Thursday 18 May 2023

Hillclimb - King Kenny

The two day Speed Hillclimb at Doune this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, 20th and 21st May, is called the Kenny Allen Memorial Hillclimb in tribute to the racer we lost four years ago. It’s not a British Championship round this weekend, but the event has a varied entry of over 50 interesting cars including classes for roadgoing cars and modified sports cars, so if you fancy taking up the sport at an affordable level, come along and have a look.

Kenny Allen epitomised the sport of hillclimbing, fiercely competitive on track but approachable and friendly in the Paddock. Even when he ‘retired’ from motor racing, hillclimbing and sprinting, Kenny could be found at meetings competing in his roadgoing Lotus Elan. Once a racer, always a racer.

Mind you, he was known to keep dubious company at times and one of the attached photos shows him with some decidedly dodgy characters. One was a co-founder of Coltness Car Club while the other came from the far east – over two bridges and turn right! If you recognise them, then perhaps you kept dubious company too.

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