Build-up be­gins for 10th Jaguar Si­mola Hill­climb

The Herald (South Africa) - - World Of Wheels | Classifieds -

The 10th edi­tion of SA’s pre­mier mo­tor­sport and mo­tor­ing life­style event, Knysna’s Jaguar Si­mola Hill­climb, will roar into life from May 2 to 5.

No other event on the mo­tor­ing cal­en­dar at­tracts such a large and di­verse range of iconic cars and leg­endary driv­ers from all eras com­pet­ing for glory on the chal­leng­ing 1.9km Si­mola Hill course.

“From a sim­ple idea de­vel­oped by a small group of mo­tor­sport en­thu­si­asts, com­bined with lots of hard work and ded­i­ca­tion, the Hill­climb has be­come an award-win­ning mo­tor­sport life­style show­case that at­tracts com­peti­tors, spec­ta­tors and live stream broad­cast view­ers from around the world,” said Ian Shros­bree, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Knysna Speed Fes­ti­val which or­gan­ises the an­nual Hill­climb.

It is the sixth year that Jaguar is the ti­tle spon­sor.

Al­most 17,000 spec­ta­tors, along with a daz­zling ar­ray of high-pro­file celebri­ties and sports stars, at­tended the 2018 Jaguar Si­mola Hill­climb which saw the most com­pet­i­tive field yet vy­ing for the Clas­sic Con­queror and King of the Hill ti­tles over the three days of adren­a­line-charged ac­tion.

“The un­prece­dented suc­cess of the Jaguar Si­mola Hill­climb can be at­trib­uted to our on­go­ing ef­forts to evolve and im­prove the event each year,” Shros­bree said.

“Be­cause we are lim­ited in the num­ber of cars that can com­pete in Clas­sic Car Fri­day and King of the Hill on the Satur­day and Sun­day, our fo­cus is al­ways on de­liv­er­ing the very best Hill­climb ex­pe­ri­ence for the com­peti­tors, spec­ta­tors and spon­sors.”

Ticket sales to the pub­lic al­ready opened on Septem­ber 28 to give fans the op­por­tu­nity to se­cure their places well in ad­vance.

The on­line tick­et­ing process, avail­able on www.jaguar­si­mo­lahill­climb.com, has also been re­fined, with spec­ta­tors first buy­ing a Gen­eral En­try or VIP En­try ticket. Once the ini­tial ticket type has been se­lected, they will then be able to buy ticket up­grades, in­clud­ing Pit Ac­cess and Turn 2 Grand­stand Seat­ing, as well as Pit Pri­or­ity Park­ing.

The ex­clu­sive VIP Hos­pi­tal­ity pack­ages, which in­clude event and pit en­try, as well as ac­cess to the Le Mans VIP Lounge, Pis­ton Club or a Cor­po­rate Box in the VIP Vil­lage, are al­ways in high de­mand and sell out quickly.

For the 2019 event, the wide range of ven­dors pro­vide a se­lec­tion of foods and bev­er­ages, as well as ex­clu­sive gear and au­to­mo­tive mem­o­ra­bilia.

When it comes to the thrilling Hill­climb ac­tion, the or­gan­is­ers have made sev­eral changes to fur­ther spice up the com­pe­ti­tion. While the for­mat for the pop­u­lar Clas­sic Car Fri­day re­mains un­changed, the King of the Hill classes have been ex­panded and re­vised.

Class A for stan­dard road­go­ing cars ben­e­fits from the ad­di­tion of a new class, A9, that caters for high-end, high-per­for­mance sport util­ity ve­hi­cles (SUVs), sport ac­tiv­ity ve­hi­cles (SAVs) and bakkies.

The reg­u­la­tions for Class B, for mod­i­fied sa­loon rac­ing cars, in­cor­po­rates two new classes, al­low­ing four-cylin­der forcedin­duc­tion cars to com­pete in­de­pen­dently for two-wheel drive and four-wheel drive hon­ours, re­spec­tively.

The big­gest changes have been in­tro­duced in Class C, which has been re­mod­elled by sep­a­rat­ing the spe­cialised sin­gle-seater and sports rac­ing cars into in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gories for the first time.

On­line reg­is­tra­tions for com­peti­tors in the Hill­climb opened on Oc­to­ber 1 and close Jan­uary 31.

● For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.jaguar­si­mo­lahill­climb.com

Pic­tures: MOTORPRESS

REVVED UP: In Class B for mod­i­fied sa­loon cars and su­per­cars, Wil­helm Baard was the fastest man up the hill in 2018. He raced his Nis­san GT-R – dubbed Ar­maged­don – to a fi­nal time of 39.463sec – the fastest ever achieved by a sa­loon car in the com­pe­ti­tion

READY TO ROAR: Sev­eral classes are be­ing re­vised for the 10th edi­tion of Knysna’s Jaguar Si­mola Hill­climb

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