Tuesday, 17 May 2022

Race - Ingliston Memories

Once upon a time there was a motor racing circuit at Ingliston on the western outskirts of Edinburgh. Sadly no longer, although now used as a venue for the DCC Stages Rally once a year. The original race track itself is still there but few people who visit the Royal Highland Show or other events now held there will be aware of it or recognise it for what it was. Pity that, it was a great wee circuit.

Oddly enough I was reminded of that at the Brick & Steel Border Counties last weekend when two old motor racing chums met up and started shooting the breeze. One was ex-racing driver Cameron Binnie (faither of Michael) and long time pal and also ex- racing driver Keith Wickham both of whom raced at Ingliston in the glory days.

As one of Michael's rally sponsors, Keith had just popped in for a nosey and a natter - in his 1937, 4.5 litre Bentley Derby Open Sports velocipede recently returned from its successful Flying Scotsman Enduro Rally outing at the beginning of April. Wonderful.

Anyway, he didn't need much persuading to fire it up and give it some revs (maximum 4500 rpm) and said: "Don't you think it sounds a bit like a Spitfire?" And you know what, he's right. What an utterly marvellous machine.

And the Black & White photo? That was Cameron at Ingliston collecting the silverware 37 years ago. Hasn't changed a bit, eh? Apart from the new wig that is!!

Monday, 16 May 2022

Rally - Border Counties

There will be no big report in the magazine from the Brick & Steel Border Counties Rally because it was a BTRDA round, as opposed to a Scottish Championship counter, but I did manage to catch up with most of our lot who were taking  part. By all accounts a good rally and the stages were well received despite pre event fears that the FLS graders had been through!

Top Scottish crew was Michael Binnie and Claire Mole in 5th place with John Wink and Neil Shanks also in the top ten while Ian Baumgart/Sinclair Young and John McClory/David Hood were just a smidgeon outside it.

And if you're wondering about the photo, well, that's another story - keep following ...


Sunday, 15 May 2022

Rally - Albar Kames

18 seconds separated the top three at the 'Albar Kames Trophy Rally supported by Lochlie Construction Group' today with Graham Bruce and David Aitken taking victory in their Ford Escort Mk2.


The scrap for second place featured a rare old battle with the Peugeot 206 of Des Campbell and Craig Forsyth sticking like a tick to a bull of the Mitsubishi Evo7 of Kenneth Blair and Jessica Jamieson, but Kenny just managed to hang on to the runner-up position by 11 seconds.


Ross Auld didn't get beyond SS1 (of 15) when the gearbox seized in the Escort while Colin Gemmell debuted his new 4WD VW Golf. He was leading the rally when a silly wee nut broke off the bottom of the front suspension and the car lost a wheel.



Thursday, 12 May 2022

Rally - Albar Kames Rally

Top seed - Ross Auld
The Albar Kames Trophy Rally, supported by Lochlie Construction Group, will take to the Muirkirk track in Ayrshire this weekend on Sunday 15th May. A full entry of 35 cars include a dozen Junior 1000 entries for 14 to 17 year olds in their 1 litre cars.

Ross Auld heads the 'senior' entry with his Ford Escort Mk2 while Oliver Phillips was top Junior 1000 points scorer at a close fought opening round of the championship at the end of April at Ingliston and will be keen to maintain that momentum on Sunday's 2nd round.

With Covid restrictions greatly eased, East Ayrshire Car Club will be able to welcome visitors at any time during the day - and the cafe will be open! Yee Haaa, let the good times roll again.

First car away at 09:10 Hrs ahead of 16 Special Stages, so plenty of action all day. Full Entry List here:


Junior 1000's Oliver Phillips


Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Road - Land Rover Defender

Some Press appraisal vehicles are harder to part with than others, and sometimes the delivery teams have to be prepared for tears, reluctance, excuses, damn lies and threats when they come to reclaim them. 

This time the Land Rover Defender boys had to come armed with tyre levers and jemmies to get this one back! Of course there will be critics out there, but personally, I’ll admit it, I’m smitten. 

All I need now is a winning lottery ticket -a  big one!



Rally - Border Counties

Full Entry List for this Saturday's (14th May) Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally in the on-line mag. It's not a round of the Scottish Championship this year but it is Round 3 of the BTRDA series and quite a few of our lot are involved. Starts and Finishes in Jedburgh with stages in Wauchope and the Tweed Valley.



Tuesday, 10 May 2022

Rally - Stig Blomqvist at Knockill

Stig Blomqvist is the latest star to sign up for the McRae Rally Challenge at Knockhill on July 2nd and 3rd.

This is no white suited counterfeit Stig, this is the real and original former World Rally Championship winning version - although he can be just as taciturn as the TV cartoon character at times! Mind you, he has mellowed over recent years.

He's down to drive the 5 litre Vauxhall Firenza that he drove at the 2015 McRae celebration at Knockhill, and also the Audi quattro Sport that Hannu Mikkola drove that day.