There was a big surprise at Scottish rallying’s end of season gala awards night in Glasgow last week when the Jim Clark Reivers Rally was awarded the Chairman’s Cup for best event of the national 2013 Scottish Rally Championship.
In front of Scottish Rally Champions past and present, and almost 500 guests, the organisers of the Berwickshire based rally had their efforts officially recognised and rewarded.
Stepping up to receive the trophy, which was presented by Britain’s first ever World Rally Champion, Louise Aitken-Walker, was a very surprised Colin Smith, Clerk of the Course for the Reivers event: “I was gobsmacked, absolutely gobsmacked,” said a delighted Smith, “never in a month of Sundays did I dream of this. There are so many great events in the Scottish Championship, that it’s always difficult to pick a winner.”
Scottish Rally Championship Chairman, Dave Robson added: “Whilst all event organisers are under continuous pressure in their volunteer roles, the additional restrictions of a Road Closure Order means that when a closed road rally runs as well as the 2013 Reivers did and is enjoyed by all competitors as a high speed test of bravery and skill, it deserves recognition.”
Managing an event such as the Reivers Rally is a huge task each year for the amateur team. On this year’s one-day event there were eight Special Stages totalling 58 timed-to-the-second miles of competition incorporated into a 110 mile road route around the highways and byways of Berwickshire. Not only that, the organising team comprised some 300 organisers, officials, marshals and other helpers, and the whole event ran like clockwork.
When asked when they started planning next year’s event in 2014, Smith commented: “We started planning two weeks after the last one! We do have one new ‘thing’ planned for next year’s event.”
As for what that ‘thing’ is, we’ll have to wait till Sunday, June 1, 2014.