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Thursday, 04 April 2019 08:15

Drive me round the bend!

As it's our 10th birthday, it is a very special year to be driven up the hill. Enter one or more of our competitions and stand a chance to experience the thrill of being driven up the hill in a high performance Jaguar.

1. Simola Golf Day
The Simola Golf Day will take place on 2 May 2019. It is a Knysna Speed Festival charity fund raising event with all hole sponsorship proceeds being donated to our nominated charities.
Sponsor a hole (tee and green) for R5000 and, in addition to significant branding, on hole fun and mega networking, your company will also stand a chance to win Golden Ticket VIP Rides in high performance Jaguars up the Simola Hill during the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb!
Click for more information.

2. Best dressed on Classic Car Friday
If you arrive for Classic Car Friday (3 May) in your best 40's, 50's or 60's outfit, you could be the lucky winner of a VIP Ride up the hill! The winner and a partner/friend will be selected during the day from those that arrive dressed for the occasion.
Read about this year's competitors challenging for the Classic Conqueror Title.

3. Make a con-TREE-bution
Make a conTREEbution towards the 2019 JSHC Tree Project and stand a chance to win a VIP ride up the hill! We will also be awarding a VIP ride to the person who buys the most trees/contributes the most.
More details here.

4. Win a priceless VIP Experience with Covert
As partners of the event, Covert Distributions are offering a follower the chance to win a VIP Experience which includes:
• 2 full VIP weekend Passes
• Full access to the Piston Club
• VIP parking
• Pit Lane Access
• An exclusive VIP Drive for 2 in a Jaguar up Simola Hill
• Covert cocktails & drinks

Purchase any Covert brand including Arbikie Africa, Richland Rum Africa or Cachaça da Tulha Africa from Norman Goodfellows, Bar Keeper, Woodstock Liquors, Roeland Liquors, Liquor City Claremont or selected TOPS at SPAR up until 20 April , upload a picture and tag Covert Distributions & Knysna Speed Festival to stand a chance to win

*Proof of payment or till slip will be required to redeem prize.
*Transport, Accommodation & activities/meals/drinks outside of the Simola Hillclimb Challenge not included

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  • KNYSNA, South Africa, 1 March 2019 – If this year’s 10th edition of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb isn’t booked in your calendar already, then it’s about time to get your tickets for South Africa’s very best showcase of truly spectacular road and race cars, driven by some of the biggest names in motorsport.
  • Reigning champions in Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill return to defend their titles
  • An amazing line-up of 28 marques represented in Classic Car Friday across eight classes
  • Three King of the Hill titles up for grabs with 30 vehicle brands on the entry list, driven by some of the biggest names in SA motorsport

The on-track Hillclimb action commences on 3 May with Classic Car Friday, which caters for a spectacular array of iconic cars from a bygone era. The oldest car in the line-up is a 1928 Austin Seven driven by regular competitor Greig Smith, and he will be sharing the start line with 64 other eager drivers occupying the hot seats of a simply mesmerising array of machinery spanning more than six decades.

A total of 28 illustrious and historical marques feature on the Classic Car Friday entry list, including Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, Austin Healey, Marcos, Cooper, Ginetta, Lola and Shelby. Franco Scribante reigns supreme as the four-time Classic Conqueror champion in his immaculately prepared 1970 Chevron B19, and it will be fascinating to see if anyone is able to challenge him for the 2019 crown.

Although the intense Hillclimb action unfolds on the fast and flowing 1.9 km course on Friday, there’s lots to keep enthusiasts enthralled leading up to the event. Thursday’s scrutineering and a parade lap at the Fan Fest zone in central Knysna will give enthusiasts an opportunity to see the cars close-up and meet the drivers.

Scrutineering and the parade for King of the Hill competitors takes place on Friday before they take on the challenge of the Simola Hill for the ensuing two action-packed days, on 4 and 5 May.

Thursday and Friday’s Fan Fest activity will include the Coca-Cola Gig rig, and other entertainment, while Monster’s Le Riche Racing brothers will thrill the crowd with their extreme motorcycle show on Friday. They will also be in action at the Hillclimb on Saturday and Sunday.

As usual, the King of the Hill entry list is restricted to a maximum of 84 competitors, with 30 automotive brands set to excite and delight fans this year. Title sponsor Jaguar will once again be creating a buzz by showing off its latest models driven by some of the country’s leading race drivers, joined by a dazzling array of entries that include Porsche, Lamborghini, McLaren, Alfa Romeo, Chevrolet, BMW, Lotus, Mercedes-AMG, Shelby and Nissan.

