Friday, 30 May 2014

Rally - Raring to go

It's late afternoon and Kelso town centre is fair hoachin' with cars, vans and trailers and the showground is packed. This is not your average Friday after-work traffic jams. It's the same in Duns, cars are already parking up in the streets and folk are picking  their vantage points for the Jim Clark Rally which blasts off from the town Square tonight at 7pm.

There's a heckuva noise in Duns too, but what a wonderful noise. The veteran and vintage car  drivers are gathering in Newtown Street ahead of their parade later this evening.

By law the roads being used for the stage through Duns have to be closed 2 hours before the first competitive rally car, so the organisers have arranged a bit of pre-rally entertainment. Shortly after 5pm around 30 V&V cars will drive through the stage. All have been warned that they are not competing, but boys will be boys.

Leading the field is double British Touring Car Champion (and ex rally driver) John Cleland in his gorgeous D Type Jaguar.

There are 8 stages tonight including two through Duns, the first at 7 and the second run at 9.25pm. After each Duns run  the cars tackle Abbey St Bathans, Tweedside and Fogo, with 10 more stages tomorrow starting at 8am in Kelso.

Full info in the Rally Mag at:

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