Army to compete in Dumfries rally

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This year’s RSAC Scottish Rally is pleased to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Armed Forces Rally Team competing at the event in their Land Rovers.

The Dumfries-based rally takes in challenging forest routes on Saturday, June 29, playing host to UK talent, as it once again becomes a round of the MSA British Rally Championship following a seven-year break.

To celebrate the five golden decades since their formation, Colonel (Retd) Colin Den-McKay OBE and SSgt (Retd) Les Dalton, both of whom were regular and successful competitors at the Scottish during the 1970s and 1980s, will be demonstrating lightweight Land Rovers which competed from that era.

The lightweight Land Rovers will be on display at the ceremonial start in Dumfries High Street at 7pm on Friday, June 28.

The non-profit making organisation formed from members from all arms of the British Armed Forces including reserve forces takes part in several British Rally Championship events each year.

By using ex-military Land Rovers, sponsorship and personal contributions, the team aims to promote the British Armed Forces and to advance Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force members’ driving and personal development skills.

Chairman of BAMA Major General Carew Wilks CBE said: “I am truly delighted as the chairman of the British Army Motorsports Association to be a participant on the Scottish Rally this year, it being the 50th anniversary of the armed forces first competing on this famous event. “

“Since 1963 the RSAC Scottish has been at the very heart of army rallying activities and the bond of friendship that BAMA has developed with the RSAC and the Scottish rally community is as strong today as it has ever been.”

Garry Headridge, deputy clerk of the course of the RSAC Scottish Rally, added: “We are delighted to welcome the Army Land Rovers to the Scottish Rally which, coincidentally, is being held on Armed Forces Day.

“They might run at the back of the field but the Land Rovers are an integral part of the event.

“Keeping on the military theme, we are once again raising funds for Help for Heroes – each programme sold will result in £1 going to the charity.”