Scottish ‘lochs and glens’ challenge vintage vehicles

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American James Gately and his 1937 Cadillac is among the entrants in the 8th Flying Scotsman Rally | ERA photos
American James Gately and his 1937 Cadillac is among the entrants in the 8th Flying Scotsman Rally | ERA photos

The London-to-Brighton rally may be older and more famous, but organizers of the Flying Scotsman Rally noted that theirs is “the UK’s biggest reliability rally for vintage cars.” The event includes 700 miles of travel over the course of three days, and this year has drawn 110 entries from around the world.

Fording streams is just one of the challenges
Fording streams is just one of the challenges

This is the eighth year for the Endurance Rally Association’s Flying Scotsman, which starts April 15 at Belvoir Castle. The route goes through the Lincolnshire and Yorkshire Woods to “the North and beyond” via Northumberland. The route, which includes off-road sections, crosses some of Scotland’s “finest Lochs and Glens” before ending at the Gleneagles hotel.

In a pre-event news release, organizers note the international field of entries, including James Gately and Tony Brooks of the United States, who will compete in a 1937 Cadillac 60 that finished second last fall in the ERA’s Alpine Trial.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.