The McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages is one of the North East of Scotlands premier motorsport events.ย The stage rally, organised by The 63 Car Club (Elgin) Ltd, covers over 40 miles in some of the areas famous forests. This years event will be held on Saturday the 20th of April 2024

The event is the first round of the 2024 Asset Alliance Group Motorsport UK Scottish Rally Championship.

Cover images thanks to Alan Scott Photography and Ewan Mackenzie Photography


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We share in our friends at Highland Car Club's disappointment in hearing that the 2024 Snowman Rally will not take place as planned. Like any event, there will have been a lot of work put in by the volunteer organisers to get to this point.

As well as being a huge loss to the competitors, officials and spectators - who have been looking forward to the traditional start of the season - it is a big blow for the wider community locally who will miss out on the social and economic benefits that such a large event brings.

The 63 Car Club would like to reassure everyone that planning for the 2024 McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages continues at pace and that route information has been submitted to our partners at Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) for approval.

For 2024 - following the completion of the previous two year agreement for motorsport to use FLS land - FLS management have changed the processes involved in the administration and the repairing of their land used for special stages and work to finalise a new agreement continues.

Whilst the final arrangements are not yet confirmed, all parties involved are continuing to make every effort to get these finalised and the urgency will only have been reinforced by the 'Snowman' news.

This work is being supported by Motorsport UK and the Scottish Rally Championship.

So whilst we won't be meeting up in Inverness in March, we look forward to welcoming you to Elgin in April, where the McDonald and Munro Speyside Stages will start the 2024 Scottish Rally Championship season with a bang on Friday 19th April.

Just remember to bring your lights...๐Ÿ’ก

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Next year's Speyside Stages Rally will continue with the night and day format to mark 10 years of McDonald & Munro Ltd sponsorship โคต๏ธ

Following on from a hugely well received 2023 event, rally organisers - The 63 Car Club (Elgin) Ltd - have confirmed that the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages will continue in the same format for 2024, which will mark the 10th year of title sponsorship from the Elgin-based Electrical, Plumbing, Heating and Mechanical contractors company.

The rally, which will run for the 26th time next year, continues to be one of the biggest annual events held in Moray - drawing thousands of spectators into the area over the rally weekend.

Continuing with the event's mission to take rallying to the people, the rally will start on the evening of Friday April 19th, giving both competitors & spectators an opportunity to experience the raw thrill of forest rallying in the dark, where all the sensations are amplified.

After completing pre-event scrutineering which - with the support of Elgin BID - continues in the pedestrianised town centre of Elgin the rally returns to the centre of Fochabers for a Parc Expose, giving locals and families the chance to mingle with the competitors and view the competing cars up close before they head out and tackle the evening stages.

Starting from 8:30pm, the competitors will head out to the forests for two relatively short stages before finishing the first leg back in Fochabers around 70 minutes later. To help shake things up, this first leg of the event will again run reverse seeding with the crews battling for the rally win start last on the road.

Building on the success of the floodlit spectator area at the Whiteash stage - which attracted over 1200 fans in 2023 - this will continue in the same location once again and event organisers are currently looking at ways to try and further improve the experience.

After the eveningโ€™s excitement, crews will get the chance to fettle themselves and their cars before restarting the event on Saturday morning with the traditional two stages around Elgin's Cooper Park. The park blasts are another feature unique to the 'Speyside' and with the Saturday's running order based on the results at the end of the previous night the rally leader will be first to tackle the town centre tarmac test. After the two park stages the event will once again head back out to the traditional heartland of the event in the forests around Elgin, Keith & Huntly.

๐™€๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™ฉ ๐˜พ๐™ก๐™š๐™ง๐™  ๐™ค๐™› ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐˜พ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง๐™จ๐™š, ๐™‰๐™š๐™ž๐™ก ๐™Ž๐™๐™–๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™จ, ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™จ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™—๐™š๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™ญ๐™ฉ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง ๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฃ๐™จ;
โ€œFollowing on from the huge success of last yearโ€™s event, we started getting questions on whether we would continue this format for 2024 even before the event was finished! It was intended as one-off event, but with the amount of feedback we received, and another important milestone to mark, we felt that we should stick with it for 2024. I donโ€™t think itโ€™s intended to be a permanent change in format, as it takes a huge amount of work by all of the team at 63 Car Club, with help from our friends from other clubs around Scotland. But being able to pull it off, without any real teething problems is testament to that work, and the team were happy to continue.

It also lets us continue our ethos of taking the event to the people and communities of Moray. We strongly believe itโ€™s more than just a sporting competition, itโ€™s an event for the whole area. Itโ€™s fantastic to be able to involve other community groups giving them a chance to raise funds by helping us with the running of the event. Last year we were able to raise over ยฃ4000 for local groups from the spectator car parks, and that work will also continue.โ€

๐™ˆ๐™ž๐™œ๐™ช๐™š๐™ก ๐™‚๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ฏ ๐™›๐™ง๐™ค๐™ข ๐™ˆ๐™˜๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก๐™™ & ๐™ˆ๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ง๐™ค ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ค๐™ ๐™จ ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฌ๐™–๐™ง๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™ข๐™–๐™ง๐™ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ ๐™ฎ๐™š๐™–๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ค๐™› ๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ;
โ€œThis is always a very well organised local event that brings a lot of enjoyment to the spectators as well as lots of trade to all the local businesses throughout the week. We really look forward to this every year and are proud of our association with the event. It doesnโ€™t feel like itโ€™s been 10 years of title sponsorship. Last yearโ€™s event with the addition of the Friday night was fantastic, and we canโ€™t wait to experience rallying in the dark once again. Well done to 63 Car Club for agreeing to include the Friday night stages again as I know itโ€™s a huge amount of additional work for them on top of the normal Saturdayโ€™s stages.โ€

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2022 Regulations and Entries

After an inforced 2 year break due to COVID the McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages is back for 2022! Regulations will be avaliable on Monday 7th March and entries open at 19:00 the same evening.

2024 McDonald & Munro Speyside Stages