Competitive element, a date change – and exciting entries – bring fresh pace to racing revival
Reliving the glory days of the Edinburgh motor racing circuit, the Ingliston Revival – which made its debut in 2015 – has benefitted from a move from September to May.
Once again the challenging, tight track – which had officially closed in 1994 after hosting three decades of racing – echoed to the sound of powerful cars negotiating the twisting circuit, which is just over a mile long and has an abundance of trees and other hazards for drivers to watch out for.
A competitive element was also added this year in the form of a series of timed sprints. These were run over a portion of the former circuit and attracted a strong and diverse entry list, which included Jamie McIntyre in his striking 1964 Iso Grifo A3C and BTCC legend John Cleland at the helm of a Ford GT40.
The track also played host to a variety of demonstration runs and an entertaining Italian Job- themed stunt show performed by Paul Swift and his team.
Other attractions included the Revival Cinema, which ran a selection of much-loved motoring films, live music throughout the weekend (performed on a pop-up stage fashioned out of a classic Airstream travel trailer), a vintage fun fair, interactive motor sport zone and retail village. There was also a small but interesting display of classic cars that included a concours-winning Citroën DS, a pristine Jaguar XK150 and a Bond Bug with a bluetooth stereo that only plays tracks from the 1970s!
The Ingliston Revival is already scheduled to return on 12-13 May next year.
Keiron Baillie’s Lotus Seven S3 got into a tank-slapper exiting the hairpin and impacted with the safety barrier. He was able to drive the car back to the paddock. This particular EcosseRover, affectionately known as ‘Reggie’, was a key part of Ecurie Ecosse’s Group C team.