Mach 1 Darien driver dashed to lift trophy

Robbie McTaggart and co-driver Keith McTaggart race away from the chicane.

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Words and photos Mark Davey

The spins and stalls of possibly the best ever Mach 1 rally were witnessed by more than 3,500 people on the first day.

The rally also saw its first ever trackside proposal during the halfway stage for the 16th placed team.

Subaru Impreza driver Scott McMinn went down on bended knee to propose to his co-driver Mary Pierotti.

Winner Bruce Edwards, and co-driver Jim Smith, in 105.18 minutes, virtually destroyed their car’s bodywork  as they battled round the 12 stages marked by surprisingly solid hay bales.

It was not just the leading drivers who won.

Campbeltown tyros, Robbie McTaggart and co-driver Keith McTaggart, finished in 207.15 and should be proud of their 58th place.

The pair in their diminutive Peugeot 106, beat all the 28 who failed to finish including previous winners, the Lotus team of Alistair Inglis and Colin Inglis.

The two McTaggarts still inspired Sunday’s diminished  crowd peering through the rain and drizzle.

On his Facebook page Robbie wrote: ‘Really enjoyed my first rally after taking part in the Mach 1 Stages.

Big thanks to the service crew especially after I roasted the car on the first stage.

‘I never thought I would have had the chance to carry on but John and James done a good job sorting the car and some interesting cooling modifications.

‘I’d just like to thank everyone for all their help and support leading up to and over the weekend.

‘Thanks to my co driver Keith for keeping my right all weekend.

‘Thanks to my sponsors, Campbeltown Motor Company, Fona Taxi and Speedy’s Valeting and Detailing. ‘

As he held the winner’s cup, Edwards added: ‘I have waited a long time to get my hands on one of these trophies.

‘It has been a great weekend, we all need to thank Dunfermline Car Club and its team, all the officials really deserve our appreciation.

‘Machrihanish airbase is a great venue and especially challenging in the wet. I’d also like to thank Gordon Morrison and Calum Macpherson and  Ian Paterson and Callum Shanks for chasing us throughout.

Morrison and Macpherson were second in 105.34 followed by the third placed Paterson and Shanks in 106.30.

The other notable Kintyre success was 35th placed Jonathan MacDonald and Chris Wareham, 120.39 in their Peugeot 306 GTi-6.

Chief marshal Keith Cowan added his praise for the event and said: ‘It is a superb event, we love coming here and it is a terrific venue.’

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Winners Bruce Edwards, and co-driver Jim Smith are presented with their trophy by secretary of the meeting Trix Grant. 25_c29machone01

Bruce Edwards and jim Smith’s Darien in the white Darien on Sunday’s rain soaked track. 25_c29machone144

Robbie McTaggart glances out of his side window as he passes through a chicane. 25_c29machone131

Jonathan MacDonald and Chris Wareham power away from the chicane. 25_c29machone148