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This year the RSAC Scottish Rally is pleased to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Armed Forces Rally Team competing at the event in their Land Rovers.

The Dumfries-based rally takes in challenging forest routes on Saturday 29 June, playing host to UK talent, as it once again becomes a round of the MSA British Rally Championship following a seven-year break.

To celebrate the five golden decades since their formation, Colonel (Retd) Colin Den-McKay OBE and SSgt (Retd) Les Dalton both of whom were regular and successful competitors at the Scottish during the 1970s and 1980s will be demonstrating lightweight Land Rovers which competed from that era.

The lightweight Land Rovers will be on display at the Ceremonial Start in Dumfries High Street at 7.00pm on Friday 28 June.

The non-profit making organisation formed from members from all arms of the British Armed Forces including reserve forces takes part in several British Rally Championship events each year.

By using ex military Land Rover vehicles, sponsorship and personal contributions the team aim to promote the British Armed Forces and to advance Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force members’ driving and personal development skills.

Chairman of BAMA Major General Carew Wilks CBE said: “I am truly delighted as the Chairman of the British Army Motorsports Association to be a participant on the Scottish Rally this year, it being the 50th anniversary of the Armed Forces first competing on this famous event. “

“Since 1963 the RSAC Scottish has been at the very heart of Army Rallying activities and the bond of friendship that BAMA has developed with the RSAC and the Scottish Rally Community is as strong today as it has ever been”.

Garry Headridge, deputy clerk of the course of the RSAC Scottish Rally said: “We are delighted to welcome the Army Land Rovers to the Scottish Rally which, coincidently is being held on Armed Forces Day.

“They might run at the back of the field but the Land Rovers are an integral part of the event.

“Keeping on the military theme, we are once again raising funds for Help for Heroes – each programme sold will result in £1 going to the charity.”

Major Alan Paramore, director of the Armed Forces Rally Team who competed in his first Scottish Rally in 1987 said: “The Scottish is where it all started for British Army Motoring Association crews and the Armed Forces have never lost sight of the link and the loyalty we all feel for the event and the Scottish Rally community. “

“The combination of superb stages, lovely scenery and a very warm Scottish welcome has always made the Scottish a firm favourite with the crews.”

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