Major motorsport heritage centre planned for Rest and Be Thankful
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. thelighthouse.co.uk/visit/exhibition/rest-and-be-thankful-heritage-project
An artist’s impression of how the £25 million complex could look.