Thursday, 29 March 2018

Bathgate no more, Linwood no more, Methil no more, SACC no more

At the AGM on 20th March the Scottish Association of Car Clubs, aka SACC, voted to change its name to the Scottish Association of Motor Sports Clubs, or SAMSC.

The web address has changed to and email addresses have changed to match, e.g. becomes
The old addresses will keep working for a few months, but you should start using the new ones now.

Why did we do it? I hear you ask.

Scottish Road Car Series - New for 2018

We are delighted to announce the launch of the Scottish Road Car Series for 2018, which is intended to act as an accessible new entry point into motorsport in Scotland. Anyone with a valid driving licence and a road going vehicle will be eligible to enter the series - which will run over 10 rounds at various locations in Scotland - making it accessible to a broad range of people across the country.

Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Scottish Training Calendar 2018

We have a training programme for marshals and officials of all levels of experience, from complete novice to guru level, and the courses are all free, and run by qualified instructors licensed by the MSA.  See the full calendar below ...

Friday, 16 February 2018

Competitor Guidance - Fire Extinguisher Regulations

The MSA have published Competitor Guidance to clarify the changes in extinguisher regulations, as referred to in our February Update posting.

The very short version is that existing non-homologated extinguishers must be serviced every 24 months, or sooner if specified by the manufacturer, but there is more to it than that if you have FIA homologated extinguishers, and you will all need FIA extinguishers by 2021.

You can find the full guidance document with other scrutineering documents on the Scottish Association website

Thursday, 8 February 2018

February News Update

The first month of 2018 is now past. Social media feeds tell me that many of your clubs are having your award events and this is a great reminder that for many of us, the joy is in competition. But it is also an opportunity to recognise the many other people without whom the competitive and social events would not happen. Well done to everyone.

My own diary of 2018 events has already begun with a couple of meetings in January. I was also at Knockill for the SMS Academy day. A highlight of the day was a visit from Aileen Campbell, Scottish Government minister for Sport and Health. This was an excellent opportunity to highlight the work of the SMS team and for wide ranging discussions about motorsport and will hopefully put our sport in a good light at Holyrood.

On the topic of the Scottish Government, I know that many of you are keen to see progress towards the closed road legislation being adopted in Scotland following the recent approval in Wales of the Westminster Act passed last year. What I can say is that this is very much at the top of the agenda of the MSA and every effort is being made to move this forward as soon as possible.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Autotest Winter Mini-Series for Drivers aged 14 to 17

Scottish Sporting Car Club and the Junior 1000 Ecosse Championship have come together to organise a 3-event winter series for 14 – 17 year-old drivers.  The series is run over the first three months of 2018, and can be used as a warm-up for existing competitors in the J1000 Championship, or for newcomers looking to get a start in low-cost motorsport.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


His Grace, The Duke of Argyll was joined by car clubs and trade guests from across Scotland at his ancestral home of Inveraray Castle today (Thursday 26 October) to launch a brand new motorsport festival.

Designed to celebrate Scotland’s rich heritage in motorsport, over the next three years, the Argyll Festival of Performance will bring together significant cars and drivers from F1, Le Mans, Indy Cars, Touring Cars and International Stage Rallying, plus a whole host of unique vehicles never before seen in Scotland.

Monday, 30 October 2017

SDMC Hairst Results

The SDMC Hairst Navi Rally on 28 October was won by Stuart Cobb and Richard Crozier. Full results and Scottish Navigational Rally Championship standings after seven rounds can be found on on the SACC navigational rally page
The final round of the 2017 championship will be the Boontree Birl on 2nd December.

Friday, 20 October 2017

SDMC Hairst Rally - Final Call!!

