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By Hannah O’Hanlon
A small family-run South Kintyre sawmill has geared up to sponsor one of the country’s biggest motorsport competitions.
Auchencorvie sawmill has become a c0-sponsor of the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship (STRC), which hosts the Mach 1 Stages Rally at Machrihanish’s former airbase.
The mill, which cuts mainly softwoods and produces fencing for agricultural, forestry and domestic use, will join main sponsor the Cobble Shop, and several other co-sponsors in supporting the rally race.
This year’s Mach 1 Stages rally saw tens of production race cars roar into Kintyre, with some of the peninsula’s own taking to the race-track, under the watchful eyes of more than 600 spectators.
Campbeltown’s Neil McAllister and Stephen Lang competed in a Campbeltown Motor Company-sponsored Peugeot 205 1360cc, while Glenbarr’s George Fell and his mum Lois raced a Ford Puma 1600, and Clachan’s John Kean raced his Peugeot 205 GTi with Tayinloan’s Malcolm McDonald as co-driver.
The next Mach 1 Stages rally, which will be the 5th, is scheduled for July 14 and 15 2018.
John Kean and Malcolm McDonald with the Peugeot 205 GTi they raced this year. 25_c28mach02_kean mcdonald
Campbeltown’s Neil McAllister and Stephen Lang competed in a Campbeltown Motor Company-sponsored Peugeot 205 1360cc in July. 25_c28mach03_mcallister lang
George and Lois Fell in action in this year’s race. 25_c28mach11_fell
Neil McAllister and Stephen Lang competing in this year’s race. 25_c28mach12_kean mcdonald