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Classic Jaguar cars set for Cultra hillclimb

Historic ‘birthdays’ will be the theme for this year’s edition of the Cultra hillclimb.

Staged, appropriately, in the grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on the outskirts of Belfast, the event run by the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club will mark the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the iconic E-Type Jaguar.

Working in collaboration with the Jaguar Drivers and Jaguar Enthusiasts Clubs they are laying on a selection of classic Jaguar sports cars which will be on display at the re-furbished Cultra Manor.

This will include a C-Type similar to that which won the Le Mans 24 hour race on its debut away back in 1951. There will also be a re-enactment of the winning run by one of the most famous Ulster figures in the motor industry — Charles Hurst.

He drove a Belfast-built Chambers car to victory at Cultra exactly 100 years ago.

The June 4 event will also celebrate the 80th birthday of Holywood racing car constructor John Crossle.

It will reunite him with his 51-year-old Mk3 design which he drove to victory on its debut over the Kirkistown track back in April, 1960.

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The restored car — now an exhibit at the Transport Museum — will be joined by a time-line display of some of the greatest cars designed and built at the nearby Crossle factory.

But as well as the exhibition, there will be a competitive element to the day’s proceedings, too.

Historic and modern cars will compete together over the half-mile course which climbs through the scenic folk park just off the main Belfast to Bangor road at Holywood. It should be well worth seeing.

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