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Cultra hill climbers will celebrate Crossle's creations

 

By Sammy Hamill

The factory where the late John Crossle built his racing car dynasty is within hailing distance of the Cultra hill climb and there, on Saturday week, owners and drivers will pay homage to his creations.

The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club's annual hill climb in the grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum will celebrate 60 Years of Crossle Cars and is to feature the oldest version still in regular use in speed events.

It is the 4F Formula Junior of Derek Walker, which was John Crossle's first rear-engined design and is already back for a check over at the nearby Rory's Wood factory, where it was built in 1962.

The original 4F will be joined by 10 of its sister cars at the Ards & North Down Borough Council-supported hill climb, which will also celebrate a superb 50 Years of Formula Ford Racing.

Back in 1969, it was a 16F Crossle driven by Scot Gerry Birrell which won the inaugural European Formula Ford Championship and the day at Cultra will end with a dozen of these FF1600s contesting a shoot-out for a special trophy presented in memory of John Crossle, who died in 2014.

The hill climb, round five of the Millers Oil Northern Ireland Championship, has an over-subscribed entry list including a vintage/historic category which has entries as diverse as a Maserati 150S sports-racer, a couple of pre-WW2 Alfa Romeos, a Bugatti and the monstrous aero-engined Curtiss De-Dion racer of Ulster Vintage Car Club president Leslie Murray.

Alongside the hill climb competition, the TSCC/Folk Museum partnership provides a day out for both enthusiasts and families.

There will also be static and live action displays, craft workshops and the attendance of the STEM Mobile Exhibition for Schools.

The event on June 3 also sees the Irish launch of the innovative eRally electric rally car, prior to a planned championship for junior drivers in 2018.

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