Scotland’s oldest permanent racetrack hosts 80th anniversary celebration

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Around 90 historic cars from across the UK will be tackling Scotland’s oldest permanent racetrack this weekend as they follow in the path once taken by legendary Scottish drivers such as Sir Jackie Stewart and Jim Clark.

This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bo’ness Hill Climb and a special celebration is planned to commemorate the 1934 opening of one of the first motorsport venues in the UK.

The two-day event takes place at Kinneil Estate on Saturday and Sunday and features a range of legendary racing 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 – including British Championship meetings – regularly took place until in the circuit was closed in 1966, attracting top drivers from across the UK such as Sir Stirling Moss.

In 2008, a group of dedicated enthusiasts – 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, the organisers have pulled together an amazing selection of visitor treats, including historic racing action on both days, an overhead aerial display by an aerobatic bi-plane and a huge classic car show with trade stands.

There will also be 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 the venue.

“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 to see people like Denis Poore and Ken Wharton performing up the hill.

‘‘They are 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, chairman of Falkirk Community Trust, said: “We are 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.

Pat Reid, Provost of Falkirk Council, said: “The Bo’ness Hill Climb 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.”

This year we will see nearly 100 classic cars taking part from nearly every era of the 20th century as well as the widely anticipated demonstration drives.

Entry each day is £10 for adults and free to accompanied children under 15. 
Unaccompanied children will not be allowed entry for safety reasons. Dogs cannot be admitted to the venue.