Gearing up for 2016 Mull Rally
Welcome to the website for the 2016 Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally. This site is the main source of information about the rally for competitors, volunteers and spectators planning to join us in October for the event. And remember, you can follow all the action either on the island, or virtually by using our various social media outlets on Facebook (MullRally) or Twitter (@MullRally1).
The Tour of Mull Rally, as it was originally known, was the brainchild of the late Brian Molyneux and first ran in 1969 as a road rally. This year’s event will be the 47th running of the rally and takes place on the weekend of October 14-16.
The Mull Rally is the only event in the UK to use a specific Act of Parliament which allows the rally to compete on the challenging public roads of the scenic Isle of Mull.
Mull in October has become a near religious pilgrimage for rally folk from all over the UK, Ireland and much further afield. Competitors’ vehicles range from the latest WRC machinery to historic Minis, and generally everything in between … and all run together in the same field. Three legs of rallying, night time stages and unlimited recce are just three things that make the Mull Rally unique and “the best rally in the world”.
As well as the regular crews who compete because “it is Mull”, we also welcome competitors from the Scottish Tarmac Championship, The Association of North West Car Clubs and the SD34 Stage Rally Championship: all come the island to battle for championship honours.
The Clerk of the Course for the 2016 Mull Rally will be Andy Jardine, deputy clerk of the course for the last four years.
“The last four years have been a real privilege to work with Iain Campbell, and the wider team, to deliver what has become a resurgent Mull Rally,” Andy said after the announcement of his appointment. “That resurgence saw a maximum 150 entries being received within 36 hours of opening last year.
“It’s humbling to see the effort that so many officials and marshals put into making the event happen in such a professional way. I hope that by taking on the role of Clerk and providing continuity, this team is maintained and continues to do what it does best.”
Beatson’s Building Supplies arrived as main sponsors last year and provided great support to the event. Now one of Scotland’s largest building suppliers, it operates from its headquarters in Alloa, and includes four other major centres at Cumbernauld, Penicuik, Dunfermline and Stirling.
The company also operates a specialist roofing division which trades under the Skyline Roofing banner. In addition, the company has a high profile at Knockhill, Scotland’s national motorsport centre, where its name dominates the circuit on the famous bridge which straddles the Fife race track.
Twenty of their guests enjoyed island hospitality whilst watching the Beaston’s two-car rally team compete in the 2015 Mull Rally. In addition, the marshals were very grateful of the Beaston’s supplied gifts in their goody bags which are distributed as a reward for marshalling.
The Mull Rally can only run if it has suitable numbers of volunteer marshals and radio operators; and the reality is we need more every year. If you have never been to the Island before and you want to see what all the fuss is about, please make your plans early and register on the website to let our Chief Marshal and Radio Staffing organisers know.
Keep watching this website, follow us on Twitter or Facebook, and you’ll ensure you stay on the pace with developments as the year goes on.
We’ll be announcing the 2016 Mull Rally route in the middle of April.