The Bo’ness Classic

Following much scheming during the long dark winter months details of this year’s Bo’ness Revival, have now been confirmed and it promises to be quite an event. First, a bit of history, Bo’ness was Scotland’s first purpose built Motor Sport venue, opening in 1934. Over the years just about every great name in British motor sport competed at Bo’ness, including Stirling Moss, Jim Clark and a youthful Jackie Stewart. Competition ceased in 1966 and the track lay dormant until 2007 when a group of enthusiasts brought the track back to life with the Bo’ness Revival, 2017 being the 10th anniversary of the occasion. Another significant milestone for Bo’ness this year is the 70th  anniversary of the very first round of the British Hillclimb Championship, hosted at Bo’ness. The modern Bo’ness Revival is actually two events in one, the now well established historic Bo’ness Hillclimb and the Bo’ness Classic, an event for Classic Car clubs and their enthusiastic members.

The 2017 Bo’ness Classic kicks off on Saturday morning with the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy competition. Starting from Bo’ness town centre, where entrants will be flagged off by a local dignitary from a pukka rally start ramp. The Bo’ness Saltire Trophy evokes the spirit of the original Pomeroy Trophy, in that points shall be scored in four separate elements. The competition is being organised in association with the Saltire Rally Club which organises Historic rallies in Scotland. In an attempt to have as broad an appeal as possible entrants will not require an MSA competition licence, there will however be an entry fee to cover costs associated with organising such an event. Saturday shall see three elements of the competition, a Road Run consisting of a Morning Stage and an Afternoon Stage using a ‘Tulip’ roadbook, together with Code Boards and an Autotest on each stage of the Road Run. From Bo’ness the route takes in some real driving roads to the mid-way stop at the prestigious Dunblane Hydro Hotel where permission has been granted for the morning Autotest to be held in the Hotel car park. Suitably refreshed entrants will then wend their way to Balmaha, via some interesting roads to the finishing point at the Oak Tree Inn on the ‘Bonnie, bonnie banks of Loch Lomond’, to quote a certain Mr. R.Burns. The afternoon Autotest will be held on the grounds of the Oak Tree Inn.

Due to constraints the entry list for the Saltire Trophy will be strictly limited, if you would like to take part in the Saltire Trophy please contact Cliff McKinnon on cliff@bonesshillclimb.org.uk as soon as possible to register your interest. Further details will be forwarded as they are confirmed.

For those who wish to take part in a less demanding Saturday activity the Bo’ness to Balmaha Road Run is available. The Road Run generally follows the same route as the Saltire Trophy with the midway stop at the Dunblane Hydro Hotel where tea, coffee and sandwiches will be available and are included in the Road Run entry fee. From Dunblane it is then on to Balmaha where a full range of refreshments, ranging from tea and cakes to excellent bar meals are available at the Oak Tree Inn at cost.

Following the completion of activities at Balmaha entrants are free to depart at their own discretion.

For those who do not wish to participate on the Road Runs the Bo’ness Classic entry fee covers access to all spectator areas of the Bo’ness Hillclimb where an eclectic mix of over 100 cars spanning seven decades of motoring history shall be battling it for honours on the tricky hill.

New for 2017 early on Saturday evening will be the Bo’ness Barbeque, which will be held in the VIP hospitality marquee and is open to all Bo’ness Classic and Bo’ness Hillclimb entrants, but pre-booking is required.

Sunday will be a busy day, as activities in the Arena get underway under the control of ‘Ringmeister’ Wayne Scott, this year ably assisted by Nigel Mortimer, so expect some informed banter from the dynamic duo. Running throughout the day in the Arena will be the Bo’ness Carkhana which hopefully will generate some inter-club rivalry, in addition to interviews with owners of cars of particular interest.

During the Hillclimb lunch break entrants of the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy will contest the final element of the competition, a timed regularity run up the Hillclimb track, which should be quite a feature of the event.

Also running throughout the day will be judging for the BHCR Classic Best Individual Entry. At around 15.00 trophy winners for all the various competitions will assemble in the Arena for the presentations.

Entries are now open, but please be aware that as there is finite space available and as there are thirty-eight clubs participating at the Bo’ness Revival an early entry is recommended.

Here’s to a great weekend.

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