5 REASONS TO ATTEND: From classic cars to epic races, 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb promises to be an incredible event. Book your ticket now! Image: MotorPress
Cape Town - The 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna is only a few days away while excitement has been building for months.
Wheels24's Sean Parker will be attending the event from May 6 - 8 and will experience the thrill of the epic event.
Why wait for his return when you can attend and experience the hillclimb yourself.
We list five reasons why YOU should attend the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.
1. It's one of SA's premier motorsport events
Since its inception in 2009, the Simola Hillclimb has been steadily building its reputation as one of South Africa’s premier motorsport events.
Though it only takes place once a year, the magnitude of the event is such that no SA motorsport fan can ignore its presence. The event attracts fans from all walks of life and from all spheres of the corporate world. According to organisers, the 2016 event should see 15000 spectators attend.
“Our focus over the last three years and going forward, is not on the total numbers, but on improving the overall spectator and competitor experience, and enhancing the iconic uniqueness of the offering to true performance motoring enthusiasts,” says Ian Shrosbree, event founder and director.
2. Motorsport veterans are ready to duel
The 2016 event will feature four previous winners, including reigning champion Des Gutzeit, Franco Scribante, and Willem Baard.
These racers will drive up the challenging and demanding Simola hill and will bid to break the 40sec barrier. During the 2015 event Gutzeit clocked a time of 40.148sec, and in the process hit a top speed of 250km/h and an average speed of 170km/h!
The “weapons” of choice these racers use are highly modified race cars, ranging from 340kW 1972 Chevron B26 to an astonishing 1050kW Nissan GT-R.
3. Jaguar F-Pace SUV to be revealed
Jaguar’s first SUV, the F-Pace, will make its local debut at this year’s event.
The F-Pace will be racing up the Simola hill; showcasing itself to the expected 15000-strong crowd.
Jaguar’s SUV will not be chasing the 40sec barrier as the aforementioned racing titans but, according to Jaguar, can hold its own with a 0-100km/h claimed sprint of 5.5 seconds.
4. Two Nissan-backed GT-Rs
Nissan South Africa will be taking on a more involved role at this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, as the automaker has been assisting in the preparations of two very different GT-Rs for the event.
The first GT-R, dubbed Godzilla, will be challenging for top honours, while the other will compete in the supercar class.
Godzilla’s 3.8-litre V6 will develop more than 750kW – or 938 at the flywheel – and over 1000Nm of torque. Add to this the GT-R’s astonishing AWD system and it shouldn’t be too hard for driver Willem Baard to dip below the 40sec barrier.
5. SA journos to tackle the "hill"
READ: SA's fastest journos pick up Jaguar Simola Hillclimb gauntlet
Early in March 2016, Jaguar Land Rover issued a challenge to SA’s motoring publications to send their fastest drivers to battle it out for the chance to drive a Jaguar XE up the Simola hill.
The challenge: lap an indoor karting track in the fastest possible time. The four journos who qualified were separated by a mere 0.16 seconds!
Though Wheels24’s Sean Parker didn’t make the cut, we’re still interested to see who will be crowned SA's fastest journo.
Adult - R80pp per day
Child - R50pp per day – from 3 years old to 11 years old
Children Under 3 - Free
Children free on Friday
Day pits access tickets:
Adult - R180pp per day - Pits access including general entry
Child - R150pp per day - Pits access including general entry
Two day passes:
Adult - R140 - General entry saturday & sunday
Child - R80 – General entry saturday & sunday
Adult - R320 – Pits access including general entry saturday & sunday
Child - R250 – Pits access including general entry saturday & sunday
Tickets available at www.itickets.co.za
Shuttle service (Kynsna Waterfront to main entrance)
R10 per person – One-way