As I sit here at my desk this morning, I'm depressed and I've just got depresseder. John Cunningham from Lewis Car Club has sent me a copy of the Entry List for this weekend's third Rally Hebrides, (Saturday 20th), and it looks awfy guid.
The invitation-only event now has 30 cars including 'The Malton Missile' himself, Steve Bannister heading north all the way from Malton (that's near York in Englandshire by the way) and he'll be up against the local hot-shot Malcolm Buchanan, and then there's the boy from Banchory, Quintin 'Sideyways' Milne, and all three of them in MkIIs.
And if that doesn't tickle your earbuds, Sandy Arbuthnott is bringing his Metro 6R4 and Ken Wood will use his V6 engined Triumph Dolomite Sprint.
My plan was to set off from New St. Even's Town on Friday morning and catch the last ferry from Uig on Friday afternoon, returning home via the first ferry on Monday morning (there's none on Sunday!), but apparently nothing moves on the Sunday up there anyway - that's down to the after-rally party on Saturday night though! Trouble is, we're a man down at the office and I'm in charge, so getting two days off is looking distinctly more unlikely each passing day.
Not only was I keen to see the action, but to see for myself how much work Lewis Car Club has put into preparations for this event. And if you want to see what I mean take a look at their website. If we had let these boys loose on the M74 'missing link' extension it would have been done in half the time!
Jaggy Bunnet will have a full entry list and details on his website later tonight.