Rally good result for Lewis driver at 60th Snowman

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Lewis rally driver Calum Buchanan marked the 20th anniversary of his first Snowman Rally appearance with a series of top results.

In what was also the 60th Arnold Clark Thistle Snowman Rally, Buchanan drove into the prizes with a 14th place overall finish and a first for non-four wheel drive, a first Ford car and a first for class car.

Behind the wheel of his trusty 1978 year Mark II Escort Buchanan navigated his way expertly around forest tracks near Tain, Contin and Culbokie.

The event, the first in the Scottish Rally Championship, attracted a huge number of more than 100 drivers which has become an annual pilgrimage for Buchanan.

He said: “It was a really good weekend for myself, my co-driver Iain Nicol and our crew.

“We did really well especially as I hadn’t driven in a year or so, really since last year’s Snowman Rally.

“The event lived up to its name with a lot of snow and ice which made driving treachourous at times especially in the first stage.

“In the Black Isle stage we were placed fourth for two-wheel drive but we knew we had plenty still to go. By stages three and four in Tain we were 11th fastest and we beat our nearest two-wheel rival by a good 40-seconds.

“But in the final stage on the Ullapool road our drive shaft bent and we had smoke coming out the engine which meant we had to limp out and limp back to Inverness.

“We made it though and won our class, two wheel drive and as first Ford car.”

Calum would like to extend his continued gratitude to all who sponsor and assist including the following: Autoparts Stornoway, Maclennan Coaches, Lochs Motor Transport, Donald Campbell Motors, Ross’ Garage, Kiwi’s Garage and Highland Orthodontists.

Calum added: “It was a great feeling to do so well and fly the flag for the islands and for Escorts at the event.

“It was the 20th anniversary of my own first Snowman Rally and my 14th in total.”