One week to go before closing on the 2017 SDMC Hairst Rally, the penultimate round of the Scottish Navigational Rally Championship, which starts near Echt in Aberdeenshire on 28th October. There are still places available so get your entries in as soon as possible. If you are not entering I still need a few more marshals so please let me know if you can come and assist. email:- or phone 01651-806862 Regulations and entry forms on the SACC navigational rally page
Gerry Potter
Clerk of the Course,

Friday, 10 March 2017

Dunoon Presents the all new Argyll Rally

Stage rallying returns to Argyll for the first time in 10 years with new-look event

Mull Car Club is proud to announce outline details of the Dunoon Presents Argyll Rally which will take place on 24th June 2017 in Dunoon and the nearby forests.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

2017 Annual General Meeting

The AGM of the Scottish Association of Car Clubs will be held at 7:30pm on 21st March 2017, in the Stirling Court Hotel, Stirling University, Bridge of Allan, FK9 4LA.
Minutes of previous AGM
Chairman’s Report
Treasurer’s Report
Appointment of Office Bearers and Delegates
Appointment of Independent Examiner
Followed by the March Ordinary General Meeting

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Marshals and Training. A Plea from the Chairman.

This is a personal and a passionate plea to everyone involved in any way with motorsport but especially to those of you who compete in any motorsport discipline; race, rally, sprint, hillclimb, off road or any other format.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

NWF Agriculture SACC Autotest Challenge 2016

NWF Agriculture SACC Challenge Autotest  11 Dec 2016

The 2016 SACC Challenge Autotest will be run by South of Scotland Car Club on 11th December, at NWF Agriculture, Hangar 8, Heathhall Industrial Estate, Dumfries, DG1 3PH.

Arrowed from the Dumfries bypass and A701 from the M74.

Monday, 28 November 2016

Frazer Madder

Frazer Madder died on 16 November 2016, aged 71. In many ways what the Scottish Motorsport Marshals Club is now stems from his real passion for the Club and what it did and does for motorsport in Scotland and beyond.

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Autotest Training Day

Following the autotest demonstration and passenger runs at the recent Ignition Festival at the SECC, Scottish Sporting Car Club is delighted to invite you to an Autotest Training Day being held at Irvine Bay Events (formerly the ICI Nobel explosives plant), Ardeer, Stevenston, KA20 3NF on Saturday 1st October 2016.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

SACC Rally Forum

SACC Newsletter Summer 2016 Edition

The Summer 2016 edition of the SACC Newsletter has a feature on Speed events, plus plus Autosolo, Rallying, Training, Super Lap Scotland, and more.
Click on the image to read it online, or to download a copy of this or a previous edition, go to the Newsletter page on the SACC site.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

IGNITION Festival of Motoring ticket offer for SACC members

The Scottish Association of Car Clubs is delighted to have teamed up with IGNITION festival of motoring to offer our members an exclusive ticket offer for a limited time only till 10th June.

IGNITION is a brand new event taking place at the SECC Glasgow from 5 – 7 August 2016 offering a full weekend of live action and car exhibits. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016


F1 legend Sir Jackie Stewart joined representatives from sportscotland, the Motor Sports Association, and the Scottish Auto Cycle Union at Ingliston on 10th May, to announce a new partnership to grow motor sport in Scotland. 
Scotland has produced a procession of champions on two, three, and four wheels from motorcycling legends Jimmy Guthrie and Jock Taylor to Jim Clark, Colin McRae, and ‘The Flying Scot’ Sir Jackie himself. 
This new agreement, backed by £360,000 investment over four years from sportscotland, will support the development of the sport and provide more opportunities for people from all across Scotland to get involved at every level.

Monday, 2 May 2016

Roger J Reed - Funeral Arrangements

Roger Reed's funeral will be at 11:45 on Thursday 5th, in the West Chapel at Aberdeen Crematorium, post code AB15 8PT

Family flowers only please, but donations may be made to Roger's and Pat's preferred charity Friends of Anchor,  via the following link   
(Please take notice of the "J" between "Roger" and "Reed", there is a similar page without the "J" which is for a different Roger who collects for a different charity).

If you donate through that link every penny of your donation will be passed on to the charity, and if you take care to tick the box to confirm that you are a UK tax payer, your donation will be increased by a quarter, representing a "Gift Aid" refund of basic rate tax and enhancing the benefit to the charity.