Andre Bezuidenhout is the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb’s outright record-holder, setting an astonishing winning time of 35.528 seconds last year on his very first outing with the Gould GR55 – a specialised Hillclimb racer, powered by a Nicholson McLaren 3.8-litre V8 engine. He will be a tough act to beat in Class C for Single Seaters and Sports Cars, but there’s no doubt that he will be aiming to set an even quicker time with this truly impressive car.

This category has been remodelled for 2019 to allow Single Seaters and Sports Cars to compete in separate classes, with the line-up increased from three to six categories. C1 to C3 caters for single-seater racing cars with various engine configurations, while the introduction of C4 to C6 is expected to attract greater participation from endurance racing sports cars, as typically seen at Le Mans. Devin Robertson’s Radical SR1 and Alan Dike’s Kudzu Mazda are just some of the intriguing new challengers in this segment.

Wilhelm Baard will be the man to beat in the Class B Modified Saloon Car category, having raised the bar in 2017 with his outlandish race-bred Nissan GT-R, and repeating the feat again last year. He will be up against a formidable armada of rivals, with Franco Scribante now leading a barrage of contenders in mild-to-wild GT-Rs. And you can never discount the Joubert brothers, Charl and Dawie, in their fire-breathing Lotus machines, or Anton Cronje in his rapid Subaru Impreza.

A further two classes have been added for 2019, allowing four-cylinder forced-induction cars to compete separately for two-wheel drive (B2) and four-wheel drive (B3) honours, respectively. A similar scenario will play out in the redefined class B4 for five-cylinder and above 2WD entries, and B5 for 4WD cars.

The format for Class A, which caters for Road-Going Saloon Cars and SuperCars, will be no less enthralling. Classes A1 to A8 remain unchanged, complemented by the addition of A9 to accommodate the rapidly growing number of high-performance sports utility vehicles (SUVs), sports activity vehicles (SAVs) and bakkies.

Famous racing brothers Mark and Gavin Cronje will add great interest for the event, competing against each other and for overall Class A glory in identical Jaguar F-TYPE SVR Coupés. They will face an onslaught from the likes of Johan Pretorius in a very exclusive Mercedes-AMG GT R, along with Jacques Wheeler behind the wheel of a McLaren MP4 12C.

Be sure to secure your tickets as Pit Access, Turn 2 Grandstand Seating, as well as Pit Priority Parking tickets, are selling briskly. Online ticket sales are available on www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com.

Demand for the limited number of 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 has also exceeded previous records – so book your tickets now to secure the best motoring and motorsport showcase South Africa has to offer!

For more information on the event visit: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com #JaguarSHC
Release compiled by Colin Mileman (082-897-6145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb consists of two separate invitational events: Classic Car Friday (CCF) and King of the Hill (KOH). The request for invitation process for competitors hoping to be part of the field for the 10th running of the event will be open for online registration on the 1st October 2018 and close on 31st January 2019. Invited entries will be chosen through the Request for Invitation process by the JSHC Selection Committee.
More information on this process will be provided in the event Supplementary regulations which will be available on www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com on 1 October.

Pre-register to be the first in line for ticket purchases

Why should I pre-register for my ticket?
In 2018, Pit Access, Turn 2 Grandstand, Pit Priority Parking & Piston Club tickets sold out. To avoid disappointment, pre-register to get your hands on all tickets 48hrs before ticket sales go live to the public.

You will be notified, by email, 24hrs prior to the opening of this 48hr period.
The pre-registration process for the 2019 #JaguarSHC will soon come to an end - if you are yet to pre-register please click here.

Changes and additions to class format for 2019
Classic Car Friday
Class format and definitions for Classic Car Friday will remain unchanged for 2019. This is in view of the excellent number and spread of registrations received across the respective classes resulting in the best ever range and quality of cars and competitors for the 2018 event. Feedback from competitors and spectators suggest that this trend is set to continue for 2019.

King of the Hill
Class A has proved to be successful and will remain unchanged from A1 to A8. In view of the popularity of high end SUV vehicles and model variants on the market, and in order to provide further enhancements to the class line-up, we have added A9 Road going cars – SUV, SAV & Bakkies for 2019.

In Class B two classes have been added and others tweaked making for a total of nine classes.
Classes for 4 cylinder forced induction cars have been re-defined to allow 2WD and 4WD cars to compete in separate classes namely:
B2 Racing cars – 4 cylinder 2WD Unlimited and
B3 Racing cars – 4 cylinder 4WD Unlimited.
The traditional class B4 for 8 cylinder and above, forced induction cars has been merged with two newly defined classes:
B4 Racing cars – 5 cylinder & above 2WD Unlimited and
B5 Racing cars – 5 cylinder & above 4WD Unlimited respectively.
The adjusted class line-up will allow compliance of all cars that have previously campaigned the event.

