Solway Classic Rally 2014

By Richard Clark

With the start based at Rowrah Kart track, this rally whose slow pace, laid back scrutineering, and straightforward navigation made it more of a catch up with blasts from the past. This time we were competing in a 1964 Mini Cooper S, owned by Nigel Hepburn.

The first test on the kart track itself led to a half spin, but otherwise good. The second test in the pits posed no problems at all. The road sections used tulip diagrams and distances to junctions, not that hard, as it’s a mini, the mileage is easy to read thanks to the speedo being in the middle! On the road sections we also had to collect markers.

Next test we did, was at the motor bike track, slightly rough, but good all the same. Then it was on to the Lillyhall autotest, this was in the car park of Gen2. Most tests were similar to S.M.C. autotests.

We then headed to the quarry, this was a good test. A start half way up, then stop, then restart. Same on the way out.

It was more of a fun day, with lots of laughing and chatting, remembering rallies of by gone years (must have been all the old cars!).

Then on to a more tests in various car parks, and lunch stop back at Gen2.

We then repeated that test, with more laughing and yes, me being sick!

All in all, a very good day, and looking forward to the next outing!

(Looking forward to the Blue Streak!)

Richard Clark