Friday 3 August 2012

Rally - Speyside Spectator Info

David Bogie was spotted at the Speyside sponsors day event earlier, but he wasn’t driving. He was sitting in the passenger seat beside Quintin Milne in the Lancer. The big question is, who learned most from the exercise? Did Quintin pick up any driving tips from the master, or did David learn to be a bit more selective about who he rides with.

Another wee snippet. The wife of the Speyside CofC was down at the Olympics earlier in the week with friends who had got tickets for the Eventing contest in Greenwich Park and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. She told me she could tell when a British rider was coming because she could hear the cheers echoing through the trees at every jump. After the last horse had gone through spectators were allowed to have a closer look at the course, but Mrs S got a ticking off. She was posing for photographs beside the large jump shaped like a crescent moon – and got told off for touching it! G4S jobsworth or what?!

For those of you who can’t get a Programme (full entry list on the Jaggy Bunnet website: ), 63 Car Club has put up Spectator Info on their website at:

Where to Watch

Gleaner Oil & Gas Cooper Park 1/2           First car due 09:00
Where to park
Park at Lossie Green, a two-minute walk from the Cooper Park, signposted from the main A96 through Elgin. Please park within the bays, and pay & display where applicable to avoid the wrath of the local traffic wardens!! Please note that the car park nearest the Cooper Park is reserved for rally cars and no spectator parking will be allowed here.
Please note
All spectator car parks for the forest stages are arranged by the 63 Car Club (Elgin) for your convenience and safety. All these car parks are manned by local charities and community organisations who, by kind co-operation of the local Forest Enterprise offices, will keep 100% of the proceeds collected on the day. Please help these people make their day as enjoyable as possible by giving them your co-operation when using the car parks.
The organisers, The 63 Car Club, accept no liability for car parking arrangements.

Billy Miller Contractor Teindland First car due 9:50
Car Park provided by : Forest Enterprise  -  Car Park manned by : Moray Group Riding for the Disabled
Where to park
The main stage car park is on the forest track just off the B9103, which is accessed from the A96 Elgin – Lhanbryde road. The car park will be arrowed from the A96. There is no access to the Stage Start or Stage Finish as there is no parking available. Parking charge is £3 per car.

Gartly Moor First car due 12:25
Car Park provided by : Forest Enterprise  -  Car Park manned by : Gartly School P.T.A.
Where to park
The car park for the stage is accessed, and will be arrowed from the public road off the A96 at the top of the crawler lane after the Glens of Foundland. After approx 2 miles turn right into the forest and follow the arrows to the car park adjacent to the stage. The car park will again be run by a local organisation who will take the proceeds, and parking is again £3 per car.

McDonald & Munro Rosarie First car due 14:45
Car Park Provided by : Forest Enterprise  -  Car Park manned by : Miltonduff Playgroup & Toddlers
Where to park
Park on the forest road from Gateside farm, accessed off the A95 Keith-Dufftown road. Turn right off the A96 just before Keith and follow the A95 for approx. 3 miles before following signs and turning left onto unclassified road. Follow this road for approx 1 mile before entering the forest at Gateside Farm. Please note that there have been recent forestry operations in this section of track, so please drive with caution as there are some bumpy bits. There is no access to the Stage Start or Stage Finish as there is no parking available on the A95. Anyone parking on the verges of this road will incure the wrath of the Polis who will be patrolling the area. Parking charge for this stage is £3 per car.

Keyline Whiteash First car due 15:05
Car Park provided by : Kenneth J.Spalding, Pathside Farm  -  Car Park manned by : A.T.C.
Where to park
The car park is situated on the unclassified road between the A96 and the B9016 that runs alongside the south-western side of the forest. Parking is in a field not far from the stage entrance, so please follow marshals instructions and park sensibly. Due to problems in previous years, no parking is permitted on the road. Parking will cost £3 per car. The entrance to the stage is approximately one mile from the junction at the A96.

Safety is paramount both on and off the rally stages, and the 63 Car Club (Elgin) Ltd relies on co-operation from Grampian Police Force to make the event happen. As such, the police have advised the organisers that they will be monitoring & recording the behaviour of the spectating public as well as competitors. Therefore, please do not drive irresponsibly, it won’t do any good and may well end up in an accident and/or an endorsement. Car parks are provided not only for your convenience but also for your safety. No parking will be allowed on any of the main roads, especially the A95 at Rosarie, and Police vehicles will be on duty on strictly enforce this. Please help the event keep its good reputation.

Drive responsibly and watch your speed please!

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