Scottish Malts 2023, Syd Stelvio Day 1 | Gleneagles to Oban
Scotch whisky must be matured for a minimum of three years and is often left for much longer to let its flavours develop. I daresay Clerk of the Course and route planner Nick Reeves would have liked a similar amount of time to put together the latest edition of the Scottish Malts, that began this morning in the shade cast by the famous Gleneagles Hotel, but time, and rally time in particular, waits for nobody and so at 8am the starters flag waved the first competitor of the event onward onto a five day adventure through Scotland.
I daresay it wouldn’t just have been Nick feeling the nerves this morning, as there is a fair few novice competitors on the event and even the more experienced hands get pre-match jitters but a bit of excitement keeps the mind sharp. Still, it’s always good to get into the groove early and after just a few miles the first competitive section of the event took the cars on a regularity into the Ochil Hills, a pleasant run in a morning that had largely broken into sunshine, although the blue sky was punctuated by large cloud formations, with those in open top machinery hoping that they would be remaining friendly.