Bo’ness Revival Report 2018

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Bo’ness Revival improves year on year, and it is obvious that the knowledge gained from each successive event is ploughed back into it to hone it further. This has been rewarded with a burgeoning number of entries, and the show has already outgrown its original field, and been extended into neighbouring fields. Revived in 2010 as a one day hill-climb and small display of local car clubs, it now extends to a full weekend!


Leading up to this year’s event, I felt very privileged when Ron Siddle asked me to accompany him in his Realm replica Jaguar C-type  as Navigator in the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy Rally which took place on Saturday 1st September, preceding the Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb event on the Sunday. Ron Siddle's C-type at Bo'ness

Ron drove up to Scotland from Yorkshire on Friday, calling in to see us on the way and allowing Rob the privilege of driving the C-type on our local roads. I also had the offer of driving the C-type but declined for the time being, as the seats are fixed and I find it difficult to control the car with several cushions as bolsters! It’s ok when it is a Jaguar Heritage replica C-type, as I have driven in the past, because that is not someone’s personal pride and joy, but the thought of driving Ron’s immaculate car, which he built himself and has used regularly and extensively over the past 10 years I felt was daunting, should it all go pear shaped!

Ron left our house for the final leg of his journey with Rob in tow. Rob was collecting an F-type demonstrator from Pentland Jaguar which was on loan to us for the weekend for display on the JEC stand at Bo’ness. I followed on later, with Juno, and met them both at the hotel.

The next morning we drove in convoy to the Bo’ness Steam Railway Museum for the start of the Bo’ness Saltire Trophy Rally.

As neither Ron nor I have ever done a regularity run before, this was all new to us, and we were facing disqualification during scrutineering for not having a warning triangle when the day was saved at the 11th hour by Aston Martin owner, Duncan Cameron. Many thanks Duncan !!

After seeing us off on the rally, Rob went off to the Bo’ness Hill Climb showground at Kinneil House and spent the day setting up for the show on Sunday.

The rally was very enjoyable, and combined a tulip rally with auto-tests. As we waited to take part in the first of the auto tests Ron said he was going to take it steady as they were on gravel and he didnt want to throw loose chippings all over the paintwork, but he soon forgot this as he launched the C-type away from the start line, and slinging the rear end out at the first bend I got a fit of the giggles – it was great fun! We didn’t do very well in the overall results, as we were not taking it seriously and timing all the regularity sections, but we only took one wrong turning so we were pleased with our navigating. We had a great day and enjoyed the driving and the scenery.

In addition to the Regularity Runs and Scenic Drives which were introduced last year, this year saw the first Presentation Dinner on the Saturday evening.

Our after dinner entertainment was provided by Wayne Scott who was interviewing key members of the TR, MG and Jaguar clubs. Rob Jenner was invited to speak on behalf of the JEC, and Gaynor Cauter, now a regular visitor to Bo’ness Revival, represented the JDC.

For the show on Sunday I took Juno, my ex-Jaguar Heritage 3.6 XJ40. She attracted a lot of attention and it was interesting to note how many people had never seen a Jaguar with tweed trim before, justifying that it is important to keep and maintain car’s such as this.

The comments also ranged from a preference for tweed trim over hide, to an absolute disgust that a Jaguar should be trimmed in such a mediocre fabric! Fortunately I have no preference over either, so I am not offended and from a ‘customer clinic’ perspective I enjoy hearing all the different views on trim and specification. ex-Jaguar Heritage XJ40 at Bo'ness
Rob arrived in the white F-type Convertible which Pentland Jaguar of Edinburgh had loaned to him on behalf of the JEC for the weekend, to display on our stand alongside Edinburgh member Terry Young’s black F-type Convertible. Jaguar F-type at Bo'ness
This made a pleasing display, and drew attention to our prize draw banner with images of a Salsa Red F-type Convertible – the car that you could win this year! Jaguar F-type from Pentland Jaguar at Bo'ness
Ron Siddle’s C-type sat between the two F-types, creating quite a contrast. Realm replica Jaguar C-type


Devon JEC member, Patch Jobson had travelled all the way up from  North Devon, collecting the JEC Road Show van full of merchandise etc along the way.

This formed the hub of the JEC stand, and Edinburgh & South East Scotland, the hosting region were supported by the Grampian, Glasgow and Doncaster regions, who joined us to  bring a total of 35 varied Jaguars to the event, which made an impressive line up.



The JDC trumped us with a total of 50 cars on their stand, which included cars brought to Bo’ness from the Jaguar Heritage Collection!

Alongside the hill climb event, various forms of entertainment took place in the arena, including a ‘Carkhana’ where entrants could test their parking and manoeuvring skills.

At 2pm, in acknowledgement of the 50th anniversary of the XJ, the JEC and JDC each provided four XJ’s for a “History of Jaguar” presentation hosted by Wayne Scott, who interviewed each owner in turn about their XJ. I was very fortunate to be included with my newly acquired ex-Jaguar Heritage 1988 3.6 XJ40, known as Juno. Letitia Mace interviewed by Wayne Scott at Bo'ness
At 4pm we were once more invited into the arena, this time for prize giving, and I had been asked to accompany Ron Siddle, in his C-type, so what could be afoot we wondered?

Ron Siddle, navigated by Letitia Mace in Ron’s C Type replica bagged the “Spirit of the Event” award on the Saltire Trophy Rally. A pleasant and very unexpected surprise!

Award presented by Sam Colman, pictured left, Wayne Scott’s co-commentator.

Ron Siddle and Letitia Mace receive the Spirit of the Event award at Bo'ness 2018
Then, the Edinburgh and South East Scotland JEC region were awarded second prize for best club stand and as Rob Jenner was already in the arena helping out, he stepped forward to accept the award on behalf of our region. We were shocked at being runners-up, as the club stand award is fiercely contested at Bo’ness, so very well done to all of JEC members who attended on the day! Rob Jenner accepts club stand award on behalf of JEC at Bo'ness 2018


In my opinion we had a great weekend, but I think this quote, from Ron Siddle’s Facebook post sums it up:

Slightly unusual posting today. I am on my way home from a great weekend of motoring. The Bo’ness Revival. This is how historic motoring should be. No pretensions, just great cars & people enjoying & using the cars as they should.
Using them for the pleasure of all.
Perhaps my C Type Replica is not ideal for a regularity Rally. But what fun we had. We didn’t come last
😀 but could easily have done. Two ladies did the sport proud Grace & Letitia. Thank you.
Then much to our surprise we won the SPIRIT OF THE EVENT AWARD. Still on the road today & hope to be home for mid day. Very tired.


Many thanks must go to the organisers, of course, but also to Doncaster, Glasgow and Grampian JEC regional members for joining us and to Pentland Jaguar for the loan of the F Type for the weekend.


All pictures courtesy of Marilyn Young


Pentland Jaguar