Your chance to see bikes owned by Scottish motorcycle champion Bob McIntyre
A COLLECTION of motorcycles that once belonged to the late Scottish motorcycle champion, Bob McIntyre, will be on display in Scotland for the first time since his death at the Sir Jackie Stewart Classic this weekend.
And visitors to Scotland’s biggest new motoring event at Thirlestane Castle, held in aid of global charity Race Against Dementia, will have the chance to see them on display alongside hundreds of classic and contemporary vehicles.
In display will be the 500 Manx McIntyre Norton that helped Bob win the 1959 Formula 1 TT and the North West 200. It will be accompanied by the 500cc 4-cylinder Gilera that Bob used to set the first 100mph lap at the world-famous Isle of Man TT races in 1957.
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They will be joined by a 350 Manx McIntyre Norton, known as “Potts Norton”, which was used by Bob’s best friend and teammate Alister King, who raced it to win the 1959 North West 200 350 class It is also the famous machine on which Bob won four races, including the Scarborough Gold Cup in 1959.
Bob McIntyre from Glasgow was a legendary Scottish motorcycle racer and a close friend of Sir Jackie Stewart. He was best known for his five motorcycle Grand Prix victories between 1957 and 1962 before being tragically killed in a racing accident at Oulton Park in August 1962.
After Bob’s death, Sir Jackie Stewart worked tirelessly to improve safety rules in motorsport. His crusade saved countless lives and he was knighted for services to sport in 2001.
He returns to Scotland next week for the Sir Jackie Stewart Classic, a motoring festival, with exhilarating live action from the Scottish Motor Racing Club, including a Red Bull Formula 1 car and an exhibition of over 1,000 classic cars from Borders Vintage. Automobile Club as well as food and drink galore.
The family-friendly event will showcase the career and achievements of three-time FIA Formula One Drivers’ World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart OBE and give visitors the chance to explore his remarkable career with displays of his cars and memories.
Race Against Dementia is the global charity founded by Sir Jackie to raise funds for research into the prevention and treatment of dementia, a disease which affects 50 million people worldwide, including his beloved wife, Helen .
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Sir Jackie Stewart OBE added: “Bob was a great friend and mentor to me, and his death was an untimely tragedy. He’s one of the main reasons I’ve spent so much time advocating for more precautions for racing drivers in the sport – it’s the best sport in the world, but not without its dangers.
“Reviewing Bob’s bikes in Scotland after all this time feels like a little piece of him will be with us. As the event is so personal to me, it’s fitting to have him around and I know that visitors will appreciate the remarkable efforts to restore its beloved motorcycles to their former glory.
Tickets are on sale at www.sirjackiestewartclassic.com/tickets