Cash drive for Rest mo­tor­sport centre

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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