The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is once again earmarked to be the highlight of the year for Garden Route motoring enthusiasts – and prove yet again a powerful magnet in May for motorsport competitors and fans throughout South Africa.
So popular was the event in the past that Jaguar recently announced that it would be headline sponsor of the event for the next three years.
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb extravaganza takes place on the challenging hill up to Simola Golf and Country Estate from 16th to 18th May and will again comprise the popular Classic Car Friday, followed by Saturday’s practice and qualifying runs for the eagerly anticipated King of the Hill feature event on Sunday.
Cars eligible for the Classic Car Friday event will fall into six classes which will ensure there is a place for everything. Pre War cars will strut their stuff 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 mistakenly 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 with practice for The King of the Hill contenders. Cars competing here fall into a variety of classes which cater both for standard road cars to 750kW purpose-built ‘hillclimb specials’ which, thanks to four-wheel drive and sophisticated electronics, launch off the line in with a ferocity that has to be seen to be believed. Picture this: from a standing start to the finish line two km up the hill in just 42 seconds with cars hitting speeds of 250km/h! That is what was achieved at the last event in 2012, and this year the times are expected to crack the 41 second barrier.
In order to keep the event manageable, only 50 entries will be accepted for Classic Car Friday and 80 cars will be accommodated for the feature King of the Hill event.
Entries close on 31st March 2014 and an online entry facility can be found at www.speedfestival.co.za.