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The Scottish Summer Hill Rally announces The Country Food Trust as its Official Charity for 2023

The Scottish Hill Rally, an exciting motorsports event, has announced its partnership with The Country Food Trust, a registered charity that provides free, nutritious high protein meals to people experiencing food poverty. The partnership will take place during the Summer 2023 event on June 17th-18th at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder in the Scottish Borders.

With over 13.1 million people in the UK facing food poverty, The Country Food Trust is focused on providing high protein, low-fat meals to those in need. Their current menu includes; pheasant curry, venison bolognese, and pheasant casserole, supplied in 300g retort pouches and 2kg catering packs, both with a shelf life of one year from manufacturing and no refrigeration required. Additionally, the charity donates frozen meat to charities with cooking facilities, enabling them to create nutritious meals and teach beneficiaries about healthy eating, as well as community kitchens that provide free hot meals within the community.

Since its inception in 2015, The Country Food Trust has donated over 2.8 million meals to people in need, and the Scottish Hill Rally provides an excellent platform to raise awareness of their work. The rally’s route, which spans a minimum of 58 stage miles and just over 84 road miles, is contained within the picturesque areas of Lauder, Stow, and Galashiels, making it perfect for an exhilarating hill rally experience. The rally concludes on Sunday and coincides with the BVAC Classic at Thirlestane Castle, a Festival of Motoring, making it a perfect weekend event for rally enthusiasts and foodies alike.

The Country Food Trust CEO SJ Hunt commented:

We are very excited to be heading to The Scottish Summer Hill Rally this June. We are all aware that the cost of living is rising exponentially, pushing more families into food poverty. Our work is therefore vital more than ever. Having the support of The Scottish Hill Rally Club will further boost our profile in the Scottish Borders and encourage further support for those in need.

Fraser Wenseth of the Scottish Hill Rally Club said:

The Scottish Hill Rally is an event that draws people from all walks of life, and we are thrilled to be bringing together some of the best cross-country crews and cars from the UK and around the world for this exhilarating event in the Borders. We are equally excited to support The Country Food Trust, a charity that transforms surplus game into nutritious meals for people facing food poverty across the country. Their work is truly remarkable, and we hope to raise their profile and generate vital funds during the upcoming summer event.”

The Scottish Summer Hill Rally 2023

The Scottish Hill Rally Club are delighted to announce that The Scottish Summer Hill Rally will take place on 17th and 18th June 2023.

The event will be based at Thirlestane Castle, Lauder in the Scottish Borders. Camping available.

There will be a minimum of 58 stage miles and just 84 road miles over the weekend. The route is compact and all stages are contained within an area between Lauder, Stow and Galashiels.

The terrain is superb hill rally ground and most of it has never been used before.

Vehicles will need to be road legal and mud tyres will be required.

Day 2 of the event ties in with a huge classic car show at Thirlestane Castle. An amazing chance to showcase our exciting sport!

A MSUK permit application is in progress, SR’s soon to be published. Entries open soon!

This will be the most exciting thing to happen in cross country motorsport for a long, long time. Get your accommodation booked, lights and number plates on your racer and look out for further announcements in the coming days.

In the meantime, register here for priority updates and remember to tick the two boxes to allow the club to contact you (GDPR/data protection rules).

A busy Saturday before Easter.

On Saturday four of the organising committee headed down to Forest Estate the venue for the 2022 Scottish “Borders” hill-rally.

We did a recce of the main stages and mapped the liaison routes. after 8 hours and 35 miles of driving we have got some routes in mind, it is now up to the route designer, the land owner, the land Manager and the organising Group to finalise where we are allowed to “play”.

All will be revealed in November when our competitors and Marshals arrive.

Keen demand for Borders Entries

With entries opening on Sunday, entries have been flooding in, keeping Secretary of the Meeting and Entries Secretary busy. The unseeded Entry List has now been published for those with a completed entry in the event. You can find out more information about the event, and access the Supplementary Regulations, the Entry Form, and the Entry List on the Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally page here

There are still a few places left in this years event but don’t rely on them being available for long. With interest continuing to flood in, best grab your spot before it’s too late!


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Entries set to open for the “Borders”

With over 90 people registering their interest in the 2021 Scottish “Borders” Hill Rally activity is expected to be brisk when entries open on Sunday 19th September. For all the latest news, make sure you have registered to make sure you have a copy of the Supplementary Regulations and the guidance issued to help make the entries process quick and smooth.

You can register for the latest updates here


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