Saturday, 3 November 2012

Rest and be Thankful

This 1753 military road corkscrewing up Glen Croe is hastily being remade to take traffic when the "new" A83 of the 1940s is closed by landslips. Since 2007 the gently graded modern highway (top left of picture), gateway to the west Highlands, has been blocked five times by thousands of tons of soggy peat and rock, causing 60-mile diversions. Over £16million has been spent already, and the old speed hill-climb course is being brought back into use as a stop-gap. Rest and be Thankful was a British Hill-Climb Championship course in the 1950s on which Raymond Mays competed with his black ERA and Jim Clark drove his Triumph TR2. In disrepair it was used as a rally special stage into the 1960s. In the RSAC Scottish Rally my co-driver Graham Birrell set a thoroughly competitive time in our works-loaned Ford Cortina GT. picture: Ricard Harvey Wikipedia

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