KING OF THE HILL: Franco Scribante (inset) was crowned 2014 Simola King of the Hill with his Chevron B19. He will return in 2015 to defend his title. Image: Motorpress / Morne Condon
• King of the Hill slots full
• Limited space for Classic Car Friday
• New Supercar Thursday
Entries for the 2015 Knysna Simola Hillclimb are filling up rapidly as competitors sign-up to compete. In fact sponsor Jaguar confirms that the 80 spots reserved for its King of the Hill event are filled.
Even the Classic Car Friday event only has a few spots remaining.
From May 14 2015 the road leading up to the Simola Golf and Country Estate in Knysna, Western Cape, will transform into a motorsport spectacle with more than 10 000 spectators and dozens of high-speed and classic vehicles.
‘OVERWHELMED BY ENTRIES’
With extra events planned numbers are expected to grow as traditionally peaceful Knysna is transformed into South Africa’s motorsport capital.
The King of the Hill category comprising both production and race cars, each of which is separated into smaller classes based on engine capacity, number of cylinders and whether or not they are turbo- or supercharged.
Geoff Goddard, head of competitor liaison, said: “We've been overwhelmed by entries but delighted that the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb continues to be regarded as South Africa’s pre-eminent motorsport event.”
Franco Scribante will return to defend his 2014 title and record-breaking time of 41.159sec but a change in regulations prevents him from competing in the same car in both the Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill.
Scribante will drive a 1970 Chevron B19 in the Classic Car event, the one he used to dominate in 2014. For King of the Hill he will drive a Chevron B26 powered by a specially developed 3.2 V8 Suzuki engine.
He will be challenged by previous winners and motorsport legends, among them 2012 champion Jade Gutzeit in a modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 7 and 2010 winner Geoff Mortimer in a turbocharged Nissan 350Z.
The inaugural Supercar Thursday (May 14) will have 50 supercar owners sprint high-performance vehicles up Simola Hill. Though a non-competitive event, with no prizes, it will still be timed.
Competitors can register online.
General admission passes for spectators can be bought at the gate for the duration of the event.