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#1 Stephen W

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:16

Nice to see the Thornycroft on static display - hopefully next year it will be 'on track'.

 

Below: Sunny Saturday in the Courtyard

 

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#2 Stephen W

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 08:40

A motion tabled in the Scottish Parliament this morning (Monday) congratulating the organisers of last weekend's Bo'ness Hill Climb:

Motion S4M-07618: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/09/2013

Classic Cars Tackle Scotland’s Oldest Race Track in Bo’ness ...

That the Parliament congratulates the organisers of the Bo’ness Hill Climb, which took place at Kinneil Estate on 7 and 8 September 2013; understands that around 100 classic cars from across the UK competed on Scotland’s oldest permanent race track at speeds of up to 70mph; notes that the track was once raced by legendary Scottish drivers such as Sir Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark; understands that the two-day event at Kinneil Estate featured a range of legendary cars from the early 20th century right through to the 1970s, including Lotus, Bentley, Morgan, Aston Martin, Cooper and Triumph; further understands that the Bo’ness Hill Climb was established in 1932, with the first race taking place in 1934, and racing regularly took place attracting top drivers from across the UK, including Sir Stirling Moss, until 1966 when the circuit was closed; welcomes the decision in 2008 by a group of dedicated enthusiasts, the Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival Ltd, who reopened the racing track with the help of Falkirk Council and staged their first competition in over 40 years; considers that the event, now in its sixth year, captivates its main audience of motor car enthusiasts and has also proved popular with locals and visitors from across the world who continue to make return visits each year; welcomes the boost to the local economy that the event brings, and wishes the organisers continued success in years to come.

Supported by: Nigel Don, Dennis Robertson, Clare Adamson, Bill Kidd, Christian Allard, Roderick Campbell, Sandra White, David Torrance, Kenneth Gibson, Rob Gibson, Adam Ingram, Kevin Stewart, Annabelle Ewing, Richard Lyle, Chic Brodie, Joan McAlpine, Mike MacKenzie, Graeme Dey, Maureen Watt


#3 Marticelli

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:20

Nice to see there is now a thread for this year's event...  And in case anyone is wondering, Stephen W's reply refers to my post on the last BHR thread about the 2010 event on which succeeding years' event comments and pics have been posted.  

 

I am impressed with the fact the Scottish Parliament discussed the event in Holyrood, but wonder if the claim made about Bo'ness being the earliest permanent race track in Scotland is correct...  Surely its not a pemanent race track but merely an estate road used occasionally for a hillclimb, and surely there were places used for motorsport in Scotland much earlier than Bo'ness, like for example Amulree Hillclimb up into Glen Quaich which featured on the 1908 2000 Miles Trial...  Maybe Vitesse 2 will put us right..

 

Marticelli

 

PS Here's the second pic of the Thornycroft on the way to Bo'ness that I didn't manage to post this morning due to the new format of TNF, which doesn't seem like progress compared with the old one.

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#4 Tim Murray

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 11:01

I am impressed with the fact the Scottish Parliament discussed the event in Holyrood, but wonder if the claim made about Bo'ness being the earliest permanent race track in Scotland is correct...  Surely its not a pemanent race track but merely an estate road used occasionally for a hillclimb, and surely there were places used for motorsport in Scotland much earlier than Bo'ness, like for example Amulree Hillclimb up into Glen Quaich which featured on the 1908 2000 Miles Trial...  

 

As part of the Thousand Miles Trial in 1900 a timed hillclimb was run at Birkhill, NE of Moffat, on 2nd May. Charles Rolls set FTD in his 12 hp Panhard with three passengers on board, averaging around 16 mph.

 

(Source: Sprint by Tim Nicholson)


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#5 Stephen W

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 07:48

WRT the claim that Bo'ness was the first permanent 'race track' in Scotland. The track at Bo'ness was improved so that hillclimbing could take place and it was used several times each year not just when the British Hillclimb Championship came to town. I suspect the others mentioned were public roads and as such might not be considered 'race tracks'?

 

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#6 Mistron

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 20:29

I don't suppose anyone has a shot of a dark blue front engined Formula Junior  (an Elva, I think) in the paddock at the 2012 meeting with it's bonnet off?

 

I know it's a very specific request, but I'm putting the engine in my car and constructing the bonnet bulge to clear the rocker cover, and the oil filler cap is a pain. I remember looking at a car in the paddock which had an A series engine and the filler had been moved, alowing a neater bonet bulge, and I can't find the photo I took.

 

Was anyone else intrigued by such a detail? Probably not..... :stoned:

 

Al