The final results of the rally showed that of the 52 cars that started 16 retired due to mechanical failure or accident damage. We came 32nd of the 36 finishers. Not very impressive but not too bad considering how many tests and regularities we missed due to problems with the car. At least finishing allowed us to claim a green ribband finisher’s medal and the the fact that the two other TR6s in our class proved even more unreliable than our own car allowed us to claim second in class behind a vast Bristol 411.

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According to the organisers this year’s rally was the toughest for many years. This was borne our by the fact the winning crew won the only gold medal awarded. In their victor’s speech they pointed out that when they last won the rally they accumulated less penalties for the whole rally than they accumulated in just one regularity in this year’s event.

What lessons have we learnt? Firstly do not hire a car. Better a car whose weaknesses you know. Secondly, if you are both 6 foot or taller, a sports car is too small in which to spend 56 hours in three days. A powerful reliable medium size saloon is probably best. This year’s winners were in a BMW 320. Thirdly, always press on. The only way to fit in all the regularities and tests is to attack the link sections. For a while we ran with some rally veterans – their speed on the link sections was impressive to behold. I will long remember the two TR4’s that overtook us at speed late at night in the Highlands, flame spitting from their exhausts as they changed up…

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