Cash drive for Rest motorsport centre
A CHARITABLE trust is to be formed to push forward plans for a £25 million Scottish National Motorsport Heritage Centre at the Rest and be Thankful.
A steering group has been guiding the plans for the project, unveiled in 2016, to create an underground centre to display cars and pay tribute to the Scottish motorsport heroes past and present.
It would be set into the hillside near the classic hairpin at the top of the Rest and would involve tunnelling hundreds of tons of rock.
An exhibition of the plans and a scale model of the centre opened at the Lighthouse arts and architectural centre in Glasgow last week and over the next two months the public are being asked for their comments.
The project is the brainchild of Douglas Anderson, the Dundee man responsible for the return of the Monte Carlo Rally to Scotland in recent years.
His vision is that the centre, set within the dramatic landscape, would breathe new life into the popular stopping place and bring tourism spend and jobs to local communities as well as acknowledge the Rest as one of the most important motorsport locations in Scotland.
‘The location of the proposed building at the Rest and Be Thankful, Argyll, has great significance in motorsport terms because of the famous hill climb races and international rallies,’ said Mr Anderson.
‘The idea is to mark that connection within a permanent exhibition space but the project itself is much more than that.
‘The building could be used by the local community for film, business and cultural events and there would also be retail and a restaurant area.’
The proposed building has been designed by architects Kennedy Twaddle Architectural Design to use the stunning vista at the summit of the glen – already a favourite stopping place.
The challenge now is to bolster support for the project and generate financial backing.
Douglas Anderson has big plans for the Rest and be Thankful.