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Rare Alta wins Flying Scotsman rally

A RARE 1939 Alta, crewed by Gareth Burnett and Matthew Vokes, won the tenth anniversary run of the Flying Scotsman Rally.

Driver Gareth has won the event twice before, in 2013 and 2016, at the wheel of a Talbot 105 Alpine, making him the first driver to score a hat-trick.

He said: “It was probably the toughest event yet with the best competition. But the real joy was in bringing this car to this event when no-one thought it would even finish it – and that included me!”

Although an experienced classic rally navigator, this was Vokes’s first ever vintage rally and the first time he’d met Burnett. Vokes said: “It’s been a real experience, great route, fantastic competition and cracking company.”

The winners beat off strong competition from fellow two-time winner William Medcalf, with navigator Andy Pullen, who finished just .07 behind the leaders in the 1925 Bentley Super Sports. Bill Cleyndert and Dan Harrison, also in a 1925 Bentley, secured third place.

The four-day event, organised by the Endurance Rally Association, covered 726 miles and negotiated 13 Tests and 15 Regularities. It started l and ended on Edinburgh’s famous Royal Mile.

Among the class winners were David Ayre and David Duncan in a newly repaired 1907 Itala, last year’s winners Paul Crosby and Ali Procter in a 1939 MG TB Supercharged, and Peter Lovett and David Richards, Chairman of the MSA, in the 1937 Frazer Nash BMW 328.

There were special awards for three of the 107 crews that crossed the start line at Brooklands Motor Museum, as the event returned to its roots with an exciting new ‘Brooklands to Edinburgh’ route over four days of exceptional motoring.

The Spirit of the Rally award went to Jef and Anton Van Hoylandt in the 1934 Lagonda M45 Tourer, while the ‘Concours d’Elegance award went to Rob and Hayley Stoneman in the 1935 Alvis Firebird Special. The award for the Best Dressed Crew was split between two crews, with an award given to each of the navigators. Marina Goodwin in the 1934 Talbot 105 Alpine, with husband Graham, and Ann Boland in the 1929 Bentley 41/2, with husband Andrew, both received the accolade.

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