International classic car stars meander their way through Moray

Moray motor enthusiasts were treated to a rare close-up look at over 60 classic cars as they made their way through the region as part of an international motor rally.

The vehicles from 13 nations are currently taking part in the Scottish Malts Reliability Trial and Tour.

Starting out on Monday from the Gleneagles Hotel in Perthshire, the cars made their way to through the Isle of Skye and the Highlands before stopping on Thursday at the Culloden Battlefield before making their way along the A96 to Moray.

They stopped off at the Glenfiddich and Glenlivet distilleries on Thursday afternoon and today they were due to set off again once more heading south to the finish line at Gleneagles.

The Trial is a qualifying round in the Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (Hero) cup competition. Taking part where Philip Radford and Dale Williams in their 1964 MG Midget, rebuild by lawyer Mr Radford 24 years ago after it had been driven into a tree.

Mr Radford said: “We broke our exhaust manifold on the first day and it has been patched up since – so when we are driving we need to be careful not to get caught up in the exhaust fumes!”

The bi-annual event is open to cars build before December 1981 and includes a series of driving tests, regularities and link sections. The ‘Malts’ event has a tradition of sighting main controls and tests at stately homes, castles and distilleries.

An event organiser said: “The Classic tour is intended for those looking for a less demanding motoring experience.”

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