RSAC Scottish Rally- The 2014 Event
The 69th RSAC Scottish Rally will take place over the 27th and 28th of June, beginning with a short sprint through the stage at Heathhall on the Friday night.
“The Scottish” is a round of the MSA British Rally Championship, the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, the Mintex MSA British Historic Rally Championship and the Northern Historic Rally Championship, meaning spectators can see cars from brand new Fiesta R5s to 1980s Vauxhall Magnums all the way back to Mk 1 Ford Escorts that are over forty years old.
The Rally kicks off on Friday evening with an autograph session at Whitesands before the cars leave the start line for the 0.7 mile Heathhall stage.
At such a convenient location it is a great chance for spectators to catch a glimpse of all the different cars and is a great introduction to the world of forest rallying.
Another highlight is the brand new Armstrong Group Super Special stage that will take place on the Saturday near Dalbeattie. It too is a fantastic opportunity for exciting viewing, with jumps, hairpins and a bridge that can all be seen from within a safe spectator area.
Following recent events spectator safety is a prime concern. For 2014 a dedicated spectator safety number will be introduced. This will link directly to staff at rally HQ. If anyone has a concern about their safety, or the safety of other spectators or competitors, they can call the number and the concern will be followed up and investigated. The safety line number will be advertised in the spectator programme and throughout the stages.
Dumfries community cafe ‘The Usual Place’ will be the partner for the event, and will receive money through programme sales at the event and on the preview day. The cafe set up by not-for-profit organisation Inspired Community Enterprise Trust is due to open in January next year and will offer assistance to young people between the ages of 16-26 with additional support needs.
“We’re absolutely delightful by the partnership and the amount of awareness this event can help raise for what we are doing”, says Heather Hall of Inspired Community Enterprise Trust.
“Even a small amount of money raised is great for us and we are pleased that this looks like hopefully being a long-term arrangement.
“We are also hopeful that with the cafe up and running next year, many of the young people will be able to get involved in different ways in what is a huge event for the local area”
Prior to the rally, there is our preview day which takes place on Saturday the 21st of June outside the Visit Scotland office on Whitesands. From around 09:00 until after the Guid Nychburris parade there will be opportunities to find out more about the event and even have a photo taken in a rally car. For up to date information and rally timetable visit the website at www.scottishrally.co.uk or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.