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Navigational Rallying

Navigation rallies take place on public roads in more or less standard cars, usually in the hours of darkness. Navigational rallies are often referred to as "road rallies", but strictly speaking there are some differences in the rules, and true road rallies are extinct in Scotland, though still flourishing in Wales. 

Navigation rallies are legally restricted to an average speed of 30 mph. The object is to follow the correct route while maintaining this average speed, no faster, no slower. The "30 average" may not sound very fast, but that includes the time spent stationary working out the route on the map; maintaining the required average speed in practice requires some enthusiastic driving.

Being the fastest on the road is not the way to win a road rally. The score is kept in terms of penalty points; you get a small penalty for being late at a time control (checkpoint), and larger penalties for being early, for missing out part of the route, for arriving at a checkpoint in the wrong direction, or for missing a checkpoint entirely.
The winners are the crew who follow the correct route, and arrive at each control on time; the navigation is at least as important as the driving.

Scottish Navigational Rally Championship 2018

This year’s championship started with the GMSC Aquarius Rally on 27/28 January. With 19 entries this was an improvement from last year. This year the rally moved from its previous base in Kinross to a start venue in Cupar and a finish venue at McDonalds in Glenrothes.  Whilst the former seemed to work OK I’m not so sure about McDonalds, which I do not think was the organiser’s first choice!  This may have had something to do with the results not being declared on the night, but the following Monday instead, then allowing a week for any protests, of which there were none. 

The event winners (& top Experts) were Dave MacKintosh / Duncan Cameron in the Fiesta, narrowly beating top Novice crew of Craig Wallace / Niall Thomson in their Toyota.  Third place and top Non-Experts were Gary & Alan Ross in their Citroen.

The next round of the Championship will be the SDMC Gropers Rally running on 17th March.  As I write this entries are also up from last year with 16 confirmed and another 2 drivers who want to enter but are struggling to find navigators.


Saltire Classic Targa Rally- Unfortunately the lead up period of w/c 26th February was when the so called ‘Beast from the East’ hit Scotland and with deep snow drifting over the roads in the area making it highly unlikely that access to the tests would be possible.  The organising committee made the correct decision to postpone the event in time for travelling competitors to cancel accommodation booked etc.  The good news is that the event had a full entry and I suspect will still have a full entry at the re-scheduled date of 18th November.  


Dave MacKintosh (Co-ordinator for Road Events)

Championship Regulations and Event Regulations and latest Positions are 
available in the Downloads section at the foot of this page.

The Scottish Association's road events coordinator is 

David MacKintosh

Phone - 01224 784780

Mobile - 07715 177296

Email -


The Championship Rallies

Aquarius Rally

Glenrothes Motor Sport Club

27-28 January 

Perth & Kinross and Fife

Richard Crozier

07942 359208

Gropers Rally

Stonehaven & District Motor Club

17 March

South Aberdeenshire

Dave MacKintosh

01224 784780

Nuit Blanche

Edinburgh University Motor Sport Club



Please note that the Nuit Blanche Rally will not be running as a Nat B event in the first half of the year. The organisers are looking at the possibility of running the event later in the year (mid November) but we'll have to wait and see. If it doesn't run later in the year it will not form part of this year's Championship, but will hopefully be back next year.

Autumn Rally

Highland Car Club

25 August


Fiona Munro

07771 610600

Seafield Rally 


15 September


David Law

01466 780547

Oktoberfest Rally

Saltire Rally Club

29 September


Graham Couser

0131 556 3960

Hairst Rally

Stonehaven & District Motor Club

27 October

West Aberdeenshire

Gerry Potter

01651 806862

Boontree Birl Rally

750 Motor Club Scotland

1 December


Charlie Brown



Navigational Rally Downloads

Navi Rally 2017
Navi Rally 2016
Navi Rally 2015
Navi Rally 2014
Navi Rally 2013
Navi Rally 2012
Navi Rally 2011
Navi Rally 2010