent serious damage, and the car continued with blistered paintwork.

River crossings proved challenging in the Flying Scotsman Rally
River crossings proved challenging in the 2014 Flying Scotsman Rally

Despite arriving at Gleneagles in the pouring rain, the 100 strong crews who had come from all over the world including the USA, Canada and Australia to take part, shrugged off the exhaustion to celebrate their achievements at a gala dinner where most indulged in a ‘wee dram’.

Entries for the 2015 Flying Scotsman Rally, which will venture even further north by starting in Harrogate, Yorkshire, are invited from June but will get snapped up early due to the event’s popularity.

“Despite the wet weather, nobody’s spirits were dampened,” said Rally Director Philip Young. “It’s been a fantastic three-days of epic historic rallying, great camaraderie and good sport, against the stunning backdrop of the British countryside. A great result for all involved.”

The Endurance Rally Association has a track record of over 60 major international events behind them including the new Alpine Trial 2014, the Road to Mandalay 2015 and the Peking to Paris Motoring Challenge, next held in 2016.

For more information on the Alpine Trial or any future Endurance Rally Association event – call +44 (0) 1235 831221 or visit www.endurorally.com.

[Source: Endurance Rally Association]

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  1. We, the TVR Griffith 400 owners, are surprise that a Scotish founded Griffith was not entered in this most glorious Scotish racing event. Are there too few Griffiths to enter these Continent events or are they committed to other events such as the SPA Francorchamps, Silverstone, and the Oldtimers Grand Prix? Does Shipmans light green Griffith still run in any events? We know that Michael and Sean McInerney run a great car that does eat Cobras-saw it run at the 2013, Oldtimers Gran Prix.

    Would like to know when and in which events the Griffith 400’s are entered in the Continent.

    In conclusion, a great American Hurray for Sportscardigest who let’s us know what is happening in motor sports competition around the world.