What is Spirit of 88?

For those of you that remember the initial Tour of Mull, it was a selective road rally which included some forest stages. In 1987 the road rally regulations changed and the team (the 2300 Club of Blackburn) could not organise the 1988 Tour of Mull on the public roads. In collaboration with others, the 2300 Club presented a “forest” stage rally, using lots of small sections of private road all over the island. That event is remembered fondly (and in fact recorded on video) as a challenging weekend mainly because of horrendous weather. The following year, at very short notice, Mull Car Club Ltd put on the “Mull Extra” which was a short 2-leg stage rally.

Nowadays, with modern regulations and risk management processes, it’s not been possible to present a stage rally on that basis. However, the new Targa Road Rally regulations allow us to organise this event, which will operate with a similar spirit to those events. It should be fun, it is accessible to many new competitors but still a challenge to our regulars. It will take us over most of the island, including some parts that the Mull Rally cannot take us to.