Knockhill: Lord Provost to begin festival

LORD PROVOST TO BEGIN EDINBURGH'S DUNLOP BRITISH TOURING CAR FESTIVAL The Lord Provost of Edinburgh will officially begin tomorrow's Dunlop British Touring Car Festival in the city (Thursday 13 August). After an autograph session with the...

LORD PROVOST TO BEGIN EDINBURGH'S DUNLOP BRITISH TOURING CAR FESTIVAL

The Lord Provost of Edinburgh will officially begin tomorrow's Dunlop British Touring Car Festival in the city (Thursday 13 August).

After an autograph session with the public at midday, the stars of the UK's premier motor racing series - the British Touring Car Championship - will demonstrate their race cars along Johnston Terrace prior to their big race event at the nearby Knockhill circuit in Fife (15-16 August).

Public admission to the event is free. The Lord Provost, the Right Honourable George Grubb who will wave off the first car at around 1.00pm tomorrow, says the spectacle is not to be missed.

He commented: "Edinburgh's Johnston Terrace is definitely the place to be this Thursday. I'm sure we'll see thousands of people thronging the street to see their motor racing heroes showing off their driving prowess in the heart of the festival city. This is a fantastic and exciting spectacle and we're thrilled to welcome the BTCC to Edinburgh once again."

Dunlop's Scottish Connection

Meanwhile, the event will further underline world-famous tyre manufacturer Dunlop's enviable track and road credentials. The company has been for the past six years the exclusive race tyre supplier to the BTCC and its association with tomorrow's event in Edinburgh is extremely fitting.

The Dunlop name has major Scottish connections for it was John Boyd Dunlop from Ayrshire - who'd studied veterinary surgery in Edinburgh - who invented the company's very first pneumatic tyre in 1888. His creation was hailed a 'world first' until fellow Scot, Robert William Thomson, proved he had patented the idea some years earlier.

In the 120-plus years since that historic day, the Dunlop name has grown into one of the world's leading tyre brands on and off the track, on both two and four wheels. Its huge list of successes include:

- an unrivalled 34 wins in the world's toughest endurance race, the Le Mans 24 Hours

- 66 Formula 1 grands prix victories

- world land speed records with names such as Sir Donald Campbell and 'Bluebird'

- the invention of the world's first 'fail-safe' (anti-blowout) road tyre

- by 2002, victories in more than half the 2321 grands prix held for 250cc motorcycles as well as 105 world championship titles

-credit: btcc.net

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