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History of the Granite Rally

18 Jan, 2015
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The Granite City Rally grew from a small, local navigational event, to become a fully fledged forest rally in 1968, when it was won in a Ford Anglia.the rally has since gone on to become one of the UK’s best known events, forming part of the country’s top rally championships and attracting many leading drivers and teams over the years.

Building a reputation for a challenging day’s rallying and a welcoming atmosphere, the Granite City Rally has a particularly strong heritage behind it.

Running through prime North east forest tracks, the rally benefits from a team of experienced organisers who pull the event together supported by a band of dedicated support personnel and the backing of many local and national businesses.

                                                                                                                        1983 Winner
In 1986 Jack Davidson wrote a comprehensive history of the event up to that date, follow the link to see the view from two decades ago!

In 1990, the innovative step was taken to start the event with a ‘spectator special’ tarmac stage at Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre. Going one better in 1997 the event again started there somewhat innovatively, at night with a floodlit spectator stage, watched by a crowd of thousands – a feat which was repeated in 1998 and 99.

A change in the preference of competitors and a re-arrangement of National and Scottish championships meant that the rally was downsized in 2002. Re-formatted and run as cost effectively as possible, the compact, Fordoun-based event was well received and following observation by Championship Officials was re-instated to the then New Pig Scottish Rally Championship for 2003.

In 2004 a new sponsor was on board for the Championship in the form of County Saab. the Granite City Rally was also sporting a new sponsor in MultiWage an international company providing Payroll Management Services, who continue with us this year.