Invitation to the 2017 Aquarius Navigational Rally, 4/5 Feb 2017

Dear All

Further to our previous invitation, it is my pleasure to announce that Supplementary Regulations are now live and entries now open, for the 2017 Aquarius Navigational Rally and Aquarius Clubman Navigational Rally on the night of 4/5 February 2017, to which your members are warmly invited.

Regs and entry form are attached, and also available from our club website and online entries system, per the links below:

http://www.glenrothes-msc.com/?q=content/aquarius-navigational-rally-2017-4th5th-february

https://rallies.info/webentry/2017/aquarius

https://rallies.info/webentry/2017/aquariusclub

The rally will feature approx 118 miles – of which ~75% shall be competitive motoring – of the best lanes in Fife & Lowland Perthshire, starting and finishing in Kinross.

This year we continue to build on our well-received format of recent years of a “no nonsense” fully pre-plot “tulips and map refs” navigational format, with an all-tarmac route which enables standard unmodified road cars to compete. Improvements for this year include an even more compact route – all within a 13 mile radius of Kinross, inc. centralised start, refuel and finish locations, all within easy reach of the M90 motorway in Central Scotland – and timing schedule – with the first car due away at 21.21 and back at the finish at 02.01.

Through this, we aim to encourage those new to night events or to the area, whilst still providing experienced crews with a rewarding night’s sport (& a well-earned breakfast!). All for an entry fee of £75.

Marshals will also be made very welcome, and we’ll do our best to give you a great night’s sport. We offer a free breakfast for all marshals manning two controls, and you’ll also receive free Glenrothes MSC membership for 2017. If you would like to help out on the night, please contact Chief Marshal Richard Crozier at richard.m.crozier@gmail.com

This year we shall again be the opening round of the 2017 SACC Navigational Rally Championship, and a round of the 2017 HRCR Premier Rally Championship. In addition to the National B event, we will again also be offering a supporting Clubman event, giving those without an MSA competition licence a chance to be part of the action.

We look forward to extending you a warm welcome to Kinross on 4th February!

Kind Regards

Richard Crozier

Secretary of the Meeting
2017 Aquarius Navigational Rally
Glenrothes Motor Sport Club

aq17_SRs_v1.0.pdf

Scottish Borders Hill Rally 2016

Several club members were out in the wilds of Dumfries and Galloway over the weekend assisting with the 2016 Scottish Borders Hill Rally. Held in Forrest Estate, this event covered over 100 miles in two days, including two night stages. At first glance it looks like a forest stage rally, but with very strange looking vehicles – everything from very a standard Shogun Pinin and a Suzuki Jimny through to custom built vehicles with V8 engines upwards of 5 litres. Bowler were well represented with the Defender Challenge vehicles along with the new Bowler Bulldogs – absolute monsters.
Once the stage starts the similarity to a normal forest rally disappears. At every opportunity the route disappears into quarries, gravel pits, forest tracks, anything to make it tricky. If you haven’t been to an event like this before make sure you get to next year’s!
SSCC members were spotted running the central main time controls, assisting with stage commanding, marshalling and even wandering around spectating  under the guise of being club stewards. A great time was had – the weather was even kind on Sunday.
Congratulations to the organisers for a well run event, and to all the competitors – most even got to the finish.

MARSHALS REQUIRED – SCCC – 22-23/10/ 2016 – Craig Castle, Huntly AB54 4LQ and Granite Rally – 22/10/2016 – Leuchars Base, Fife

We have two request for marshals on the same weekend. If you can help, please get in touch with the appropriate Chief Marshal:

On Saturday the 22nd of October, Aberdeen and District Motor Club, will be running the Weston Transport / Branston Granite Rally at Leuchars Base in Fife.

8 stages, 40 miles, with the 1st car starting at 09:00.

This is a brand new rally, and will be a round of the Brick and Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge 2016, along with competitors from the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship. The event also hopes to be a new round of the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship 2017, so you support to make this event a success, would be very much appreciated.

If you would like to Marshal, please can you get in touch with Ewan Stanhope the Chief Marshal, as soon as possible.
ewanstanhope at hotmail.co.uk

07833714603

YOU MUST REGISTER NO LATER THAN 15/10/2016

Jim Clark Rally petition – please consider signing

JIM CLARK RALLY, WE WANT OUR CLOSED ROAD RALLY BACK.

TO: LORD ADVOCATE OF SCOTLAND

We would like the Lord Advocate to bring his inquiry regarding the fatalities on the 2014 event to a conclusion.

Why is this important?

THE JIM CLARK RALLY 2017: RETURN TO CLOSED ROADS
The Jim Clark Rally generates approximately £3.5 million for the Scottish Borders economy each year and has substantial support from Scottish Borders Council, politicians and the general public.
Following the fatal accident in 2014 the JCR has been unable to run on closed public roads due to an inquiry being carried out by the Lord Advocate of Scotland.
It is in the public interest that the rally return to running on closed public roads in 2017.
Two years with no conclusion has made it difficult to guarantee the future of one of the UK’s biggest sporting events.

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/jim-clark-rally-we-want-our-closed-road-rally-back?time=1468485344