Fight for Second and Third Goes All the Way
The most intriguing battle of the rally was the scrap for the final podium places, with several cars threatening to take second and third throughout the event, including no 15. Richard De Watts (GB) + Arati De Watts (IN), 1973 MG B, and no 23. Klaus Muller (DE) + Ilona Seewald (DE), 1964 Triumph TR4, who would eventually just miss out in fourth and fifth respectively. Second looked like it would belong to current HERO Cup champion Stephen Owens, and his son Thomas Owens, who had been pushing the Baines hard in Stephen’s stunning 1962 Porsche 356, but on the final day of the competition, they were baulked by local traffic on a regularity. The valuable seconds that they lost allowed no 7. Graham Platts (GB) + Neil Ripley (GB), in the immaculate 1956 Austin Healey 100M, to snatch second at the death.
Graham Platts: “At the start of the rally we said a top ten finish would be good, so to finish in the top three is brilliant. We feel very lucky, and I feel for Stephen, he got baulked and so he and Thomas were second really.”
Neil Ripley: “We started on this adventure 6 years ago, Graham said I’ve bought a car, get yourself over to France, and we practiced Tulips on the public roads with our wives as Marshals, so to be here six years later I can’t quite believe it.”
Stephen Owens: “Thomas has done a great job; he only does this once every two years! We had a great fight back, but congratulations to Dick and Harry.”
Thomas Owens: “We came into the final day hopeful we could push the Baines, but we got baulked on a regularity, and that scuppered our plans of second and first.”
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.
The Scottish Malts is a Bi-Annual 5-day regularity rally, organised by HERO-ERA that takes place in Scotland. A green-level event, it is aimed at Novices upwards, providing an experience of multi-day regularity rallying to beginners and experienced crews alike.
The Scottish Malts is a totally carbon-neutral event as are all HERO-ERA rallies. For more information and a full list of results please contact HERO-ERA at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hero-era.com