Cultra 2013

255408_325733037507004_201691167_n Cultra 2013 DSC_0010s Hill6Northern Ireland’s high octane garden party, Cultra Hill climb (Saturday June 1st 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 Cork20 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.

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 May1905, it is currently the World’s Oldest Active Speed Hillclimb.

Promotional video prepared by the nmni here.

Photos and videos of some previous events can be enjoyed here.

Cultra Hill Climb Background and Information;

On May 6th 1905, the gentlemen of the Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club, Cultra gathered at the estate of Mr. Robert Kennedy for a motoring hillclimb event, on a circular course, in the grounds. It became an annual feature of the RNIYC season until the outbreak of the First World War. Between 1920 and 1930 it was run over various courses in the Cultra and Craigavad areas. In 1931 the Cultra Hill-Climb moved to the Creighton’s Green Road nearer Holywood and was renamed Croft Hillclimb, which was “gifted” to the TSCC in 1989 thereby establishing the link
between the Club and the Hillclimb. The Kennedy estate was subsequently gifted to the Nation and became the site of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum. These facts gleaned from the archives of the Co.Down Spectator and other sources gave us the evidence that, with the revival of this event on 1st April 2000, we became the oldest active hillclimb venue in the World. In 2003 Cultra Hillclimb provided the competitive speed element for the UVCC Ards TT 75th Anniversary Celebrations and in 2005 became the first event to celebrate a centenary at its’ original venue.

We hope to see you all there which promises to be a fantastic day out for the whole family.