1999 – Murmur Chapter 7

MULLMURMURSMULLMURMURSMULLMURMURS – Chapter 7

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

Leaderboard after 17 of 22 Special Stages:

1

Chris Griffiths/Aled Davies

Subaru Impreza

1:52:08

2

Dougi Hall/Gareth Williams

Ford Escort

1:53:22

3

John Price/Caroline Broad

MG Metro 6R4

1:53:46

4

James MacGillivray/Brian Kennedy

Mitsubishi

1:54:49

5

Callum Guy/Fred Bell

Vauxhall Astra

1:56:10

6

Daniel Harper/Les Reger

Vauxhall Astra

1:57:15

7

William Bonniwell/Ali Campbell

Ford Escort

1:57:56

8

Rob Barry/Alan Whittaker

Mitsubishi

1:58:05

9

Martin Healer/Chalkie White

Escort Cos

2:00:02

10

Mark Hudson/Dave McKinlay

Ford Escort

2:00:23

This is not rallying – it’s war out there! John Cope is the latest casualty, the Escort Cosworth indulging in some acrobatics in the second stage this afternoon and giving John Price a fright as he encountered an upside down motor. Although Pricey has been taking time out of rally leader Chris Griffiths, the Subaru driver has a nice cushion and is doing the business only when he needs to. But the man on a mission is Dougi Hall still holding the runner-up spot although Price has got ahead of top local hope MacGillivray.

John Cressey started well this afternoon and had just got in front of Daniel Harper when his Astra died on him for an agonising 11 minutes – Cressey came up with some new Anglo Saxon descriptions of engine management chips! But cursing won’t cure it and it looks as though he’s out. Out too is Billy Bird, the rwd Astra broke its gearbox. Callum Guy still leads the 2 litre class but he’s finding the roads bumpier than he remembers, but then again the Astra is going a helluva lot quicker than his Avenger! Harper is 6th but Bonniwell is still going despite a problem with his camshafts.

Steve Smith and Martin healer have re-learned how to pray, they had BIG spins to-day but have survived to tell disbelieving service crews. Like fishermen, these spins get bigger in the re-telling. Mark Jasper is in the wars again, this time doing 3 stages with another broken driveshaft and then got a puncture.

Doug Weir leads the 1600 class in his Nova despite having to borrow parts from a fridge to fix his exhaust with George MacDonald not too far away but having trouble on his own with exhaust gaskets. Top 1300 is the irrepressible Dougie Ingram in the Mini, but Wynne Jenkins in the Micra hasn’t given up the chase yet despite not having been on the island for 5 years.

The Philips Tour of Mull Rally now heads into the final Leg but it ain’t over till the big girl gives it laldy as they say in hoi-polloi, high falutin’ opery circles.

That's yer lot for now, see you later,

Yer auld pal, Jaggy Bunnet
Tobermory Car Park, Saturday, 5:00 pm.

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