The 10th Flying Scotsman 2018
26 – 29 April, 2018
The Flying Scotsman - Tenth Anniversary Edition
In his introduction to the 1st Flying Scotsman, back in 2009, Philip Young wrote:
“WELCOME to the first London to Edinburgh Flying Scotsman - the longest and perhaps the toughest rally in Britain for vintage cars. There is nothing quite like this in terms of distance and magnitude… and nothing else quite like this exclusively for Pre-war cars.”
Making that early vision reality, a huge number of vintage car enthusiasts have gathered each year to experience the wonderful journey through some of the most beautiful landscapes that Britain has to offer. Along the way they have enjoyed great company and all manner of tests, trials and tribulations to challenge and engage the driving talents, time keeping skills and navigational prowess of each and every crew.
For the 10th Anniversary celebration, the Flying Scotsman returns to its roots with an exciting new ‘Brooklands to Edinburgh’ route. As in 2017, route designers Anthony Preston and Lee Vincent are working with the whole ERA team to devise four days of exceptional open road vintage motoring; once again we are looking to build on our hard won reputation for finding the roads less travelled and exciting new test venues all the way to Edinburgh where another warm Scottish welcome is assured.
The 10th Flying Scotsman will be flagged away from the Brooklands Museum shortly after midday on Thursday 26 April. A relaxed run through the Home Counties provides a gentle introduction, allowing crews to slowly build a head of steam for the days ahead.
Day two sees the route swing east, towards the flatlands and fens of Norfolk, to take in some exciting new challenges before turning north through the quiet yet magnificent Lincolnshire Wolds.
After a comfortable night halt close to the majestic Humber Bridge, the gradients increase through Saturday, as the spectacular moors and dales of Yorkshire welcome us.
On day four, our special Anniversary Edition rounds off with a shorter day of splendid moorland motoring through the wilds of Northumberland and the Scottish Borders before a triumphal arrival at the Balmoral Hotel in the heart of Edinburgh, appropriately close to Waverley Railway Station, the original destination of our illustrious steam powered namesake.
Thanks so much for a fantastic rally! Everything about it was just terrific; you guys thought of everything and made it a fabulous adventure from start to finish.
Wendy and Mitch Gross - 1938 BMW 328 - Flying Scotsman 2017 Participants