ex-Tony Pond Metro 6R4 to star at Cultra!
June 13, 2014 by Tony Gregory
After making his Cultra Hillclimb debut in 2012 Stuart Biggerstaff will once again return to “Ulster’s Motoring Garden Party” to compete in one of rallying’s most iconic rally cars, his father’s MG Metro 6R4 No.1
The June 14th event is centred around the twisty 640m long Cultra Hillclimb course, which sits in the spectator friendly parkland grounds of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum North Down. First run on the 6th May 1905, it has now become the World’s Oldest Active Speed Hillclimb.
When Biggerstaff made his event debut in 2012 the 2010 NI Rally Champion gave one of the standout appearances of the day by taking 5th place overall, winning Class E for modified saloons and was the fastest rally car in a time of 34.16. The car was acquired in 1988 and records show that the upgraded chassis 00184, Reg No. A658 NJO is the first 6R4 built. No.1 was driven by Tony Pond and David Llewllyn in the Group B rallying period.
The car has an extensive competition history at the hands of Biggerstaff’s father Denis and was driven to British, Northern Ireland and Irish Rallycross Championship title wins and NI Hillclimb and Sprint Championships. The car still holds the Outright Record for the Spelga Hillclimb in the Mournes and in later years the car won two NI Rally Championships.
Organised by The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club NI, this year’s annual event will celebrate the theme of “Mini, Mods and Monsters”, evoking memories of the swinging sixties. The Edwardian Cultra Manor which sits in the middle of the course, again plays host to a vintage fair and prominent car displays, which this year celebrate the career of Paddy Hopkirk and his 1964 Monte Carlo win. An Autotest demonstration will showcase Hopkirk’s first motorsport activity.
This is the second year that the event has been over-subscribed for this non-championship competition with Johnson going head to head with 100 other like minded competitors and with over half the field in Modified Saloons, Sports Cars and half a dozen single-seaters, the Mods and Monsters are well represented.
Other activities will see local Crossle Racing Car Company host a preview event for a new book about its history, “Hidden Glory” written by Plum Tyndall and due for publication in the Autumn. In addition a group of Crossle sporting trials cars will give a demonstration of their highly specialised skills in the Glen behind the Manor.
For younger visitors to the Event and their parents, their will be an exhibition by the STEM Programme and displays by ‘Formula Student’, UUJ Racing and ‘F1 in Schools’ Team Nero.
Further event information can be found at www.tsccni.info and http://www.nmni.com/uftm