With planning now well underway for the 2019 Bo’ness Revival the first major decision for the Classic side of the event has been confirmed. Following a meeting with the Jim Clark Trust he 2019 Revival Classic Road Tour, to be named the ‘Jim Clark Road Tour’ shall depart from the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway Station in the town centre and head for the newly refurbished Jim Clark museum in Duns. Over the next few months Alisdaire Lockhart shall be hard at work plotting an interesting route through some of Scotland’s finest scenery, he has quite a task in hand to equal or better his route for the 2018 Road Tour, which was universally acclaimed by all who took part. Also under planning is the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy, a competitive MSA sanctioned Historic Rally / Production Car Autotest event, organised by Graham Couser and the Saltire Rally Club. There are a number of logistical problems to overcome but the plan is for the BST to also head for Duns and hopefully take in a number of Jim Clark related venues en route.
For the Hillclimb side of the event the provisional entry list for the Jim Clark Class has a possible fourteen entries already, which currently includes, amongst others, a Porsche 356, Lotus Elans, Lotus 23s, Jaguar D-Types, Triumph TR3s a Goggomobil and DKW. The class is open to the types of cars driven by Jim Clark during his career so the thought of a Ford Galaxie or Lotus Cortinas tackling the tricky Bo’ness course is a mouth-watering thought for any motor sport or classic car enthusiast. Below is the full list of eligible cars.
For any information or to register interest in the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb or Bo’ness Revival Classic, Scotland’s only combined Historic Motor Sport and Classic Car event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Now that the dust has just about settled from the 2018 Revival planning for 2019 has already commenced. The main feature for 2019 shall be tribute to the great Jim Clark who competed only once at Bo’ness in 1959. At that meeting he entered three cars, a Porsche 356, a Lotus Elite in which he had competed in at the Le Mans 24-hour race only weeks previously and the Border Reivers Lister-Jaguar in which he set the fastest time of the day. To celebrate the occasion the search is on for as many of the types of cars which he drove during his career, ranging from Goggomobils to Sunbeam Talbots and all types of Lotus cars from Elans and Cortinas to single seaters. The plan is to have a specific Jim Clark class in the Revival Hillclimb and static displays in the Revival Classic Showfield. The Saturday Revival Classic Road Tour shall also follow the Jim Clark theme with three possible Jim Clark related destinations currently under consideration.
All of this is in addition to the usual Revival format of the Revival Hillclimb on Saturday and Sunday and the Revival Classic Show on the Sunday.
For more information, or if you would like to register and eligible car for the Jim Clark tribute please contact Cliff McKinnon at email@example.com
Tickets can be bought at the gate on the day
THE Classic :
The Bo’ness Revival Classic is a classic car event perfect for car enthusiasts and novices alike. Get up close to a huge selection of classic cars from across the eras with displays from over 30 clubs. Have fun learning all about them with our Heritage arena presenters and watch owners take on our precision driving test. All part of a packed
weekend of exciting attractions for all the family at the Bo’ness Revival.
The Hil Climb:
See, hear and smell Scotland’s oldest motorsport venue roar into life, as legendary racing machines from across the ages, fiercely compete across two full days, to be the fastest up the challenging Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb. Bo’ness saw Scottish motor racing heroes like Jim Clark and Sir Jackie Stewart rise to fame on the tarmac at Scotland’s first true motor racing venue. Every year at the Bo’ness Revival, we celebrate over 80 years of hard fought racing at the venue, with a selection of competing cars from the early 1900s right the way through to the late 1980s. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is some kind of classic car parade though, these guys mean business and you can watch them battle it out against the clock across two days of exciting, flat out racing action guaranteed to get your pulse racing!
Competitors travelling from across the UK, face a challenging tight and twisty course, which always delivers plenty of fast, sideways action. The cars are split into 16 different classes according to age, power and engine size and race across two days. You get access to the paddock areas so you can get up close to these racing monsters and chat to the drivers, whilst steam trains pass above you on the Kinneil Railway! Out on the track, you are as close to the action as possible at every corner. Don’t miss out on the most exciting place to be on the first weekend in September, book your tickets online now!
Plus Food, trade stalls , kinds play area.
A copy of our leaflet
We are very pleased to announce that we have a minibus shuttle service running from Linlithgow railway station. This means you can attend the event entirely by public transport from anywhere in the UK by getting a train to Linlithgow and then the shuttle bus to and from the venue.
There will be two buses running at approximate 30 minute intervals between the station and Kinneil Estate and then back again. The first bus will leave at 09.30 and the last will leave at 16.30 hrs on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no charge to use the bus – it is a free service.
Anyone can use the buses, and if you can find parking in Linlithgow then please feel free to use the shuttle bus service to Kinneil Estate and back.
