Completion of the Old Return Road
Due to some significant hard work and well organized planning [Thank you Garry and Nigel] the Old Return Road has been dressed and will be used to both increase the capacity and improve the spectator experience at the next Bo'ness Hill Climb.
The original use of the road, was as the names suggests to allow the drivers to come back down the hill on a separate road, located to the side of the track, and then between Old Paddocks bend and Crawyett running parallel but some 10 feet above the race track to the bottom of the hill. The drivers would then make a mad dash across the track between cars running up the hill to enter the paddock.
Health and safety combined with MSA guidelines prohibit the use of this track for its original purpose, but the lower section it will server us well as an excellent viewing area for spectators wanting to glimpse the cars in an hither two inaccessible location.
we are very excited about this and hope to see some great photos of the cars after the event on all good social media platforms.
Early bird discounted Spectator Tickets
Save yourself some money and purchase your Spectator tickets for the weekend in advance. For a limited time only we are offering some good discounts on these prepaid tickets. So what are you waiting for....Go get them now
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.
Bo'ness flyer and poster for 2015
We are moving ever closer to the 8th Bo'ness HillClimb Revival. We have, as always produced a poster and flyer to advertise the event. Physical copies will be available from all good torist locations around the Bo'ness area but if you know of anyone who you think would be interested in attending then PDF copies can be download below:
May Spotlight Magazine
A feature article from the May issue of Spotlight.
Bo‟ness Revival Hill Climb - 5/6th September 2015
Just to the east of Edinburgh near Falkirk on the 5th/ 6th September in the town of Bo‟ness they are holding the Bo‟ness Revival Hill Climb which was resurrected seven years ago and was an important British Championship event in the 1950s/60s. It attracted all the top drivers in the past such as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and many others and now attracts thousands of spectators rather like a mini Goodwood Revival in fact.
This year it has attracted Global media coverage and Motors TV are filming the whole event producing a 96 minute special programme about the event to be shown on TV early in October.
In conjunction with the Revival Hill Climb there is a classic car show and an air display. In the past Spitfire, Hurricane, Lancaster and Dakota from the Battle of Britain flight and stunt planes have given a display, an aerobatic display is scheduled again. scheduled to happen again. A full size steam railway runs excursions past the venue often with Thomas the Tank Engine blowing its whistle as it passes. Bo‟ness car muse-um a couple of miles away houses cars such as James Bond‟s Aston Martin & Lotus Esprit, Harry Potters car plus lots of other exhibits to see and enjoy . The combination of all these attractions gives the event great appeal to the general public and motorsport fans alike.
Falkirk City Council own Kinneil House the imposing castle like historic house where James Watt invented the steam engine in 1765 to pump water from the nearby Carron coal mines. The council are massively involved as the hillclimb track is part of the estate road and runs right through the courtyard past the picturesque estate houses. Falkirk council actually resurfaced the tarmac road for the first event seven years ago. Since then they have made vast improvements to the paddock, competitors and spectators facilities and the parking area for competitor‟s trailers is superb.
This year the organisers were really wanting to make it something very spe-cial because of the TV coverage so were looking for a really iconic car to head the show. In view of this former rally driver Malcolm Wilson who had many victories in Scottish rallies in the past has come up trumps. He is owner and managing director of M Sport the world famous company that has run Ford Works WRC cars for many years and now runs the Bentley race team. He has very kindly agreed to send the M sport WRC Ford Focus in which Colin McRae won the 1999 Safari Rally. It is very fitting that this famous car was driven to glory by one of the quickest, most entertaining and successful drivers in the world, local boy Colin McRae who was tragically killed in a heli-copter crash.
Other historic or competition cars will be there, perhaps even a famous mo-tor bike or two. Some vehicles will ascend the hill giving a demonstration run. These demos of course give spectators the opportunity to hear as well as see these special vehicles running and adds a further dimension to the various static displays. Those entering the classic car show get the chance to do a parade run up this very famous motorsport venue that is only open on this one weekend in the year.
A couple of years ago the ex Ecurie Ecosse cars and transporter of Dick Skip-worth were there just prior to their sale for millions of pounds. Ex Stirling Moss cars have been featured and last year ex LeMans cars were delighting the crowds with their presence and blasts up the hill.
