1998 – Murmur Chapter 8

MULLMURMURSMULLMURMURSMULLMURMURS – Chapter 8

– published on the island, during the event by Jaggy Bunnet

Provisional Top Times after 17 out of 19 Special Stages:

Posn Driver/Co-Driver Car Hrs.Mins:Secs
1 Calum Duffy/Hugh Duffy Ford Escort 2 Hrs 7 Mins 24 Secs
2 Chris Griffiths/Aled Davies Subaru Impreza 2.09.55
3 John Price/Caroline Broad MG Metro 6R4 2.12.29
4 Eddie O'Donnell/Eddie O'Donnell Ford Escort 2.14.13
5 John Cressey/Ian Grindrod Opel Manta 2.15.06
6 Billy Bird/Plug Pulleyn Vauxhall Astra RWD 2.15.57
7 Dave Miller/Andrew Bailey Ford Escort 2.20.18
8 Daniel Harper/Les Reger Vauxhall Astra 2.20.34
9 Mark Hudson/Dave McKinlay Ford Escort 2.21.39
10 Steve Cotton/Simon Moss Vauxhall Astra 2.23.03

Big dramas on the final Leg of this 29th Philips Tour of Mull Rally. It very much looks as though rally leader Neil Mackinnon is out. He had a problem in Aros with the alternator, and the battery was changed for Gribun but so far he has failed to make the start of Scridain … Calum Duffy could therefore be the new new leader, but let's not count chickens, eh? Look what's happened to MacKinnon … Unconfirmed reports also have it that the McKinstry Subaru is in a ditch.

MacKinnon pulled over to let other cars through but without lights couldn't see where he was going … Could this be Duffy's year, if it is, there will be one hell of a party in Dervaig on Sunday night … John Cressey is also in alternator trouble but he's still going … Daniel Harper had another lucky escape bending a wheel rim on a Gribun rock but the tyre stayed intact … Early 1300 class leader Jimmy Fergusson is out, alternator failure when he was lying 20th o/a … Robin Hamilton is out for the same reason … Derek Carless retired with electrical/fuel trouble … Rick Fry lost time this afternoon when a turbo pipe blew off and Gareth Jones lost time with a bent steering arm and puncture … And finally, it's anniversary time again. Exactly one year ago to-day Andy and Vicky Rhodes got married and spent their honeymoon, in a Mini, on the 28th Philips Tour of Mull Rally.

So where are they celebrating their first anniversary? In a Mini, on the 29th Philips Tour! … And finally, finally, for those gourmets amongst you who took delight last year in the local Ceilidh Place delicacy, 'Reindeer Droppings' (supposedly choc chip cookies) will be denied that pleasure this year due to a scarcity of natural ingredients. Not to be outdone, Susan has come with a new tantalising titbit, Highland Cow Pats (a sort of biscuit covered in chocolate) with 'bits' in it. Susan says they're raisins – I ain't so sure!

That's yer lot meantime,
Yer auld pal, Jaggy Bunnet,
The Ceilidh Place, Craignure, Saturday, Midnight.

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