About

The Rest and Be Thankful Heritage Centre project is an initiative to create a unique museum and community space at the top of the famous hillclimb, celebrating Scotland’s Motorsport Heritage and the important role that “The Rest” has played in Scottosh Motorsport and Transport.

Now formed as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation, or SCIO, the project is ready to raise funds to further develop the concept and its feasibiity.

News and Updates

Three Hills and the Rest – Heritage Tour Postponed

Unexpected logistical issues have forced the postponement of what would have been a brand-new event to celebrate the heritage of four of Scotland’s best-known motorsport venues. The Three Hills and the Rest event which was scheduled to run on Saturday September 7th was designed to help raise funds for a feasibility study for the proposed …

Three Hills and The Rest – Auto Tour – (Now postponed)

Here’s a chance to get involved, lend your support and have a great day’s driving in the process. The Ecosse Rallye Drivers Club Auto Heritage Tour which is run in association The Rest and be Thankful Heritage Project, Tartan Tarmac and other motor sport clubs in Scotland. This is a brand-new event to celebrate the …

Rest and Be Thankful Heritage Centre SCIO launched

A project to establish a Scottish Motorsport Heritage Centre at the historic Rest and BeThankful hillclimb and rally stage in Argyll has been granted officialcharitable status. The ScottishCharity Regulator OSCR has approved the project which would pay tribute tothe Scottish motorsport heroes of the past – and present. It’s planned to be established near the …

Our Aim

Our aim is to establish a heritage centre which acknowledges the rich and successful history of Scottish motorsport and to recognise the significant role the Rest and Be Thankful has played in that story.

In our successful submission to the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) we made several commitments under these headings:

Education – Providing the local community and visitors to the area with an educational environment to learn about the interaction between motorsport and the local area. It would also recognise the fact that Scotland has produced two multiple Formula One World Champions in Jim Clark and Sir Jackie Stewart (both of whom competed in the Rest hillclimb); World Rally Champion Colin McRae and his British Rally Champion father, Jimmy;  Indianapolis 500 winner and twice IndyCar Champion Dario Franchitti and a host of other successful drivers including David Coulthard and Paul di Resta in F1, multiple British Touring Car Champions John Cleland and Gordon Shedden, Le Mans 24 Hour race winners Ron Flockhart and Ninian Sanderson – who drove for Ecurie Ecosse – Johnny Dumfries, the Marquis of Bute, and 3 time Le Mans winner and former F1 driver Allan McNish.

Community and Recreational Development – The proposed centre is in a rural area beside a major trunk road where there are currently minimal tourist, recreational or community facilities. It would provide a meeting place for the community to socialise, develop a community spirit and help regenerate the area with employment opportunities. With a global following, motorsport enthusiasts from around the world are likely to be attracted to find out more about Scotland’s race-winning drivers of the past and enjoy being at the heart of one of its best-known venues.

Arts, Heritage, Culture and Science – The focus of the centre would be the rich heritage of the area and Scottish motorsport, encouraging interest and participation in motorsport. The aim is to work with motorsports bodies to create a framework coaching scheme to produce the driving champions of the future. The centre would tell the story of the Glen Croe route, its part in the Jacobite Rebellion and the subsequent engineering by General Wade to create an official road in 1750.

Supporters

Such a venture can only succeed with the generous support of others.

The trustees wish to express their sincere gratitude to the clubs, organisations and companies that have provided their support to the project.