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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

WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO DO TO WIN?
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

T&C's:
*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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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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Public entries for the eighth running of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb opened today, 1 November 2016. The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb takes place in the stunning Garden Route town of Knysna from 4-7 May 2017.

This is the earliest that public entries have opened in the event’s history, being a month earlier than for the 2016 event, and stems from the huge demand for places on the starting grid. With entries limited to 60 for Classic Car Friday and 84 cars for the King of the Hill category, it is sure to be significantly oversubscribed as was the case for the 2015 and 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimbs.

The 2017 event’s entry procedure continues the two stage entry process. Stage one saw invitations sent out to competitors that have previously competed in all events, past winners and a few special guests on 3 October 2016. If these competitors completed the entry process by 30 October they received a guaranteed entry.

The second stage is the public participation process that opens on 1 November 2016 and closes on 25 January 2017. Aspiring competitors are requested to lodge an expression of intent to enter via the online portal at www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.co.za. 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 10 February 2017.

One of the new features for this year is the introduction of individual King of the Hill titles for the three main types of competing vehicles. There will be three distinct categories for King of the Hill which allows cars of similar type and performance to compete against each other, which should make the racing even more exciting. Aside from the established class finals, catering for the various types of road and race cars, there will be separate Top 10 Shootouts for Road and Supercars, Single-seaters and Sportscars, as well as Racing Saloon Cars. Each category will carry the same level of importance and stature.

This will be the fourth edition of the event with Jaguar South Africa as the title sponsor. Jaguar’s partnership over the past three years has lifted the event to a new level, with unprecedented interest across the board resulting in a record crowd of over 14 200 attending the event in 2016.

Click here for the Regulations, here for Competitor Bulletin #2-2017 on Class changes and here to register your intent to enter the Classic Car Friday and the King of the Hill races.

Le Mans VIP Hospitality tickets will go on sale on 2 November 2016.

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The build-up for SA’s premier, must-attend motor racing event commenced on Thursday 5 May, with documentation and scrutineering for the Classic Car Friday competitors taking place at the Knysna Waterfront, from 09h00 to 13h30. This is a great opportunity for enthusiasts to see the cars for the first time. Thereafter the competitors head for the Town Parade, which starts at 14h45, and is sure to raise the excitement level several notches.

Non-stop action throughout the weekend, starts with scrutineering on Thursday

Town Parade, Main Street Exhibition provide exciting prelude to the races
Convenient shuttle service between Knysna Waterfront and Hillclimb entrance
Superb spectator points to witness all the Hillclimb action
The highly anticipated 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is set to roar into action in just a few hours from now, and will transform the quaint town of Knsyna into a motorsport paradise.

King of the Hill competitors can do their documentation and scrutineering from 15h00 on Thursday, or from 08h00 to 13h30 on Friday, followed by an exhibition of the dazzling line-up of cars in Main Street, Knysna, from 3 to 4 pm.

After a year of preparation, Simola Hill will come alive to the spine-tingling sounds of high performance engines being revved to the limit when practice kicks off at 08h30 for the 60 cars competing in Classic Car Friday. The jam-packed programme of practice and qualifying runs leads to class finals at around 14h25, the Classic Conqueror Top 10 Shootout starting at approximately 14h55, followed by prize-giving.

For the two adrenaline-charged days that make up the King of the Hill challenge, the first of more than 80 cars set off at 09h00 each day. The Class Finals are scheduled to begin at 15h00 on Sunday 8 May, followed by the exciting new SuperCar Shootout, and the nail-biting King of the Hill Top 10 final one-lap dash at 15h50. This is followed by prize-giving at 16h25 and a fun-filled street party in the pits from 5 pm.

The organisers have put a huge amount of effort into this event to make it as spectator-friendly as possible, including providing a convenient shuttle service that runs between the Knysna Waterfront and the main entrances throughout the weekend – at a cost of just R10 per person each way.

Two drop-off points are available – either at the main entrance near the pit complex, or at the bridge above Turn 3 that provides access to Gasoline Alley and the spectator areas. Public parking is available adjacent to the Gasoline Alley entrance, with access best suited to 4x4s and vehicles with high ground clearance.

Superb spectator points are provided throughout the 1.9 km Hillclimb course, beginning with the area opposite the pit complex and the start line where all the tyre-smoking, rip-roaring action begins. Visitors with Pit Access Tickets will be able to get up close and personal with their motorsport heroes and their iconic cars, making for an even more memorable weekend.

One of the most spectacular and popular places to watch the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is at Turn 3, either seeing the cars hit their maximum speed towards the end of the long uphill straight, or just after the turn as they accelerate towards the fast Turn 4.

The snaking sequence of Turns 5, 6 and 7 are also a firm favourite as the drivers aim for the tightest line in the final sprint to the finish.

