‘Fast Ladies’ Heading to Cultra

The Cultra Hillclimb in the North of Ireland is always an exciting and interesting festival of motorsport and the 2013 event is no exception.

GTR Turbo Graham Thompson

Graham Thompson was 2nd overall at Cultra in 2012 (thanks to Raceline Photography)


Although the event is not until the first weekend of June, competitors are signing up for the meeting, and the build-up is already beginning.

Our Ulster Correspondent Tony Gregory has put together a few words on some of the first confirmed entries:

Northern Ireland’s high octane garden party, Cultra Hill climb (Saturday 1st June 2013) will once again celebrate automotive birthdays and feature a principal theme. This year WOMEN in MOTORSPORT will be in the spotlight with The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club(NI) hoping to have a large contingent of female competitors from all disciplines of the sport on the startline and behind the scenes making the event happen.

With Ireland having such a rallying culture two of the “Fast Ladies” scheduled to appear will be the 1990 FIA Ladies World Rally Champion Louise Aitken Walker MBE and Irish legend Rosemary Smith who successfully campaigned her works Hillman Imp and won many class and ladies awards in all of the top international rallies during the sixties. Smith is one of a select band of ladies to win outright at international level, on the 1965 Dutch Tulip Rally, and followed that up with a win on the 1969  Cork 20 Rally, at home.

Given the rising profile and theme of the event the organisers are also delighted to be welcoming the BWRDC’s hillclimb champion Jo Hodgson who will be competing in her lightweight 26R Lotus Elan replica and joins the anticipated large field in competing for the inaugural Ladies Handicap Award.

Jo Hodgson Lotus Elan

Jo & Roger Hodgson will travel from Devon to Belfast with the Kings Mews Elan


The historic Cultra Manor again plays host to displays, which this year celebrate the Aston Martin Centenary and Porsche 911 Golden Anniversary. The spectator friendly 700 yard course is set in the parkland grounds of North Down’s Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. First run on the 6th May 1905, it is currently the World’s Oldest Active Speed Hillclimb.

Further information and updates visit www.uftm.com and www.tsccni.info

Thanks so much for this info Tony, we are especially pleased to hear that our Responsible Adult Jo Hodgson is heading over the water to play along with her family friend Rosemary Smith, and look forward to more updates as the event gets closer.

Crossle 9S

Crossle Cars are always a crowd please in Ulster (thanks to Raceline Photography)


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