Mini Legacy at Monster Hillclimb


The swinging sixties will be roaring their way into the grounds of the Cultra Manor as the world’s oldest active Hillclimb returns to the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum for the 2014 Cultra event.

The scene has been set to celebrate all ‘Minis, Mods and Monsters’ during the daylong event in association with the Thoroughbred Sports Car Club NI (TSCCNI) on Saturday 14 June 2014. The theme is in celebration of Paddy Hopkirk’s win on the Monte Carlo rally 50 years ago as Northern Ireland commemorates an important year for the Mini.

The coolness of Vespa-riding mods, and modified cars will also be recognised at the event, alongside a number of monster cars; all vehicles, big and small will be the focus of the day.

Mark Kennedy, Road and Rail Curator at the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum spoke at the launch; “We are delighted to partner once again with the TSCCNI for this year’s Cultra Hillclimb event ‘Minis, Mods and Monsters’, which is sure to be a great hit with visitors to the museum.”

“This year the museum is delighted to welcome for the first time, the popular ‘Frock Around the Clock’ Vintage Fair Extraordinaire that will put on a super show in Cultra Manor.”

Not only an outlet for sellers of vintage fashion, Frock Around the Clock also includes vintage home wares and other treasures, as well as recycled creations from local designers. A vintage hair and beauty team will ensure the event’s reputation for being the most glamorous and fun place to spend a Saturday.

Mark continued; “Visitors can also enjoy the sights and sounds of the Hillclimb from the lawn with food from the BBQ or an ice cream from the vintage tricycle. Crosslé Car Company of Holywood will have a display in Cultra Manor, where Plum Tyndall will also launch his book ‘Hidden Glory’ based on the world-famous car company, in the most fitting of settings. Not only is the event an incredibly competitive day for all the drivers, but there will be endless entertainment for all our visitors.”

William Heaney, President of the TSCCNI also commented; “The Cultra Hillclimb is back for 2014 with a packed programme and excitement for all. We’re delighted to be honouring one of Northern Ireland’s motoring greats in Paddy Hopkirk, and visitors on the day will be treated to some of the most breath taking vehicles from minis, to modified sports cars, right through to monster trucks!

“The TSCCNI is thrilled to be back at Cultra Manor for what promises to be the best Cultra Hillclimb yet.”

The Cultra Hillclimb takes place at Cultra Manor on the grounds of the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum on Saturday 14 June, major event day pricing applies and more information can be found at


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