The Coalman

THE JIM CLARK RALLY, 8/9 November 2019
Anticipation is rising in the Scottish Borders ahead of the Jim Clark Rally which will take place on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th of November 2019.
With the full support of Scottish Borders Council, the Scottish Government and Police Scotland, the organising team behind this event have pretty much finalised their plans for the closed road rally.
Amongst the entries this year will be local Duns resident, Garry Pearson. As a director of the family business Pearson’s of Duns, Garry’s day job is primarily looking after the running of the Garden Centre and Cafe and the vital deliveries of smokeless fuels to their many remote customers and villages in the area.
It’s not just a managerial position, two weeks ago Garry had to jump in the lorry to drive to Newcastle for more bulk supplies, and last week was on a delivery run to 75 local stockists delivering supplies of smokeless coal and heat logs to the far-flung corners of this rural community.
Work comes first, but rallying comes second for Garry. He has been a fan since he was a child. His Dad, Monty was a former driver and co-driver, and as he grew up, many of Garry’s friends were involved too so it was almost inevitable that Garry would follow in their wheeltracks.
Success followed first in the Peugeot 205 Challenge in 2010 and he won the British Junior Rally Championship title in 2012. Since then he has been a regular podium contender on events here in Scotland, further south and in France. So far his most successful season came in 2016 when he finished runner-up in the national Scottish Rally Championship, but the desire is still there to go one better!
“There’s a still a huge interest in rallying around here,” said Garry, “often the first question I’m asked by many customers coming into the garden centre or cafe is’ how’s the rallying going’?”
“They’ve also been asking about the Jim Clark Rally itself and when it’s coming back,” he added, “so now they know. The rally is good for the area, it puts Duns on the map and generates quite a buzz. It also brings in a lot of visitors and a bit of extra business. ”