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Historic cars in spotlight

By Sammy Hamill

One of the most historic Ulster-designed cars is to feature at this year’s Cultra hillclimb.

The Ferguson P99 is coming home for the June 2 event which will be staged in the grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum at Cultra.

Developed by the legendary Co Down engineer Harry Ferguson, it is the only four-wheel-drive car to have won a Formula One race, Stirling Moss steering it to victory in the 1961 Gold Cup at Oulton Park. It will be driven at Cultra by Stuart Rolt, chairman of the British Racing Drivers’ Club.

Another of Ulster’s great engineers, Rex McCandless, will also be in the spotlight at Thoroughbred Sports Car Club event which was first staged in 1905 at the same venue and is said to be oldest active hillclimb in the United Kingdom. A McCandless racing car, which is housed at the museum, will be on show along with the McCandless ‘Mule’, a four-wheel-drive military prototype.

TSCC President William Heaney, who is co-ordinating the event, said: “This is a unique opportunity to bring both the Ferguson and McCandless inspired cars together in such an appropriate setting.”

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