1929 Chrysler wins vintage rally in Scotland

9 cars drive through window of opportunity between UK lockdowns

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Andrew and Anne Davies and their 1929 Chrysler 75 roadster on their way to victory in the Highland 1000 | Bespoke Rallies photos

Andrew and Anne Davies and their 1929 Chrysler 75 roadster won Bespoke Rallies recent Highland 1000 competition, the first such event to take place in the UK since the coronavirus pandemic lockdown and, as it turned out, the only such event to take place before Scotland implemented another round of restrictions.

Thus, the rally became “a unique opportunity for the fun-loving motorsport fraternity to dust off their treasured cars, and briefly once again enjoy the freedom of the open road,” according to the event organizers.

With international travel restrictions still in place, only 9 entries were able to gather for the 1,000-kilometer competition that began and ended in Falkirk. 

1936 Lagonda Le Mans crushing through Scotland
1972 E-type Jaguar
1966 MGB

It was wonderful to get out and participate in what may be the only such rally to take place until sometime next year,” said Edmund Peel and Sarah MacDonald, who entered their Mini Cooper. “The route was outstanding, with great roads and spectacular scenery, and the Bespoke Rallies team were helpful and friendly, as were the other crews. It was the breath of fresh air we needed!”

As it turned out, the sun was shining through that window of opportunity with clear skies and stunning views of Scotland’s West Coast.

“The event made full use of Bespoke Rallies’ proprietary Virtual Marshal system, which meant no physical officials were required – a major aid during this period of social distancing regulations,” organizers noted. “Thanks to the system, the rally ran like clockwork, despite having to cope with 60-plus time controls. The sustained series of regularity sections on this most scenic of routes were divided into three legs of c.205 miles a day.”

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Runners-up were Andrew Taylor and Janet Lowe in a 1972 Jaguar E-type. Other entries, in order of their finish, included a 1930 Bentley 41/2-liter, 1966 MGB, Porsche Boxster, 1936 Lagonda Le Mans, 1935 MG KN Special, 1964 Jaguar E-type.

For additional information, visit the Bespoke Rallies website.

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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.

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