We’re delighted and very proud to reveal the Bo’ness Hillclimb 14th Revival Commemorative Bottling from our sponsor Cask 88. The limited edition bottle is a 14-year old Croftengea Single Cask malt and only 100 bottles will be available.
Back in 2007, as the plans for the first Bo’ness Revival were getting underway, this spirit was distilled, and filled into a refill Bourbon Hogshead (#254), at Loch Lomond distillery in Alexandria. After 14 years of maturation, this peated variant of the distillery’s usual produce has developed notes of sweet buttered popcorn, the scent of an open fire, and herbaceous notes, which come together to form a well-rounded Highland dram.
If you take a look at the label, you’ll get strong notes of Castrol R and Austin 7 from the unique Moose Special, driven by Colin McLachlan at Bo’ness. Each bottle costs £97 and is an instant collector’s item, though we can also recommend tasting the contents.
Cask 88 is the sponsor of the Bo’ness Revival and is a whisky cask specialist that offers buyers the opportunity to select, purchase, label and package their own exclusive whisky drawn from the finest Scottish whisky casks. The company founders have been trading collectible single malt since 1987 and opened the Asia office in 2013; now Cask 88 offers a wide selection of old and rare casks from world-renowned distilleries, and provides end-to-end care that includes cask procurement and storage, bespoke packaging design and bottling services. An extensive inventory and expansive global network provide an unparalleled selection of fine whiskies, which attracts a wide clientele from London, Hong Kong and Beijing to New York.
Entries to the 2021 Bo’ness Revival are now open and there are classes to suit all types of classic car.
The 2021 event will be held at Forrestburn Speed Hill Climb due to Covid restrictions making it not viable to hold the Revival at its traditional home on the Kinneil Estate. Our thanks go to the Monklands Sporting Car Club for the help with organising this year’s event.
However, the spirit of Bo’ness will be just as strong as ever with a wide range of classes and cars competing on the 1030-metre course with a maximum gradient of 1-in-4.
Demand is strong for entries to the 2021 Bo’ness Revival, so entry early to avoid disappointment. Entries are via the Bo’ness Revival website
VENUE CHANGE FOR 2021
The 2021 Bo’ness Revival will take place at the Forrestburn Speed Hill Climb near Harthill. It will be held on a date yet to be confirmed but we hope to keep the original date of 4th-5th September 2021
The change in venue away from Bo’ness’ historic home at the Kinneil Estate is due to the ongoing difficulties presented by Covid-19 restrictions. With the cost of holding an event at Kinneil too onerous for the BHCR, the committee decided to look at alternative venues rather than cancel again in 2021.
After friendly discussions with the Monklands Sporting Car Club, it has been agreed to run a classics-only event at Forrestburn under the Bo’ness banner. The hillclimb will give competitors the chance to enjoy their cars in a competitive environment at one of Scotland’s best hillclimb tracks.
Due to ongoing concerns about Covid-19, the event will be open only to entrants, with no spectators to ensure the safety of all attending.
We are determined as long as restrictions allow to make sure this event goes ahead. If you have not raced at Monklands before you are in for a real treat.
Further information will be confirmed as soon as we have it and entries will open as soon as possible.
The track layout was designed by the original MSCC committee members (Marion and Brian Hopkins, Stephen Kay, Gordon McRobbie and Willie Miller) with assistance from Derek Ongaro of the RAC MSA, former Scottish Hill Climb Champion Kenny Allan with advice from many others on safety and marshal requirements.
The track is 1030 metres in length rising from 221m to 246m AOD with a maximum gradient of 1:4.
The track has been used as a film set on a number of occasions, including the 39 Steps (2008) in which Forrestburn supplemented other Scottish locations.
We are now accepting memberships for 2021. The membership fee is £30 for 2021. Forms can be downloaded for members renewing and for enthusiasts who would like to join BHCR. Renewal forms have been sent out to all members but you can download the attached form now to renew your membership or join the club.
For those with computers payments can now 0be made via the website. Payments are taken by paypal
Online membership form
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
- Members monthly meetup Blether meetings, providing there is sufficient interest and no Covid restrictions.
- Membership of an MSA and SACU approved club with membership card
- A Monthly Newsletter available only to members and not available on the BHCR website (distributed by email)
- 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 2021 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.
After a lot of discussion and soul-searching, it’s with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel the 2020 Bo’ness Revival and Classic. In light of Motorsport UK cancelling all events until at least the end of June, we are unable to plan an event that takes many months to organise to make it as successful and safe as possible for competitors, entrants, marshals, organisers and visitors. We hope you understand and everyone involved with the Revival is humbled by the support you have shown throughout this situation that none of us could have predicted.
We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors who have been unstinting in their support for the Revival and without whom we simply couldn’t run the event.
We will be refunding entry fees to those who have already paid for the Classic. Any Hillclimb competitor can also be refunded, defer their entry to 2021 or gift their entry fee to the club, we wil lbe in touch about this in the near future,
However, this is far from the end of the Revival and Bo’ness Hill Climb Revival Club. We are already looking to the 2021 event and how we can make it the best Revival yet. Much of the planning that has gone into this year’s event will be carried over and we have plenty of other ideas too.
We will continue with our regular Facebook posts celebrating the great drivers, cars and people of past Revivals. Kenny Baird has plenty more of his history of Bo’ness Hillclimb to come and we also have our virtual Breakfast Club meeting this Sunday from 10am right here on the Bo’ness Revival Facebook page. Make sure you drop by with a cuppa, bacon roll and ready to chat about all things classic and hillclimb.
There are also other events we have planned for later in the year that we’ll keep you up to speed on as and when the unfolding situation allows.
In the meantime, all of us at the Bo’ness Revival ask that you stay safe, keep well and we send our best wishes. We look forward to seeing you all again in good health and cheer very soon.