Galloway Hills Rally Goes International!
The Galloway Hills Rally, the final ranking round of the Scottish Rally Championship 2014, takes place on Sunday 26 October.
The 41st Galloway Hills Rally has attracted an entry of nearly 70, which this year includes a healthy entry from Northern Ireland, due to a ‘Free Ferries’ initiative offered by organisers.
Thanks to a grant from the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Strategic Fund, the Rally has been able to offer a free return ferry crossing to the 25 crews who have entered the Castle Douglas based event, thus bringing in an additional 130 people to the region over the forthcoming weekend.
The event will be a chance for the best drivers in Scotland to put themselves up against their Irish counterparts in a gruelling 45 mile test through the Galloway and Dalbeattie Forests. Many competitors from England and Wales are also making the journey to Castle Douglas.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is investing £10,000 in the event, in recognition of its special place within the Scottish Rallying calendar and potential to grow further in the future.
The Council’s Events Champion, Councillor Colin Smyth said, “This is the final event in 2014 funded by the Council’s Major Events Strategic Fund. I’m really looking forward to taking in the action up close and supporting the Dumfries and Galloway competitors. There is superb work done behind the scenes to take forward the Galloway Hills Rally and the Council is pleased we can recognise this and fund this great event.”
News added: Monday 20 October 2014
Photo: Cr Colin Smyth, Events Champion, DGC; Michael Riddick of the Galloway Hills Rally; Cr Finlay Carson and Norman Gowans of Galloway Hills Rally.
Who's coming to Galloway in 2014?
Visit our facebook page, www.facebook.com/GallowayHillsRally for an introduction to our 2014 entrants and to read their profiles.
News added: Friday 10 October 2014
Free ferries to the Galloway Hills!
After celebrating its 40th Anniversary in 2013 with a brand new spectator friendly ‘Super Special’ stage, the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally has more exciting plans in store for this year’s event on Sunday 26 October.
In association with the Dumfries and Galloway Council Major Events Fund, the Castle Douglas based event plans to offer free return ferry crossings to crews travelling from across the Irish Sea.
Before the recession, the Galloway Hills Rally annually attracted 25-30 regular Irish competitors and the towns in the surrounding area buzzed with the Irish craic. During the recession, the Irish economy suffered more than most, and the entries fell away to a low point in 2010, when the event received only one.
The organising committee believe it is now time to attract back their traditional Irish support, and to kick-start the process the event plans to offer a unique free return ferry crossing to the first 20 entrants from Northern and Southern Ireland, with the hope that this can be extended to more competitors in the future.
Michael Riddick, Clerk of the Course: "For a while now, we have wanted to do something to regenerate the Irish interest in the Galloway Hills, so when the opportunity arose to apply to the Major Events Fund, we put a great deal of effort into our application to secure some funding. By offering a free ferry we are hopefully making the cost of competing in the event the same for everyone, whether you live in Armagh or Aberdeen. We have already run the news by some of our past regulars from Northern Ireland, and they are delighted."
Entries will open in September, but in the meantime, interested crews from Northern and Southern Ireland can find more information on the official website: www.gallowayhillsrally.co.uk/ferries.
Photograph: Northern Irish regulars Liam Regan and Damien Duffin in action on the 2013 Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally. © Alan Scott Photography.
News added: Sunday 23 March 2014