The 63 Car Club is the organising club behind the Speyside Stages. The club was set up in 1963 by a group of mechanics that wanted to organise Motorsport in the Moray and North East of Scotland. The club has built up over the years and now organises a 9 round autotest championship and a 5 round road rally championship as well as the Speyside Stages.
This is probably the cheapest form of motorsport around and the Club organise nine of these events per year. In this event it is the skill of the driver that is put to the test as you perform a series of tests around cones against the clock. In Autotesting it isn’t the power of the car that matters, in fact a smaller car such as Mini often proves to be the winner. You can take part in these events in almost any type of vehicle as you are placed in a class with cars of similar power. There is even a class for cars that aren’t MOT’D or taxed. This really is a fun event on a shoestring budget – entry fees are only around £12 per event and there is no modification required, your road car will do, with very little risk of mechanical damage.
These events are held on Public Roads and are run at night to minimise the inconvenience to the public. Here it is the skill of the driver and navigator working as a team that is most important, perhaps with the emphasis on the navigator’s skill. The navigator’s job is to decipher the information given out in clues and then plot a route on the 1:50000 Ordnance Survey map, and instruct the driver as to which roads to take to get them to a set point by a set time. Again a standard road car is suitable for these events in which speed is not of the essence. These events are timed at 30mph, which gives the driver ample time to reach the control point without breaking the speed limit. It was events such as these that 1995 World Champion Colin McRae began his motorsport, first in the navigators seat before switching sides, the rest as they say is his
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