Thursday 21st August from 9.30am to 11am
With just over a week to go until the Homecoming Scotland-backed Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship meeting at Knockhill Racing Circuit, Scotland’s National Motor Sport Centre, plans are all set for an amazing pre-event parade of race cars over the iconic Forth Road Bridge. Jim Clark 50th Anniversary and British Touring Cars Parade over the Forth Road Bridge - Thursday 21st August at 11am It’s the 50th Anniversary of Jim Clark winning the BTCC title and to celebrate this and the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Forth Road Bridge, Knockhill is working with the organisers of the Forth Bridges Festival 2014. As part of the on-going Birthday celebrations, a Parade of six of Jim Clark’s world-famous racing-cars and four modern-day BTCC cars will across the Bridge at 11am on THURSDAY 21st AUGUST. From 9.30am, the Jim Clark cars will be on show in the Lorry/Car Park at the offices of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority, together with the actual race cars of the four Scottish based BTCC drivers: Gordon Shedden from Auchterarder (Honda), Glynn Geddie from Aberdeen (Toyota), Aiden Moffat from Edinburgh (Chevrolet) and Dave Newsham from Inverness (Ford). The drivers will be on site at the Transport Scotland HQ display area in South Queensferry from 9.45am and will be available for interviews and photographs ahead of the 10 cars crossing the Forth Road Bridge at 11am. Members of the press and public are invited to view and photograph this amazing spectacle. There will be a Jim Clark single seater, two Lotus Cortinas and three other early Clark cars, all of which will then drive to Knockhill. They will be paraded on both Saturday and Sunday of the BTCC meeting during the lunch breaks, in front of an anticipated 15, 000 race fans from all over the UK. Knockhill has been working closely with the Jim Clark Trust and the circuit is donating 20% of all ticket sales (using the code JIMCLARK50 via advance online bookings) to the development of the Jim Clark Room in Duns. The current leading BTCC drivers will be joined by double BTCC champion and legend John Cleland who will be driving Jim Clark’s first ever race car, a DKW. Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “The Year of Homecoming is all about celebrating the very best of Scotland, so it makes perfect sense to combine an anniversary of one of our greatest sporting icons – Jim Clark – with the 50th anniversary of one of our greatest engineering achievements – the Forth Road Bridge. The Forth Bridges Festival is shaping up to be an unforgettable occasion, while the Touring Car Championship meeting will provide the kind of high-octane thrills that have become a trademark of Knockhill Racing Circuit.” This Parade has also been recognised as the first event in the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the opening of the Forth Road Bridge itself, one of several special events taking place predominantly within the 10 days of the Festival, running 4-13th September, culminating in a massive firework display to be held on Saturday September 13th. It all adds up to a very special weekend for Knockhill, all kicking off at the Forth Road Bridge on Thursday 21st August and culminating in the usual three spectacular Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship races on Sunday 24th August. For full event information, check out www.knockhill.co.uk. Note - For spectators wishing to view the Parade crossing over the Forth Road Bridge, they are requested to park elsewhere in South or North Queensferry, as there is no public parking at the display area. Directions to Display Area: Approaching the Bridge from the South, exit the A90 immediately before the Bridge then take the right turn at the roundabout on to the A800. (From the North, exit the A90 immediately after the Bridge and take the left turn at the roundabout on to the A800.) Then take the first left to go around the Shell petrol station. Follow the road for 300m and the Display Area (lorry / car park) is at the HQ of the Forth Road Bridge Offices. The area has been reserved for Press and the Teams.