The SCIO trustees are all involved in motorsport and share the passion to establish this unique facility.
Motoring journalist Alan Douglas has worked in the media for the past 50 years, 22 of which were with the BBC in radio and TV around England and Scotland. He has always been a committed petrolhead since being taught to drive by his father at the age of 10. He has been driving legally for half a century and has held not only a car licence but also bus, lorry and motorbike as well as an international rally licence when he competed during the 80s. His crowning achievement was to navigate for his motorsport hero Andrew Cowan in the 1983 Scottish Rally as part of the Audi team when they finished 7th overall, only a few places behind the likes of Stig Blomquist, Jimmy McRae, Russell Brookes and Per Eklund. He has competed on the Rest and Be Thankful many times and enjoyed watching it being tackled by more experienced hands even more often.
Howard has always been keen on motorsport and went to the first race meeting held at Ingleston in 1965. He did some rallying with the Glasgow University Car Club when studying law at Glasgow University in the late 1960’s. He competed in Sprints and Hillclimbs driving a Porsche 911, 2.7, mostly double entered with his son Matthew, but retired in 2007. He went back to the track for a short period in 2015/6, racing an Ashley MG Midget in the SMRC Scottish Classics taking a Class A win that year.
He retired from the legal profession in 2018 after being in practice for 46 years as a solicitor.
He is keen to assist in the Rest & Be Thankful Heritage
Project to celebrate the heritage of Scottish motorsport and to provide a
worthwhile benefit to the local community.
A motorsport enthusiast from an early age Stan’s first hillclimb was a Scottish Sporting Car club event at the Rest and Be Thankful in the late sixties in which he took class honours. During the sixties and seventies, he competed in various Rallies, Hillclimbs and Sprints driving a variety of cars including a Hillman Imp, a rather quick Austin 1100 sporting Cooper ‘S’ engine parts, Ford Escort and Cortina.
After a lengthy gap to have family and build a business he returned to competition in the 90’s initially rallying a 2 litre Porsche 911S, Hillclimbs and Sprints in a Porsche 2.7RS 911 and on to circuit racing since 2006 mainly in a Francis Tuthill engined 3 litre Porsche 911 RS.
Still holding Race and Rally licenses he has clocked up around 150 overall, class wins and podiums including three times outright SMRC Scottish Classic Sports & Saloon Champion and twice runner up, Border Motor Racing Club Champion of Champions, Scottish Speed Champion, outright winner at the inaugural Bo’ness Revival Hillclimb and the Jimmy Stewart Trophy and Doune Cup.
His company, Sco-Fro Group Ltd sponsored Allan McNish during his time in Formula 3000 with the successful Paul Stewart Racing Team and then at Porsche and Toyota including in 1998, Allan’s first of three outright 24 Hour Le Mans wins.
Stan is passionate about communicating the worldwide success of Scottish Racing and Rally Drivers to enthusiasts and the public at large and feels there is no better place to do this than the Rest & Be Thankful and to support the Heritage Project.
Life-long car fanatic John is enjoying a first class mid-life crisis as a racing driver in the UK Caterham championship and wondering why it took him so long to try it. Prior to his involvement in racing John has always had a passion for classic cars and feels the car park of the environmental software company he used to run never looked better than with his 1973 Jaguar XJ6 parked outside. John is also a life-long visitor to Argyll and now resident on the Cowal peninsula since 2011, John is a frequent user of the Rest and Be Thankful route. The view from the top of the Rest is also John’s favourite backdrop for photographing press cars he reviews for the Tartan Tarmac motoring enthusiast website and Facebook page.