Jaguar pips Porsche in fight for inaugural Highland 1000 victory

The very first Highland 1000 event has been won, but it was close! The victor has been unveiled as a 1969 Jaguar E-type, with only 12 seconds between the winner and runner-up

Bespoke Rallies' inaugural Highland 1000 event finished in dramatic fashion with a tense battle, as only 12 seconds separated a 1969 Jaguar E-type piloted by Nick Seaton-Burridge and Dennis Greenslade, and the 1963 Porsche 912 driven by novices Maarten Smet and Nadia Imfurayacu of Belgium.

The chance to contend on all but deserted roads while sampling the finest Scottish scenery on offer attracted a large number of entries, most of an international appointment. Participants from as far afield as Hong Kong and Canada, alongside five different European countries, sampled Scotland’s finest roads, hospitality and cuisine.

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Cars ranged from the likes of a 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I to a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC, with everything in between. A regularity trial, the four-day event started and finished in Falkirk, blessed with (unusually) good weather throughout the majority of its duration.

‘Organising rallies in the far-flung corners of the world it is easy to forget how stunning the scenery closer to home can be, and during four days of unrivalled views of Scotland’s finest lochs and glens we were treated to wonderful sightings of spring lambs, hares, red squirrels, ptarmigan and, of course, Highland cattle,’ said Bespoke Rallies director John Brigden.

‘But, despite the distractions, the competition was intense and a good time had by all. This is an event we will certainly be looking to repeat in the future.’

Further Bespoke Rallies events for 2018:

The Pyrenees 1000 (September 13-16)

Bespoke Rallies' next event on offer is the Pyrenees 1000. Another new addition to the company’s calendar, the event will start and finish in the beautiful Spanish town of Pamplona, famous worldwide for the annual running of the bulls.

The Grand Prix of South America (October 18 to November 17)

There is still the chance for a few lucky enthusiasts to follow in the wheel-tracks of five times World Champion Juan Manuel Fangio by signing up for the inaugural re-run of ‘the greatest ever road race’.

Commencing 70 years to the minute after the start of the famous 1948 event, crews will leave Buenos Aires on an unforgettable 30-day, 10,000km adventure through the wilds of Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia.

You can find out more on the Bespoke Rallies website.

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