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
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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.