Minis, Mods & Monsters!

Looking forward to the new season, it is great to receive some news regarding the plans of one of the biggest events on the Western side of the Irish Sea in 2014.

Belga MG Metro 6R4

Belga MG Metro 6R4 on static display at Cultra  (thanks to Reinis Babrovskisr).


Our Ulster Correspondent Tony Gregory has very kindly sent us some info on the 2014 Cultra Hillclimb event, which is held near Holywood, Country Down, very close to Belfast.

Cultra Hillclimb was first run on 6th May 1905 by the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club during a ‘motormeet’ at the estate of Sir Robert Kennedy, now the site of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.

Excepting the ‘Great War Years’, the event ran until 1929 and then moved out of Cultra to become Croft Hillclimb, Holywood from 1930. This later event still runs today as the opening round of the ‘Millers Oils’ ANICC Hillclimb Championship.

The TSCC first revived Cultra in April 2000, establishing its as the Worlds’ Oldest Active Speed Hillclimb and ran a series of eight hillclimb competitions up until 2005. Following major infrastructure work in the Museum, they then revived it for a second time in 2010 for a planned series of ‘Themed Events’ in closer association with the Folk and Transport Museum, putting on more of a ‘Show’.

It has been announced that Minis, Mods and Monsters will be the overall theme for this years Cultra Hillclimb Event 2014, evoking memories of the swinging sixties as well as spectacular recent machinery.

Leslie King KVA GT40

Leslie King attacks the hill with his KVA GT40 (thanks to Reinis Babrovskisr).

The event is located within the grounds of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum, Holywood, Northern Ireland and will be held on Saturday June 14th 2014. The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club (NI) will again run the 109 year-old hillclimb to their club championship regulations, live demo’s and static displays outside the historic Cultra Manor will complement the high-speed action to create “Ulster’s Motoring Garden Party”.

The Worlds’ Oldest Active Speed Hillclimb is 640m long, climbing almost 60m past the Edwardian Manor, with no straight longer than 45m. Ten classes, including one for ladies will cater for hillclimb eligible cars of all ages and types, typically spanning ten decades. Selected on the basis of historic importance and variety, competitors are given two practice runs and three official timed runs.

The North Down Borough Council (Tourism) supported competition will be restricted to 100 entries with the organiser’s particularly keen to attract cars from the 1950’s and 60’s with deals available for competitors wishing to visit from the UK mainland and overseas.

Adrian Mullholland Ford Escort

Adrian Mullholland on the hill in his cracking Mark 1 (thanks to Reinis Babrovskisr).



Crossle at Cultra.

Holywood based Crossle Car Company and enthusiastic supporter will this year use the elegant backdrop of Cultra Manor for the launch of a long-awaited book on the story of this iconic company, with special guests from the world of motorsport.

Specific feature attractions will be announced as they are confirmed through and Enquires contact,

Thanks so much for this info Tony, hopefully a few more mainland competitors and spectators will be persuaded to join you again!

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