Saturday, August 25, 2018

This September, the hills are alive with……

The sound of competition cars in various speed and rally events.  These events are looking for your support:

Bo’ness Hill Climb 1 & 2 September
This year’s event will take place on the Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September. As is always the case the event can’t run without the help of marshals and if you can help your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

The Hill Climb Revival caters for pre-1980 cars and the entry list usually includes a wide variety of sports cars, saloons and single seaters dating from the 1920’s onwards. The confirmed entries have reached the maximum capacity of 120 and reserve entries are being taken; the entries can be viewed via the following link

The hill is short but narrow with a variety of interesting corners. In addition to the Hill Climb both days feature demonstration runs and a classic car show. More details about the hill, this year’s activities and previous events can be found at the club’s website

As is usual each day will be an individual event with 2 practise runs and 2 timed runs. Sign on will be at 7:45, at hill control in the main paddock, with a briefing at 8:00 and then on post for a 8:30 start. All things going well each day will finish sometime around 5. Marshalling numbers permitting I will try to ensure that we change posts over the 2 days, so hopefully everyone will see the sun (or get less shelter from the rain) over the 2 days. Marshals will be provided with vouchers for a burger at lunchtime.

I appreciate that many of SMMC’s members may not be familiar with Bo’ness or speed events. There are a wide range of duties that can be undertaken on post, in the paddock and in the holding paddock; if you have not been to speed event before, or in recent years, we will make sure that you are given guidance and supervision. If you are from a rally background, the cars are timed against the clock and the hill is narrow and twisty; just like a good tarmac rally stage. If you are from a race background the skills required by the drivers are the same as those required to set a good qualifying time; many of the cars will be familiar to those who remember Ingliston in the 70’s and 80’s. If you are from a speed background the whole weekend will bring back memories of Doune in the 70’s and 80’s. In short there’s something for everyone!

If you wish to marshal one or both of the days, or want some more details about the event, please let me know by replying to

I hope to see you in September.


Graeme King
Chief Marshal
Bo’ness Hill Climb 2018

Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally – 8 September
The final round of the ARR Craib MSA Scottish Rally Championship, the Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally, is being held on Saturday 8 September.  With the Championship still up for grabs, you can look forward to a good days sport.

Based in Castle Douglas, the event uses stages in and around the New Galloway Forest Park that featured earlier in the year in the BBC TV series ‘The Forest’.  This is your chance to come and see the countryside first hand.

Marshals are required for a variety of roles including on-stage, spectator control, timing and to assist in the service area.  Anyone interested should contact the event Chief Marshal, Allan Edmondson ( It doesn’t matter your experience.  If you are new to the sport Allan will make sure you are buddied up with someone who is experienced. 

Radio Operators are also still required.  Garry Headridge ( will be pleased to hear from you if you can assist.

We can’t guarantee the weather but we can guarantee a warm welcome.

Doune Hill Climb – 15 & 16 September
Firstly thanks for reading this email, I know many of you will be like me and delete a lot before opening them so to have got you this far I must be doing something right!

I have to thank also those who came along to help out in June, fortunately the event was a bit quieter than the April one but the incidents still caused a few delays. Let’s hope the drivers can keep the cars on the track and the oil in the correct place in September, they have had plenty of time to practise doing so this year!

This is my usual rallying call for support.   I hope that you will be willing and able to come along on the 15th and 16th of September either to help out again at Doune or to try marshalling on the hill for the first time. Don’t worry if it is your first time – we will keep you right.

Please report to the hill start area by 07.45.  There will be a Marshals Briefing at 08:10 on both days, with practice runs planned to start at 09:00.

As is usual now, there will be a contribution of £15 towards your travel and food expenses each day you attend but as there is no entertainment planned for the Saturday evening, I don't believe there will be any marquees to sit in during the lunch break or any lunch laid on for that matter. The snack bar will still be there for your early morning rolls, coffee and lunches.

If you are available to help out either or both days, can you please let me know by the 9th September.  I'll be away from the 1st to the 7th so there may not be a same day response to emails that week.

Again thank you all for your support so far this year, I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible in September.

Kind Regards
Alastair Gray
LCC Doune Hillclimb Chief Marshal
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