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The Scottish All Rover Rally Committee is pleased to announce that our 2016 Rally will once again be held at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder as a one day event on Sunday 29 May 2016. Please note that, as a result of the low level of participation in 2015, there will be no Road Run or Evening Meal on the Saturday. Full details about the Sunday Rally are contained in the Entry Form which can be viewed and downloaded here.

The Rally is open to all Rover and Land Rover vehicles

Thirlestane Castle will be open to the public on 29 May. The Castle management have kindly indicated that they are willing to provide guided tours, at a reduced rate, for rally entrants. Each tour lasts approximately 1 hour. We hope that these tours will be well supported in view of the special arrangements that are being put in place. Rally control will provide loudspeaker reminders of these tours on the day.

As the Rally is being held only on the Sunday, we have not, as in previous years, been in contact with any local hotel in nearby Lauder regarding special accommodation rates for those wishing to stay for the weekend. Any entrant attending the rally and wishing to stay overnight should make their own arrangements, and it would be advisable to do that as early as possible with one of the many hotels and bed and breakfast establishments in the Lauder area While we are not in a position to recommend a particular place, we understand the Lauderdale Hotel (telephone 01578 722231) in Lauder was popular with entrants who stayed there in 2015. Note that the hotel has only 9 rooms.

Keeping Rally costs down

With postal costs increasing annually, we will again be emailing those previous entrants who have attended at least once in the past 3 years and for whom we have email addresses, to ask you to download your Entry Form from the website. It should be posted to the address on the Entry Form together with your entry fee.

As we are a relatively small organisation, the high commission costs of allowing payment to be made on-line continues to be an uneconomic proposition - so yet again, a cheque will do nicely, thank you!

From time to time we are asked why we charge an entrance fee when many other rallies do not. The answer is that our event attracts quite a small number of entrants (usually no more than 100) and thus the public interest is much reduced. Accordingly, we do not charge for the public to come and view. Rally site fees are increasing annually and now form our single largest expenditure. The entrance fee and any monies made from our Sunday prize raffle are our only sources of income.

Overall, our outlay per car always exceeds the entrant fee charged. Despite this, the Committee has again been able to peg the entrance fee at £10 for the seventh year in succession.

It follows that if an entry form is received without payment - and this does happen - the application will not be processed and will not appear in the programme.

The Future

The Committee has not been at full complement for several years. Furthermore, both our Chairman and Treasurer had previously indicated they wished to step down from their roles after the 2015 Rally. They have however generously agreed to remain in post for this year's Rally but will certainly step down thereafter. Ideally we need new 'younger' volunteers to come forward and form a new Committee. Despite our best efforts, the absence of volunteers willing to join and reinforce the Committee for the future, inevitably means the 2016 event is likely to be the final Scottish All Rover Rally in its current form.



Rally Programme for Sunday 29 May

9.30 am - Rally control opens at Thirlestane Castle

10.30 am - Please have vehicles in place for "self judging"

1.00 pm - Latest time for returning self judging forms to rally control and receiving your rally memento (first 100 only)

3.00 pm - Raffle Prize Draw, followed by Class Winner Awards, then Car of the Rally judging and award

4.15 - 4.30 pm - Rally closes

Note: Thirlestane Castle has its own café/tearoom which will be open on Sunday from 09.30 until 4pm.



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Last Updated 19th August 2016