Festival of speed roars in to Kincardine Castle

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By Craig Ranson

Managing Director – Bridge Classic Cars

The wait is finally over as Deeside’s first speed hillclimb course went to Kincardine Castle today; Sunday, August 21.

Kincardine Castle Hill Climb 2016

Kincardine Castle Hill Climb 2016

Four hundred cars took part, with 130 hillclimb cars and bikes, including the 1956 Ecurie Ecosse D-type Jaguar which has just won Car of the Day at the Ballater Week parade. Motorcycling legend and eight times Isle of Man TT winner Charlie Williams was also there on his 1974 Maxton Yamaha.

A broad cross-section of more than 60 static cars were displayed, including a Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari F50 and AC Le Mans Coupe, Colin Macrae’s MKII Ford Escort rally car, and the Charlie Bang slingshot dragster.

Eighteen car clubs with 240 cars attended, representing Ferrari, Ford, MG, Aston Martin and Subaru, to name a few. Tesla had a special display of their Model S electric luxury cars.

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Passenger rides on our off-roading courses come highly recommended. The Landrover experience offered a thrilling ride tackling the Rocky Road, the Toblerone and Willie’s Drop. A scenic off-road safari, run by the Buchan Off-Road Drivers Club.

The Clan BMX Stunt Team were there to take centre stage with their death-defying stunt shows throughout the day. And our festival marketplace in the walled garden showcased food, drink, crafts, beauty products and local businesses.

There were refreshments provided alongside the castle’s own pop-up cafe. For kids, a climbing tower, carousels and bouncy castles. The finale was the Westburn finance Soapbox Derby allowing gravity, along with a few twists and jumps, to prove that thrilling does not necessarily mean engine-powered.

The event supported the charities Children 1st, Help for Heroes and Mission Motorsport.

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