Kenny Baird a well known very active competitor, founder member and chair-man of the club heads the organising team. I must say from past experience, organisation at this event is second to none and nothing is left to chance. All officials are heavily involved with other big events such as Doune, Goodwood Festival and Revival, Prescott & Shelsley Walsh hillclimbs and many race circuits. Marshals and rescue units come from several race circuits to ensure highest standards of safety.
Please give serious consideration to visiting this great event as a competitor, spectator or marshal. One thing is certain you will get a very warm welcome and enjoy typical Scottish hospitality. You may even find yourself a TV star but in any case I am sure you will enjoy this great weekend of motorsport.
Google bonesshillclimb and check it out, regs, full information and all entry forms are online, there is something for everyone.
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Entries for the 8th Bo'ness Hill climb
We are now accepting entries for the 8th 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
MacDonald Inchyra in Grangemouth
We have entered into a partnership arrangement with the MacDonald Inchyra in Grangemouth. This excellent hotel is only two miles from Kinneil Estate and the management have kindly arranged for a special discount for any BHCR members if they would like to book a room for the hill climb weekend. The discount is only available for the period between the 3rd and the 8th September and to obtain the special rates available you need to go onto their website: www.macdonaldhotels.co.uk
From the main page enter in the booking details, hotel and dates, number of rooms, guests etc, and then enter the promotional code Y V 5. This will show the rates available, from there select the Bo’ness Hill Climb rate and carry on through the normal booking process. Note that the Inchyra is shown on the website as being located in Stirling so please be aware of that when looking at their website.
Commercial Partnership Options
Now entering it’s eighth year, The Bo’ness Speed Hill Climb is firmly established on the UK Historic motorsport calendar.
This years event on the 5th and 6th September promises to be the most exciting yet and has attracted Global media coverage with Motors TV running a 96 minute special programme, which will be shown early in October. Such interest is hardly surprising , when you consider the rich history that surrounds the Hill Climb and the event will continue to feature a fantastic line up of cars and competitors from all over the UK, a Classic Car Show with trade stands and an Aerial display.
We are working hard to establish a truly memorable experience for the anticipated large crowds at the same time providing a meaningful marketing platform for your business to gain exposure and sales.
The ongoing success of the event needs your commercial partnership support and I can assure you that my team will strive to ensure that any level of involvement you have, will represent value for money and deliver a return on investment.
For 2015 we have introduced a suite of commercial partnership options, all of which are designed to deliver fantastic branding exposure for more details please download our commercail brochure or contact Kenny Baird; firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for you support.
Upwards and onwards…………………………..Seven years ago five enthusiasts started on the long road of reviving motor sport at Bo’ness. A plan was laid down and the five founding members committed their time and effort to bring us, with assistance from a growing Committee, what we now know and enjoy as the Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival.
Bill Drysdale has been our Chairman for the past six years and has decided to retire from this role, leaving the way open for the remaining members of the Committee to plan for the next 7 years.
Also retiring from the Committee are:
Alex Brown has filled the role of Competition Secretary since our first Revival meeting in 2007.
Margaret MacMillan was our Membership Secretary and filled that demanding role since 2007.
Bill Kirkpatrick has been BHCR Treasurer for the past three years and also organised the entry gates at the Hill Climbs.
Tom MacMillan, who Chaired in 2007, presiding over the first hill climb to be held at Kinneil for over forty years. Since 2008, Tom has been our Vice-Chairman and worked closely with Bill to create one of the best supported Clubs in Scotland and one of the foremost historic hill climbs in the UK.
Bill, Tom, Margaret, Alex and Bill’s professionalism and hard work have been a real asset during their time on the Committee. They deserve our thanks and a well-earned rest.
Finally, a big thank you to Barry Crichton and his wife Nancy. They have run our associated classic car show for several years taking it from a few dozen cars to almost two hundred examples on display in 2014. Although he will no longer be running the Classic Show, Barry remains on the BHCR Committee.
All BHCR members owe the retiring committee and team an enormous vote of thanks for the tireless amount of work and time they have put into the Club since 2007 - their hard work has left BHCR in a sound and viable position for future progress.
