December 2022 News

December 2022 News

12 CAR RALLY – 21ST DECEMBER

Our final 12 Car Rally of the year, with 6 Entries (3 Expert and 3 Semi-Expert). Another event with some challenging clues but long sections ended in a tie at the front, with Mark McCulloch & Kirsty Riddick and  Scott Peacock & Keith Riddick with a clean sheet, and Richard Dickson & Roger Alcorn just behind on 1 penalty.

In the Semi-Experts, it was a win for Rebekah Russell & Mairi Riddick on 27 penalties. Rab Henderson & Peter Game were next with 90 penalties, followed by Liam Harkness & Harry Marchbank on 123 penalties.

Quote of the night to The Captain, once they’d removed the roof of the Mazda MX5: “I’d just turned onto the A713, and a clue hit me in the face.”

Thank you to Uncle Bob Green for organising, the Gowans Family for the start venue, and everyone who came out on the night to marshal. Extra thanks to Ruth (and Donald & Bella) for our festive chocolates!

The next event will be in 2023.

We will hold some classroom-based training in advance of this, so keep an eye on the website for details, as new members are always welcome to come along and give a 12 Car a try: it’s fun… most of the time! 😊


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Grizedale Stages (2nd & 3rd December): organisers Furness District Motor Club decided to try something different this year, by running a 4.8mile stage in Grizedale East in the darkness of Friday night, followed by three stages in Grizedale West on Saturday, with SS2 and SS3 being combined to make a final monstruous 18.5mile test for SS4.

For the first time this season, it was Jock Armstrong who took victory, finishing 50seconds clear of his nearest challenger with Cameron Fair alongside in their well-rallied Subaru Impreza. Could the Subaru be heading for retirement ahead of 2023?

Entering the final 18.5mile test lying 3rd Overall just 15s behind Armstrong, Jamie Edwards and driver Arron Newby in the Skoda Fabia R5+ suffered and early puncture, and in stopping to change it dropped 5+minutes and dropped to finish in 17thh.

Angus Lawire & Paul Gribben were out for a final event of the year, bringing the immaculate Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 home in 4th place, to end what has been a great last few events for the pair.

The Son & Father duo of Mark McCulloch & John McCulloch were out in their Ford Escort Mk II, finishing 10th Overall. The event marked the 16 year anniversary of their first event together – the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally on 3rd December 2006 – where they finished 56th in a Peugeot 205.

Our Scottish Junior Champion Robert Proudlock, with Steven Brown alongside, were out for their second run in the higher-spec Opel Adam R2, and they finished 13th. Donald Peacock had his second outing in his new Ford Escort MK II, with Craig Wallace in the hotseat, and the pair finished 32nd Overall. And finally, Bruce Lindsay, co-driving for Steve Phillips in a Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 2, retired on the first stage on Saturday morning, reason unknown.

Well done, everyone.

📸 Andrew Hern: Donald Peacock & Craig Wallace at Grizedale.


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