The Classic show field is now full, and entries will no longer be accepted. looking to be a great turn out
Bo’ness Revival are sad to announce that Kenneth Laidlaw has passed away. Kenneth was a great friend of BHCR and had been an Honorary Member almost from the very inception of the Club. He was always a great help and source of experienced advice during the early years of the Revival – keeping us on the correct path with regards to MSA matters. He assisted the Bo’ness Committee for a lengthy period and also acted as the MSA Steward at our 2016 hill climb meeting.
Kenneth was a highly respected MSA official and acted in this capacity all over the UK. He was always smiling and always good company even when his health was failing him in recent years. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and worked with him.
The exciting news for competitors joining us for this year’s edition of the Bo’ness Revival Hill Climb to be held over 1st – 2nd September 2018, is that applications for class entries are now open.
There are a few minor changes to the classes this year and a few have been combined for even more thrilling action for the thousands of enthusiastic spectators.
You can enter online here or download the postal entry form here
The supplementary regulations are located here
The classes that will be open for applications are as follows:
- Class 1: Saloon and Sports Cars prior to 31/12/1930
- Class 2: Saloon and Sports Cars 01/01/31 to 31/12/1946
- Class 3: Saloon and Sports Cars 01/01/47 to 31/12/61
- Class 4: Saloon and Sports Cars 01/01/61 to 31/12/73 up to 1499CC
- Class 5: Saloon and Sports Cars 01/01/61 to 31/12/73 above 1500CC
- Class 6: Sports Racing Cars 01/01/47 to 31/12/73
- Class 7: Single Seater Racing Cars prior to 31/12/65
- Class 8 Single Seater Racing cars 01/01/66 to 31/12/73
- Class 9a Single Marque – Porsche pre 1974
- Class 9b Single Marque – Triumph pre 1974
- Class 10: Invited class: 1974 – 1983 cars
Looking forward to seeing you there.
The primary aim of the Bo’ness Revival is to preserve the heritage of Scotland’s first purpose built Motor Sport venue, with Bo’ness holding a major, if unsung, role of Scotland’s and the UK’ s Motor Sport history. Most of the great names in Motor Sport have competed at Bo’ness, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Stirling Moss to name but a few. As the cost of staging the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb increases year on year the organising team are continually seeking ways to keep the Revival alive and viable. One of the ways we have helped achieve this aim is by promoting the Bo’ness Revival Classic side of the event, which has grown into one of the major events on the Scottish Classic Car scene. We do not make claims about the Revival as a whole being the most prestigious or biggest event in Scotland, however, we are Scotland’s only established combined genuine historic motor sport and classic car event which is all about giving enthusiastic owners the opportunity to use their cars, either in the Hillclimb or Classic, and be part of a friendly event with like-minded fellow enthusiasts.
Currently there are circa 250-members of the BHCR from all corners of the UK and we would like to expand membership and activities for those members who own Classic Cars. In addition to the benefits of being a member of the BHCR members of the Bo’ness Revival Classic Club receive,
- Free entry to the Bo’ness Revival Classic Club stand in the Showfield
- Entry to the Bo’ness Revival Classic Club Car of the Day Competition
- May and July Road Run and Blether meetings, providing there is sufficient interest
- Members Only” 2018 Windscreen Sticker
- Free spectator entry to the Revival Meetings on production of your Membership Card
- Membership of an MSA and SACU approved club with membership card
- A quarterly Newsletter available only to members and not available on the BHCR website.
- A copy of the annual full colour souvenir photo-book of the Revival Meeting
- 2 BHCR window stickers advertising the 2018 Revival meeting
- A reduction of £5 from the entry fee for each of the hill climbs (£10)
- The opportunity to assist the club up to and during the 2018 Revival Meeting
- Your Membership Fee helps to maintain, support and improve the oldest Scottish Motor Racing venue
Opinions vary as to the definition of a Classic Car, our definition is interpreted as generally any car produced over 20-years ago, together with modern sports cars.
It has become a tradition that members meet up at New Year at Kinneil and this will be our tenth Meet and Greet so please come along.
Nothing much is planned other than a chance to meet friends old and new for a blether. There will be the opportunity to walk the Hill and also to hear how plans are progressing for 2018. Also we plan to walk the line of the proposed return road if weather is permitting.
Please enter via the lower entrance under the railway – the competitors entrance for the Hill Climb. We will meet up in the paddock area at 13.00 hrs. 2nd Jan 2018
We hope to see you there
Hiding between all the cars at last weekend event were a team of 10 camera man, recording the racing and paddock atmosphere at the Bo ‘ness Hill Climb, and the Historic Car Show. From the hours of footage they have created a 1 Hour & 36 Minute program, that will be broadcast on Motors TV. It will include highlights from the two days racing and interviews from past Bo ‘ness drivers.
