The Flying Scotsman is one of the blue riband events on the vintage rally calendar, started by the Endurance Rally Association legend Philip Young just over 10 years ago. The event celebrates the inaugural record-breaking run of the famous LNER Class A3 4472 ‘Flying Scotsman’ steam locomotive that hauled the express passenger train between Edinburgh and London. It was the first train to travel the 392 miles nonstop in just over eight hours in 1928, around the same time many of the vintage cars on the event were built. In 1934, it became the first train to be timed at over 100 mph.
The 91 cars in this year’s event were flagged away on Friday 5th April from Windemere for the 700-mile timed navigation race. The exciting route explored the lesser known byways of Cumbria and the Northern Pennines with an overnight rest in the sidings at Slaley Hall. From Cumbria to the Scottish borders on day two, the rally navigated its way along the stunning B roads of the region, ending up at the famous Turnberry Resort in Scotland. The final day saw the cars drive through Ayrshire over the Clyde to the Trossachs, then onto Callander, Loch Earn, and glorious Gleneagles for the finish and a Gala Prize Giving. View the spectacular drone footage from the event here. (created by HERO/Blue Passion Photo)
Blue Diamond prepared four cars for this year’s Flying Scotsman:
- 1936 Riley Sprite - Pete Johnson and John Lomas
- 1939 MG TB - Paul Crosby and Ali Proctor
- 1933 Riley MPH - Daniel Geoghegan and Philip White
- 1935 Riley 12/4 Kestrel - Richard Schneider / Noel Schneider
We are thrilled to announce that all four cars finished with no major mechanical issues which maintains our 100% finish rate in the Flying Scotsman.
For the second year in a row, the Sprite was the highest placed Bicester Heritage car, this year finishing 12th overall and 3rd in class. The MG TC driven by Paul Crosby finished second – with only 5 seconds separating the top two after the three day, 900-mile journey. Highlights from the event can be seen here. (created by HERO/DriveTV).
Blue Diamond’s Managing Director, John Lomas, summed up the Flying Scotsman by saying; “The Flying Scotsman offers something for everyone and this year really has cemented its place as the best pre-war endurance rally in the UK. It’s challenging if you want to win, or if you are an average guy like me who finished 39th last year, then you just want to improve on that performance this year. There are experienced people who share tips and give advice, for example, last year one competitor literally gave us a masterclass in navigation each night. This year as we had moved up the leaderboard we were happy to give advice to others, in what other motor sport event would that happen? There are some who just want to take part and socialise each night, nothing feels too exclusive- nobody minds. This year we had fantastic weather, outrageously good roads, challenging tests, superb hotels – what more could you ask for?”
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