ANCHOR is the Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy, a department at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary which treats patients with all forms of cancer, leukaemia and benign blood disorders throughout the North-east of Scotland including Orkney and Shetland. Roger was treated there during his illness, and formed a great respect for their work.
Friends of ANCHOR is a registered charity number SC025332, and was set up to directly support the ANCHOR unit by committing long-term funding to the following three areas:
  • Medical Equipment - Investing in the latest technology to continually develop and improve cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • Patient Wellbeing - Offering additional care, comfort and support to patients during their time at the ANCHOR Unit.
  • Local Research - Funding leading clinicians’ research in Aberdeen to push the boundaries in the fight against cancer.

Friday, 29 April 2016

Roger J Reed

It is with deep sadness that we have to tell you that Roger Reed died earlier today in hospital in Aberdeen, after being diagnosed with lung cancer last year.

We knew Roger for his contribution to motor sport in Scotland for more than 40 years -  as a competitor and organiser, and MSA Steward, and for 26 years as the Chairman of the East of Scotland Association of Car Clubs then the Scottish Association of Car Clubs.  Roger also served on the MSA Regional Committee, and 19 years on the Off-Road Committee.

This left the problem of what to do with all his spare time, so he also sang in a choir and volunteered to run enterprise classes for  high school pupils. 

Roger will be sadly missed by his wife Pat, and by a host of friends all over the country.

The May 2016 edition of the SACC Newsletter has news from the SACC Autosolo Challenge, SMS, Ingliston round of the Scottish Tarmack Rally Championship, Black Bull Ecurie Ecosse GT racing team, Brick and Steel Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge, SACC Navigational Rally Championship, Guyson Sprint and Hillclimb Championships, McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages, Cross Country Championship, and more.Click on the image to read it online, or to download a copy of this or a previous edition, go to the Newsletter page on the SACC site.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

McRae Charity Drive

McRae Charity Drive ... Often regarded as a soft touch when it comes to charitable causes, Jim McRae has volunteered to sell six rides in his Ford Sierra Cosworth to the six highest bidders.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

RallyFuture Forum - Carlisle, 28 April 2016

Guests Malcolm Wilson OBE, and David Bogie

At the Shepherds Hotel, Rosehill, Carlisle, just off Junction 43 of the M6
28th April 2016, 7:00pm for 7:30 start
The event is Free! 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Brick and Steel Border Counties Rally



Sunday, 14 February 2016

February Newsletter

The February edition of the SACC Newsletter has news from Go Rally Night, Marshals and officials training programme, Scottish Motor Racing Club - Dinner and Awards, David Barlow named Volunteer of the Year at MSA Night of Champions, and more.
Click on the image to read it online, or to download a copy of this or a previous edition, go to the Newsletter page on the SACC site.

Friday, 12 February 2016

Snowman Rally - Helmets and Head Restraints

One week to go till the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship kicks off in Inverness with the Arnold Clark/Jury's Inn Snowman Rally, on 20th February.

If you are competing, make sure you are up to spec with the new helmet and head restraint standards and guidance.

And if you are not competing, you can still sign up to marshal.

Saturday, 6 February 2016

Marshals and Officials Training Calendar

SACC Training Calendar
We have a programme of training events from now to December, for marshals and officials in all motorsport disciplines - race, rally, sprint, hillclimb, etc - and of all levels of experience, from complete novice to guru level. The courses are all free, and run by qualified instructors licensed by the MSA.

Date Location Topic Option Modules Covered

Tuesday, 2 February 2016

Go Rally - Last Call!

Last call for Thursday evening, 4th February - rallying starts here, if you're up for it!

For one night only the sport of rallying will throw open its doors - and its bonnet and its boot too - for public inspection this coming Thursday 4th February. All facets of the sport will be gathered under one roof and all are invited. If you've ever wondered how to get started in the sport this is the event for you.

Gathered under one roof will be a display of competition cars, with drivers, co-drivers, club and championship representatives, event organisers and rally marshals, medical crews and breakdown and recovery experts, all of whom combine to make this sport what it is.

