The Flying Scotsman
Work has now started on our plans for the 6th Flying Scotsman. We are to break with past tradition and move the entire event for a "Great Northern" edition, starting out from the Forest of Arden, very close to and with easy access to Birmingham airport. This will see Day One drive north and east to an old hotel at Scarborough - so cars drive remote roads in Yorkshire from the start. This gets the event into the Scottish Borders on Day Two... we then drive much more of Scotland than has previously been possible, in a giant loop that sees us finish up again at one of Scotland's finest hotels at Gleneagles, north of Edinburgh.
When04 - 06 April 2014 (3 days) 


The Competition


Crews should note that this is a ôpress-on-regardlessö style of motoring made up of three long days of essentially daylight driving, down remote country roads, with frequent timed sections, tests on private land and checkpoints, all manned by experienced local motor-club marshals. The Flying Scotsman is the only long distance rally purely for Vintageants and is aimed primarily at those with some experience who enjoy an element of competition. Understanding the pressures of driving the very early models a different route with more relaxed timing is being dialled in for those in the Veteran class.



Dress Code


It is important to contribute to the unique atmosphere of the longest timed rally for pre-war cars by being correctly dressed - a dress sense that matches the era of the car entered is therefore going to win bonus points for one of the special trophies presented at the gala dinner at Gleneagles. The Organisation runs a luggage-bus for those who are bringing a car with only room for a pencil-case.



Back Up


The Endurance Rally Association has some of the most well practiced rally mechanics in the old-car world, we have seen pistons sticking out the side of engine-blocks and still they get the car to drive under its own power to the finish line. Our crews work all night and drive all day and like nothing more than a challenge. It helps if you bring a tow-rope.



Getting Started


If you are new to road-rallying, we will be running a training course on 2nd February, 2014 with a classroom seminar followed by a short practice run around the lanes - bring any car you like. Based at a hotel just off the M4 north of Newbury, south of Abingdon, it's a chance to meet others who are totally new to all this. We also offer one-to-one personal rally navigation tuition, which could well make an enormous difference to your overall enjoyment.