Saturday 4 September 2021

Hillclimb - Star Driver

From a purely personal point of view the highlight of today's Cask 88 Bo'ness Revival hillclimb meeting at Forrestburn was Colin McLachlan's spirited drive of his Austin 7, aka the 'Moose'.  

It would be fair to say that Colin's day of blawin' oot candles on his 21st birthday is long gone and he is highly unlikely to be signed up by Motorsport UK's Young Driver programme for their Academy of Talent, but by goad he was flinging that wee thing up the hill like a bumblebee that had been feeding on cannabis nectar.

Even when the rain came on and the wee Austin was skitterin' aboot on its skinny tyres on a wet track, he was every bit as quick. Just one speed - Flat oot!

And if you look closely at the front end of the Moose, that's not rust on the transverse spring. According to Colin that is "Patina".

A rerr terr indeed, and worth the trip just to see it and hear it, never mind the rest of the motley crew who completed a grand day out.


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