Friday 5 July 2019

Rally - Tarmac testing

Looking at the Entry List for the Mach1 Stages in just over a week's time there are at least 5 crews from Mull CC plus a few Mull rallying regulars entered and of course that makes sense. The Mach 1 at Campbeltown offers the perfect venue for tarmac testing ahead of the forthcoming Beatson's Mull Rally in October and of course the returning Jim Clark Memorial Rally in November. Where else can you get 95 miles of tarmac for a mere £290. Worth a thought, eh?

And before you go thinking that Machrihanish is 'just an airfield', this one has hills (wee ones admittedly) tight stuff round the houses (but no occupants), and a mixture of slow and fast corners with some top gear straights. Not only that, it's a two day event, so if you have trouble on the Saturday, get it fixed for Sunday. No other 'testing' venue offers such facilities including a flat, sealed surface service area and on-site catering that would tempt a well-fed bear, never mind an empty one, including the wilder gastronomic gourmet types from Coltness CC.

And if that's not enough, a night out in Campbeltown on the Saturday offers up the chance to make your excuses heard amongst friends in any one of the local hostelries, although beware drinking in the Royal Hotel bar which overlooks the harbour. Rumour has it that one or two inebriated rally folk have ended up being dunked in the harbour in the past, either deliberately by their friends and rivals, or inadvertently having partaken of the sweet amber nectar for which the town is world famous.

There will be an event preview and timetable in the on-line mag shortly, but in the meantime if anyone fancies  the ultimate tarmac testing opportunity in Scotland, Campbeltown is only 137 miles from Glasgow or you could check out the ferry from Ardrossan. Either way the views are terrific and the drive is enjoyable. 

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