|Derek 'The Professor' Ringer|
And of particular interest it's so nice to see that a number of top co-drivers have been invited, those oft-forgotten men and women who are an integral and vital part of any successful rally team. Appearing at Knockhill will be Luis Moya, Tina Thorner, Phil Mills, Nicky Grist, Ian Grindrod - and Derek 'The Professor' Ringer.
When I first came across Derek, he was sitting in his kitchen with the innards of a Hillman Imp engine spread out on the kitchen table meticulously assembling the mechanical jigsaw. Many folk didn't know he was a gifted engineer in his own right.
Perhaps not quite natural fodder for the local Coltness Car Club, better known as 'The Bears', but Derek's eccentricity ensured he was a good fit for the rough and tumble of club rallying life in the 1980s.
In addition to the personalities, the Knockhill rally event has attracted an entry of 80 cars with over 50 Group B, Group A and WRC cars on track.