1 day ago
Andy Brown has been kind enough to write a report from his exploits in Mull.
Sit down and Have a read it’s a goodun!
Mull Rally 2019
Since 2016, Shona Hale (normally sits in the Co-Driver seat) wanted to tick off an item on her bucket list - to drive on the Mull rally and asked me to sit alongside her. Mull is not for the faint hearted and I should know as in 2014 I crashed out of the rally on the hill road after rolling over a cliff edge and landing against a very big rock.
Plans for this year’s event started as soon as the green light was given to run the 50th anniversary of the rally. The 150 mile route, 17 stages is equivalent to 3 rallies in two days. It's run over the un-forgiving and twisty single track island roads, mainly in the dark, and this year the weather was some of the worst weather conditions I've ever rallied in.
The ex-Gina Walker Citroen C2 cup car fondly labelled “The Kettle” due to its past over heating issues was kindly provided by Drew Barker.
We started leg 1 at 9.30pm on Friday 9th October to complete 5 stages with a service between stage 3 & 4. The Kettle whistled its way round the island and needed nothing other than fuel. Unfortunately stage 5 was having problems with crews going off in the fog and was cancelled, so we headed back to our digs for some much need rest. Des Campbell’s service crew were on hand to give the kettle the once over so we were ready for leg 2.
For leg 2 on Saturday afternoon, we had 8 stages to complete around the island. Some classic stages but still tricky for the unwary or ill prepared.
Due to a language problem i.e. Scottish and English, we decided to take a humorous approach on Saturday, with the note being delivered in a "posh" accent. We had an absolute laugh and we were posting quicker times as the notes just flowed although in a more upper class delivery. We had mad videos in car camera fitted, so if any of the incar is fit for sharing, we will post it 🙊🙊🙊#pottymouthcrew
The wild life on Mull can throw up some surprises and the Deer decided to play chicken on the road in front of us. The stag got out of the way pretty sharpish but the 3 hinds decided to race us along the road before jumping in front of the car and into the undergrowth. How we didn’t hit one is nobodys guess. We also saw some lesser spotted buttocks from a crew who had earlier retired and decided the moon wasn’t bright enough. Not sure they realised we had Mad videos onboard recording their bare faced cheeks….
The rain had stopped and we were seriously considering going onto slicks as we drove to service in Tobermory. However the dry spell was very short lived and the heavens opened again and didn’t stop till the next day. So we decided to keep the wets on.
Leg 3 consisted of 4 stages starting at 9pm and continuing through to the early hours of Sunday morning. We had heavy rain, deep puddles and fog to contend with but we cleared stage 17 to bring the Kettle home in 87 overall. We were so relieved to get back to Tobermory and it wasn’t long before the Prosecco was spraying all over the car and the service crew. We could not be more chuffed if we had won the rally out right! 150 cars started and only 88 finished showing just how unforgiving the Mull rally roads are.
We could not have done this without the help of a whole load of people.
Huge gratitude to Drew Barker for trusting us with the iconic Kettle and running it for us 🚗🏁
Massive thanks to the team of "Boys" – Spanner, Fluffer, Tool, Chaser, Tyre and Tool boys Squeeze - You da best! 👨🏼🔧👨🏼🔧👨🏼🔧👨🏼🔧👨🏼🔧👩🔧
Also special thanks to -
Des Campbell and crew, Mark Greenbank, Graeme Mack, Donald Brown and Graham Thomson for all your help and support.
To our fantastic and generous sponsors, thank you!!
Whitetail Gin, Legend Fires, Getclobbered and McIntyre Masonry
Thank you to all the heroic marshalls who remained cheery and professional over the entire weekend in monsoon conditions and congratulations to Mull Car Club and the Guardians of Mull for running a brilliant event in difficult conditions.👍 ...
2 days ago
Few other people that made their way onto the island this weekend
Jonathon Webb and family were out marshalling on mull this weekend!
Jeff Tait also made the trip for some hardcore spectating
Anyone else make the trip? ...
Josh and Ross up to 12th overall after leg two 😮😮😎😎
For full results see www.flyingfinish.co.uk ...
Hexham & District Motor Club Hexham & District Motor Club shared a post.
2 weeks ago
2 weeks ago
Been a busy and stressful week so I’m slightly behind!!
Josh Davison has made i his way to mull to compete alongside Ross hunter in the hi spec Peugeot 205.
The boys were hoping for better luck than previous years when they have suffered a series of mechanical problems.
They started the first two stages last night in horrific wet conditions, the rain stopped for final three stages of the first leg but it was still wet and slippy.
The boys are currently lying in 17th overall.
Photo credit: Hannah Davison ...