A 1931 Talbot 105 Alpine has won the gruelling 700-mile Flying Scotsman rally in the face of stiff competition and punishing conditions. Crewed by past winner Gareth Burnett and Martyn Taylor, the open classic took top honours in one of the closest rallies in the event’s eight-year history, in the process ending the two-year winning streak of Bentley specialist William Medcalf.
This year’s run was also one of the toughest, with the 110 crews facing driving rain, hail and snow, which struck from the start line at Leicestershire’s Belvoir Castle and throughout the 700 miles through Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Northumberland and Scotland, where the event concluded at Gleneagles.
“As much as we are delighted to win and grateful to the Endurance Rally Association for organising such a fantastic event, I’d also like to thank all the other competitors for bringing out these amazing vintage cars and doing with them what they were designed for,” said winner Garerth Burnett. “It’s a pleasure to be on the road with them.”
Second place was clinched by John Abel and Leigh Powley in their 1937 Lagonda LG45, while third place belonged to the 1938 Derby Bentley 4 of Stuart Anderson and Andy Pullen.
The oldest car taking part in the rally, a 1911 Knox Type R, pciked up the Pioneer award. Crewed by Michel Laarman and Maryon Grief, the veteran tackled every single speed test, regularity and mountain climb as the younger cars.
Meanwhile, the Spirit of the Rally award was given to Matthew Abrey and Jasper Hulscher, who’s 1931 Ford Model A suffered clutch troubles towards the end of the event. A replacement was rushed from Norfolk sparking a herculean effort to remove the engine and replace the part in time for the morning’s first time control.
Rally director Fred Gallagher said: “Our competitors faced every type of weather condition imaginable over three days of intense driving in some very exposed terrain and remained in great spirits throughout. Our thanks go to every crew and marshal who once again made it a fantastic event for the vintage motorist.”