Competition Committee Profile: Ian Patton

Wednesday 1 April 2015

Ian Patton is an official Motor Sports Association Safety Scrutineer, and he will be working to keep competitors safe at the Hill Climb. Find out more about him in our latest blog profile.

Are you a member of any car clubs?

I am General Manager of the Bugatti Owners’ Club and Chairman of the Amilcar Salmson Club.

How did you first get involved with historic motorsport?

I’ve been involved in historic motorsport for 40 years, having started out in the 1970s. Throughout the years, I’ve competed in both motorcycle and car events, mostly in sprints and hill climbing.

What will you be involved with during the Hill Climb event?

As assistant to the Chief Scrutineer, I will be checking all vehicles competing comply with all regulations, to ensure both safety and fair play. I inspect the cars carefully, as well as helmets, overalls and documentation. If a car doesn’t quite meet the requirements, I will advise the driver what they need to do to make it eligible to race.

Could you give us a few examples of other motorsport events you’ve been involved with?

I have competed at most of the hill climb venues in the UK, including Prescott Speed Hill Climb and Shelsley Walsh, as well as some in France. I have also competed in long-distance historic motorcycle endurance events – the last one I took part in was the Motorcycle Cannonball endurance trial for pre-1929 motorcycles, where I rode my 1928 Indian Scout motorcycle from New York to San Francisco.

In the last 10 years I have become more involved in the administration of events and have worked as a Safety Scrutineer at events across the UK, including all of the Vintage Sports-Car Club race meetings at Cadwell, Silverstone, Mallory Park and Oulton Park. I am also a scrutineer for the Goodwood events, including the Festival of Speed, and for the Manx Racing Club Manx Classic events on the Isle of Man.

If you could compete at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb, which car would you drive and why?

It would have to be a 1960s Lotus 22 single seater, which is one of my absolute favourite historic competition cars.

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