Historic Racing Cars Tackle Scotland's Oldest Race Track

Around 100 historic racing cars from across the UK will be tackling Scotland's oldest permanent racetrack in Bo'ness in September as they follow in the path once raced by legendary Scottish drivers such as Sir Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.

The two day event takes place at Kinneil Estate on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th of September and features a range of legendary cars from as early as 1904 right through to the 1970s including AC, Lotus, Bentley, Morgan, Aston Martin, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Porsche, Cooper and Triumph.

 The Bo'ness Hill Climb was established in 1934 and racing regularly took place, including British Championship meetings, attracting 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 an aerobatic bi-plane

*       A huge classic car show with trade stands

*       Colin McRae WRC Focus on display

*       Scotland v England Hill Climb Challenge match

This year will see a recreation the 1953 Hill Climb Challenge between Scotland and England with two teams of drivers battling it out against the clock for the team prize. The 1953 event was broadcast live on BBC television and the 2015 recreation will be shown on Motors TV.

 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.    It is a 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!"

The 2015 Bo’ness Speed Hill Climb is funded by EventScotland, part of VisitScotland's Events Directorate.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “We are delighted to be supporting the Bo’ness Speed Hill Climb with additional funding which will enable increased promotion, as well as the introduction of a new spectator grandstand at the event. Bo’ness, and indeed Scotland has a great history of motorsport and I’m certain the programme highlights unveiled today will not only provide a memorable spectator experience for all ages across the two days, but will once again place Scotland on the map as a perfect destination to celebrate automotive and motor sporting heritage.”

 Kenny Baird, Chairman of BHCR said: "The event opens on Saturday 5th 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 for adults per day and is free to accompanied children under 15.  Early Bird pre-event discounted tickets are available online. 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 part of Kinneil Estate will be closed for the weekend. More information from www.bonesshillclimb.org.uk

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