With a view to increasing potential numbers and further enhancement of the Class C line-up, the class format has been remodelled to allow Single Seater and Sports Cars to compete in separate classes thereby increasing the class listing to six, namely:
C1 Single seater racing cars – 4 cylinder – Forced induction,
C2 Single seater racing cars - 4 cylinder - Naturally aspirated,
C3 Single seater racing cars – 5 cylinder & above,
C4 Sports cars – 4 cylinder – Naturally aspirated,
C5 Sports cars – 4 cylinder – Forced induction and
C6 Sports cars – 5 cylinder & above

Sport Industry Awards Finalists again!
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb was once again recognised as one of the top sports events in the country, having received its third consecutive nomination for the prized South African Sport Industry Awards.

The official shortlist for the 2018 awards covered 18 categories recognising the very best activations, agencies, campaigns, content, events, innovations, platforms, programmes, rights holders, sponsorships and more.

For the third year running, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is nominated in the ‘Best Live Experience’ category, and once again it was up against some formidable opposition in SA Rugby for the HSBC Cape Town Sevens, ABSA for the ABSA Cape Epic, NBA Africa Game and Bidvest Wanderers for the Momentum ODI Pinkday. The Cape Town Sevens emerged as the victor for the second year in a row.

According to the organisers of the Awards “Categories were extremely competitive and all entrants should feel extremely proud of entering and participating as entities and brands test themselves amongst the best of the best in the world of the business of sport.”

The Official Shortlist was selected through an extensive Steering Process - involving more than 40 key industry figures across eight days of intensive steering and review, before going forward for consideration by the main Judging Panel, who finally decided the winners in each category.

Ian Shrosbree, director of the Hillclimb said: “It is an honour to have once again been nominated as a finalist in the SA Sports Industry Awards considering the quality of the entries that were received. We entered only one category this year and to be one of five finalists in all of South African sport makes us extremely proud. The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is committed to presenting an exceptional motorsport experience for our competitors, spectators and sponsors each year. This nomination is once again testament to our focus on delivering an internationally benchmarked event that appeals to a wide audience.

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Exclusive Franco-Swiss luxury watchmaker Bell & Ross has been appointed as the Official Luxury Watch Partner for the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb and will be the timepiece of choice for the 2018 edition of this prestigious motoring and motoring lifestyle event.

“We are delighted to welcome the Bell & Ross luxury watch brand to the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb family,” said Ian Shrosbree, Managing Director of Knysna Speed Festival, the owner of the event. “The addition of Bell & Ross, which is globally recognised as a premium brand and involved in Formula One, is another step in helping us to further raise the profile of this award-winning event.

“Bell & Ross is part of the great Swiss watchmaking tradition and draws its inspiration from the history of aviation, the search for the extremes, and military specifications that accompany it, to produce instruments of the highest quality. This fits with our passion for organising and delivering the leading motorsport event in South Africa, an extreme one at that, and one that is fast developing international attention and appeal.”

Bell & Ross joins international brands Jaguar and Motul as partners to the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. “Some professions, such as race drivers, require absolute precision. When success depends on perfect timing and every second counts, having a watch able to meet the most rigorous of standards becomes absolutely imperative,” says Mr Yushaa Desai, brand manager for Bell & Ross South Africa. “Reliability, performance and resilience are essential for these special timekeeping instruments, and this is where Bell & Ross excels, making it ideally suited to the extreme performance nature of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.”

About Bell and Ross
The story of Bell & Ross began at the end of the 20th century. With a dual Franco-Swiss culture, the watchmaking brand has become a benchmark in the world of professional aviation watches. It defied all codes by designing an icon, the BR 01, inspired by the clocks in the cockpit of an airplane: a circle within a square. Bell & Ross is an international brand that is known and recognized throughout the world, and present in over 75 countries through a selected network of 800 retailers and 13 exclusive boutiques. In 2016 it pursued its international development by reclaiming control of direct distribution in the Asian and Middle Eastern markets, thus creating six new subsidiaries.

With their shared values of performance and excellence, Bell & Ross regularly works alongside elite units of the Armed Forces to design timekeeping instruments with specific functions or to celebrate particular events. Today, astronauts, fighter pilots, armed police and special law enforcement, submariners and even bomb disposal divers use Bell & Ross watches as a tool when completing their missions. Bell & Ross is also a partner of the Renault Formula 1 team.