Get those video recorders [showing my age] programmed and re-live a fantastic weekend of historic racing and amazing classic cars. . uk.motorstv.com is available on SKY and freeview
The First schedule will b on:
Sunday 15th October at 1 pm.
Last year the program was repeated almost 14 times due to its popularity so keep an eye on the schedule if you cannot make this one, i am sure you will have plenty of opportunities to catch it.
Sky channel 447 and Virgin Media channel 545.
We have various options –
1 – bring your car and park FREE in Kinneil Estate – the car park is 25% bigger this year.
2 – bring your car to our Park and Ride and get a bus to the event FREE. Park and Ride is at Bo’ness Academy EH51 9AS.
3 – leave the car at home and get a train to Linlithgow and hitch a FREE ride on our Shuttle Bus to the event.
Please be aware the bus schedule is around 45 minutes turn around, which at busy times can be slightly longer.
The paddock will be open from 12pm on Friday for you early birds that want to drop off your cars without pressure of time restrictions. Security will be patrolling the paddock and site to keep an eye on things from Friday onward. It really helps the event run smoothly if we can get as many cars on site before the rush on Saturday morning.
For the ones that cannot make Friday then please have your car in place by 8am so the paddock is clear of trailers and excess traffic. Where possible support vehicles can be parked near your race car for those emergency repairs over the weekend.
Sign On: From 8.15
Scrutineering: from 8.15 in situ
Drivers Briefing: 9.00
Practice Starts: 9.15
Please give yourself enough time to walk the track as it is worth seeing where the new barriers and the location of the bails [so you can miss them 😉 ] Have a safe journey and we will see you bright and early
Spectator entry tickets are now available for purchase from our on-line shop. For the first time we have change the price of the ticket to reflect the activities on each day. As there are more classic cars on show on Sunday the prices are as follows:
Saturday early bird Sunday early bird
1 x ticket £10 1 x ticket £15
2 x ticket £15 2 x ticket £22.50
3 x ticket £20 3 x ticket £30
4 x ticket £25 4 x ticket £40
5 x ticket £30 5 x ticket £50
Tickets will be on sale until 29th August, Tickets Will be posted out day after purchase.
On the day tickets will be the full price of £10 on Saturday and £15 on Sunday with no bulk discounts
We are proud to announce that this year we have added a Park ‘n’ Ride service for spectators on the Sunday. We have kindly been given permission to use the Bo’ness academy’s car park. The service will run from 11.30am to 5.30pm on the Sunday with a bus shuttling between the Park ‘n’ Ride and the event. Barring traffic the Bus will be dropping off and picking up every half an hour, and as with all our carbon reducing features the service will be free.
Bo’ness academy is located at: Gauze Rd, Bo’ness EH51 9AS
Well that did not take very long, entries to the 2017 Bo’ness hill Climb are now Full. In fact we have stretched out the entries and squeezed a few more in due to the overwhelming interest.
However due to the nature of Classic cars breaking down from time to time, we are accepting names to be put on a reserve list in case anyone pulls out. Names like the entries will be held in the order they are received. So if you missed getting your entry in, please contact Alex Hazlewood for more information about the reserve list and how it work: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Biggar successfully completed his marathon mile trip round the coast of Scotland and finished with a gentle run up the Hill at Bo’ness and a photo session in front of Kinneil House. Alan gave us this report on his 1800 mile drive in his 1957 Morgan .
We had a great send off from the Stirling and District Classic Car Club annual show at Bridge of Allan and smooth run to Macduff. Day 2 started with the front nearside side light trying to fall off followed by a puncture on leaving Elgin. Front offside tyre destroyed, quick change and only 10 minutes late arriving at Dingwall Academy. Impossible to get a replacement spare tyre the correct size, so had to opt for a smaller tyre and tube. Fortunately no further punctures, if there had been matching tyres would have to have been fitted on the rear as Morgan has an LSD.
Ferries to Orkney and Shetland went smoothly, Alan had to arrange an emergency dental appointment in Lerwick! Then back to the mainland and long drive from Scrabster to Portree on Skye. While on Skye it became clear that the Kenlowe fan was not working correctly, so Simon Scott wired it so it was permanently on for the rest of the Drive, which was exactly another week.
A good journey down the Outer Hebrides in the rain, safe return to Oban and car running well on Islay and Jura, again wet on Jura. Looped round Kintyre Peninsula but no run up the Rest and Be Thankful Hillclimb courtesy of torrential rain! All well through Glasgow but car breaks down 20 miles short of Stranraer, fortunately sun shining and managed to coast to a halt in a lay-by on the other side of road. Hugh Brown and Brett, a domestic appliance electrical engineer sitting in his van, use an old bit of cable to connect the coil to the battery by the rear axle and car makes it to Hotel an hour late, Hugh turning the engine off from the passenger seat with a switch in the makeshift cable! Next morning electrical engineers in Stranraer find a spade connector has slipped off the rear of the battery isolation switch, all well again.
