Marvellous Mini Takes Top Honours | Scottish Malts 2023
Fight for Second and Third Goes Down to Wire
Exceptional Route in Best Tradition of Malts
The Scottish Malts Rally 2023 finished on Friday 28th April in front of the fabulous Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder. After five days of rallying and 915 miles, the winners of the bi-annual regularity rally were car 20, the 1965 Austin Mini Cooper of Dick Baines (GB) + Harry Baines (GB). Second place went to no 7. Graham Platts (GB) + Neil Ripley (GB), 1956 Austin Healey 100M, and third to no 5. Stephen Owens (GB) + Thomas Owens (GB), 1962 Porsche 356B.
A total of 43 cars began the rally, with participants from as far away as America and Australia in a truly international field, on a route that ran a loop around Scotland, as far west as Oban and as far north as Loch Brora, just an hour or so from Wick, beginning and ending of course at the famous Gleneagles. Along the way, the rally passed through unbelievably beautiful scenery, from coast to mountain top, and visited 12 distilleries, as is traditional for this competition, although it is important to add that the visits were strictly alcohol-free.
Commendations for the Competitors at the Prize Giving
As the dust settled and the prize giving took place, Clerk of the Course and Route Planner Nick Reeves reflected on a rally that had seemed to tick all the boxes. Special praise was reserved for all of the competitors, which included many novices, who had got stuck into the event and enjoyed it to the full, which is what rallying at this level is all about. There are certainly more difficult events out there, but the Scottish Malts represents an important rung of the ladder to those building up to harder and longer endurance rallies, so for this reason it will always hold a special place in the hearts of competitors and organisers.