Brands Hatch Race Report:
Qualifying was a little disappointing as we lost time due to traffic on both my fast laps so we started further down the grid than we perhaps should have. In Testing on Friday we where right on the pace so to end up only P6 left work to do in Race 1 to say the least Continue reading
Rollercoaster of a weekend at Outlon Park
Qualifying was a great start to the day as I managed to put the car P5 on the grid despite losing my fastest time for track limits and being blocked on my second fastest into the last chicane. Continue reading
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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
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