Scottish Hill Climb Championship 1974

There was a change to the cast for 1974 as Iain McLaren moved to circuit racing and the Mickels retired. After two years in the Ecosse-Imp, Doug Thomson bought the ex-Wheatcroft Racing GRD 273 and easily won the 1974 title with three wins from the first four rounds. Jim Campbell took over the Mickel's Brabham BT35 but could not keep up. Doug's younger brother Alan Thomson impressed in a Chevron B17 twin cam, Richard Courtney retained his Vixen VB1-Imp, and Ted Dzierzek kept his Hawke Atlantic, but the single-seater classes were smaller than in recent seasons.

Barrogill Angus again scored well in his 1-litre Special Saloon Shannon Imp and Jim Dryden actually won at Kinkell in the pouring rain in his 1.3-litre Longman Mini Cooper. That event was so wet that an Autocross Mini placed eighth. Norrie Galbraith also started to make his mark during 1974 in a Modsports Ginetta G15.

The races

23 Mar 1974 > Kinkell

26 May 1974 > Caithness Car Club Hill Climb at Rumster

30 Jun 1974 > Aberdeen & District MC Hill Climb at Fintray

11 Aug 1974 > Aberdeen & District MC Hill Climb at Fintray

25 Aug 1974 > Caithness Car Club Hill Climb at Rumster

06 Oct 1974 > Kinkell

1974 Scottish Hill Climb Championship table

1Doug Thomson(libre) 1.6-litre GRD 273 - Ford BDA400 pts 


Class structure for 1974 (probably!)

Special Saloons

Class 1: up to 1000cc

Class 1A: over 1000cc

Modified Sports Cars (i.e. 'Modsports')

Class 2: up to 1300cc

Class 3: 1301cc to 2000cc

Class 3A: over 2000cc

GT and Sports Racing Cars

Class 5: 1301cc to 1600cc

Class 6: over 1600cc

Single Seat Racing Cars

Class 7: up to 1100cc

Class 8: up to 1600cc

Class 9: over 1600cc

Road Cars

Class 11: up to 1300cc

Class 12: over 1300cc