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Spring is a special time of year, the earth begins to move as the new season’s growth pushes its way clear of the warming soil, the hedgerows and treetops reverberate to the sound of birdsong and out in the countryside people begin to return to enjoying outdoor pursuits. But, for a few days in April, it isn’t just the burgeoning flora and fauna that will cause a stir between the hedges, as one of Spring Time’s truly spectacular events occurs as 90 pre-war motor cars take to the roads in a display as enchanting as any provided by nature. Walkers and cyclists take note, there is no need to adjust your eyes, what you are witnessing is the magic of the Flying Scotsman Rally, Britain’s Premier Vintage Rally.
These words are by no means an exaggeration either; the sight, sound, and smell of these incredible vehicles travelling down the road, as they navigate a route that will take them in and out of Scotland with a ceremonial finish at Gleneagles, is breath taking. You’ve no need to be a petrol head to be imbibed by the emotion of the Scotsman, much in the same way that Locomotive LNER 4472 Flying Scotsman can bring hard-faced men to their knees, the curious and extraordinary spectre of this many vintage cars out on the road, come what may, is a spell that few are immune to.
The famous Flying Scotsman locomotive is 100 years old, (1923 to 2023) and celebratory events will be taking place in many parts of the UK from April into the summer. Flying Scotsman commemorative stamps with the Queen’s head on for the last time, and coins from the Royal Mint will highlight the historic role of the steam engine that was symbolic of a bygone era. The role of linking London to Edinburgh by rail was a task the grand locomotive took in its iconic stride, setting records, and acquiring a reputation for speed as it disappeared down the tracks in a cloud of steam. The HERO-ERA Flying Scotsman Rally will celebrate the era with a full field of vintage cars, many from the period, as they provide their own internal combustion-engined spectacle.