The BHCR Committee has thus changed considerably within the past few weeks and several key roles are now filled with new faces. You can find out who is currently behind the Club and the organisation of the eighth Revival meeting by looking at our website Contact page
Chairman BHCR Ltd
3 Classic Classes Added To SSHC Championship
We are pleased to announce that the Scottish Sprint, Speed and Hill Climb Championship has added a new division for Classic and Thoroughbred Cars with three separate classes for Road Cars, Modified Cars and Competition Cars of a suitable age. We would like to think that this new format is partly a result of the success of the Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival meetings and we would encourage all our members to enter the Championship for this coming season. The Regs can be viewed here and are also on the SSHC website
The Kinneil Venue - Seven Years of Development
In the seven years that the Revival has now been going, the club has put a great deal of time and money into bringing the Kinneil location up to the current standard. As you know, Falkirk Council put in a huge effort in 2008 to help us put on the first meeting by resurfacing much of the track, but it was obvious that the paddock needed major improvement. The following year, new roadways were built in the paddock and drainage pipes laid to prevent a repetition of the flooding which played havoc with the first meeting. This paddock improvement work was carried out completely by the Club which provided all the labour and funding necessary.
The old Grangemouth road was breaking up at the entry to the Hairpin so this part of the track was resurfaced by BHCR in 2009. We shall have to undertake further remedial work in this area before the 2015 meeting as the road surface is breaking up at the Hairpin again. In 2010 and 2011 minor improvements were made but the event was on a knife edge due to the poor weather affecting spectator numbers. However we continued, in partnership with Falkirk Council and Falkirk Community Trust, to invest time and effort in Kinneil to improve the general wellbeing of the park.
As the finances improved, we embarked on a rolling programme of installing wooden safety fences, with the first section erected on the Paddock boundary in 2013. It was appreciated by all the parties involved that this fence enhanced the parkland setting such that we received permission to erect a further two sections in 2014. The total cost of the barrier installation was totally met from the Club reserves. We now believe that the track is more or less complete but we shall have to be aware that the track surface will need work in the future.
Our plans for 2015 include the purchase of two commentators’ huts to allow our excellent and hardy commentators the opportunity to do their jobs in a little more comfort.
In our future planning, we are looking at the possibility of a temporary spectator bridge at the Crossing and the feasibility of having a local storage facility for the straw bales to reduce our annual running costs.
The future will depend on the overall plans for Kinneil House and Park but we may have to consider relocating the spectator car park or creating an overspill facility within the estate beyond the Holding Paddock.
Our overall objective is to give our competitors a memorable event and to attract more spectators by giving them a unique experience in Scotland. We have to plan our finances and budgets carefully to ensure that we keep our head above water from year to year but also to allow the event to grow in the future.
The event budget has grown considerably during the past seven years. The club funds this and the additional costs of revenue improvements from a number of sources - competitor entry fees, spectator entry fees, sponsorships, donations, sales of BHCR memorabilia, MSA grants and our loyal members’ annual subscriptions.
The members of BHCR are keeping Bo'ness hill climb alive at Kinneil Estate - the cradle of Scottish Motorsport. Thank you!
2015 MEMBERSHIP NOW AVAILABLE
We are pleased to offer our members alternative payment methods for their annual subscription. It is now possible to pay using Paypal as well as the traditional method of paying by cheque.
We also hope to have a Direct Debit scheme set up very soon.
- Pay with cheque: head over to the download section
- For those among you who are computer savvy, the form can now be filled in online, with payments taken via pay pal.
Perpetual trophy winners 2014
The Bo 'ness Hill climb is such a popular event that each year it generates thousands of photographs, from the professional photographers to the talented amateurs alike. After spending many sleepless nights trawling through them all, we have managed to find the ones we took of the Perpetual trophy winners. Head over to the new Trophies Winners page to see who you need to beat next year ;-)
Trophies @ the Bo'ness Motor Museum
We are very grateful to Colin Anderson at the Bo'ness Motor Museum for allowing us to display the full range of Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival perpetual trophies in a display case in the Museum foyer.
Previously the trophies were kept in storage and we felt it was a shame to have them hidden away for 12 months of the year when they could be on display and enjoyed by everyone. If you are in Bo'ness please pay a visit to the Museum and have a look round as it is packed with motoring and movie memorabilia. It is located at the east end of Bo'ness. see the website for full details http://www.motor-museum.bo-ness.org.uk
A list of the 2014 winners and more pictures can be found under the information drop down menu.
The 2015 Bo'ness Hill Climb
5th and 6th September 2015
The date for the 2015, 8th Revival Meeting has been confirmed as the 5th and 6th September. Make sure you mark this date in your diary as you won't want to miss Scotland's biggest and best historic motor racing event.