A shorter Newsletter this month, following on our spring Highland Run. A report on this year’s Run will soon be uploaded to the Events Section, so please just keep checking the Events Section.
McRae Rally Challenge: This is being held over the weekend of 16/17th May at Knockhill. It is being advertised as a special Rally festival which is taking place to mark the 20th Anniversary of Colin McRae’s 1995 World Rally Championship win. As well as a 30 mile, 10-stage Rally, in association with Coltness Car Club; this event will showcase some of Colin’s most iconic competition cars – including the 1995 Championship winning Subaru. Many famous rally names will be competing there including WRC Champion, Stig Blomqvist, Kris Meeke who recently won the WRC Rally Argentina, David Bogie and many others. Further details of this event including details of admission charges, etc., can be found by clicking here. Apart from the rally stages to see there will be lots of iconic competition cars from the past. A few VSMA Directors will also be there including Charlie Young, Andy Watson and myself, hoping to enlist some new members to our association. Maybe we will see you there!
Fintray Hill Climb: While at the recent Doune Hill Climb, Charlie Young and I bumped into member Trevor Park (son of Brian) of the Grampian Automobile club. He was keen to promote the 50th Aniversary of Fintry Hill Climb on the 15th/16th August. Being a leading light in GAC he hopes to encourage some of those who had competed on Fintry if possible 50 years ago to come along (not necessarily to compete)! Details will be issued later to those interested.
Interestingly, just last week I received a copy of a beautiful 30 odd page A4 sized magazine/brochure from member Jack Davidson. This production shows the ‘Half a Century of Speed Hill Climbing’ at Fintray Hill Climb. It is packed with photographs, B&W and colour, taken over the past fifty years at Fintray together with the history of the event from its early days under the auspicies of Aberdeen & District Motor Club up to the present-day organisers, the Grampian Automobile Club. The history is both interesting and at times amusing – a very good read. Of course most of the images come from Jack’s enormous collection of pictures which he has been scanning digitally over the past few months. I’m sure many of our members who had or still are competing on hills will be keen to get a copy of this publication. If anyone is interested in obtaining any of Jack’s motor sport images you only have to ask him (Te: 07736 679520). Copies of ‘Fintray at Fifty’ can also be obtained via Jack’s website – they cost only £7.50 (plus £1.50 postage) – click on the above image for details.
We are delighted to welcome the following to membership of the Association. Some details on these members can be found on clicking their name –
Kenny Gunn, Rutherglen
Tim Mackay, Edinburgh
Iain Mitchell, Perth
Richard Morris, Kingholm
I am sad to report the recent death on 24th March, of Rustie Wilson. He was the younger brother of Hamish Wilson, Hamilton.
Although not a member of VSMA I was also sad to hear of the death of Lance Morrison who was a member of Lanarkshire Car Club in the 1970s. A full obituary of Lance can be seen on John Fyfe’s Motor Sport Website “Jaggy Bunnet“
Prince Charles is visiting an Edinburgh hospital. He enters a ward full of patients with no obvious sign of injury or illness and greets one. The patient replies: “Fair fa your honest sonsie face, Great chieftain o’ the puddin race, Aboon them a’ ye take yer place, Painch, tripe or thairm, As langs my airm.”
HRH is confused, so he just smiles and moves on to the next patient. The patient responds: “Some hae meat an canna eat, And some wad eat that want it, But we hae meat an we… can eat, So let the Lord be thankit.”
Even more confused, the Prince moves on to the next patient, who Immediately begins to chant: “Wee sleekit, cowerin, timrous beasty, O the panic in thy breasty, Thou needna start awa sae hastie, Wi bickering brattle.”
Now seriously troubled, Charles turns to the accompanying doctor and asks, “Is this a psychiatric ward?” “No,” replies the doctor, “This is the serious Burns unit.”
So much for marital bliss !!