Caithness Car Club Hill Climb

Rumster, 25 Aug 1974

1 Richard Courtney (1100cc racing car) 1-litre Vixen VB1 - Imp
30.08s 1st in class
2 Jim Campbell (1600cc racing car) 1.6-litre Brabham BT35 [44] - Ford BDA Hart
Team Castrol/John Young (see note 1)
31.24s 1st in class
3 Barrogill Angus (1.0 Spec Saloon) 1-litre Hillman Imp - Imp Shannon
(see note 2)
31.36s 1st in class
4 Norrie Galbraith (Modsports) 1-litre Ginetta G15 - Imp
31.40s 1st in class
5 Ricky Gauld Shannon Imp
6 Bill Donald (Special Saloon) 1-litre Hillman Imp
7 Bill Leith (1100cc racing car) 1.1-litre Ginetta G17 - Imp
8 Charlie Munro Vixen VB5
9 Bill Smith (1100cc racing car) 1.1-litre Ginetta G17 - Imp
10 Mike Bonar (Modsports) 1.6-litre Lotus Elan
Team Castrol
Qualifying information not available

Notes on the cars:

  1. Brabham BT35 [44] (Jim Campbell): Husband-and-wife hillclimbers Gray and Agnes Mickel (Glasgow, Scotland) bought a new Brabham BT35 for hillclimbs in 1972. It was fitted with a Hart twin-cam and first appeared at the Kinkell Braes hill climb in March 1972. Retained by the Mickels for 1973 and used in British and Scottish championship hillclimbs, acquiring a Hart BDA engine some time during that year. The car was advertised by the Mickels in November 1973 and was bought by Jim Campbell (Bothwell, Scotland) 1974 who raced it until 1978. It was then used by Chris Dowson (Pershore, Worcestershire) in hillclimbs in 1979 and 1980. Fred Edwards (Warboys, Cambridgeshire) bought it in 1985 and used it in Monoposto and HSCC events until 1991 but it was then unused until bought by David Irwin (Evergreen, Colorado) in 2001. Irwin still had it in 2004. It was restored by J&L restorations and had moved to Don Roose (Bainbridge Island, Washington) by 2005. Advertised by Roose in 2007. Sold to Allen Nicholas (California) in December 2009 and used in west coast historic events. Sold by Nicholas to Peter McLaughlin (New Hampshire) in December 2014 but not raced. Sold to David Smoker (South Australia) in April 2016.
  2. 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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