High hopes for ‘unique’ hill climb

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The organisers of this year’s Bo’ness Hill climb, which takes place next weekend over Scotland’s oldest permanent racetrack, say they hope the 2013 event will be ‘bigger and better than before.’’ And they said the event was ‘unique’ to Scotland.

Around 100 classic cars from across the UK will be racing at speeds of up to 70mph at Kinneil Estate next weekend (Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8). It’s hoped this year’s crowd will top last year’s attendance of around 6000 people.

Spokesman Kenny Baird said: ‘‘We had a really good attendance last year and this year we hope the event will be bigger and better.

‘’This event is unique in Scotland and this year we will have something for everyone. For the first time, we will have a craft fair, a classic car show and taking part in the race will be a car built in 1904. It won’t just be part of an exhibition, it will actually be racing.’’

Other highlights include: an aerial display by a WW2 Spitfire and Hurricane; a classic car trade show; a celebration of the 50th anniversary of Jim Clark winning his first Formula One Championship and a focus on the 50th anniversary of the launch of the classic Porsche 911.

The event opens on Saturday at 9.30am for practice sessions with competition runs in the afternoon. This format is repeated on Sunday.

The race will feature a range of legendary cars from the early 20th century, right through to the 1970s including Lotus, Bentley, Morgan, Aston Martin, and Cooper.

Entry to the event is £10 for adults per day and free to accompanied children under 15. There will be drink and food outlets, and memorabilia and trade stand.