Food and beverage vendors, as well as mobile toilet facilities, are located at the main spectator areas, while Gasoline Alley provides a hive of activities, stalls and attractions to enthral the entire family, including a kiddies play area with jumping castles and face painting.

Jaguar will have its exciting new F-PACE on display at its stand in Gasoline Alley from lunch time on Saturday once it has been officially launched.

Lunchtime entertainment will include rides up the hill by 12 very valuable, classic motorcycles, the Harley-Davidson Club (Sunday only), aerobatic displays and more.

Simola’s very own helipad is conveniently located just above Gasoline Alley, and helicopter rides are available throughout the weekend – subject to the weather. Experiencing the Hillclimb from the air offers a simply breathtaking view of the course, the surrounding Simola Golf and Country Estate as well as the beautiful Knysna estuary.

The 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is bigger and better than ever – make sure you don’t miss it!

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

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Now in its seventh year, and roaring into life from 6 to 8 May 2016, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is widely considered South Africa’s premier motorsport event, featuring the largest and widest range of iconic cars and legendary drivers, all giving it their best on the challenging 1.9 km Simola Hill.

Record interest from competitors and spectators for seventh edition

Year-long preparations set to make the 2016 Hillclimb the best yet
All-New Jaguar F-PACE reveal on Saturday 7 May
Around 15 000 people expected to attend, plenty on offer for the whole family
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb originated as a mere dream shared by a couple of motorsport enthusiasts, but since the very first edition came to fruition in 2009, it has set the benchmark for the most enthralling and accessible form of racing in the country.

The Hillclimb was acknowledged as the Best Tourism Activity in the 2016 Sanlam Knysna Awards, was a finalist in the Discovery Sport Awards in the Best Live Event category, and the event’s founder and director, Ian Shrosbree, was nominated by the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists for a special achievement award this year.

The three-day event runs like clockwork every time, and is deemed a huge success by sponsors, partners, competitors, spectators and media alike. Behind the scenes, the organising team puts an extraordinary amount of work and effort into the event to make it bigger, better and more appealing each year.

"From the time we invited competitors to take part in the 2016 event until now, just before the running of the 7th Hillclimb, the interest in both taking part and spectating this year has been greater than ever before," Shrosbree says.

"Accommodation bookings in the Garden Route region, the traffic on social media, and some of the improvements we have introduced in our ticket offerings, especially the introduction of the weekend passes and making tickets available on iTickets.co.za, all point to us exceeding last year’s gate record of just over 12 000 people, which should get us closer to a total of 15 000."

Already the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb has achieved its position as being South Africa’s premium annual motorsport event. This is reflected in the number of corporate, celebrity, government and international guests that are attending the event this year, and the VIP hospitality facilities that are already almost fully booked for all three days.

"Our focus over the last three years and going forward, is not on the total numbers but on improving the overall spectator and competitor experience, and enhancing the iconic uniqueness of the offering to true performance motoring enthusiasts," Shrosbree adds.

"We want them to attend in large numbers which, of course is good for us and our sponsor partners. But, most importantly, we want them to thoroughly enjoy each moment and put the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb onto their once-a-year must-attend motorsport bucket list into the future."

The year-long preparations for the 2016 Hillclimb literally began as soon as the prize-giving for last year's event was wrapped up, and involved lengthy discussions and negotiations with sponsors, venues, local authorities, volunteers, suppliers, vendors, media and marketing partners.

In the build-up to the 2016 Hillclimb, the facts and figures that make this event possible are truly astonishing, as the normally sedate country road leading from the beautiful Knysna Lagoon to the Simola Golf and Country Estate is completely transformed into motorsport nirvana.

Aside from the numerous build-up and break-down crews, almost 300 staff and volunteers are on-site throughout the event to keep the wheels turning smoothly, supported by 59 security personnel on duty each day that complete a total of 291 shifts throughout the extended weekend.

Currently, 48 marquees and 1 230 m2 of decking are being bolted together for the 2016 edition, variously being used to create the temporary pit and media complex, the VIP venues, display areas and a host of other attractions and activities. This is supported by 51 Poly John mobile toilet facilities, five VIP trailers and two toilets for the disabled. Nearly 1 400 m of fencing is erected specially for this event in the interests of safety.

Providing a tantalising feast of food and beverages for the spectators, competitors and crews is a hallmark of the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, and this accounts for a significant proportion of the 30 vendors that will be present this year.

For the duration of the Hillclimb, over 3 000 cans of cool drink are being supplied, along with 3 700 bottles of water and 1 250 energy drinks. This is supplemented by 5 000 half-litre beer cups, 1 400 cans of cider and 450 bottles of spirits. Specialist coffees, complemented by a mouth-watering array of food choices to satisfy virtually any palate, will also be available.

