Work party 30th August 2014
The sun has shined and the rain has fallen [in some case to much rain] allowing the grass, trees moss, and weeds to thrive around the track here at Bo'ness. With only a few weeks to go, we move into the final stage of preparing the site for a great weekends racing.
A hardy yet small group of club members will be onsite from 9am on saturday 30th August to "get things done" but, as work shared is done in half the time we are asking for volunteers from any able body, willing to lend the hand.
If you find yourself at a loose end then feel free to join us at the bottom paddock for a bit of hard graft. If you have gardening tools [such as petrol strimmers] then feel free to bring them with you.
The Fisher Specials
At this Revival Peter Speakman has brought his three Fisher Specials for the first time. Jack Fisher came from Edinburgh and built competition specials from 1948 and was still working on cars when he passed away last year. The oldest of the three cars is the Fisher Spyder which competed at Bo’ness in the 1960’s and went on to be extensively raced at Ingliston and elsewhere. Also present will be the well-known FARM special built by Jack in the late 60’s as an early monocoque car and powered by an Alfa Romeo engine. This car has set FTD at Bo’ness at previous Revivals and is likely to be a contender for FTD this year too. Peter has recently commissioned the restoration of a third Fisher Special; this time a spaceframed singleseater powered again by an Alfa engine (Jack Fisher was an Alfa Romeo dealer). It will be the first time three of Jack Fisher’s cars have appeared at a race meeting together. Photo shows Peter Speakman in the Fisher Spyder.
Ian Stewart and the SS100
A big attraction at this Revival will be the Ex Ecurie Ecosse driver Ian Stewart who will be reunited with the SS100 he owned and drove at Bo’ness in 1950. The car set FTD at Bo’ness in May 1946 driven by Noel Bean and is currently owned by Roger Learmonth who is bringing the car back to Bo’ness from the south of England. Both Roger and Ian will be taking demonstration drives in the SS100 and this beautiful car is well worth inspecting in the paddock. Photo shows Noel Bean exiting the Courtyard in the SS100, 1949.
Sir Jackie Stewart
Sir Jackie Stewart has sent us a message of support as Bo’ness Hill Climb prepares to celebrate 80 years of motorsport at Kinneil Estate.
“Bo’ness has a great history of motorsport in Scotland and some of the greatest Hill Climb champions have performed at Bo’ness. My brother drove there, as did I, and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. I went along to the Bo’ness Hill Climb as a wee boy looking at people like Denis Poore and Ken Wharton performing up the Hill – happy memories and it’s wonderful that the event has been brought back to Bo’ness.
I hope everyone enjoys a very happy weekend of motorsport”
Sir Jackie Stewart OBE
BTCC legend Anthony Reid driving at Bo’ness
Anthony Reid is making an appearance at Bo’ness this year and will take some demo drives of Rob Bremner’s Connaught AL10. Anthony is a vastly experienced International racing driver, competing in Formula 3 and he narrowly missed out on a F1 drive with Jordan in 1992. He is probably best known for his exploits at Le Mans for Porsche and in the BTCC, where he finished in second place in 1998 and 2000.
We are also hopeful that another BTCC legend John Cleland will be able to join us and, although not yet confirmed, John is hoping to make some demo drives in his 90’s Vauxhall Sport Cavalier.
Another well-known Scottish driver hoping to make an appearance is Bill Dryden. Bill had an extensive racing career in the 1960’s and 70’s and competed at Bo’ness in 1964. Bill hopes to be driving his Maserati but as yet this is unconfirmed.
Barrier Work and New Spectator Area
BHCR are investing in two new sections of timber safety fencing at Kinneil. This fencing will be identical to the fencing erected in 2013 along the straight towards Crawyett. The first section will be on the Railway Straight on the approach to the hairpin and the second will be on the left of the track as it heads from Crawyett to Old Paddock Bend. Work will commence on the new fencing on Monday 11th August.
BHCR are also investing in a new area for spectators on the hill downwards from Old Paddock Bend towards Crawyett. It is planned that a further 80m of area will be available and will open up an exciting section of track for spectators. The new section will be surfaced and fenced and is sure to prove very popular. Work on this area will commence very soon and will be complete and ready for use by September.
Both of these track improvement projects are being entirely funded by BHCR.
80th Anniversary Barbeque
On Monday 23rd June we held a small gathering of cars, motorcycles and members in the paddock at Kinneil to celebrate 80 glorious years of motorsport at Bo’ness. The weather was glorious and a beautiful warm summer evening was enjoyed by around seventy members.
There were about twenty cars and motorcycles on display including:
Rob Bremner’s Grand Prix Connaught, Malcolm Wishart’s Cooper FJ,
Stephen Smith’s pretty Austin Special
Douglas Turner’s AJS Big Port motorcycle.
Rob Bremner moving the Connaught
Excellent food was provided by our sponsor Andy Hutchison who set up a fantastic covered eating area complete with tables and chair for members to enjoy a seat in the sun while they ate the BBQ food plus various desserts and wonderful cup-cakes. We are very grateful to Andy for providing such a fine spread andprofessional service.
We are also grateful to Tim MacKay for his additional sponsorship. Many thanks to both for helping to make the evening a success.
It is very likely that we will repeat the evening next year and we may well make this an annual treat for our members.
Entries for the 7th Bo'ness Hill climb
We are now accepting entries for the 7th Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival. This includes both the racing cars and participants in the classic car show. Applications can be made either by our online form or 'old school' via post. Check out the download section for the paper application form or click here for the online web form. Online payments are taken via PayPal, or standard Visa/ Visa Debit/ Master Card
Making an event like the Bo'ness Hill climb such a success, is in part down to the Excellent team of marshals. Without these volunteers the event would simple not run. If you have always wanted to get involved with motor racing but do not have a car ..... or have a car but not quite on the road;-) then why not volunteer as a marshall. Simply fill in the contact form and a member of the committee will get to you with an application from to fill in. Training is provided, and we can guarantee you a fun filled weekend.
Lotus success at Jim Clark 50th Anniversary Meeting
The 50th Anniversary of Jim Clark's first World Championship formed part of the celebrations at the 6th Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival. It was particularly fitting therefore that a Lotus won FTD on both days.
Fastest Time of Day
Malcolm Wishart - Newlands
Photo courtesy of John Crae
Fastest Time of Day
Geoff Hunt - Andover
Lotus 22 27.84 seconds
Photo courtesy of John Crae
The 6th Revival Meeting was our most successful yet with showery weather on the Saturday, but a sunny Sunday which saw spectators flooding into Kinneil Estate. In addition to the excellent entry of competition cars and the Classic Car Show they enjoyed a flypast by a Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.