Cars line up at Kames ready for the series of testsLinda Telford guides Jock round the testsThe Douglas / Muir Triumph 2500TC working out which way next
Jamieson Viva leans out for the turn
Gould / Fotheringham Frogeye Sprite keep it tight in the turn
Gemmel Sierra slows for finish line.Video of James Meggat Car No 7 driving the tests at Kames
Jock's Run - 24 May
Story - Douglas Anderson. Pictures - Robert Smith, David Fotheringham
Jock with his ever faithful MG Midget
Millar was joined by 24 crews on Jock’s Run to celebrate his long
career in motor sport and his contribution to Forrestburn hillclimb and
Kames Sprint circuit. The event combined a ‘run up’
the Monklands Sporting Car Club’s hillclimb at Forrestburn,
followed by a tulip roadbook tour through some of the most scenic roads
linking Forrestburn and East Ayrshire Car Club’s home at Kames,
then production car autotests on the circuit.
Gathering at Forrestburn. Who entered the fork lift truck then?
‘signing on’ at Harthill Services on the M8, the cars made
their way over to Forrestburn where, under the watchful eye of Gordon
“Robbie” McRobbie, ably assisted by Ian Paterson and Janet
Garner, they lined up to take a ‘gentle drive’ up the
Lineup at KamesFortunately the weather was fair and sunny, if not
very warm, and the hardy crews followed tradition by having their hoods
down. It was great to see the classics lined up waiting to start
their run – there were even a couple of anglers spectating.
run down to Ayrshire took the scenic route through the picturesque
rural scenery along some of the quieter roads in that part of the
world. There were some challenging bends as well as more open
sections which allowed the driver and navigator the opportunity to take
in the views.
On reaching Kames, Chaz Marshman, clerk of the
course, got everyone organised. Ian and Catherine Higgins carried
out the mandatory sound checks on those who were competing and they
were off. It is the practice at Kames that competitors have two
goes at the tests and their slowest time is dropped and the results
showed that some drivers got it right first time, posting very similar
results on both runs. Some however had the opportunity to improve
on their second run and they did, with some spectacular successes.
the calculations were completed, the fastest time of the day was Stan
and Deirdre Bernard in their Porsche. Second was Ian and Louise
Gemmell in a Sierra Cosworth, pipping James Meggat and Robert Spencer
into third place in the Chrysler Sunbeam by just one second.
of the event was awarded to Andrew and Steven Jamieson in their 1966
Vauxhall Viva and Spirit of the Event went to Sue Gould in a 1961
Austin Healy Frogeye Sprite, competing in her very first production car
autotest, posting very respectable times with no penalties. Sue
has been bitten by the bug and has promised to be back again.
Jock Millar was presented with a framed copy of the event poster.
Brian Telfer paid tribute to Jock stating that over the years he has
been an inspiration to many people, and telling one or two humorous
stories about Jock. For once Jock was speechless.
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Updated 1 June 2015