Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Ex-British rally champion Gillanders to launch book in Aberdeen

Gillanders racing in 1993.
Gillanders racing in 1993.

Aberdeen’s former British rally champion David Gillanders says he has bared his soul in the book about his life.

Gillanders, 69, who won the British National Rally Championship in 1987, before lifting the Scottish Rally Championship in 1995, will release I Do All The Talking! on June 13.

He decided to commit his experiences to paper after a serious heart in 2015.

Gillanders said: “I was lying in hospital and I was really very ill.

“The grandkids came in and sat with me for 10 minutes and it was touch and go.

“I said to Gladys, my wife: ‘If I survive this, I need to write a book, because there are a lot of tales to tell and if I passed away tonight the kids wouldn’t know who their grandfather was.’

“I survived and we started writing the book. It’s taken two-and-a-half years.

“I’ve bared my soul.”

Gillanders obviously goes into rallying exploits during the 1980s – where off road supercars made the sport equal parts thrilling and dangerous.

However, he insists the book is about more than racing.

David Gillanders is releasing a book about his life.<br />Picture by Kenny Elrick

He said: “I drove something called a (MG Metro) 6R4. It was a group B rally car in that very famous time of Audi Quattros, T16 Peugeots and Lancias.

“Rallying went wild and then Henri Toivonen was killed and group B changed to group A and it all got a bit more homogenised.

“But the group B days was like Formula One in the forest. Unlimited horsepower, everything.

“I won the (British) championship in ’87 in one. I won the Scottish in 1995, and that was in a (Ford) Escort Cosworth. That was group A.

“The 6R4 has a big following down south, because they were only around for a short space of time. But my story is more about what happened after motorsport.”

Gillanders, who went on to work for Land Rover and racing team M-Sport, thinks readers who aren’t motorsport “anoraks” will find the story of an Aberdonian meeting the world’s rich and famous fascinating.

He added: “I had breakfast with Jane Fonda, met Bill Clinton, I flew an F-15 jet and these are things money can’t buy.

“Being an ex-rally champion opened the door.”

David Gillanders – I Do All The Talking! will be launched at the Malmaison, Queen’s Road, on June 13 at 5.30pm.

Already a subscriber? Sign in



This article originally appeared on the Evening Express website. For more information, read about our new combined website.