Bill Henderson photographed and reported on motor sport from 1946. Although he contributed to many publications over the years, he was best known as Autosport’s Scottish correspondent, a title he held for 53 years.

His first event was the Bo’ness Hill Climb in 1946 and it was at Bo’ness that he took his last track-side photographs at the age of 90 in 2014.

The majority of Bill’s motor racing photographs are of Scottish events and range from motor club trials to large international meetings. His images show the fantastic post war cars as well as the early racing careers of many of the Scottish greats including Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Gerry Birrell and John Cleland.

The locations pictured include hillclimb courses such as Bo’ness and the Rest And Be Thankful. In the immediate post war period disused airfields were ideal sites for motor racing tracks and Bill’s photographs include racing at Turnberry, Charterhall and Winfield as well as the more recent circuits of Ingliston and Knockhill.

We are currently scanning the black and white negatives, starting with the oldest, and have scanned approximately 8000 to date. In addition the collection contains many colour photographs.

(left) Bill chats about his photographs which were on display for the press launch of the new Range Rover at the former Charterhall circuit in 2010
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