New Border Reivers Online Shop

We are pleased to announce the launch of our online shop.
Please click on the ‘Shop’ link in the main menu to find us.

http://www.borderreiversracing.co.uk/shop/

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Border Reivers & Racing for Scotland

Jim Clark raced an Aston Martin for the the Border Reivers  at Le Mans in 1960 where he came 3rd and now Jonny Adam takes the Border Reivers Racing name back to Le Mans in the 100th Anniversary year for Aston Martin.

Jonny Adam was announced at the Official 2013 Team Launch as the development / reserve driver for the Aston Martin Racing team and is to compete at the world famous endurance race along with his commitments to Beechdean Aston Martin Racing for British GT and Blancpain Endurance Series. Jonny said “it’s a great opportunity to be involved with Aston Martin Racing in their 100th anniversary year and I’m looking forward to the experience of Le Mans and the chance to take the Border Reivers name back there”. Continue reading

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A Potted History

 A POTTED HISTORY

The Border Reivers was originally founded by Jock McBain, a Chirnside agricultural engineer and garage owner (and one-time recipient of a certificate for beating the What’s my Line team on TV as a manufacturer of windmills!)  Jock had all the promise of becoming a noted racing driver in the late 30’s, but the war and his RAF service put an end to that.  He it was who, after the war, got together, firstly, three local motor clubs to form the Winfield Joint Committee and turn first Winfield and later Charterhall into Scotland’s premier motor racing circuits.  Keen to have a go himself, he then persuaded some of his farmer customers to buy Cooper 500cc racing cars and hence was formed the Border Reivers.  Another local farmer, Jimmy Somervail, bought one of the famous ex-Prince Bira ERAs and Jock up-graded to a Cooper-Bristol;  another – Alec Calder, whose wife Matty is Jim Clark’s eldest sister – joined with his Brooklands Riley and other farmer members included David Swan, Colin Clark and Ky Mauritzen, later joined by Keith Hall and others.  It was a formidable line-up of talented drivers, all of whom owned their own cars but enjoyed help from Jock’s company in race preparation. Continue reading

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Border Reivers History

I am often asked about Border Reivers, the motor racing team set up by Jock McBain and his friends in Chirnside, Berwickshire in the early 1950s. The Reivers existed at least a year before the more famous Ecurie Ecosse team.

It was in 1951 that two Borders racing drivers, Jock McBain, who had the Ford dealership in Chirnside, and David Swan joined forces with their two Cooper-JAP Formula 3 cars but were soon joined by other local drivers so that Border Reivers could sport four or five cars at racing events.  They were called the Reivers in memory of the Borderers who used to cross the Border from Scotland to England with the expressed desire to steal sheep and cattle. Continue reading

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