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Cultra Hill Climb
Saturday June 3, 2017, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Northern Ireland’s Prestigious Cultra Hillclimb will this year be celebrating 60 years of Crosslé Car Company and 50 years of Formula Ford with the theme of “Fast and Furious Ford.”
The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club has once again attracted a capacity entry of 100 cars for its A&NDBC supported hillclimb competition which is hosted in the parkland grounds of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum. One of the most diverse categories is the Vintage/Historic category with entries including an exotic 1956 Maserati 150S sports-racer which marks the first appearance of an historic Maserati at Cultra. A couple of Pre-WW2 Alfa Romeos, a Bugatti and the monstrous aero-engined Curtiss De-Dion racer of Ulster Vintage Car Club President, Leslie Murray are stand-outs amongst the categories 10 strong entries.
As usual the competitive action on the hill will be complimented by demonstrations and displays. Highlights of the day include a parade of “Fast Fords” and Crosslés. The later comprises of the two oldest an Mk3/No1 and 4F, to the newest 90F and a FIA Historic spec 9S-BMW.
One of Northern Ireland’s most talented circuit racing exports Wayne Boyd, will be taking a weekend off from his European Le Mans campaign where he drives a Nissan powered Ligier JS P3 sportcar, for British based United Autosports. He will be demonstrating a Crossle 47S, which has been kindly loaned by Paul Conn, a regular historic competitor himself. The same car was also demonstrated by Dungannon’s WRC contender Kris Meeke when he visited the event in 2010.
The Formula Ford category is very much in Boyd’s racing DNA as his career highlights include being twice winner of the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival, WHT, 2008 British FF Champion and 2007 Northern Irish FF1600 Champion.
The event is also delighted to be hosting the Irish Launch of eRally, which is an innovative electric rally car and will compliment the attendance of the STEM Mobile Exhibition for Schools and GO Motorsport.
Cultra’s unique end of day ‘Shoot-Out’ will be celebrating 50 years of the Formula Ford racing category, in which a dozen of these FF cars will contest a trophy “In Memory of John Crosslé”, who was one of the category’s most successful constructors. The line-up includes a 1984 Mondiale from the now closed Bangor manufacturer of the same name and the Crosslé 16F driven by Gerry Birrel, which won the inaugural European Formula Ford Championships in 1969.
Cultra Hillclimb, Saturday June 3rd, Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Cultra, Holywood BT18 OE U, Northern Ireland. Starts at 10.00Hrs. Admission Adult £11 Child £6 Family £29. Web info www.tsccni.info www.nmni.com
RMS Forum CommentsLooking forward to it. First time in many years I will actually be in the country and not working during it! What time does this usually start and end? Any advice on where to park & watch from??| What time does this usually start and end? Any advice on where to park & watch from??
First runs maybe around 10ish, and it's in the grounds of the Manor House of the folk museum. So you need to pay in to park and watch. Got my scooby on show at this tomo. Early start in the morning to get it cleaned! For the £11 entry its still not worth i thought theyd maybe build on past years but nope not even an ice cream van ffs Price is certainly steep for what it is. We were there by invite so got in for free lol 10 years and I've yet to pay to get into Cultra. Get there before 9 and gates are open to walk straight up the drive. Always but food and stuff to support them so I'm not a complete cheap skate lol Aye but would be the longest day ever being there from 9..happy to pay I just think there is far more potential to it and had hoped they'd maybe done more each year but nope Totally agree. Very limited once your in. Alot of the competitors had the right idea, disposable BBQs and a cool bag!| 10 years and I've yet to pay to get into Cultra. Get there before 9 and gates are open to walk straight up the drive. Always but food and stuff to support them so I'm not a complete cheap skate lol
Id rather pay than be there from 9 lol we went about half 12 and still managed to do the whole folk museum too and back to watch last of the cars for half an hour