Afternoon of the second last day and engine will not start after refuelling at Hawick, push start required. Final morning in Eyemouth another push start, again at Duns, at Kinglass Fields in Bo’ness, at the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb and finally at the Inchyra Hotel. Despite all this the Drive ends on schedule, total driven miles being 1,812 taking the distance covered by the 4 Drives (2008, 2011, 2013 and 2017) to 10,412 open top Morgan miles for Teenage Cancer Trust. Oh yes, and one secret bit of information, the average age of the Drive Scotland team in 2017 was 65.2!
A huge thank you to all the sponsors/donors/supporters/helpers, the fund remains open for donations.
IGNITION 2017 – Scotland’s biggest automotive showcase – will celebrate all things motoring with a specially constructed street circuit giving fans the unique opportunity to get up close to the sights, sounds and smells of everything from rally, Historic Formula 1 and supercars to classic cars, motorbikes and more.
This year IGNITION will pay homage to Scotland’s rich rally heritage by uniting some of the sports’ most famous icons. Boasting an impressive nine World Rally Championships between them, legends Ari Vatanen, Miki Biasion, Juha Kankkunen, Stig Blomqvist and Markku Alen will bring their championship winning cars to the streets of Glasgow for an unmissable rally spectacle.
We are delighted to have teamed up with IGNITION to offer our members a discounted general admission ticket on any day of choice for just £21.50. To purchase your discounted ticket, simply follow the links below depending on what day you want to go and enter CCLUBS promotional code upon checkout!
With just 3-months to go to the Revival and 8-weeks to the final closing date for entry to the Bo’ness Classic it is good time for an update as to the current situation.
Club and Individual entries are now coming in at a steady rate so if you are considering entering the Classic please do not hold off for too long, as when the available spaces are filled the entry list shall be closed, even if that is prior to the noted closing date. We are on target to meet our maximum number of entrants, which is 400-cars in the Showfield on Sunday 3rd of September.
The Bo’ness Classic is a full weekend event, starting off on Saturday morning when the Bo’ness to Balmaha Road Run and Bo’ness Saltire Trophy depart from Bo’ness town centre from around 10.00. The Road Run is a gentle convoy type drive whereas the Saltire Trophy shall be an MSA sanctioned event, but without the requirement for a competition licence. The Trophy shall consist of a Road Book with Code Boards and other references to identify, Autotest type competitons and Regularity sections, it all promises to be an interesting concept with a wide range of competing cars spanning almost a century of motoring. Plans are well advanced for road closures in the town and when the expected 60 or so cars have departed there will be a Street Fayre event in the town centre. Due to Saturday being an active awayday there will not be as many cars on display in the Showfield at the Hillclimb track as there will be on Sunday, so please bear this in mind if you are specifically visiting the Classic on Saturday.
Sunday will be a busy day with the focus on the Arena which will see action by way of the ‘Carkhana’ competition, plus interviews and presentations all under the control of our knowledgeable MC’s. An interesting feature will be the final element of the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy, a Regularity drive up the Hillclimb track during the Hillclimb lunchbreak, which shall see some unlikely cars tackle the Bo’ness hill. There will be a wide array of cars on display on the various club stands, ranging from a Triumph TR3S which has competed at Le Mans on the TR Register stand, to the Jaguar Heritage Trust Jaguar XJ220 on the Jaguar Drivers Club Stand. Both the TR Register and Jaguar Drivers Club are involved with the Bo’ness Revival Classic in that they are sponsoring various activities and are hosting their Scottish national events under the umbrella of the Revival Classic. All of the trophies for the Bo’ness Revival Classic are generously being supplied by the TR Register and JDC and in addition both clubs are sponsoring their respective classes in the Revival Hillclimb..
The Bo’ness Revival is a truly unique event with the Bo’ness Hillclimb and the Bo’ness Classic running side by side and providing a range of interest for spectators and entrants alike.
If you would like to enter the Bo’ness Revival Classic, participate in the Bo’ness to Balmaha Road Run or enter the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy please contact Cliff McKinnon at email@example.com for any information and an entry form.
The Bo’ness Revival Classic
The action event for enthusiasts, organised by enthusiasts
We are now accepting entries for the 10th Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival.
Even though we have extended the paddock area to take more cars, we are expecting this to be the third year where entries outstrip the availability.
Applications can be made either by our online form or ‘old school’ via post. The supplementary reg’s and paper application can be found in our downloads section
We prefer all entries to be electronic so in case you want to pay by cheque we have added this option along with paypal, which can be chosen at checkout.
Online payments are taken via PayPal, or standard Visa/ Visa Debit/ Master Card
For online entries only we are offering one of the New 2017 T-shirts at a discounted rate of £10, simply select the option at the end of your entry application, and the item will be added to your total.