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Motors past and present are heading to Cultra party

By Sammy Hamill

The historic Cultra Hillclimb celebrates its 110th birthday this year and again recognises its heritage with a 'Road to Recovery' theme.

Believed to be the oldest active hillclimb in the world, it was originally organised by Royal North of Ireland Yacht Club members and first run in the grounds of Cultra Manor on May 6, 1905.

Now run by the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club NI in a unique partnership with the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum which allows Cultra Manor near Holywood to be the centrepiece of the event, the June 13 meet will feature cars with a motoring history which have been restored to their former glory.

It will, of course, be a round of the Millers Oils Northern Ireland championship which is currently being led by champion Graham Thompson from his close rival Seamus Morris.

But alongside the competitive action on the hill, spectators will be able to enjoy special demonstration runs by, among others, a fleet of MK2 Ford Escorts to celebrate the 40th anniversary of a car synonymous with rallying in Northern Ireland.

There will also be a B1 Chevron to celebrate the first of the manufacturer's cars which made its winning debut at Kirkistown 50 years ago as well as a European Championship Chevron B26 and Irish racing legend Tommy Reid's F2 car.

Budding mechanics, navigators and drivers of the future can visit the STEM truck (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), the student team from Ulster University Jordanstown Racing and F1 in Schools to learn the ropes, and the hillclimb team from University of South Wales, Swansea will also be making the trip to Northern Ireland for the day.

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