MACH 1 rally racers set for rip roaring weekend

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Petrolheads are set to pour into Kintyre from today as the fourth Mach 1 rally revs up for action.

Support teams and organisers have been working at full throttle since Monday to prepare the venue at the former airbase.

In addition they have completed jobs such as placing green signage on lamposts to route spectators through the town.

Tonight, by popular demand, about seven crews and their vehicles are expected at the ferry terminal from about 6pm to 7.30pm.

It is a great chance to meet the drivers and navigators and last year many youngsters enjoyed sitting in a real rally car.

Springbank distillery is supporting this year’s rally and together with Campbeltown Motor Company has sponsored this page.

Teams travelling from across Britain will find Argyll Bakeries serving hot and cold food from lunchtime at the base especially for crews at scrutineering.

This year’s spectator entry will cost £5 per person on Saturday which includes free entry on Sunday,  on the back of feedback from 2016.

Access will be via the West Park Fergus gate, spectators are to follow the green arrows which will be positioned at key points to direct the traffic throughout the town.

Spectator viewing will be similar to previous years however routes have been amended to ensure the spectators see more of the action.

Splits, merges, the start and finish all within easy view of the spectator area which should provide some great action for all.

It is not all about racing, Argyll Bakeries and Coast Coffee will have a full range of refreshments available.

The Saturday evening social in the officer’s mess will have a carvery and bar supplied by Argyll Bakeries with the same price of £7.50 as last year 2016 from 6pm till late.

Pit crews work on Murray Coulthard’s Citroën at last year’s Mach 1 rally. 25_c28machrally02

The Campbeltown Motor Company sponsored Peugeot 205 lifts a wheel during cornering last year. 25_c28machrally03

A spot or rain makes for tricky driving conditions. 25_c28machrally04

David Hattrick, the motorsport maverick, who organises the Mach 1 rally and set the cars rolling back in 2014. 25_c28machrally05