Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club go racing

[Updated below] Following its successful day at Inveraray Castle, with the challenging hill climb on the estate’s road in Glenshira, the Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club are staying at ground level – on the race track at Kames, near Muirkirk in Ayrshire. Helmets are obligatory.

The circuit and its facilities – parking for 400 cars, tarmac paddocks, a toilet block and a Cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks, was built by members of East Ayrshire Car Club in the early 1980’s, opening in 1984. It is still owned and operated by the Club, which also runs the annual Kames Sprint.

A three year project, undertaken with the help of Lottery funding and funds from other motorsport clubs, saw the track resurfaced in 2000.

The circuit is described as ‘a testing 800m long, 3.5m wide tarmac surface with generous run-off areas’. It has some pretty tight bends which challenge the sprinters.

The main car park has a first class view of the track between the cars – but spectators are welcome to wander round and have a look at the competing cars during events.

With so very few purpose built race circuits in Scotland, Kames draws competitors and spectators from a wide radius.

On its ‘Kames Kayper’ on 8th September, the Argyll Classic and Sporting Car Club members [annual membership fee a modest £5] will be logging sequenced but not speed-restricted track times.

The event will give members race track experience in a non competitive environment – all of which will be fun to do and fun to watch.

Judging from the cars and the driving skills at the hill climb in Glenshira, these guys may not race side by side but the competitive spirit to be the fastest is right up there.

The plan is for the club to meet at the Erskine Garden Centre, near the Erskine Bridge over the Clyde, west of Glasgow – and to enjoy the coffee and bacon roll’s they can get there while the signing on procedures – starting at 09.00 – are completed.

At 10.00, they will set off for Kames – avoiding the motorways as best they can – aiming to arrive there a gentle two hours later. From then on, the word ‘gentle’ will not apply. Members are welcome to bring their own helmets but the track can provide them for everyone.

There’s a PA system at the track – but we don’t know whether the club intends to use it to announce cars and times. That would be fun, though – and would put an edge on the appetites of members looking forward to this opportunity.

We understand that the big Audi R8 will be there and are hoping to see the Pemberton give the circuit a run for its money – along with the Triumphs, the MGs, the Jags, the Minis, the Escorts and the Porsches.

This all sounds like great fun.

Muirkirk is between the A76 and the M74, east of Prestwick. It’s on the A70 about 10 miles north east of Cumnock. Once in Muirkirk, look for Furnace Road on the right [if coming from Cumnock or the west] – and just before the traffic lights. It’s signed for Golf Course and Race Track – and there should be an orange motorsport arrow as well.

Update 18.30 – Cars checked in: As well as the Audi R8, the Lotus/Caterham 7 and the bog 2.4 litre Jaguar are headed for Kames on 8th September – and we are hearing rumours of another possible and exciting addition.

Tom Rae’s Pemberton – the fabulous three wheeler that took the Glen Shira hill-climb in a storm of dust – will not be there. They came to the Inveraray Castle gig fresh from a tour of Portugal and will be in Nuremberg in Germany at the time of the Kames Kayper. We advise anyone anywhere near the Nurburgring in early September to keep a look out for an unusual lapper.

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