border bogies

Border Bogie Challenge, Scottish Borders

Saturday 21st May 2011
Saturday 21st May 2011

SCA Championship Points AvailableBorder Bogies 2011 will take place on Saturday 21st May.

  • Juniors and Senior races.
  • Classes for Soapbox Cartie and Gravity Sidecar.
  • SCA Championship points available.

Keep an eye on for details, entry forms, etc.

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Don't Start Your Engines...

The cartie racing season in Scotland is about to get underway with the fabulous Border Bogie Challenge at Denholm this weekend. Now in its second year, Border Bogies has rapidly grown in stature and is attracting some very competitive teams from across the UK, including the every competitive Peter Pope and the always entertaining Will Gunn. Scottish teams are well represented, with The Cheats returning to defend their trophy for the best aggregate time. It will also see the first competition for Gravity Sidecar in Scotland.

Border bogies will also be the first round in the new SCA Championship, with registered teams competing for championship points and the honour of being crowned the very first SCA Champion.


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Gravity Sidecar Events

The new Gravity Sidecar class has been confirmed as eligible for Border Bogies and Cairngorm Soapbox Extreme, and looks likely for Catterline Carties too. Get those angle grinders out!

See our downloads page for the gravity sidecar tech' spec'.

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Border Bogie Challenge, Denholm, Scottish Borders

Saturday 22nd May 2010
Saturday 22nd May 2010

Now including Gravity SidecarBorder Bogie Challenge 2010The 2010 Border Bogie Challenge will run on Saturday May 22nd, and entries will be accepted from the 1st January 2010 onwards. More details will be published on the Border Bogie Challenge web site over the coming months, but last years details should give you a fair idea of what to expect. Keep looking for updates though.

Please contact the organisers for further details.

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Why did the MIRA Lindley Special crash

MIRA Lindley Special

by Charles Armstrong-Wilson

Having seen the hill that the organizers of the Border Bogie intended to use for the event, I badly wanted to take part. But not having the time to build my own bogie, I called in a favour and rather cheekily turned up with MIRA’s Lindley Special. It was originally built for the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s gravity challenge where it competed successfully in 2001 and 2002. It was now sitting in a shed gathering dust at the company’s Warwickshire HQ and they were keen to see it used. Thankfully it was well received at Denholm and everyone, very sportingly, seemed happy to see it run.

The original cost of building the car caused some interest with the estimates overheard in the crowd ranging from £30,000 to £85,000. In fact, the total cost of parts was around £500. However, the cost of designing it would have been much higher if the trainees who built the car didn’t have the MIRA’s resources available for free.

Predictably the car was very competitive and after putting up the fastest time on the first run, I was keen to improve, particularly as I felt I had been a bit conservative, braking twice. Unfortunately, two corners from the finish on the second descent the car swapped ends, clobbered the bank on the left of the track and went backwards into the bales on the right. The looks on the faces of the girls sitting behind that particular straw bale were a picture.

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