Rally drivers at Balmoral Castle

Classic Reliability trial and Tour (30 Apr-4 May 2012)'All rights reserved. Editorial use only for press kit, about Scottish Malts 2012.'Any further use is forbidden without previous Author's consent.
Classic Reliability trial and Tour (30 Apr-4 May 2012)'All rights reserved. Editorial use only for press kit, about Scottish Malts 2012.'Any further use is forbidden without previous Author's consent.

Balmoral castle opened its gates to drivers from all over the world recently, when 40 classic cars, taking part in this year’s Scottish Malts rally, were allowed into the Queen’s Scottish residence.

“Not only was it a great privilege to be allowed to take the cars to such an outstanding venue, but the weather was stunning,” said Patrick Burke, joint managing director of the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO).

The cars had made their way from Turnberry, stopping overnight in Kinloch Rannoch before heading into the Highlands for two nights in Inverness, visiting some of the most famous whisky distilleries.

Day four saw the cars heading down the shores of Loch Ness to Fort William and then via Glencoe to Inveraray.

The teams were flagged off from Turnberry by Jaguar legend Norman Dewis, who had driven on the Grand Prix circuit in Turnberry 60 years before.

Among the cars taking part was the very first right hand drive production Jaguar E-Type Fixed Head Coupe, supplied by Jaguar Cars in August 1961, a 1930 Riley Brooklands 9HP and two Jaguar SS100.

“We have attracted some amazing cars from all over the world to take part in this event,” said Tomas de Vargas Machuca, joint managing director of HERO, “and we wanted to make sure that as many people in Scotland as possible see them and enjoy them.”

Organisers are running a photography competition so the Scottish public can take pictures of the cars and email them to them.

There are two classes - children and young people up to the age of 18, and adults.

The winners will receive specially-engraved cups and other goodies.

People can visit the HERO website (www.heroevents.eu) where a full list of the cars can be seen and downloaded.

The event will come to a well-deserved rest back at the Turnberry tomorrow (Friday).

The event is the first qualifying round of the much-coveted HERO Cup. The club’s annual championship which sees the crew that participates in all but one of the HERO Events for 2012, scoring the lowest number of penalties, win a week on board the 95ft S/Y Orianda, cruising in the Mediterranean.