Oldest active Crosslé heads back to Holywood home

| 24 May 2017

The oldest Crosslé racing car actively competing has returned to its Holywood, Co Down birthplace ahead of this year’s Cultra Hillclimb at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum on 3 June. 

The 1962 4F Formula Junior – John Crosslé’s first rear-engined design – will compete alongside 10 of its siblings at the Cultra Hillclimb as part of the ’60 Years of Crosslé Racing Cars’ celebration. 

As in previous years, the entry list has been capped at 100 cars, which will include a Vintage/Historic category boasting a Maserati 150S, a brace of pre-war Alfa Romeos, a Bugatti, and the monstrous aero-engined Curtiss De Dion racer of Ulster Vintage Car Club President Leslie Murray.

The event will also celebrate 50 years of Formula Ford, which will culminate in an end of day shootout that will see a dozen examples contest a trophy dedicated to John Crosslé. Among those cars taking part is a 1984 Mondiale from the short-lived Bangor manufacturer, as well as the 1969 European Formula Ford Championship-winning Crosslé 16F of Gerry Birrel. 

Two times Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival winner Wayne Boyd will be taking a weekend off from his European Le Mans campaign to demonstrate a Crosslé 47S, which is on loan from historic racer Paul Conn. 

Away from the sprints, visitors will be treated to myriad static and live action displays and craft workshops, as well as the launch of the eRally electric rally car. However, the jewel in the crown will surely be a display dedicated to Crosslé’s 60-year history and a timeline representing the 2017 event theme ‘Fast & Furious Fords’. 

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Photos: Raceline Photography, E Brackenridge