The 2017 Flying Scotsman Continues On Its Road To Success

As you might know I am doing some work with the Endurance Rally Association (ERA) in England laying out the route for the 2018 Trans America Challenge from Charleston, South Carolina to Seattle, Washington.  As a result I have been following the other events that the ERA has been holding.  This past weekend the Flying Scotsman rather took place from Slaley Hall in northern England to the Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.  This was the 9th running of this popular rally.

Fred Gallagher, the ERA Rally Director, sent me some photos that he took while he was in attendance at this rally.  These photos show just how tough both the cars and the crews are that take part in this rally.  Not only are many of these cars quite old, they are open cars with the crews exposed to cool and damp conditions.

Car #1 – David Ayre/Anthony Thompson 1907 Itala 40

The Itala 40 crewed by Davis Ayre and Anthony Thompson shown above finished 1st in Class 1 for pre-1920 cars.  It is interesting to note that an Itala 40 took part in the first automotive trip from Peking to Paris in 1907.  This particular Itala, powered by its 7.5 litre engine, is a frequent participant in car rallies these days.

Finishing second in this class was the team of Robert and Matthew Abrey in a 1913 Chalmers 10 shown below.  Not only was the crew in an old car, they were dressed in clothing like the clothes that would have been worn in 1913.  The marshal standing beside the car in short pants is a remarkable contrast to the crew in the car!

Car #2 Robert Abrey/Matthew Abrey 1913 Chalmers 10

The 1937 Lagonda LG45 shown below crewed by John Abel and Leigh Powley finished in an impressive second place overall.  As can be seen in this photo the roads used in the Flying Scotsman rally look great and very appropriate for the cars in this rally.

Car #89 John Abel/Leigh Powley 1937 Lagonda LG45

Bill Cleyndert shown below in his 1928 Ford Model A Special seems to be thoroughly enjoying the rally.  And well he should, as in addition to having the fun of taking part in the Flying Scotsman rally, he, along with his navigator Dan Harrison, finished in third position overall.

Car #16 Bill Cleyndert/Dan Harrison 1928 Ford Model A Special

It is good to see that the owners of these grand old cars are enjoying them by driving them in car rallies like the Flying Scotsman.  Comments from the Endurance Rally Association people indicate that the 9th running of the Flying Scotsman was very successful and everyone is looking forward to the 10th running of the Flying Scotsman in April 2018.

For the detailed results of the 2017 Flying Scotsman, click on the pdf file below:

Flying Scotsman 2017results

If you have any comments or questions about the Flying Scotsman or this post. then please leave a comment below or you can send me a private email message at the following address: shanna12 at comcast dot com

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