For more information on the event visit: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com #JaguarSHC

A letter from Knysna Animal Welfare
Knysna Animal Welfare (KAWS) would like to thank the organisers of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb for once again giving us the opportunity to raise awareness and exposure and the opportunity to raise much needed funds that will assist us to help those in need.

This year we will be presenting Nero “The Pitbull” as part of our campaign to make the Hillclimb spectators and public aware that not all “strong breed” dogs are dangerous. We don’t get BAD DOGS, we get BAD OWNERS that train their dogs bad behaviour! Sadly, this becomes a label these breeds must live with.

Thanks to Knysna’s Queen of the Hill Tanya Watts, our Society will be joining her in a coordinated effort to raise much needed funds. Nero’s partner for the weekend will be Big Red - Tanya’s clearly marked red Ford F100 truck with huge money donation boxes close by. Nero will be the huge Pitbull Mascott and together they will make appearances at various destinations around town encouraging R5 donations from as many people as possible.

The first appearance of Nero and Big Red will be at the Knysna Motor Show on Sunday 29th April. Look for them close to the general ticket sales office near the main entrance as you enter the grounds.

Their next appearances will be on Thursday and Friday (3 and 4 May) at the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb Fan Fest area in Hedge Street. With all day activity on the go in the area ending with the street parades Nero and Big Red will be on display all day waiting to receive your donation.

Then on Saturday and Sunday (5 and 6 May) the duo will be at the Hillclimb itself. Parked in the Gasoline Alley area for most of the day, they will emerge at lunch time on both days to stretch their legs up the hill and drum up some vocal support with Tanya behind the wheel.

This year our General Manager, Annelien Kitley, who has never had the opportunity to experience so much adrenalin, will be joining Tanya in Big Red for the drive up the hill – it will be a first for her and for our Society, and we trust that you will cheer them on.

KAWS is encouraging all who encounter Nero and Big Red to pop a minimum of R5 into the donation boxes or the collection tins that will be around the grounds. Our Society deals with injured, abused, abandoned, and donated animals daily that all need treatment and care, and this is obviously very costly.
We are a non-profit organisation that can only operate thanks to the generosity of members of public to assist us to help animals in need in our area. Naturally, our biggest goal is to find perfect loving homes for the unwanted animals that are surrendered to us, so please talk to us about adopting a dog or cat before buying from a breeder or pet shop.

So, please be on the lookout for Nero and Big Red, and our awesome volunteers who will be shaking tins on behalf of our Society – then stop, open your hearts and wallets, and pop your R5 coin (or more) into the tin or box!

Pawfully yours

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If the sights and sounds of exhilarating high-performance road and race cars gets your heart beating faster, then there’s one event you simply must add to your calendar – and that’s the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb in Knysna. The ninth edition of this award-winning event takes place from 3 to 6 May and promises to be bigger and better than ever!

  • Record number of entry applications for Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill
  • Exciting new 400-seater grandstand introduced, plus Pit Priority Parking
  • Limited number of VIP Hospitality and Pit Access tickets selling out fast

“The response to this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb has been exceptional, from competitors, corporates and spectators alike,” says Ian Shrosbree, the event’s director. “We received over 220 entry applications for Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill, and we’ve had an unprecedented number of pre-event hospitality, pit and general entry ticket sales.

“With several new elements being added for this year’s Hillclimb, fans will be treated to even more spectacular opportunities to be part of and witness the action,” Shrosbree adds.

One of the exciting new features being introduced for the 2018 edition is a specially built public grandstand that will be ideally positioned at Turn 2. From this unrivalled vantage point, spectators will have some of the best views of the Hillclimb, extending from the start line all the way up the fastest section of the course leading to the spectator bridge at Turn 3. The grandstand has easy access to the pits, food vendors and the popular Gasoline Alley.

The unreserved grandstand seating is limited to 400 people each day. It is available as an upgrade to both General Entry and Pit Access Tickets, at an additional cost of R200 per day.

To make things even more convenient for visitors to the event, the organisers have made a limited amount of parking available in a designated area behind the pits. Known as Pit Priority Parking, it is available to the public at R100 per car for each of the three days.

Hospitality tickets are selling like proverbial hot cakes, and spectators that want the VIP treatment are advised to purchase their tickets soon to avoid disappointment. The Le Mans VIP Lounge Package is open to 250 guests per day and provides access to the exclusive lounge positioned just after the start line. Tickets include VIP parking and shuttle service, pit access, and eats and drinks throughout the day.

The Piston Club, which is also new for 2018, caters for only 100 people per day, and is located near the top of the course overlooking the exciting twisty section known as the “Esses”. Prices include entrance tickets and pit access, priority parking near the venue, as well as a light lunch and beverages.