Amongst the guests are World champions and British Champions, Scottish Champions and Club Champions including Robert Reid, John Cleland, David Bogie, Euan Thorburn and Jock Armstrong and many, many more. And to help the evening along, sports pundit and broadcaster - and rally fan - Stewart Weir will be on hand with a microphone to interview the rally stars and chat with the visitors.

Thursday, 28 January 2016

GoRally - Bogie and Reid Join

If you want to go rallying, start here!

David Bogie/Kevin Rae winning the Speyside rally

Former British Rally Champion and five times Scottish Rally Champion David Bogie and World Rally Champion Co-driver, Robert Reid, are the latest names to join an all-star cast at GoRally on 4th Feb at Newbridge near Edinburgh. They will be joined on the night by the current Scottish Ladies Rally Champion, Caroline Carslaw and rising star, Blair Brown.

Saturday, 23 January 2016


All you ever wanted to know about going motor rallying under one roof at one event on one night.
Former BTRDA Rally Champion and Scottish Rally Champion Euan Thorburn along with reigning Scottish Rally Champion Jock Armstrong will headline the all-star line-up at the inaugural 'GoRally' event at Newbridge near Edinburgh on Thursday evening the 4th of February.

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

GoRally Evening - 4th February

All you wanted to know about going motor rallying under one roof at one event

A unique event will be staged near Edinburgh on Thursday evening the 4th of February aimed primarily at those wishing to find out more about the sport of motor rallying.

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

December 2015 Newsletter

The December edition of the SACC Newsletter has news from Go Motorsport SMRC Nights, SRC calendar announced, 2nd part of Roy Kemps RTT Championship story , NEW SACC Challenge announced and much more.

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Scottish Marshals Training Programme 2016

Marshals are a vital part of motorsport and the numbers needed to run a race meeting, stage rally or hillclimb can be really quite high.  Clubs across Scotland have been recruiting heavily through 2015, and we now have 274 registered marshals across Scotland.  There are also many more who haven’t yet registered but continue to provide invaluable support at events across Scotland.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

The November edition of the SACC Newsletter has just been published, with news from racing, rallying, off-road, autotests, hillclimbs and more.
Click on the image to read it online, or to download a copy of this or a previous edition, go to the Newsletter page on the SACC site.

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

SACC Newsletter - October Update Published

The SACC Newsletter October Update has just been published, with news from racing, rallying, off-road, autotests, hillclimbs and more.

You can get your copy by clicking here.

For previous editions, go to the Newsletter page in the menu of the SACC site.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015


8th October, Garmony Rugby Club, Isle of Mull

McRae Stages Cancelled

Coltness Car Club Announcement
McRae Rally – Cancelled
It is with deep regret that Coltness Car Club has announced the cancellation of the 2015 Colin McRae Forest Stages Rally which was scheduled to run in Perthshire on the weekend of the 3rd/4th October.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

We Won! We Won! Well, sort of.

A Scottish Association of Car Clubs team were first equal in the MSA Inter-Association Stage Rally Challenge, which was run as part of the Nicky Grist Stages.

Sunday, 21 June 2015

GoMotorsport Live Knockhill 16th August

GoMotorsport and Scottish Motor Sports, will this summer be co-ordinating a motor sport open day
at Knockhill, during the mid-season Scottish Motor Racing Championship race day. The event will be a great opportunity for members of the public to get their first taste of club motor sport and find out how easy it is to get involved.

Saturday, 20 June 2015

Scottish Association of Car Clubs Meeting held in Bridge of Allan 16th June 2015

The most recent meeting was again a mixture of routine, but none the less important, procedural stuff, including vital communication from the MSA, interspaced with a very active debate on a range of related topics.
In terms of proceedings, one of the key things that clubs should be making members aware of is the ongoing high workload at the MSA. The governing body for UK motorsport looks after our interests by getting involved in all sorts of stuff including important legislation from the UK and European Governments that we might otherwise never hear about until we trip over them. One of these is a move by the EU to legislate by 2017 for mandatory 3rd party insurance for every motorised vehicle regardless of where it is used.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Reivers at the Ready

This weekend’s Jim Clark Reivers Rally marks the halfway point in the 8 round ARR Craib National Scottish Rally Championship.

