The Flying Scotsman Rally 2017
Location: Slaley Hall in Hexham, Northumberland, NE47 0BX,
Celebrating its ninth year, the Flying Scotsman Rally takes place on 31 March – 2 April 2017.
Incredible pre-war cars will blend in to the stunning surroundings of the north of England and Scotland over 3 days of classic open top motoring.
From Slaley Hall to Gleneagles
There are plenty of events and races around the country that blend beautiful cars with equally jaw-dropping surroundings, but the Flying Scotsman Rally must be one of the finest.
The 3-day rally starts at Slaley Hall in Hexham, Northumberland, where the drivers will head north to the Scottish border. The open-top, pre-war classic cars will be passing Castle O’er, Eskdalemuir and the Moorfoot Hills before they make their way to the Dalmahoy Hotel near Edinburgh.
Day 2 is a journey from Edinburgh to Aviemore, via the Forth Road Bridge, the Kingdom of Fife and the Cairngorm Mountains.
The final day takes the drivers from Aviemore to Gleneagles, with a well-needed pit stop at the Bridge of Balgie’s impeccable tea room. Not a bad itinerary!
But, this rally is about more than the surroundings; it’s about the cars. Last year’s event featured car royalty, including a 1924 Bugatti T30, a 1924 Rolls Royce Boat Tail Roadster and a 1922 Bentley 3/4½.
And this year’s list looks even better, with over 100 cars set to take part. Here are just some of the cars making their way to the rally:
• 1907 Itala 40
• 1913 Chalmers 10
• 1924 Rolls Royce 20
• 1926 Bentley Tourer
• 1929 Frazer Nash Supersports
• 1931 Lagonda 2L Supercharged
• 1933 Talbot AV105
• 1936 Buick Special Convertible
• 1938 Jaguar Mk IV
It’s hard to imagine a better picture than seeing classics of this calibre passing by the sights of scenic Scotland.
Thankfully, the event has over 20 places for spectators to stop by and enjoy the sights and sounds of the rally, including all the daily start and end points.
You can find a full list of these spectator stops on the Endurance Rally website. Some of the locations may charge you admission fees, so it may be worth contacting the venue or the Flying Scotsman team to double check before making your way there.