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Little Classics News: 7 April 2015
Photos: ERA / Gerard Brown and Chris Wynne

Classics Heads North for Flying Scotsman Rally

Flying Scotsman Vintage rally

The Flying Scotsman Rally will be taking the most northern route in its seven year history for 2015, with over 110 pre-war cars taking on the 750-mile run from Leeds to Gleneagles from 17th to 19th April.

The Flying Scotsman was established in 2008 by the Endurance Rally Association, and is the only long distance rally to be aimed solely at vintage car enthusiasts. This is a tough event on both the cars and drivers, with three long days incorporating several timed stages and off-the-road time trials.

Classic Racing Bentley

The 2015 route is over 150 miles further than the 2014 route, with the first day including a tour of the North Yorkshire Moors, a visit to Goathland and the garage made famous as “Scripps Garage” in TV show Heartbeat, before a lunch stop on Whitby seafront. Then it is on to an overnight stop in Newcastle.

Flying Scotman rally car

Day two takes in Alnwick Castle and Lindisfarne before heading to the Jim Clark Museum and driving through some of the roads recently made famous by the Jim Clark Rally, before heading to Edinburgh.

On the final day, competitors head north over the Forth Road Bridge for the kingdom of Fife before finishing at the famous Gleneagles Hotel on Sunday afternoon.

Classic BMW

Competitors have entered the event from across the world, in machinery ranging from a FIAT Topolino to a Bentley 6.5 litre. The entry list has now closed, with 113 confirmed entries. Vintage Bentleys have proved popular with entrants, with 23 on the entry list. Entries span over three decades of motoring, with cars ranging from a 1917 La France American Speedster through to a 1948 MG TC. Entries have been received from as far afield as the Netherlands, Australia and the USA.

Vintage Bentley in front of Castle

Fred Gallagher, Vice-President of the Endurance Rally Association, said: “Three days, nearly 750 miles in a pre-war car, what an adventure! This is a fantastic test for both car and driver on a route specially designed to showcase the stunning landscape and give brilliant rally conditions. All the crews who make it to the finish will be piped across the line, before relaxing at the gala prize giving dinner later that evening.”

Country classic driving

This is the first ERA rally to be held after the tragic death of ERA Rally Director Philip Young and will be a fitting tribute to the man cited as the founder of historic rallying.

Classic racing on Flying Scotsman

The first car in the Flying Scotsman Rally will be on the starting line at 7am on Friday 17th April, departing Oulton Hall, Leeds. For the latest updates or to volunteer as a marshall, visit


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