Saturday 20 May 2023

Hillclimb - A Day out

Perhaps the best thing about this weekend’s Kenny Allen Memorial Hillclimb at Doune was the craic. The two day event was neither a counter in the Scottish or the British Hillclimb Championships so it had more of a ‘club’ atmosphere. Folk were there for the fun and the sporting pleasure. No pressure and no tantrums. Between climbs, competitors milled and mooched about from one pit to the next chatting away to anyone who couldn’t escape.

There was a goodly smattering of other interested parties there too. With no F1 on the telly and no rallies to go to, some spectators were just looking for an excuse to get out of the house or away from the garden. There were even some rally drivers and ex rally drivers there just for the craic. Kenny would have been in his element in such a gathering.

Despite the absence of the ‘big bangers’ in the various championships there were some interesting entries with the Austin Sevens providing the best spectacle, as ever.

And it wasn’t just the sights, it was the sounds. On a personal note the best music was produced by John Welsh’s Tornado Ford GT40, Garry Dickson’s 2 litre Twin Cam Ford Cortina Mk1 and Jim Johnstone’s Triumph TR6.

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