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Snowman Rally goes online to mark its six decades of history in special event today

By Will Clark

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ORGANISERS of the Snowman Rally are revving up to celebrate six decades of one of the top motorsport events in Scotland online today.

Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton at the 2017 Snowman
Euan Thorburn and Paul Beaton at the 2017 Snowman

The Highland Car Club will be holding The Virtual Snowman Rallython to mark the 66-year history of the competition due to the race not being able to take place this year.

The Snowman Rally is traditionally the first round of the Scottish Rally Championship and was scheduled to happen this weekend. But it was cancelled this year due to the need for social distancing as the pandemic continues.

However, committee member Paul Glass says organisers were determined that the rally would not be stalled completely and wanted to celebrate the event in some form.

“The Coogie Urquhart Snowman in 2020 was held shortly before the pandemic and in doing so, became the only gravel rally event to have been held in Scotland last year,” he said.

“But the ongoing pandemic and its restrictions this year have made it impossible to run the Snowman Rally for only the third time in its 66 years of history.

“When the Highland Car Club committee met online to discuss the inevitable event cancellation, they had the idea not to let the pandemic beat them – and turn a negative situation into a positive one.

“And this is where the idea came instead to host a very special and unique Snowman Rally event.

“A full day of online activity to celebrate all six decades of Snowman Rally and all those who have been involved during those years – all to raise funds for charities who need help to support those most in need during this pandemic.”

Glass said the Virtual Snowman Rallython would be packed full of unique activities that celebrate the history and stories from over six decades of the rally.

“From the clubman competitors that are the core of the Snowman Rally - to the champions who have competed over the years and thrilled us,” he said.

“To all those people whose involvement in running the rally has made the event possible and to become one of the UKs longest running and most iconic rallies.

“The Snowman rally has always had the interests of the clubman competitors deep in its routes and its history.

“But the event has also attracted many high-profile competitors and teams who have gone onto success in the elite levels of the sport including two competitors who went onto be future world champions.”

For more information visit The Highland Car Club Snowman Rally Facebook page.

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