Entries open for Simola Hillclimb

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All-new Supercar Thursday event added to roster
Limited spots for Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill events
Jaguar media challenge returns to find SA’s fastest journalist
Pretoria, 12 February 2015 – Entries for the 2015 edition of South Africa’s pre-eminent gentlemen’s racing event, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, are now open – and bound to sell out quickly.

In mid-May, the quiet road leading up to the Simola Golf and Country Estate, in Knysna, Western Cape, will transform into a motorsport spectacle. The sound of four, six, eight cylinders and more will echo across the hills, while more than 10 000 spectators line the course to witness a variety of high-speed machines strut their stuff.

The fun kicks off on 14 May, which sees the inaugural running of Supercar Thursday – an event where up to 50 supercar owners can take their high-performance machinery for a blast up the Simola Hill road. While this is a non-competitive event, with no prizes, it will still be timed.

Classic Car Friday returns on 15 May, with 50 competitors battling it out in their historic machines for top honours. Spectators will be able to see a wide variety of famous classics in action on the Friday, including iconic Jaguar models such as the MK II and E-Type, competing in categories ranging from pre-war vehicles, all the way to 60s, 70s, and 80s-era racecars.

Of course, the highlight of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is the King of the Hill competition, which runs on 16 and 17 May. In this no-holds-barred timed event all manner of machines will have a chance to go for glory in their respective classes. Production cars, from the ordinary to 400-plus kilowatt sports cars like the Jaguar F-TYPE Coupé R, and purpose-built racecars boasting outputs of more than 700kW will thrill spectators as they scream up the hill for the coveted King of the Hill title.

The weekend will also see the running of the successful Jaguar Media Challenge, now in its second year. Five journalists will vie for the honour of being crowned South Africa’s fastest motoring scribe and having their name immortalised on the Alucat Cup. Last year’s winner, Stuart Grant, will return to defend his title from four challengers – with all five media driving suitably racy Jaguar XF R-Sports.

Competitors can enter and read class regulations online, at www.speedfestival.co.za. General admission passes for spectators can be purchased at the gate for the duration of the event.

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