There was an excellent trip across the Minch to sunny Stornoway for the Rally Hebrides for the AMC Engineering supported rally crew of Stonehaven driver Andrew Ritchie and his co-driving brother Gordon.
The Rally Hebrides was not a championship counter but an invitation-only event held to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. Unique to this event the co-drivers’ seats are sold off to members of the public keen to experience the thrill of competitive motorsport. The rally is based in Stornoway and uses roads and stages on the outskirts of the town. Between participants and spectators the sum of £16,000 was raised on the day for the cancer charity.
Andrew hopes to be asked back again next year to have another blast on the island: “It’s a great event with a great atmosphere and with no pressure for results or points it’s all about giving the passengers and spectators some lively entertainment. My co-driver for the day had never sat in a rally car before but had a constant ear-to-ear grin once the action started. Unfortunately though, the last two stages around the tarmac circuit at the kart track couldn’t be given full attack as the clutch started slipping at full power so it was frustrating to have to ease off to get round.”