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.