Ma­jor mo­tor­sport her­itage cen­tre planned for Rest and Be Thank­ful

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A new trust has been set up to over­see a £25 mil­lion scheme to cre­ate a her­itage cen­tre at the Rest and Be Thank­ful hill climb and rally stage.

The group cham­pi­oning the am­bi­tious project hopes to see the cre­ation of an un­der­ground cen­tre at the his­toric Ar­gyll moun­tain pass to dis­play cars, pay­ing trib­ute to Scot­tish mo­tor­sport heroes past and present.

The project is the brain­child of Dou­glas An­der­son, the Dundee-based his­toric mo­tor­ing en­thu­si­ast re­spon­si­ble for the re­turn of the Monte Carlo Rally to Scot­land. His vi­sion is to 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.

He says: ‘It was seen as the ul­ti­mate test for driv­ers be­cause of the steep­ness and con­di­tions and many greats like Jackie Ste­wart raced there. It is there­fore the ideal place to cel­e­brate Scot­land’s im­pres­sive mo­tor­sport her­itage.

‘ The idea is to mark that connection within a per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion space but the project it­self is much more than that. The build­ing would be a multi-use fa­cil­ity which could be used by the lo­cal com­mu­nity for film, busi­ness and cul­tural events and there would also be re­tail and a restau­rant area.’

For­mer Bri­tish Rally Cham­pion, fa­ther of World Rally Cham­pion Colin, and record holder for the fastest run on the rally stage, Jimmy McRae, says: ‘It’s known around the world as one of the clas­sic rally stages and is renowned by driv­ers and mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­asts alike. This project is a tremen­dous ini­tia­tive which would ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tant part Scot­land has played in in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­sport over many years.’

Dou­glas adds: ‘ The chal­lenge now is to bol­ster sup­port for the project and gen­er­ate fi­nan­cial back­ing.’ More de­tails can be found on­line. the­light­­hi­bi­tion/rest-and-be-thank­ful-her­itage-project

An artist’s im­pres­sion of how the £25 mil­lion com­plex could look.

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