The 2017 Bo’ness Revival Classic
Following on from the success of 2016 this year saw an increase in the number of participating clubs and entrants for the ‘Classic’ element of the Revival, with 353-cars from 32-Clubs, included in the overall numbers were 32-Individual Entrants.
Activities kicked-off of Saturday morning with an eclectic mix of some 80-cars assembling at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Preservation Society Station in the town centre for the Bo’ness to Balmaha Road Run, a non-competitive convoy drive type event, and new for this year the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy. The BST, as it became known, grew out of the desire to stage an event to offer more than just a convoy drive, but not going quite as far as an MSA Speed event. The BST was organised along the lines of the original Pomeroy Trophy of the 1940’s and involved a ‘Tulip’ road book, Code Boards and other devious observations, Autotests and Regularity Sections. With backing from Falkirk Council and support from Bo’ness traders and the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Preservation Society Bo’ness town centre was closed off for the start of both Road events, entrants being flagged away by the Bo’ness Fair Queen to the accompaniment of our ‘Lone Piper’. Wayne Scott kept the assembled crowd informed with a running commentary and interviews of entrants as they waited for the off under the start banner.
Following a mid-way refreshment break in two hotels in Dunblane the day’s activities came to a close at the Oak Tree Inn in Balmaha, right on the shore of Loch Lomond, where the Road Run and BST entrants were re-united following a great day’s driving through splendid scenery. With the sun sparkling off the waters of the Loch only the sound of Trophy entrants completing the final Autotest of the day disrupted the tranquillity of the setting.
Sunday dawned bright with conflicting predictions of what the weather would have in store for us, and by around 10.00am the Revival Classic Showfield was pretty much bursting at the seams. Activities in the TR Register sponsored Arena got underway all under the control of our Ringmeisters Wayne and Nigel. Interviews of owners with their cars and entrants for the Carkhana kept spectators and entrants amused throughout the day.
In a flash it was the Lunch break for the Hillclimb which signalled a flurry of activity for BST entrants, time for the final element, a Regularity Run up the hillclimb track. Whilst all of this was going on the Showfield Arena resounded to the sounds of the Boghall and Bathgate Caledonia Pipe Band. With activities in the Arena back underway results for the various awards were being collated and as the weekend drew towards a close it was time for the overall Revival Classic presentations and sadly the end of a busy and enjoyable weekend.
Bo’ness Revival Classic Award Winners
Gerrie De Vrieze, Jaguar XJS Convertible from The Netherlands.
Spirit of the Event Award
The Saltire Rally Club, without whose tremendous work the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy would not have been possible.
The Bo’ness Carkhana Champion
Mike Forbes, Triumph TR3A.
Club Stand Competition
Champions – Jaguar Drivers Club.
Runners-Up – The Triumph Sports Six Club
Third Place – MGCC Caledonian Centre
The Barry and Nancy Crichton Award for the Best Individual Entry
Roy Barker, Triumph Roadster
The Bo’ness Saltire Trophy
Champion – Scott Clements / Ian Steeley, Clan Crusader
Runners-Up – Ian Dixon / Maurice Miller, MGB GT
Third Place – Chris Donnachie / Colin Leask, Triumph TR7 V8
Car of the Event Only cars which had completed either of the Road Events were eligible for this award
Champion – Ian Tomlinson, Triumph Italia
Runner-Up – Ken Shipley, Jaguar XK150
Third Place – Martin Fairbairn, Singer 9 Le Mans