“Once again, we’re urging people planning to attend the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb this year to book their tickets and accommodation early. Many ticket categories, such as pit access, have limited numbers and sales are robust so to avoid disappointment we recommend buying tickets sooner rather than later,” Shrosbree says.

“On the accommodation side, we’ve secured as many accommodation partners as possible, but it’s essential that both competitors and spectators don’t delay in securing bookings if they want to stay within Knysna. There is obviously a reduction of rooms available in the town due to last year’s fires, however there is plenty availability further out of town and in neighbouring towns,” Shrosbree says.

Full details of ticket prices, hospitality packages and accommodation partners are available and online bookings can be actioned via: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com #JaguarSHC

Release compiled by Colin Mileman (082-897-6145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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We are happy to announce that our online ticket sales are now open. General Entry, Pit Access, Weekend Passes and Hospitality tickets are available. Don’t miss our Early Bird Special that runs until 31st December 2017 for General Entry, Pit Access and Weekend Passes only. Purchase any of these tickets before the end of December to pay 2017 prices! Pit Access and Hospitality tickets are strictly limited – to avoid disappointment, we suggest you make your purchase as soon as possible.

Click here to buy your tickets now

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The entry process for the ninth running of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb opened today, 3 October 2017. The event takes place in the stunning Garden Route town of Knysna from 3-6 May 2018.

This is the earliest that entries have opened in the event’s history, being a month earlier than for the 2017 event, and stems from the huge demand for places on the starting grid. With participants limited to 64 for Classic Car Friday and 84 cars for the King of the Hill category, it is sure to be oversubscribed as was the case for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimbs.

The 2018 event’s entry procedure has changed from a two-stage process this year to a single stage process. Competitors wishing to enter are invited to register their Expression of Interest to enter the event via the online portal at www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com from 3 October 2017 until the closing date of 26 January 2018.

Expressions of Interest will be duly considered by the Organisers who will then issue an Invitation to Compete to successful applicants by no later than 9 February 2018.

With limited entries available, the Organisers have the difficult task of selecting the final entries. The event is significantly over-subscribed each year, resulting in a number of hopeful competitors being disappointed. In determining which competitors make the final cut, the Organisers consider a number of factors, the overriding consideration being “What is best for the event as a whole.”

The format will be like the 2017 event, with Classic Car Friday for older cars competing on the Friday, and individual King of the Hill titles for the three main types of competing vehicles on Saturday and Sunday. As introduced in 2017 for the first time, King of the Hill will consist of Road Going Saloons and Supercars, Single-seaters and Sportscars, and Modified Saloons. Each category will carry the same level of importance and stature.

This will be the fifth edition of the event with Jaguar South Africa as the title sponsor. Jaguar’s partnership over the past four years has helped lift the event to a new level, with unprecedented interest across the board resulting in a record crowd of over 15 800 attending the event in 2017.

CLICK HERE for the Regulations and to register your intent to enter the Classic Car Friday and the King of the Hill races.

General Entry, Pit and Hospitality tickets will go on sale in November 2017.

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Organising Team


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South Africa’s most spectacular and highly anticipated annual motorsport extravaganza is about to become a reality once again when the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb kicks into gear in the beautiful coastal town of Knysna from 5 to 7 May.

  • Jam-packed programme of Hillclimb action, activities and attractions
  • SA champion and Daytona 24 Hour winner Tony Martin selected as Grand Marshal
  • Popular Hillclimb Shuttle Service available from Knysna High School

Year-long preparations by the organising team have guaranteed the most exceptional line-up to date, guaranteeing the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb’s status as the premier event on the local motorsport calendar.

After scrutineering and documentation on Thursday 4 May, the on-track action gets underway on Friday 5 May with Classic Car Friday, featuring 64 entries spanning a total of 58 years of motoring and motor racing pedigree – along with some of the most iconic names in the automotive business.

King of the Hill takes place on Saturday and Sunday, with the 84-car entry list comprising everything from purpose-built Hillclimb monsters with up to 1 500 hp (over 1 100 kW) on tap to specialised lightweight single-seater race cars, exotic supercars and stunning road cars. The action will be dialled into the red this year as there are three King of the Hill titles and Jody trophies up for grabs across the various categories.

Aside from the cars, fans will be treated to some of South Africa’s most famous drivers gracing this year’s event, along with a strong contingent of international competitors from Inde Motorsports Ranch in the US as one of the many highlights.

