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On the Road Again at Gleneagles

Alastair Caldwell - Monday, April 22, 2013

The 5th Flying Scotsman 2013 rally took place this weekend and along with Catriona Rings in my gorgeous 1938 Alfa 6C we had a great time over 3 fun packed days.

Friday 19th

The rally started on Friday 19th in Hertfordshire heading off into new rally territory, a change from 2012, through Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire. We drove past Castle Ashby which was built to celebrate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth and stopped off for lunch in the village of Market Bosworth. That afternoon we were back on familiar territory driving around the battlefield of Bosworth Field. Then off north through the Peak District skirting past Buxton ending up for a well earned 'watering' rest near Macclesfield. We ended the first day in a respectable 9th position out of a field of 106 cars.

1938 Alfa 6C on Rally DutySaturday 20th

Off to an early start in the 'fresh' morning air with the sun beating down and continuing north, passing through Glossop before a wonderful jaunt. I'm sure the locals loved over 100 classic cars flying along these country lanes! We then went through the lovely towns on the Lancashire / Yorkshire border and onto the beautiful scenery of Widdop Moor and The Forest of Trawden.

The stunning Yorkshire Dales saw our route for the afternoon through the Ribblehead Viaduct then heading north into Cumbria. A quick break and then we were at it again off to the Lake District National Park and onwards to the Scottish Borders and a well earned overnight rest in Gretna Green.

A great run today as we finished equal 3rd with my good friends David Thomson and Gareth Holding in their Talbot 105 Alpine. I knew there would be some 'friendly' competitive driving on the Sunday as we both had our eyes on making that third spot our own!

Sunday 21st

The final day saw us driving away from Gretna with a long day ahead to reach the finish line at the Gleneagles Hotel. Off to Dumfries and Galloway and the East Stewartry Coast then an early lunch at Drumlanrig Castle, an imposing building standing in 90,000 acres of stunning Scottish countryside, home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch.

After lunch we headed north again over the Lowther Hills to the final test sections of the event. The first test section was at the Kames Motorsport Complex and the second at Forrestburn Hillclimb circuit.

The run in to Gleneagles and the finish line took us past Bannockburn the site of Robert Bruce's famous battle. We arrived at Gleneagles Hotel which is set amongst the wonderful scenery around the Scottish town of Auchterader - if you haven't been you should take the time to visit as it's a glorious venue.

And the result?

We finished FIRST in our C4 class!

Try as we could we didn't manage to grab that third place from David and Gareth but finished 4th overall.

So another good result for the Alfa. And as always on to the next event.

 

You can read more about the rally on the organisers website


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