The 2018 Bo’ness Revival Classic
The weekend of the 1st and 2nd of September saw Classic Car owners from all over the UK converge on Bo’ness for the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb and Bo’ness Revival Classic. Of the five hundred plus cars in attendance there were just over one hundred Triumphs, which included just about every Triumph model manufactured, taking part in the inaugural Scottish Triumph Weekend.
The weekend’s activities commenced with the Bo’ness to the Borders Road Tour and the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy starting from the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Preservation Society station in Bo’ness town centre. The Road Tour is a gentle drive through some of Scotland’s finest scenery whereas the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy is a fully MSA sanctioned competitive Historic Rally type event organised by the Saltire Rally Club. From the start in Bo’ness entrants made their way south east via Carnwath, Biggar and Broughton, then from Tweedsmuir taking the spectacular single track road running alongside the Talla and Megget reservoirs to the mid-way lunch halt at the Gordon Arms Hotel. The return leg took in Peebles, Blyth Bridge, Carnwath and Blackburn. The Saltire Trophy route was generally similar but running in the opposite direction with a series of autotests, regularity sections and observation tests.
Saturday evening saw an informal dinner hosted by one of the Revival’s sponsors and a varied selection of Hillclimb and Classic entrants had an excellent meal followed by some after dinner interviews and banter all under the control of MC, Wayne Scott.
Sunday morning dawned bright and almost sunny and before too long the Revival Classic Showfield began to fill with the 430-entrants from the 34-participating clubs. As the morning progressed numerous interviews were carried out by Wayne, ably assisted by his ‘Commentary Wife’ for the day, Sam Colman. Whilst activities in the Arena continued the judges were hard at work determining the winners for the various ‘Best Car’ awards. In what seemed like no time at all it was time for entrants in the Carkhana competiton to enter the Arena and show off their driving prowess in a series of tests of their skills. Sam did a first class job of describing the action and the assembled audience enjoyed the spectacle of an Austin FX4 Hearse pitched against an AC Cobra.
All too soon it was time for the various award winning cars to enter the Arena and it seemed once again that Triumphs were in the majority. Congratulations to all of the award winners and many thanks to everyone who pitched in and helped out with making the event run like a well-oiled machine. Planning for the 2019 Bo’ness Revival has already commenced, with a very special feature, namely a tribute to Jim Clark who competed at Bo’ness in 1959. The intention is to have as many of the types of cars which Jim Clark drove in his career at Bo’ness, both in a specific class in the Revival Hillclimb and as static displays in the Revival Classic Showfield.
Bo’ness Saltire Trophy Awards
1st Place – Hay / Thomson, Toyota Paseo
2nd Place – Dixon / Millr, MGB GT
3rd Place – MacRae / Sherry, Mazda MX5
Scottish Triumph Weekend Awards
Best Triumph 1st Place – Drew Scott, Triumph Gloria.
Best Triumph 2nd Place – Roy Barker, Triumph Roadster.
Best Triumph 3rd Place – John Horsburgh, Triumph TR6.
Bo’ness Revival Classic Awards
Club Stand 1st Place – MG Car Club Caledonian Centre.
Club Stand 2nd Place – Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.
Club Stand 3rd Place – Triumph Sports Six Club.
Distance Award – Victor Smith, MGB GTV8. From London 431-miles.
Carkhana 1st Place – Mike Forbes, Triumph TR3A.
Carkhana 2nd Place – Lorraine Noble-Thompson, MGA.
Spirit of the Event – Ron Siddle, Jaguar C-Type.
Best Individual Entry 1st Place – David Scott, Morgan Plus 8.
Best Individual Entry 2nd Place – Ian Tomlinson, Triumph Italia.
Best Individual Entry 3rd Place – Ian Riddell, Ford Cortina 1600E.
Car of the Event 1st Place – Charlie Girdler, Triumph TR4A.
Car of the Event 2nd Place – Alex Knox, Hillman Imp.
Car of the Event 3rd Place – Graeme Inglis, Chevrolet Corvette.