Along with the action unfolding on the challenging 1.9 km Hillclimb course, there’s a dazzling array of other activities and attractions to keep the whole family entertained. Included in the programme are town parades and exhibitions, the wide array of stalls and displays in Gasoline Alley, helicopter flips from the Simola Golf and Country Estate, the mouth-watering range of food and beverages on offer … and so much more! This truly is a spectacular all-encompassing social and lifestyle event that simply should not be missed!

Grand Marshal – Tony Martin
The concept of Grand Marshal was introduced at last year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb for the first time, with multiple SA champion Ian Scheckter being honoured with this ceremonial role to officiate the start of the event.

For 2017, one of Scheckter’s formidable racing compatriots, Tony Martin, will be waving the Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill competitors on their way.

Martin is probably best known for his success at the 1984 Daytona 24 Hour race as part of the all-South African team alongside Sarel van der Merwe and Graham Duxbury. The trio dominated this legendary event in the famous Kreepy Krauly March 83G-Porsche.

Competing against the likes of Scheckter and Dave Charlton, Martin also raced in the fabled Formula Atlantic series, winning the South African Motor Racing Drivers Championship title in 1980 – and finishing on the podium in the overall results from 1977 to 1983.

More recently, Martin established Durban-based Backdraft Racing in 2002, which is one of the world’s top producers of AC Cobra replicas, most of which are exported to the US, while several are developed into high-performance racing cars for local customers. He still competes in historic racing, both locally and internationally, with adrenaline still clearly coursing through his veins!

Having already attended several Jaguar Simola Hillclimbs, Martin is delighted to be officially involved this year. “I feel quite privileged and honoured to be invited to fulfil the role of Grand Marshal,” he says. “I’ve been very fortunate during my career, and I am blessed with a very full life doing what I enjoy, participating and being involved in motorsport.

“The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is a specially exciting event, where you see the most spectacular gathering of cars and drivers in one place. You simply don’t find this elsewhere in South Africa,” Martin adds. “I know just about everybody there and it’s a fantastic weekend which I am really looking forward to once again.”

Shuttle Service
The popular Hillclimb Shuttle Service will operate on all three days of the event at a cost of R25 per return ride. Taxis will be leaving and returning from the playing fields of the Knysna High School where safe and secure parking is provided, starting at 08h00 on the Friday, and 07h30 on the Saturday and Sunday.

At the event venue, passengers will be dropped off and picked up either at the main Knysna Mara gate entrance which is the main spectator parking area for those who wish to drive themselves, or the Pit Lane gate entrance. Shuttles will also ferry spectators who don’t want to walk up the course from the Pit Entrance to the Mara Entrance throughout the event.

The VIP Shuttle Service for those with Le Mans VIP tickets runs from the Knysna Angling Club.

Golden Tickets
A handful of lucky visitors to the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will win an experience of a lifetime, with an exhilarating ride in a Jaguar up the 1.9 km Hillclimb course.

All tickets purchased via www.iTickets.co.za will qualify for the daily draws, with the winners contacted by cellphone and invited to the pit lane for this exclusive adrenaline-charged ride, seated alongside one of Jaguar’s advanced drivers.

Be sure to secure your Day, Weekend and Pit Access tickets online at iTickets, and stand a chance of winning a Golden Ticket to a ride of a lifetime!

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Release compiled by Colin Mileman (082-897-6145 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Jaguar fans and performance car enthusiasts are in for a treat at this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. The event mark the South African debut of the 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE, which features styling updates and new technology additions to the most dynamically capable, performance-focused Jaguar.

  • 2018 Jaguar F-TYPE will debut and participate at 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb
  • F-TYPE SVR Coupé, F-TYPE SVR Convertible, F-TYPE 400 Sport will feature
  • Updated model includes world-first ReRun app, in partnership with GoPro

Spectators at South Africa’s premier lifestyle motoring event will be able to see the latest F-TYPEs in action on the famed 1.9-kilometre Simola Hill road. Three variants of the F-TYPE will be in action: the 423kW, all-wheel drive F-TYPE SVR, in both Coupé and Convertible body styles, as well as the Special Edition F-TYPE 400 Sport, powered by Jaguar’s 3.0-litre supercharged V6 petrol engine producing 294kW.

“The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is an excellent opportunity to showcase a car like the F-TYPE, a model that perfectly demonstrates the art of performance,” said Lisa Mallett, Marketing Director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Sahara Africa. “It’s only fitting that these exciting new F-TYPEs make their debut in a dynamic fashion, where fans can see and hear them in action – the ultimate thrill for the senses.”

The 2018 model year F-TYPE gains new technology in the form of Jaguar’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system. Boasting super-fast responses, intuitive tablet-style operation, intelligent navigation functions with real-time traffic and live weather reports, every journey is made more rewarding with a world of information at the driver’s fingertips.

