Category Archives: Rally

Flying Scotsman Reliability Trial

When we heard that the Flying Scotsman reliability trial for pre-war vintage cars was passing through the area we knew exactly where to go to catch it. The rally started from Oulton Hall Hotel near Leeds early on Friday morning. with the goal of reaching Gleneagles resort on Sunday afternoon. So doing 750 miles over 3 days in these old cars was no mean feat.


The cars were due to come down Rosedale Chimney bank and back up the hill past the Milburn Arms on their way to Goathland, so we decided to catch the first cars on the uphill before shooting over to Goathland to see them at Scripps garage in Aidensfield. Unfortunately I got summoned to an important business meeting with a potential new outlet, so we had to forego seeing them at Rosedale, leaving us to head direct to Goathland arriving just in nice time before the first cars landed. The sun was shining and the village was crowded with tourists and many of rally followers and marshals were dressed period costume, so there was no shortage of character. With the added bonus of the Aidensfield garage as a backdrop we were likely to be able to shoot some nice local stock images.


The old cars sounded glorious as they roared in and there was a great atmosphere with some fairly colourful characters to welcome to competitors at the time control. After a while I moved down to the railway bridge to try and shoot the cars with the station as a backdrop, but this proved really difficult owing to the speed they were travelling.


Despite the lovely bright sky, a cold north wind was blowing, so once the bulk of the competitors had passed, we headed to the pub for lunch and a warm up. Events like this are definitely great for the local economy and this one was a good opener for a weekend soon to be dominated by the steam gala on the North York Moors railway, so the area was set for a good early season boost.


As the reader of our blog, you may have been wondering why we haven’t posted any of our photographic exploits for a while, well Janet has been tied up working on a total revamp of the website and you can see the results of her endeavours after the 1st January by going direct to

Whilst the emphasis of my life changed dramatically in December when I contested the gruelling 4 day RAC rally. As a rally navigator for many years, I long harboured a desire to do “the big one” and this year I got the opportunity to join Mark Simpson and Kevin Jeffray in their Nissan Micras. The brief was to compete as cheaply as possible and hopefully record a finish.

Day 1 started OK and saw us handily placed 3rd in class with Kevin just behind us. Day 2 started in the familiar Yorkshire forests and went well for us, but not so well for Kevin who collected a wayward tree and retired on the spot! Day 2 ended in less familiar terrain near Carlisle and saw us still 3rd in class with the longest day of the rally to come.

We left Carlisle at 8am on day 3 and as we drove towards the stages near Beattock we ran into snow. It was here it all started to go wrong for the class leader Tom Jordan and saw us consistently beating him and ending the day 2nd in class with Jordan 1 second behind us.

We started day for over 4 minutes behind the new class leader Mick Smith, but deep snow in the daunting Kielder forest was soon to change that! Fitting snow tyres ensured we had a good run through Kielder, then a long nail biting wait for the others to emerge ensued. It eventually transpired that both Smith & Jordan had been off the road for some time, handing us an unbelievable class win and a remarkable 4th overall in the open section. Not bad for a 1000cc Micra against cars with up to 5 times our power!

Now all we have to do is sell loads of photos to pay for it!

Photo by Andy Standing



And Now For Something Completely Different!

As long term Saab rally competitors in years gone by, we were delighted to get the opportunity  to take photographs of  Saab legend Erik Carlsson at the official start ceremony for the Saab Historic rally team on this year’s RAC rally.

This shot shows 1960 RAC rally winners Erik Carlsson and Stuart Turner lined up together with the crews for this year’s event, just before they were flagged off to tackle 4 days of gruelling snow covered stages.