First run in 1970 this year’s event will return to its roots. Tree roots, that is. Having run as a ‘Closed Public Road’ rally since 1997, using stretches of public road closed by Act of Parliament within Berwickshire, this year’s event will revert to forestry road Special Stages just over the Border in Northumberland.

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

SACC Rally Time Trial Championship: Good News and Bad

Stravaigers Lodge
Fort Augustus Rally Time Trial 2015

The Stravaigers Lodge Gravel Sprint turned out to be a truly excellent day out, with a big entry of 27 competitors, perfect weather and a lot of very happy faces.

Thursday, 7 May 2015

GoMotorsport Open Day at Knockhill

GoMotorsport and Scottish Motor Sports, will this summer be co-ordinating a motor sport open day at Knockhill, during the mid-season Scottish Motor Racing Championship race day on 16th August. The event will be a great opportunity for members of the public to get their first taste of club motor sport and find out how easy it is to get involved. We are now looking for a selection of clubs to be involved in the day.

SACC Newsletter May 2015 Published

On the First of May, the first edition of the Association's newsletter was published.

It was emailed to club officials and representatives and officers of the Association, and is also downloadable from the Newsletter page.

Sunday, 26 April 2015

The Merrick Stages Rally to Move to the Central Belt in 2016

In a new venture, the team behind the organisation of the Merrick Stages Rally since 1990 announces that it is planning a new championship rally to take place in Central Scotland in 2016, but the Merrick will not run in 2015.

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Scottish Motorsport Marshal Training Action Group

Clubs promoting motorsport events in Scotland identified some time ago that action was needed to improve recruitment, retention and training of marshals.  SACC Club representatives have heard on several occasions about the Marshalling initiative to be set up in Scotland.

But the mechanics of a workable proposal were not that easy ....

Friday, 17 April 2015

Safety Training 30th May before the Jim Clark Reivers Forest Rally

Two Safety Training Sessions will be held before the Jim Clark Reivers Forest Rally, for officials, marshals, competitors, Spectators. In Newcastle and Kelso .

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

MSA News - Scottish Motorsport Event Safety Review

A report on the Scottish Motorsport Event Safety Review in the April edition of MSA News, worth a read.
Also available is a summary of the 29 recommendations of the Motorsport Event Safety Review, plus one added by the MSA.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

SACC News: April Update

SACC News: April Update

Welcome to SACC April update. 
I am David Law and I am going to be working as communications co-ordinator for the SACC. I plan to create a newsletter style report quarterly with past and future event news; details of what clubs have been up to, links to regulations, along with any information from the SACC/MSA to help bridge the gap between the SACC and your members. The first of these will be circulated

April Update: McRae Rally Challenge

McRae Rally Challenge 

Discount Tickets for SACC Club Members

The McRae Rally Challenge is a 30 mile, two day rally spectacular primarily celebrating the 20th anniversary of Colin McRae winning the World Rally Championship. Fully backed by all the McRae family, Jimmy McRae is helping on our organising committee to bring together rally stars of the past, the present and the future, showcasing all the best eras of rallysport in the UK. 

Members of SACC clubs can obtain discounted two-day admission tickets for £15, by entering the discount code SACC15 when booked in advance on theKnockhill site.

Disability Motorsport Scotland Launch

Disability Motorsport Scotland is launching on Tuesday, April 21st at 10am, Knockhill Race Circuit with the Scottish Minister for Sport and BTCC Champion (and President of SACC) John Cleland in attendance. 

DMS are an Association that develops motorsport participation for disabled persons throughout the country, free of charge.

Saturday, 11 April 2015

Stravaiger's Lodge Rally time Trial

Welcome back to the Highland Car Club, Stravaigers Lodge, Rally Time Trial.

