On Tuesday (April 29th) over 60 classic cars from 13 countries arrived at Argyll and Bute Council’s Oban Airport as part of the HERO (Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation) Scottish Malts Classic Reliability Trial and Classic Car Tour, the premier classic car event in Scotland.
Open to cars built before the end of 1981, drivers left the Gleneagles Hotel and worked their way clockwise around Scotland from April 28th to May 1st.
Among the sixty plus vehicles visiting the airport were a 1934 Bentley 3.5ltr hooper bodied sports saloon, a Porsche 911 2.7RS lightweight from 1973 and several Mercedes SL Pagodas from the 1960s.
The cars were competing as part of the trial element of the event where cars and competitors race over ‘regularity’ sections, testing navigation and timing skills and special manoeuvrability, handling and speed tests – designed to show how agile these classic cars really are!
Patrick Burke, Joint Director of HERO Events said: “We are delighted to welcome yet again some 13 nationalities on the event – a testament to the fact that the Scottish Malts has now a firm place in the diary of international crews. The event has become one of the best established rallies in Scotland and it is part of the Year of Homecoming Celebrations. Accordingly, we are proud to support this initiative and showcase along the route, the best of Scottish heritage, culture and places of interest.”
Film footage of the above 2014 Scottish Malts Classic Rally will also be aired on Motors TV on Friday 20 June 2014 at 2235
This event follows on from the LeJog car rally which visited the airport in December, which saw some 70 cars visiting the airport enroute from Land’s End to John O’Groats.
Scheduled flights to Coll, Colonsay, Tiree and Islay operate out of Oban airport as well as sight seeing flights - for further information about Oban and the Isles Airports please visit www.obanandtheislesairports.com