The 2014 Revival Meeting - 6th and 7th September 2014 Join us to celebrate 80 years of motorsport at Kinneil Estate, Bo 'ness
The Bo 'ness Hill climb was revived 7 years ago by a group of car enthusiasts on the existing track that had been used for the last 80 years. Such racing greats as Sir Jackie Stewart cut their teeth on this historic venue, the first of its type in Scotland.
The Revival as it is know now has grown into a great family day, with two days of racing from cars ranging from pre 1st world war to 1973. Some of the cars that compete are unique and this is a great opportunity for all petrol heads young and old to get up close and personal. The pedigree of the cars include winners at Le Mans, Goodwood and Formula 1.
Many Classic car clubs attend the car show situated at the top of the course near the historic Kinneil House, and range from American Hot rods to classic Porches. A dedicated car park for classic cars enables the enthusiasts amongst you to bring your own car to join in the fun. To top it all off an air show, pipe band, owls and so much more can be seen.
A significant investiment has been made to open up the track side so that spectators for the first time can see downwards from Old Paddock Bend towards Crawyett. [see map] The new section will be surfaced and fenced and is sure to prove very popular.
Adults: £10 (BHCR members £5, remember to bring your membership card)
Accompanied Children (under 15) Free
We would love to see you there.
Dropping off and arrival times
The paddock will be open from 12pm on friday for you early birds that want to drop off your cars without pressure of time restrictions. Security will be patrolling the paddock and site to keep an eye on things from friday onwards. It really helps the event run smoothly if we can get as many cars onsite before the rush on Saturday morning.
For the ones that cannot make Friday then please have your car in place by 8am so the paddock is clear of trailers and excess traffic. Where possible support vehicles can be parked near your race car for those emergency repairs over the weekend.
Sign On: From 8.15
Scrutineering: from 8.15 in situ
Drivers Briefing: 9.00
Practice Starts: 9.15
Please give yourself enough time to walk the track as it is worth seeing where the new barriers are [so you can miss them ;-) ] Have a safe journey and we will see you bright and early.
Entry list and Final Regs for the 2014 Boness Hill climb
Linlithgow Classic Car Show
Gary Maxwell, Ryan Maxwell and Kenny Baird attended the Show on Sunday with Gary's RS2000 Escort. It was a super afternoon and the threesome were kept busy handing out flyers and talking to the public with a view to spreading awareness of next weekends Revival meeting
Our thanks go out to Dave Keddie of Linlithgow Classic Car Club who accommodated us a very short notice and gave us a prime site to display the car and advertising board.
It's not too late.....
The "official" closing date for entrants to the Hill Climb and Classic Car show have been and gone but as this is the 80th anniversary we have decided to accept the odd late comer to make this a Boness Hill climb to remember. if you missed the closing dates and still wish to participate them contact the following people and they will see what they can do about getting you a space to bring your car or a slot in the hill climb. Don't leave it too late as we will have to close the books on this years race soon...............
Classic Show Organiser
|Alex Brown||Competition Secretary|
Work party - A big thank you
Chairman Bill Drysdale says - "Our thanks are extended to all the willing volunteers who turned up at Kinneil on Saturday morning and spent several hours cutting back verges, thinning overhanging branches, removing brambles and nettles and generally tidying up the venue ready for next weekend. The site is now in a state of intense preparation for the 80th Anniversary Revival meeting and setting up of the course begins on Thursday the 4th. It will be my pleasure to welcome all members and friends old and new next weekend for what is shaping up to be another fantastic Revival meeting."
LM5000 – a unique AC Ace Le Mans entrant
Barrie Bird is bringing his unique AC Ace to Bo’ness and will take some demonstration runs in this very rare car. The car is chassis number LM5000.
The car was a special design by AC and is completely different from any other Ace. It uses a spaceframe chassis by John Tojiero, an aluminium body, wishbone front suspension with swing arm rear axle and a chassis mounted diff. It used a specially built 2 litre Bristol engine. The car ran at Le Mans in 1958 as a works entry and came home in 8th place overall driven by Dickie Stoop and Peter Bolton.
Rule changes in 1959 meant the car would not be competitive and so it was sold off and used for club racing, being finally laid up in 1964. It was restored into virtually original Le Mans spec in the early 70’s and was then very successfully used in historic racing, winning the Goodwood Trophy in 1972.
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.