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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Snowman Rally

The Snowman rally was held in the Tain and Lairg area on Saturday and is the first round of the Scottish Rally Championship. Over 100 cars entered. It was my first time taking pics at a car rally.

For the 1st stage, I set up at a tight hairpin corner and got one pic (2nd pic above) before the stage was cancelled due to a car catching fire. I then set off to a forest track a few miles North of Lairg (for stage 3) and got around a dozen pics before there was a delay of 50 mins due to a smash.  These incidents meant I did not get many photos as I had to leave at 3pm. There were a few thousand spectators and parking was a big problem. A walk of around 1 mile from the car park to the track was the norm.

Bruce Oag from Castletown finished in overall 24th place in his blue Escort (top pic).  Not sure if he won his class.  Mark Alexander from Reay retired due to mechanical problems at the start of the 3rd stage, so I did not get any pics.

Mark Elder from Dunbeath finished in 65th and James Brims along with Sandy Coghill finished in 60th.  I will have to check if I got any pics of them.

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