Wednesday 21 September 2011

Rally - A Rare Treat

The Caledonian Classic & Historic Motorsport Club are organising a rare treat next Thursday evening the 29th of September. Organisers of the Glasgow Start for this year’s Monte Carlo Historic Rally, the club have been asked to organise it again for next year, on Sunday 29th January.

To celebrate their success with this year’s event and herald the arrival of next year’s commitment, two true rally stars will be appearing at a rather special ‘chat night’ in the Monte Carlo Room at the Blythswood Hotel, Blythswood Square in Glasgow. 

For one night only, the distinctly unique and nostalgic ‘An evening with Erik Carlsson and Stuart Turner’ will recall a golden era of rallying when service crews were non-existent, distributors and spark plugs fired the carburettor mix, and the breathalyser was as common as a Star Trek Communicator.

I dug out this picture of Eric in full flight on the Monte Carlo in 1963 driving a Saab 96. The cars were renowned in those days for having a centrally roof mounted swivelling spot light – and Eric was equally renowned for removing them. The narrow-tracked Saabs were alarmingly easy to roll, but just as easy to upright again afterwards – and then fit another spot light at the next Halt!

The evening starts at 7.30 pm and the £10 tickets include a buffet supper – at least it will be a Glasgow buffet and not one of those dainty, tiny Edinburgh versions. Hopefully.

Full details on the CC&HMC club website at:

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