Mull Full (again)

  • Mull full (again)

  • Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally sells out in a matter of minutes
  • Stars align and head for the Isle of Mull from October 13-16 
  • Capacity 150-car entry makes for a celebratory 50th running of the event 

Not only is the Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally the longest and most challenging in the UK this season, it turns out it remains the most popular.
 
Entries opened for the October 13-16 event at 1930 on Friday evening and within three hours the Tobermory-based event had already received confirmation from more than 150 crews.
 
A delighted clerk of the course Richard Crozier said: “This is fantastic news for the event. When a team gets together and organises a rally, we are fundamentally putting ourselves in the shop window. We sit alongside other events around the UK and Europe and we ask competitors to make a decision. 
 
“Overwhelmingly, they have voted with their feet in favour of Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally. I want to thank them for that – not just from our team, Argyll & Bute Council but the island itself. This event brings massive commercial and economic benefit at a time when the season is starting to wind down for the year.
 
“I’ll be honest and say there were a few nerves around on Friday afternoon as we prepared to launch the event entries online and 180 minutes later we were done.”

That capacity 150-car field is in for a real treat in October. Not only is the Tobermory street stage back for the first time since 2014, there’s the very (very) long one from Loch Tuath through Calgary and down Glen Aros on Saturday night to look forward to. 
 
The 145-mile route runs across 16 stages, two nights and one afternoon. 
 
Further details of the entry list will be revealed in coming weeks.
 
Richard added: “It’s very fair to say, all the ingredients are there for another absolute classic. There will be plenty of local rivalries being renewed and a certain Daniel Harper defending his superb 2021 victory at the wheel of his Mini John Cooper Works WRC.
 
“Naturally, we will see some of the crews falling by the wayside – this always happens. If you’re one of the competitors out there who think they have missed out on an opportunity, keep an eye on the Mull Rally Facebook page for any possible late entries.
 
“For now, I want to thank all the competitors for their incredible support and for the whole team who have already put so much work into this year. See you on the island!”

Carbon Positive

Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally is open for business and looking to the future
  • Scottish island event reveals partnership with Carbon Positive Motorsport
  • Entries for the October 13-16 event open on Friday August 5 at 1930
  • Spectacular route planned for the 50th running of the Hebridean autumn classic
With the 50th running of the Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally in October, the event’s history is very much in focus. An association with Carbon Positive Motorsport demonstrates, however, that the future remains front and centre for the Scottish island’s biggest sporting event of the year. 
 
With entries for Britain’s longest rally of 2022 opening on Friday August 5 (head here at 1930 to secure one of the 150 places), there’s never been a better time to join forces with the ground-breaking Carbon Positive Motorsport to offset emissions from the October 13-16 event.
 
Competitors visiting the Tobermory-based event will be invited to sign up at www.carbonpositivemotorsport.com to ensure their carbon emissions will be negated by a programme of tree planting, environmental restoration and rewilding.
 
Clerk of the course Richard Crozier said: “We’re all very aware of the climate challenges we face right now and that’s why I’m delighted to talk about our new partnership with Carbon Positive Motorsport, the world’s first dedicated carbon offsetter in motorsport.
 
“It’s great to know that Britain’s longest rally will have minimal impact on the planet in terms of carbon emissions. We will work with the team at Carbon Positive Motorsport to calculate precisely how many litres of fuel and number of tyres have been used on the event and that dictates the extent of the Carbon Reduction Units required to cover that emission footprint.”
 
The cost of £29.50 towards the costs of running the programme is included automatically in the digital entry form, although competitors can untick the box to opt-out.
 
Carbon Positive Motorsport is also offering all Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally competitors and spectators a 20% discount on their standard web shop prices, to encourage all travelling to the event to help bring a greater positive environmental impact.
Crozier added: “Naturally, we would love to see all 150 cars running those stickers in October. This is something which is very important for us all.
 
“This announcement comes at a really exciting time for the event, with entries opening on Friday. We’ve worked so hard on a route which is worthy of the 50th running of what we regard to be the world’s best event.
 
“We’ve got a 30-mile stage on Saturday night, the return of the Tobermory stage and a raft of other route revisions coming. This year’s shaping up to be an absolute golden classic – an event well worthy of a typically packed entry.”

2022 Regulations

Supplementary regulations for the 2022 Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally were released on 13th July, and can be downloaded from via the following link:

Mull-Rally-2022-Regulations (pdf)

This year sees a cause for celebration – the 50th running of our annual rally event on Mull.

As such, after a few years of a largely unchanged route, this year’s itinerary includes a few special additions to mark the occasion, and other subtle changes to keep things fresh. The main features of recent years remain: “Rally Zone” spectator area at the Glengorm crossroads in Tobermory on all three legs, and the final flat out run up Glen Aros and over the Mishnish Lochs to Tobermory for the final control in Ledaig Car Park. These are supplemented by the return – for the first time since 2014 – of the popular Tobermory town stage.

In a further nod to the event’s history, “The Long One” this year becomes “The Very Long One” –
30 miles of Loch Tuath / Calgary Bay / Glen Aros, last run as a “selective” in the 1980s. The successful shakedown at Duart Castle moves to Thursday, to help spread the load for our hardworking marshals, retaining 2 sessions to accommodate more competitors.

As always, our thanks to John & Ross Marshall of Beatson’s Building Supplies for sticking by the event and giving us their continued support, to everyone on the island for letting us use their roads and to all the support facilities and marshals who ensure that the sport can take place safely. Thanks also to Argyll & Bute Council and Police Scotland for their pro-active support in
helping us to organise the event. We are also grateful for the ongoing support of Event Scotland, which recognises the global reach of the Mull Rally.

Entries will open at 19:30 on Friday 5th August.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Mull over the weekend of 13th – 16th October, and to continuing the legacy that is rallying on this special island.