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2014-02-17 13:09

KNYSNA HILL-CLIMB: Start practicing. The dates for the hill-climb have been set for May 16-18 2014. And Jaguar is the main sponsor. Image: Motorpress

KNYSNA - The Simola Hill-Climb is once again earmarked to be the highlight of the year for motorsport competitors and fans throughout South Africa in May 2014.

Jaguar recently announced that it is headline sponsor of the event for the 2014, 2015, 2016 after Renault withdrew in 2013.

The Jaguar Simola Hill-climb will take place on the challenging hill up to Simola Golf and Country Estate and will comprise the popular Classic Car Friday (May 16), followed by Saturday’s (May 17) practice and qualifying runs for the eagerly anticipated King of the Hill feature event on Sunday (18 May).


Cars eligible for the Classic Car Friday event will fall into six classes which will ensure there is a place for everything. Pre-World War 2 cars will compete in class H1, with H2 and H3 being for pre-1966 and pre-1975 road cars respectively.

Pukka racing machinery split into the same cut-offs will be in classes H4 and H5.

Re-created cars, often called ‘replicas’, will fill class H6. The cars competing here conform to the original silhouette, but have modern running gear which makes them as fast as modern racing machinery.

Spectators and drivers attending Classic Car Friday are encouraged to wear period dress to help create a true historic race meeting atmosphere.

The organisers are offering prizes for the best-dressed male and female spectator on the day, which are definitely worth dressing-up for.

The modern big guns will get their first taste of the course on Saturday (May 17) with practice for The King of the Hill contenders. Cars competing here fall into a variety of classes which cater for standard road cars to 750kW and purpose-built "hill-climb specials" which, thanks to all-wheel drive and sophisticated electronics, launch off the line like hares.


In 2012 cars cleared the finish line in 42 seconds and reached 250km/h. This year times are expected to be faster. To keep the event manageable, only 50 entries will be accepted for Classic Car Friday and 80  accommodated for the King of the Hill event.
Entries will close on March 31 2014. Online entry can be made at www.speedfestival.co.za. For more information on the event please go to www.speedfestival.co.za or Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KnysnaSpeedFestival

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