Around 90 historic racing cars from across the UK will be tackling Scotland's oldest permanent racetrack in Bo'ness this month as they follow in the path once raced by legendary Scottish drivers such as Sir Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.
2014 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Bo’ness Hill Climb and a special celebration event is planned to commemorate the 1934 opening of one of the first motor sport venues in the UK.
The two day event takes place at Kinneil Estate on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th of September and features a range of legendary cars from as early as 1904 right through to the 1970s including Lotus, Bentley, Morgan, Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Porsche, Cooper and Triumph.
The Bo'ness Hill Climb was established in 1934, and racing regularly took place, including British Championship meetings, and attracted top drivers from across the UK including Sir Stirling Moss, until 1966 when the circuit was closed.
In 2008, a group of dedicated enthusiasts (the Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival Ltd) re-opened the racing track with the help of Falkirk Council and staged the first competition at Kinneil for over 40 years.
This year, highlights include:
- historic racing action on both days
- an aerial display by a aerobatic bi-plane
- a huge classic car show with trade stands
- demonstration drives by British Touring Car Championship drivers Anthony Reid, John Cleland and Bill Dryden
Sir Jackie Stewart OBE said: “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.”
Iain Scott, Chair of Falkirk Community Trust said: "The Trust is very proud to be associated with the Hill Climb. It is an amazing sight and has proved popular with locals and visitors from all over the world who come back year after year. 2014 is even more special being the 80th anniversary of the first event and I have no doubt it will be as successful as all the previous climbs. It is a great pleasure to work with such a great group of volunteers whose hard work and careful preparation ensure that all goes well on racing days. Now bring on the good weather!"
Pat Reid, Provost of Falkirk said "This is the 80th anniversary of the Bo’ness Hill Climb, celebrating the Council working with the motor clubs since 1934. It remains one of the most exciting events to be held annually in our area and continues to attract hundreds of visitors from across the globe each year.
"Organisers have worked hard with Falkirk Community Trust and Falkirk Council to ensure that we have a lively and thrilling weekend that can be enjoyed safely by everyone.
"This year we will see nearly 100 classic cars taking part from nearly every era of the 20th Century as well as a special demonstration drives by British Touring Car Championship drivers . Visitors will also see an aerial display by a aerobatic bi-plane and be able to soak up the real authentic atmosphere of a classic car race. I wish everyone a most enjoyable weekend of activities and hope we see some spectacular racing in the historic Kinneil Estate."
Bill Drysdale, Chairman of BHCR said: "The event opens on Saturday 6th September at 9.30am for practice sessions with competition runs in the afternoon. This format is repeated on Sunday. The classic car show is also open on both days.”
Entry to the event is £10.00 for adults per day and free to accompanied children under 15. Unaccompanied under 15s will not be allowed entry for safety reasons. Dogs cannot be admitted to the venue either. Food outlets are available on site as well as memorabilia and trade stands and displays of classic cars of all ages.
Visitors should note that Kinneil Museum will be closed for the weekend as well as part of Kinneil Estate.