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.