We are heading back to Inchnacardoch forest and the usual paddock, whilst revisiting the original stage that loops the paddock last used in 2012. This gives us an increased mileage to just under two miles of stage and for a very low price of £199.

Thursday, 2 April 2015


The first round in the championship was held at Glen Gorm Castle near Tobermory on Mull. The course was a private estate track approximately 1.3 miles in length. The weather was mixed all day, with sharp showers at regular intervals although with some brighter periods.

Friday, 27 March 2015

John Cleland's Open Letter to SACC Clubs and Members

Since my appointment as President of the Scottish Association of Car Clubs in September 2014 a lot has happened not all of it immediately obvious to an onlooker.
My stated aim was to help make Scottish motorsport, its clubs and all the officials a lot more joined up with a clear strategy for the future.

Monday, 23 March 2015

SACC and the Future of Stage Rallying

If you follow any of the social media channels, it seems that everyone and their dog have a view on the future of forest stage rallying. A common thread is

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The view from Castle Bunnet: SACC AGM

The original of this report, and a lot more besides,  by John Fife is at

18 Mar: SACC AGM and Meeting

… Bunfight at Bridge of Allan … This is going to upset a few folk. So be it …
The Scottish Association of Car Clubs held their AGM and regular meeting last night in central Scotland. For the first two hours it was like watching the slow death of a kid’s favourite R/C car with a set of cheap rechargeables running on their last spark. No wonder that many of Scotland’s 50+ car clubs don’t bother to turn up to such meetings.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

The view from Castle Bunnet: Safety Review - Act Now!

The original of this report, and a lot of other good rants by John Fife, is at 

Written  by   jaggybunnet   on   March 12, 2015 … 

John Cleland (President of the SACC) and John Fife (Press) were invited to a meeting yesterday (11th March) at the Scottish Government’s offices in Leith. It was enlightening, positive and upbeat. It was also decidedly scary! … Be fearful, be very fearful … 

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Marshals Training March/April/May 2015

SMRC Race Marshals training day at Knockhill 29/3/2015 , 8.15 sign-on for 9.00 start.   Anyone interested should contact Chief Marshal, Jim Redpath, at  to register as spaces are limited.  

SDMC Rally Marshals training day at Grampian Transport Museum, Alford, AB33 8AE.   For full programme, registration form and contact detail, see the Training page .   

Jim Clark Rally Marshals training day Kelso Showground on Saturday 30th May, the day before the Reivers. Details TBC.

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

The view from Castle Bunnet: Safety Review Group Presentation

The original of this report by John Fife is at 

The following report is from last night’s (24th Feb) Scottish Association of Car Clubs meeting in Bridge of Allan. It’s quite a long report but if you have the interests of Scottish rallying at heart, then it should be of interest. 

As Rob Jones (MSA Chief Exec) said: “To do nothing is not an option”. 
The future of our sport is in our hands.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Guide to Social Media for Clubs

Rory Bryant of Scottish Motor Sports has produced the SMS Guide to Social Media for motor sports clubs and your copy can be downloaded here in pdf form.  

Monday, 5 January 2015

Motor Sport Club Funding Guide

The SMS guide to sources of funding that may be available to motor sports clubs in Scotland, and how to go about getting some, has been updated for 2015. 

See our Scottish Motor Sports page for more. 

A pdf copy of the  Club Funding Guide  may be downloaded there.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Scottish Motor Sports Strategic Plan

After a considerable amount of work and research, the SMS Strategic Plan has been completed and submitted to Sportscotland for review. 

This high level document takes a collaborative approach to the development of 2 and 4 wheel motor sport in Scotland, spanning the period 2015 – 2019. The plan will now go to the Sportscotland Investment Panel and over the next couple of months we will begin to learn what level of investment motor sport will receive for development in 2015. 

Regardless of the outcome, this process itself marks an exciting new opportunity for motor sport to finally gain the recognition it deserves in Scottish sport. 

SMS would like to thank all the contributors for their help and support in completing this plan and we look forward to reporting back on it’s progress soon. 

The plan can be viewed in full here:  SMS Strategic Plan