Enthusiasts will also be able to capture and share their driving experiences using the new ReRun app, developed in collaboration with GoPro. In a world-first, ReRun combines real-time video from the driver’s GoPro with key vehicle performance data including speed, throttle position, gear selection, braking force and g-force. The high-quality video – including unique ‘highlights’ sections – can be downloaded to the driver’s smartphone and shared on social media.

The F-TYPE’s award-wining design is stronger and more focused, with clearer visual range differentiation thanks to model-specific front bumpers. Full LED headlights boost visual appeal still further and help improve driver safety and comfort through greatly enhanced night-time visibility.

With a focus on optimising performance, the new F-TYPE also features slimline seats, along with new chrome and aluminium trim finishers to heighten the driver-focused feel of the interior. For the first time, purists will be able indulge in the joy of driving by ordering an F-TYPE with a six-speed manual transmission. This will be available on models equipped with the 250kW and 280kW supercharged V6 engines.

On sale for only one year is the Special Edition 400 Sport. Powered by the new 294kW version of the 3.0-litre supercharged V6 engine, it is further enhanced by an uprated chassis comprising the Super Performance braking system, Configurable Dynamics and 20-inch wheels with a unique Dark Satin Grey finish. Additionally, it features distinctive yellow and Dark Satin Grey badging to perfectly complement its choice of three exterior colours: Indus Silver, Santorini Black and Yulong White.

Prices for the new Jaguar F-TYPE start at R1 063 900 for the 250kW, 3.0-litre supercharged manual Coupé. For more information and to build your own F-TYPE, visit www.jaguar.co.za

This year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb commences with Classic Car Friday on 5 May, when owners of historic road and race cars compete in their iconic cars for the Classic Conqueror trophy. From 6 – 7 May, attention will turn to the exhilarating King of the Hill competition. This will see the new Jaguar F-TYPEs competing alongside more than 80 other road-going sports cars, supercars and purpose-built race cars, to conquer the 1.9km-long Simola Hill road.

Spectator tickets for the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb start at R100 for a day pass and R220 for a pit pass. Tickets can be purchased on www.itickets.co.za. For more information, visit www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com.

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Already renowned as South Africa’s premier motorsport event, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb just gets better and more spectacular every year. And this is certainly the case for the 2017 event, scheduled from 5 to 7 May, which is expected to garner a whole new level of competition and spectator interest following the adoption of three separate King of the Hill categories and respective titles up for grabs.

  • Modified saloon car contestants now compete for own King of the Hill title. 
  • Three past winners among leading contenders: Des Gutzeit (2015), Wilhelm Baard (2011) and Geoff Mortimer (2010)
  • Formidable line-up of rivals, including two racing drivers from Inde Motorsports Ranch in the US

Of particular interest is the impending battle between the modified saloon cars, or tin-tops as they’re commonly referred to, which now compete for their own King of the Hill crown, as do the single-seater and sports racing cars, as well as the standard road cars and supercars.

“The introduction of individual King of the Hill titles with equal status for the three categories allows similar types of cars to compete against each other, and represents the natural evolution of the Hillclimb as the cars have become a lot more specialised,” says Jaguar Simola Hillclimb sporting director, Geoff Goddard. “The modified saloon car category is not only by far the biggest with 39 entries, but is also expected to produce one of the most exciting battles this year.”

Indeed, with no less than three former King of the Hill title winners in the mix, there’s plenty to look forward to! Des Gutzeit, the 2015 winner and last year’s overall runner-up with a best time of 40.324 sec, will be back in his explosive Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 with up to 1 500 hp (over 1 100 kW) on tap, and he is undoubtedly one of the firm favourites for the King of the Hill title.

“I think having separate categories is a move in the right direction, because no matter how much power we have, a heavy production-based car will never be a match for the lightweight single-seaters and sports cars,” Gutzeit says.

“My goal is to try and break the 40-sec barrier after having a lot of issues with the car last year, particularly with the fuel we were using. I was actually faster in 2015, so we have gone back to basics and have also done a lot of work on the suspension set-up. We are coming well prepared this year,” he states.

Gutzeit will be going head-to-head with the likes of 2011 champion Wilhelm Baard who is among the mighty contingent of extensively modified new-generation R35 Nissan GT-Rs, along with hot contenders Darron Gudmanz, Quinsley Sale and former circuit-racing star Reghardt Roets who is due to make his Hillclimb debut. Geoff Mortimer, the 2010 winner, will be back in a highly-tuned Nissan 350z.

