Run What Ya Brung – 25th June 2016 – Report & Times

Coinciding once again with the Northern Fords Western Isles Tour, this year’s Run What Ya Brung drag had a lot of Classic Fords in the mix, predominantly Mk1 and Mk2 Escorts in varying states of tune, from showroom standard through to fire-breathing Tarmac rally spec and everything in between.

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The opportunity to watch 37 cars getting pushed to the limit wasn’t to be missed, and the spectator car park was full to capacity quite early on in the evening. The gate collection will be split between the local charities nominated by HIAL, who we once again can’t thank enough for the assistance they provide in keeping this event running.

Local entries were quite low, but with plenty of variety, Japanese rally saloons were joined by family friendly Estates and 4x4s, and the Pier 1 contingent brought their hot-hatches to settle whose was fastest.

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Has the Astra VXR had it’s day? None present, but the Corsa owners kept the Griffin flag flying. Apparently adding 1000cc and a turbo is only good for gaining a couple tenths of a second over the standard 1.0 3-pot… Traction was certainly an issue for the frantic hatches, perhaps there lies the answer?

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BMW diesels are the proof you can have your cake and eat it, returning very fast times whilst maintaining 35+ MPG on the strip would have been unheard of only a few years ago. Paul Macaulay knocked his best time down by .269 seconds compared to last year, and is now running faster than he did in the M5. Michael Sutherland is another regular, making the journey over from Thurso in his very nice 330D this time, his 14.300 second quarter being very close to the 14.249 he set on his first trip over in the Escort Cosworth, which car will we see next year? Either way, it’s going to be a challenge to catch up with Callum in the Subaru, who will no doubt be trying to break the 12 second barrier next time.

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Unfortunately the expected Metro 6R4 was in an all-too-common state, spread across the garage in need of repair, but the replacement Tarmac Spec Group 4 Escort more than made up for it. Running a 2.4 litre naturally aspirated Cosworth engine pushing out over 300hp, and a sequential gearbox, the ferocity with which this car covered the quarter mile was unbelievable!

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The weather was definitely on our side, dry but just enough breeze to keep the dreaded midges away, this and the quick turn-arounds meant drivers got 7 runs over the evening, although by that stage several had remembered the long journey home, and decided to give the car a rest.

Our thanks goes to the dedicated volunteers without which this event wouldn’t run, and to the many companies that support our efforts each year, raising money for charity whilst having a great evening’s motorsport.

 

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Run What Ya Brung is all about beating your own time, below are the evening’s results:

Name Car Run 1 Run 2 Run 3 Run 4 Run 5 Run 6 Run 7 Best Run
Kenny Adams Escort Mk2 Tarmac 13.447 13.211 13.566 13.348 13.249 13.203 12.991 12.991
Callum Cameron Subaru Impreza STI 13.085 13.091 13.548 13.803 13.290 13.660 13.257 13.085
John Curran Ford Escort Mk2 13.666 13.448 13.563 13.303 13.788 13.181 15.137 13.181
David Murray Mitsubishi Evo X FQ360 13.227 13.694 13.227
Mark Reid Subaru Impreza 13.620 13.256 15.377 13.412 13.981 13.425 13.256
Paul Macaulay BMW 535D 13.268 13.813 13.462 13.500 13.433 13.500 13.341 13.268
Murdo Macleod VW Golf R 13.809 13.444 14.499 13.963 13.480 13.391 14.627 13.391
Kevin Ferguson Subaru Impreza 16.570 13.603 14.210 14.282 13.450 13.490 13.620 13.450
Peter Melvin Ford Escort Mk1 13.613 13.468 14.090 14.518 15.091 13.468
Niall Doe Subaru Impreza Wagon 13.906 16.027 13.886 13.495 13.957 13.656 13.653 13.495
Gerry McManus Ford Escort RS2000 13.688 13.758 13.574 13.875 13.829 13.574
John Adams BMW 335D 14.413 13.655 13.665 14.175 13.664 13.940 13.579 13.579
Jim Balmain Ford Escort 1600 Sport 14.245 14.004 13.799 14.061 13.876 13.799
Steve Gitsham Ford Escort RS Mk2 14.327 14.096 14.204 13.957 14.103 14.084 13.907 13.907
David Mathieson Vauxhall Corsa Turbo 14.299 14.267 14.142 14.426 14.520 14.397 14.142
Duncan Mackay Ford Focus RS 14.873 14.662 14.249 14.177 14.375 14.647 14.241 14.177
Bryan Macleod Vauxhall Corsa Sri 14.434 14.381 14.390 14.379 14.515 14.544 14.207 14.207
Craig Ewart Ford Escort Mk1 15.648 15.126 14.906 14.316 14.251 14.789 14.251
Michael Sutherland BMW 330D 14.685 14.300 14.627 16.630 15.212 14.363 14.436 14.300
Scott Matheson Renault Megane 14.312 15.102 14.869 14.404 14.949 14.427 14.613 14.312
Donald Macdonald Ford Focus RS 14.453 17.679 14.410 14.478 14.695 15.363 14.410
Stevie Gitsham Jnr Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 12V 16.432 14.633 21.715 14.558 14.413 14.413
Stuart Firth Ford Escort 14.935 14.748 14.850 14.818 14.748
Graham Ferguson BMW X5 15.365 14.854 14.854
Larry Burns Ford Escort 2.0 15.481 15.311 14.971 15.224 15.119 14.971
John Maclean Honda Civic Type R 15.756 23.176 15.169 15.282 15.372 15.140 15.445 15.140
Daniel McGrath Ford Fiesta ST 15.444 15.390 15.344 15.900 15.233 15.898 15.233
Allan Farrell VW Golf GTI 19.277 15.272 15.368 15.697 15.233 16.147 17.929 15.233
Martin Palmer MG MGF Trophy 15.699 16.004 15.867 15.651 15.763 15.879 16.260 15.651
Iain Rose Ford Escort Mk2 RS1800 16.181 16.060 15.693 15.987 16.385 16.583 16.510 15.693
John Mackinnon Ford Escort RS2000 16.156 59.999 16.156
Martin Crombie Peugoet 106 GTI 16.904 19.234 16.321 16.253 16.315 16.217 16.327 16.217
Kevin Donnelly Ford Capri 3.0S 16.526 16.442 16.643 16.442
Janet Mackenzie Ford Mondeo Estate 21.865 17.154 16.652 16.792 16.842 16.936 16.652
Neil Maclean Ford Escort Mk1 17.078 18.805 17.364 17.619 17.078
Ryan Donnelly Ford Fiesta Mk1 18.800 18.570 18.494 18.534 18.545 18.582 18.825 18.494
Alex Davie Ford Escort Mk2 31.445 31.445