1999 – Murmur Chapter 3

MULLMURMURSMULLMURMURSMULLMURMURS – Chapter 3

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

Provisional Top Times after 4 out of 22 Special Stages:

1

Chris Griffiths/Aled Davies

Subaru Impreza

24:11

2

James MacGillivray/Brian Kennedy

Mitsubishi

24:45

3

Dougi Hall/Gareth Williams

Ford Escort

24:54

4

John Price/Caroline Broad

MG Metro 6R4

25:00

5

Callum Guy/Fred Bell

Vauxhall Astra

25:09

6

John Cope/Tony Cope

Ford Escort Cosworth

25:13

7

Daniel Harper/Les Reger

Vauxhall Astra

25:28

8

William Bonniwell/Ali Campbell

Ford Escort

25:41

9

John Cressey/Ian Grindrod

Vauxhall Astra

25:52

10

Rob Barry/Alan Whittaker

Mitsubishi

26:04

11

Steve Smith/Alistair Douglas

Subaru Imreza

26:06

12

Doug Weir/Duncan Brown

Nova 1600

26:09

Treat these times as a guide only, these are merely times of the first cars running on the road … Early reports indicate that the Vodafone Millennium stage through Tobermory was a roaring, if trifle noisy, success. Apparently Chris Griffiths' anti-lag system echoing off the walls was spectacular while Pricey's V6 sounded minted.

So, leading the 30th Philips Tour of Mull Rally at this early stage is 3 times runner-up Chris Griffiths, but he's having his moments, "Every year I forget just how bumpy the roads are up here. I can't soften the car any more, so I'll just have to hang on".

Lying second is James "Jock the Bull" MacGillivray, first time out in a 4WD car, "I'm just getting the hang of it, this'll take some getting used to".

But the big news is that last year's winner, Callum Duffy appears to be out. Reports indicate that the Escort clipped the armco in Gribun damaging a wheel and the suspension … Eddie O'Donnell also appears to be out in the same stage, having gone off the road, but the crew are OK … George Hill has also joined the 'disappeared', the Mitsubishi left the road at the first junction in SS2 … Daniel Harper hit a pot hole at Dervaig which knocked the tracking out and the Astra is not handling too well at present … Mark Hudson broke the clutch cable at the start of SS4 which caused a bit of anxiety but he did the stage and reached service.

And finally, two years ago at the Ceilidh Place in Craignure the 'delicacy of the day' was 'Reindeer Droppings' (choc chip cookies) and last year it was 'Highland Cow Pats' (choc biccies with raisins), this year, Susan (Mine Host) has excelled herself with 'Sticky Peat Boggies' (corn flakes in treacle and chocolate). They are awfy tasty, but so sticky you won't be able 'to go' for a week – they don't half make yer cheeks stick together!

That's yer lot meantime, look out for more news later.
Yer auld pal, Jaggy Bunnet, Craignure, Friday, 11:30 pm.

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