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Class Winner Reg Car
Rally Champion Bill Irvine C693JYC Ex-Military Land Rover Defender
Entrants' Choice Norman Telfer KWE 911J P5B Coupe
Running Board Cars Donald Shedden EUE 970 Rover 12 HP
Rover P4 Malcolm Jones 445 VKT Rover 90
Rover P5 Norman Telfer KWE 911J P5B Coupe
Rover P6 Fraser Lawrence EOX 889D Rover 2000
Rover SD1 Chris Powell D960 JNC 3500 Vitesse
Other Rover Cars John Lamb R197 XOG 800 Sterling
Rover 75 / ZT Steven Marshall AX53 YFS Rover 75
Series One Land Rover Alan Stewart TSU 782 Series One
Classic Land Rover Ronnie Rusack JFS 710E Series 2A Firefly
Land Rover Bill Irvine C693JYC Defender
Classic Range Rover Mark Klimek BSN 900K Range Rover
Late 4x4 Gordon McLeod GM54 MCL Defender
Non Rovers Mr Thomson YYY 414M BMW 2002 Auto
Master Class James T Walker WNW 567H P5B
Oldest Rover Car Donald Shedden EUE 970 12 HP (P2)
Oldest Land Rover Alan Stewart TSU 782 Series One
Distance Travelled Chris Powell (Swindon) D960 JNC SD1 3500 Vitesse (343 miles)


Rally Report 2015

Report by Trevor Colebrook and George Beattie

They say you should never go back, but for the 21st edition of the Scottish All Rover Rally the organisers took the decision to return to Thirlestane Castle in the picturesque Borders town of Lauder. This proved to be a wise move as the 2015 rally was well supported and considered a great event by all who participated.

The rally weekend got underway on Saturday morning with around a dozen cars gathering at Thirlestane Castle for the start of the scenic tour of the Lammermuir Hills. From Lauder the route took us across Lauderdale to Stow, then as we headed north along the A7 we could see the newly laid tracks for the Borders Rail Link, which revives part of the old Waverley route from Tweedbank to Edinburgh, closed in 1969. Our route diverged from this to take us across the hills again, passing the ancient ruins of Soutra Aisle and across into East Lothian to our lunch stop at The Museum of Flight at East Fortune.

After exploring the museum we set off again through Haddington and Gifford and on to Duns. The B6365 from Gifford to Duns across the Lammermuir Hills has to be one of the most scenic runs in the Borders, with the scenery changing mile on mile, from hilltops to lochs and open moorland to forest along the way. Full marks to Ian Headrick for finding this tarmac gem! Upon arrival at Duns we took the opportunity to revisit the Jim Clark Rooms, which contain many of Scotland's greatest racing driver's trophies. From Duns it was a short but pleasant run back to Lauder in time for refreshments ahead of the evening dinner.

The two dozen diners were well fed and watered at the Lauderdale Hotel, then their minds were put to the test courtesy of another John Lamb quiz, which as usual took in subjects as varied as politics, music and Rover trivia.

The weather on Sunday was, unfortunately, not as pleasant as it had been on the Saturday, but by 09.30 a steady stream of cars had started to arrive and by around 10.30 the area in front of the castle was full of cars arranged in their various classes and over in a small adjacent field the Military Land Rovers were set up complete with mess tent! A total of 89 vehicles attended, including 13 on-the-day entrants and a total of 24 entrants attending our rally for the first time. Deborah Stanley had kindly travelled up from Yorkshire with the P6 stand and was ably assisted by Trevor Denton.

There are always some cars which generate special interest, and this year we had plenty of these. Possibly the most visible were Geoff Taylor's Range Rover in its Police livery, along with Ronnie Rusack's Land Rover Firefly. Among the P6 entrants we had Trevor Denton with his recreation of David Bache's unique P6B "Beauty" and Robin Wild with a 3500S Estate conversion. The Ex-Military Land Rover Association were on parade with a formidable display of firepower as usual! Non-Rover entrants included a Maserati, a BMW 2002 and a Vauxhall HC Viva. The only disappointment this year was that there was only a single representative of the very early Rover cars on display.

The Castle staff laid on two tours especially for rally entrants, giving us a chance to see the Castle interior and the ornate plaster ceilings for which Thirlestane is famous. The tea room was kept busy too, a hot cuppa being a welcome antidote to what could be a cold wind.

By mid afternoon the raffle prizes had been distributed and the results of the self judging for the class awards had been calculated and everyone gathered for the award presentations.

The various class awards and other 'recognition' awards are listed alongside this report. Highlights included the Master Class award, won by Jim Walker in his Arden Green P5b Saloon with Cairns Galbraith taking second in his P5b Coupe and Dave Newell in 3rd place with his P5 3ltr saloon.

The "Entrants' Choice" award, voted for by all entrants, was another victory for Norman Telfer and his P5B Coupe, (who had also won 1st in class) a well deserved return for the many long hours invested in his car.

Car of the show was awarded to Bill Irvine with his awesome Military Land Rover Defender bristling with guns and other hardware which looked like it had just returned from the Middle East!

The committee would like to record its appreciation of a Rover P4 Shield award kindly donated by Mel Cree from Wakefield, a regular attender at our rallies with his 1960 P4 100. This award was given to the class winner, Malcolm Jones with his restored 1954 '90'.

A vote of thanks is also due to all the rally organisers who worked so hard to stage the rally, to the staff at Thirlestane Castle and Captain Maitland-Carew for inviting us back.

The location and format for the 2016 SARR is yet to be determined, as both George Beattie (chairman) and Kim Payne (treasurer) have indicated their desire to retire from the organising committee. The committee is already one person down, so with only 5 members remaining out of an ideal committee membership of 8, a meeting to decide the future of the Scottish All Rover Rally will be held in August. Any entrant/Rover enthusiast who would like to become involved would be most welcome to come along and become part of the team. We are particularly keen to attract persons with good IT skills! Contact George (01506 842979) if you are interested in helping to keep the show on the road!