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A project to es­tab­lish a Scot­tish Mo­tor­sport Her­itage Cen­tre at the his­toric Rest and Be Thank­ful hill­climb and rally stage in Ar­gyll has been granted of­fi­cial char­i­ta­ble sta­tus.

The Scot­tish Char­ity Reg­u­la­tor OSCR has ap­proved the project, which would pay tribute to the Scot­tish mo­tor­sport he­roes past and present. The plan is for it to be lo­cated near the clas­sic hair­pin at the top of the Rest, an iconic mo­tor­sport lo­ca­tion for var­i­ous dis­ci­plines over the years.

The project is the brain­child of Dou­glas An­der­son, the Dundee man re­spon­si­ble for the re­turn of the Monte Carlo Rally to Scot­land in re­cent times. His vi­sion is that the cen­tre, on the dra­matic hill­side, would breathe new life into the pop­u­lar stop­ping point, bring­ing tourism spend and jobs to lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties as well as ac­knowl­edg­ing the Rest as one of the coun­try’s most im­por­tant mo­tor­sport lo­ca­tions.

Dis­cus­sions with of­fi­cials from Loch Lomond and the Trossachs Na­tional Park, VisitS­cot­land, The Forestry Com­mis­sion, Trans­port Scot­land, MSPs and the lo­cal coun­cil have all been pos­i­tive and now that of­fi­cial char­i­ta­ble sta­tus has been granted, the five trustees – all of whom have an in­volve­ment in mo­tor­sport – are look­ing to carry out a fea­si­bil­ity study and gen­er­ate fi­nan­cial back­ing.

Renowned busi­ness­man and mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­ast Boyd Tun­nock has al­ready made a sub­stan­tial do­na­tion to help get this ex­cit­ing project un­der­way.

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