A new addition to the line-up this year is karting champion Aldo Scribante, who has entered an extensively reworked version of the ex-Terry Moss Racing Audi S4. As a cousin of double Hillclimb winner Franco, the family has a long and proud legacy in motor racing dating back to the 1960s. This includes grandfather Aldo Scribante who ran the SA Lotus Formula 1 team with Dave Charlton who won six consecutive titles, and also built the famous Port Elizabeth race track that was subsequently named after him.

“I’m really looking forward to the Hillclimb, as it is a great event and I think my car will be very well suited to this event,” Scribante says. “We’re doing a lot of work on the car, taking it from the Production Car racing specification and raising the power to around 525 kW, making it about 150 kg lighter with a carbon fibre body kit, and doing a lot of work on aerodynamics with a front splitter, rear diffuser and GTC rear wing.”

Another fierce four-wheel drive competitor will be Anton Cronje, who is always among the leading contenders in his racing Subaru Impreza WRX. He is aiming to go quite a bit faster this year, having reduced weight in the car by 60 kg, improving the aerodynamics and extracting more power to unleash about 400 kW on the wheels.

“We have also fitted a paddle shift gearbox which allows much quicker gear changes, and I’m importing soft race tyres, so I’m pretty confident that I can break below 40 sec this year,” Cronje suggests.

Although the 4WD cars clearly have a start-line advantage, fans can look forward to a determined challenge from the rear-wheel drive brigade too, including a trio of 5.7-litre V8 Masters cars – with 2015 Classic Conqueror winner Charles Arton once again competing in the custom-built race machines.

Notably, the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will see racing drivers from the renowned Inde Motorsports Ranch near Tucson, Arizona, joining the fray – thus adding to the international flavour and appeal of this award-winning event. The line-up includes Kai Goddard, an accomplished racer and lead professional driver for the multi-faceted motorsport oasis, as well as its vice president of business development.

Kai was instrumental in securing multiple American GT and touring car champion Randy Pobst for the 2017 Hillclimb, who will be competing in Jaguar-backed entries in both Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill for road and supercars.

Inde Motorsports Ranch member Steve Kimpton will be competing alongside Goddard in an identical V8 Masters car in Class B6, along with the thundering WesBank Modified-era 6.3-litre V8 Opel Rekord of Willie Hepburn and a Lexus-powered Chevrolet Corvette driven by Craig Czank.

Another regular Jaguar Simola Hillclimb competitor will also be taking on the challenging 1.9 km hill in a V8 Masters car – but with a difference. Former rally champion Enzo Kuun is upping the ante in a modified version featuring NOs, or nitrous oxide injection, which places him in Class B3 for force-fed engines.

“It’s difficult to judge where we will fit in, but we try and improve every year with a bit more power, as it seems that’s the name of the game,” Kuun says. “The first year we came to the Hillclimb we had 500 hp, then added 100 hp in 2016, and now this year we will have about 700 hp (522 kW) as we’ve fitted a nitrous pack on the engine. The challenge is to get off the line quickly in a two-wheel drive car. We saw last year that our last sector is pretty much as fast as the winning cars, but our first sector is where the problem lies. We’ll give it our best shot.

“It’s always great to just make the cut for the Hillclimb, as this event has reached such a status that just getting an entry is an achievement in itself, and we’re really looking forward to competing this year,” he says.

Kuun also believes that dividing King of the Hill into three categories is a good move. “The reason the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb has become the ultimate event on the SA motorsport calendar is because it’s put together by a team of organisers that think progressively, listen to competitors and allow the event to evolve, which makes it really exciting for the drivers and spectators.”

The two-wheel drive fight in Class B3 also features the Giannoccaro family, with father Jimmy racing a Chev V8-powered BMW Z4 specifically built for hillclimbs, along with his two sons – Ricky now sporting a turbocharged version of the BMW M3 GTR he ran last year, while Gianni will be driving a full race-spec turbocharged BMW 135i. “Last year we brought a knife to a gunfight, this year we’re coming with all guns blazing,” Ricky confidently states.

Clearly, the sparks will be flying in the modified saloon car King of the Hill challenge, which guarantees a spectacular two days of action that simply cannot be missed!

Golden Tickets
A handful of lucky visitors to the 2017 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will win an experience of a lifetime, with an exhilarating ride in a Jaguar up the 1.9 km Hillclimb course.

All tickets purchased via www.iTickets.co.za will qualify for the daily draws, with the winners contacted by cellphone and invited to the pit lane for this exclusive adrenaline-charged ride, seated alongside one of Jaguar’s advanced drivers.

Be sure to secure your Day, Weekend and Pit Access tickets online at iTickets, and stand a chance of winning a Golden Ticket to a ride of a lifetime!

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