Inglis­ton Re­vival

Com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment, a date change – and ex­cit­ing en­tries – bring fresh pace to rac­ing re­vival

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week - David Mil­loy

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.

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