The oldest Crosslé racing car currently in regular competition arrived at its’ Holywood birthplace last week and ran once more at Kirkistown at the weekend, in a Test Session. The 1962 4F Formula Junior of Derek Walker was John Crosslé’s first rear-engined design. These cars were also available in 1172 Formula specification and were the first Crosslé to carry the iconic Digit/F-Suffix that continues to be used to this day, for the marque’s single-seater race cars.
The car is here for the “60 Years of Crosslé racing cars” celebrations at Cultra Hillclimb in the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on Saturday 3rd June, where it will be joined by ten of its siblings in the Ards & North Down Council supported annual speed hillclimb competition. The Thoroughbred Sports Car Club hillclimb organisers have once again attracted a capacity entry of 100 for the event, with a further 20 hopefuls now on the Reserve List. The Vintage/Historic category of the event has entries from such diverse exotica 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.
Cultra 2017 will also celebrate 50 years of the Formula Ford racing category with an end of day ‘Shoot-Out’, in which a dozen of these FF cars will contest a trophy “In Memory of John Crosslé”, who was one of the category’s most successful constructors. A Crosslé 16F driven by Gerry Birrel won the inaugural European Formula Ford Championships in 1969. The Shoot-Out line-up includes a 1984 Mondiale from the short-lived Bangor manufacturer of the same name.
Alongside the hillclimb competition the TSCC/UFTM partnership provide a day out for both enthusiasts and families with static and live action displays, craft workshops by Museum artisans and the attendance of the STEM Mobile Exhibition for Schools. The event see the Irish Launch of the innovative eRally electric rally car, prior to a planned championship for Junior Rally Drivers in 2018. There will be a display reflecting Crosslé’s 60 year history and a Time Line representing the 2017 Event Theme of “Fast & Furious Fords”. Ards & North Down Borough Council Mayor, Alderman Deborah Girvan, will presents the awards to the hillclimb winners at 4.45pm at Cultra Manor.
More about Cultra Hillclimb Event here.