Thursday 22 June 2023

Rally - 37 years ago in Argyll

In 1986, rallying’s latest world ‘supercars’ started to appear in the Scottish forests, and it wasn’t long before they were dominating. The Autofit Stages Rally in Argyll that year was no exception.

Ken Wood and Peter Brown scored victory with the Golden Wonder MG Metro 6R4 while only ten seconds behind at the finish was the Arnold Clark Metro 6R4 of David Gillanders and Graham Neish. Just over two minutes behind the winners was the RWD Opel Kadett 400 of Murray Grierson and Roger Anderson.

And yet despite the heavyweight machinery that dominated the top ten there was a pretty basic wee 1600cc Talbot Sunbeam still running on steel wheels which finished ninth overall. In his first full season of forest events, young Colin McRae with Nicky Jack on the maps was beginning to make a mark on the stages as well as the results sheets. Pictured presenting the prizes was the Autofit boss himself, Ian Wilson, who incidentally finished 11th overall with Charlie Young in a Peugeot 205.

Further down the field, a certain Derek Ringer navigated Barrie Lochhead to 16th overall in their Talbot Sunbeam while the number 96 seed, one Robert Reid, was 45th overall with navigator Ian Rae in a Ford Escort.

Three future world champions on one event in Argyll. Them were’t days, eh?

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