Caithness Car Club Hill Climb

Rumster, 26 Aug 1973

1 Richard Courtney (1100cc racing car) 1-litre Vixen VB1 - Imp
29.17s 1st in 1100cc racing car class
2 Iain McLaren (libre) 1.8-litre Brabham BT36 [10] - Cosworth FVC
(see note 1)
29.62s 1st in class
3 Doug Thomson (1100cc racing car) 1-litre Ecosse Imp - Imp
4 Kenny Allen (1100cc racing car) 1-litre Chevron B15 [F3-69-10] - Ford
(see note 2)
5 John Barr 1.6-litre Lotus 69 [71/69.1] - Ford BDA
(see note 3)
6 Harvey McCaig (1100cc racing car) 1-litre Vixen VB1 - Imp
7 Barrogill Angus (1.0 Spec Saloon) 1-litre Hillman Imp - Imp Shannon
Northern Motors (Thurso) (see note 4)
31.16s 1st in 1000cc Special Saloon class
8 Malcolm McQueen (Special Saloon) 1.3-litre Mini Cooper S - BMC
[Team Castrol]
31.62s 1st in class
9 Ricky Gauld (Special Saloon) 1.3-litre Mini Cooper S - BMC
10 Peter Chamberlain (1.0 Spec Saloon) 1-litre Hillman Imp - Imp
Munro's of Tain
31.74s 1000cc Special Saloon class
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT36 [10] (Iain McLaren): New to John Wingfield (London NW11) in September 1971 and raced in libre with a 1.7-litre Felday BDA. Raced in F2 in 1972 with Felday's 1973cc BDA and then converted to F/Atlantic specification for one race at the end of the season. Sold to Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) for 1973, fitted with a 1.8-litre Alan Smith Cosworth FVC and used for hillclimbs and libre. Advertised by MRE (Bourne End, Buckingham) in October/November 1973, who had a 1930cc Racing Services BDA in stock at the same time. Sold to Chris Choat and John Hardesty for 1974 and used in libre with a 2-litre Racing Services BDA. Retained for 1975 until sold in the summer to Nick Overall, still with the same RS BDA. To Mike Gue for 1976. Then to Ian Henderson who has retained the car.
  2. Chevron B15 [F3-69-10] (Kenny Allen): New to Natalie Goodwin's Goodwin Racing for Cyd Williams to race in European F3 from June 1969 onwards, replacing the team's well-used Brabham BT21B. Retained for early 1970 when it was raced by Williams and Ian Ashley, then sold to dealer Bobby Howlings. To Iain McLaren (Broxburn, Scotland) for 1971 and raced in Scottish hillclimbs in the 1300cc single seater class. To Kenny Allen and continued in Scottish hillclimbs in 1972 and 1973. Unknown after 1973 until advertised by Bobby Howlings' Cheshire Sports Cars Ltd as a rolling chassis in July 1975. The car was bought from Howlings by Simon Price (Shrewsbury), who kept it, unused, for 20 years until selling it to George Jack in June 1996. The car still had its 1000cc F3 engine and Hewland gearbox and Jack completely rebuilt the car. Jack then relocated to New Zealand in January 1988, taking the car with him, and won his class in the 1998/99 Thoroughbred & Classic Car Owners Club (TACCOC ) historic championship. He later fitted a 1500cc pre crossflow Ford engine, and then a Formula B Lotus twin cam and Hewland Mk 5.
  3. Lotus 69 [71/69.1] (John Barr): Number given in Lotus build record for the car sold to Chris Oates (Kimberley, Notts) for 1971 (an unusual number since it does not include a formula code, and this is not the same car as 71/69.1.FB which was sold in North America). Entered by Alida Else Racing Team for Oates in Formula Atlantic and libre racing in 1971. To Bernard Hunter (Edinburgh, Scotland) for libre and sprints in Scotland in 1972. To John Barr (Edinburgh, Scotland) and used in libre, sprints and hillclimbs in 1973 and 1974. To Bob Rollo (Prestonpans, Scotland) for libre racing in 1975 and 1976.
  4. Hillman Imp (Barrogill Angus): Barrogill Angus (Thurso, Scotland) raced a "Shannon Imp" in Scottish hillclimbs from 1972 to 1974, a Hillman Imp with Shannon-tuned 998cc Imp engine in the under 1000cc special saloon class. In 1973, the car was said to be ex-Tony Charnell (MN 21 Jun 1973 p28).


Note that the identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' published results.

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Individual sources for this event

MN 13 Sep 1973 p27. No report found in Autosport.