THE Hawick and Border Car Club will again run the popular Stobs Classic Rally at Stobs camp near Hawick on Sunday, supporting Radio Borders’ Cash for Kids charity, writes Mark Entwistle.
Now in its fourth year and sponsored by Porters Porches & Conservatories, the event tests crews of classic cars from the 1960s to the 1980s over a course of challenging routes within the camp against the clock.
The drivers needs to be quick but accurate, and matched by the navigators’ skill in making sure the correct route is taken, as penalties can be accrued for striking a cone or taking the wrong route.
Organiser Jason Ferry told The Southern: “It’s wonderful that Hawick and Border has the opportunity again to bring this kind of historic motorsport to this area and we thank our sponsors and the landowners greatly for this.
“For those who have not come and competed or been to spectate before, it’s a treat to see the machines of yesteryear threading their way around the camp’s route. Entertainment is always guaranteed and I am looking forward immensely to this year’s event.”
Sponsor Steve Porter pointed out the advantages of the Stobs camp location for spectators: “The venue, just outside Hawick, forms a truly fantastic arena to view motor sport from its many different vantage points, allowing spectators a close up and first hand view of all that takes place.”
The first car starts at 10.30am on a series of tests, which increase in complexity as the day proceeds.
Spectators are welcome, and entry is free – the hope is that people attending will donate to the Cash for Kids charity.
Access to Stobs camp is from the B6369 Newcastleton road, about 3.5 miles south of Hawick. The entrance, next to the memorial, will be arrowed. More information can be found at www.hawickandbordercarclub.co.uk
Hawick and Border Car Club, established in 1928, runs a series of car rally events each year. The club’s premier event, the Border Counties Rally, runs in March each year, and is a round in the Scottish Rally Championship.
The club also caters for beginners to motorsport and runs the “Hangover” autotest, a test of vehicle manoeuvrability, usually in early January.