The Cross Border Speed Championship

2022 XBC July Update

Kames Alpine

Astonishing as it is, July is now behind us, and we are two thirds of the way through our season. The Kames July Weekend Sprint provided some good close competition over the weekend, with a fine Clubhouse meal on the Saturday evening followed by an entertaining quiz. The main thing to be learned from the quiz was just how many people have used up valuable brain cells to retain trivial and useless bits of information !!!

Additional entertainment was provided on the Sunday, when a helpful competitor, perhaps taking his cue from the colour coded hospital floor line guide system, decided to help future newbies and lost souls by painting a nice black guide line all the way from the bottom paddock, to show the way to the start line. Thanks Fraser !!!

Added excitement and anticipation was provided by the Inter-Club competition of the Tillicoultry Quarries Cup, designed to bring people from disparate Classes together, as opposed to the light hearted low level civil war that ensued when it was realised that certain drivers in certain classes had been “poached” to represent one Club or another !!

In the end, glory was ours, as the EACC (XBC) team brought the cup home from the previous holders, Caithness.

A great weekend, and now the XBC Website has been updated with Results and Scoring to the end of July which you can find on the 2022 Events Page.

We now have Curborough and Forrestburn to look forward to in August, and we hope to see you there.

2022 XBC July Excitement

2022 07 12 Tour de France

The XBC calendar is a little quieter at the moment, some respite for those with family holiday commitments perhaps. However today’s sporting spectacle seen in this photo was to be found at the Tour de France Morzine to Megève stage, where only a few minutes after departure, this video clip shows the entire pack pass through the Montriond rond point in less time than a single run at a Speed Event !!

With entries now closed for a full event at Barbon on the 16th, this suberb hillclimb is expected to be good for those making the trip, and anyone still needing new “QR coded” Car Stickers should see Dave there.

Looking forward to Curborough on the 14th August, entries are now full, with your XBC organisers first and second on the reserve list. You can can add yourself to the reserve list with this link, rather than the normal entry link on the website.

The main upcoming event is however the July Kames Summer Sprint Weekend, where we can rely on a “value for money” number of timed runs after a single practise run. In addition there is the expected additional excitement of an inter-club challenge, which is always good for bringing drivers from disparate classes together. Entertainment in some shape or form is promised for the Saturday night, following the provision of a good evening meal from the girls in the canteen. Here is the official promotional poster from EACC.

2022 07 30 & 31 July Kames Poster

This is always a great event, the best chance of “sunshine at Kames”, but good competition and good craic guaranteed. So it is time to get your entries in before it is too late, and a link is available on our 2022 Events Page.

We hope to see you there.

2022 XBC Boyndie Report

2022 06 25 Boyndie Tents

The forecast wall to wall Boyndie Weekend rain failed to appear, other than a slight overnight shower on Friday night. Just enough to wash the fine Sahara dust from the vehicles. Something we might have appreciated on the Saturday night too. Instead we had to put up with blue skies and sunshine, served with a brisk breeze.

Memory suggests that ten years ago, or so, the Boyndie paddock was awash with a plethora of campers under canvas. This photo provides an interesting perspective on the current sea of tents !!

The weekend ran very smoothly, and the organising team from SSHC and all of their support personnel on the ground are to be commended. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable event.

There were a few people with technical issues, and from those, if there was an award for artistic examples of crystalline fracture then with the fine Last Run Saturday Drive Shaft example in this photo, the award would go to Stuart Mather !!

2022 06 25 Mather Fracture

Actually, one of the best things about this sport is to be seen in the people involved. With Louise Calder managing to bend and fold a rear hub upright, there were two cars destined to go home on Saturday night. Not so. With the kindness and cooperation of Stuart, Helen Highley, Louise, and not to mention the considerable mechanical skills of Michael Sutherland, a pooling of resources meant that both cars were able to run on the Sunday.

Please note that the above paragraph was skilfully written, avoiding the need to establish the plural of the word “Jedi” !!

2022 06 26 Young Murchie

Finally, in this photo, we have a rare glimpse of what one of our veteran competitors might have looked like as an infant. A man who can still lay down the gauntlet to old men half his age. Yes Mr Murchie (Snr) (Snr) (Snr) . . . . . . What a handsome chap you once were !!

Back to reality . . . . .

The XBC website has been updated with Boyndie Results and Scoring, to be found on the 2022 Events Page. Dropped scores are starting to kick in, and anybody that thinks they might be winning, having competed in a high number of events may very soon need to reconsider !!

Our next XBC fixtures are Barbon and July Kames. We hope to see you there.

Have fun !!