Add to this the multitude of attractions and stalls in Gasoline Alley, the reveal of the All-New Jaguar F-PACE sports SUV on the Saturday – and, of course, the exceptional sights and sounds of around 140 cars being driven in anger up the 1.9 km Simola Hill – and you have the makings of a fantastic, one-of-a-kind motorsport festival that is played out in one of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. It doesn’t get much better than this!

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

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“Bigger and better” may be an over-used marketing catchphrase, but it’s a perfectly apt description of the adrenaline-charged, heart-racing scene that is set to unfold when the King of the Hill explodes into action at the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb on 7 and 8 May.

  • At least four previous winners returning as formidable contenders
  • Des Gutzeit aiming for consecutive title in 1 500 hp Nissan GT-R
  • First Hillclimb outing for Franco Scribante’s new Chevron B26
  • 2016 could crown the first double winner, and a sub-40 sec lap record

The line-up for the seventh edition of South Africa’s premier motorsport event, acknowledged as one of Knysna’s top award-winning attractions, is indeed more spectacular and competitive than ever.

Featuring no less than four past winners, along with an astonishing array of cars either purpose-built to take on the daunting 1.9 km Simola Hill or making their highly anticipated debut, there really is nothing better for motoring enthusiasts and competitors alike.

As the reigning King of the Hill, Des Gutzeit has no intention of having the title wrestled out of his hands, and could indeed become the very first double-winner at this year’s event. He boldly announced from the top step of the podium last year that he would coming back to break the 40 sec barrier in his highly modified 1993 Nissan Skyline R32 GT-R – and the wise money will be on him doing exactly that.

“My GT-R is going to be stronger than last year, as we’ve done some work to lighten it and make it handle a bit better,” Gutzeit says in his typically casual manner. “We ran about 1 400 hp last year, and hopefully the engine will produce a bit more now, but horsepower isn’t everything for the Hillclimb. You need a car that handles properly and it has to be driven well.”

Having established a new lap record of 40.148 sec on his final run for the King of the Hill Top 10 Shootout in 2015, Gutzeit certainly knows what it takes to win. From a standing start, he charged through the course at an average speed of over 170 km/h, and reached a top speed on the main uphill straight of 250 km/h – eye-watering numbers indeed!

Yet he is more confident than ever of establishing a new lap record. “Going under 40 sec is definitely possible, and I certainly won’t be the only one aiming to break the current record,” Gutzeit says.

“Franco Scribante will be extremely fast in his new Chevron B26, and he’s a very good driver, but I reckon that there will be at least 10 competitors that could win King of the Hill this year.”

Two of Gutzeit Senior’s rivals may well come from the home front, with sons Jade and Shane potentially among the front runners too. Jade won the event in 2012 and was one of the fastest competitors last year, but suffered mechanical problems with his Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 that was completed just before the Hillclimb. With the matter of car selection still in the balance, they both could be at the sharp end of the field.

2014 winner Franco Scribante has made his intentions clear. “I’ve entered the Chevron B26 for King of the Hill, and my aim is to win,” he states. “This year we’re definitely going to break the 40 sec barrier. It’s going to be really hot at the top, especially with all these Nissan GT-Rs competing with over 1 400 hp.”

The 1972 Chevron B26 monocoque sports car was produced as a successor to the B19 with which Scribante dominated the 2014 event. This car was completely rebuilt in the UK to Scribante’s specifications for hillclimbs and endurance racing.

In its current form, it is powered by a radical 2.9-litre engine, which is basically two Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle engines mated together to form a V8. “It produces about 450 hp, and the car weighs just 580 kg, so the power-to-weight ratio is very impressive,” Scribante adds.

“It’s amazing how advanced the technology was for the time, despite how primitive it looks. The chassis and handling of the B26 are as good as anything you’ll find today, and it feels like a 250 Superkart,” he enthuses. And Scribante knows what he’s talking about, having led the first hour and a half of the Welkom 6-Hour endurance race with this car on its first outing in February.

Another serious challenger joining the fray this year is 2011 champion, Wilhelm Baard. After missing the 2015 Hilllclimb, the Nissan engineer and former Production Car racer returns with an extensively modified and refined version of the 2014 GT-R he used two years ago.

“The car has been comprehensively reworked and is leaps and bounds better than in 2014 when we had set-up issues,” Baard says. “It is lighter, we have better tyres, improved brakes and suspension, and it produces over 1 000 hp on the hubs. We’ve also had a lot of work done on the aerodynamics of the car. The result is quite radical, but it should make the GT-R competitive.

“This year will be very special with several drivers setting out to break the 40 sec barrier. Along with Des, Darron Gudmanz and Reghardt Roets in really fast GT-Rs, it’s probably Franco Scribante that worries me most, as the Chevron B26 will be seriously fast,” he adds.

The list of winning drivers doesn’t end there, as the 2010 ‘King’, Geoff Mortimer, is back in a hot Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9. At the age of 80 he’s still quick, very competitive and hugely experienced. “Our car puts out between 800 and 900 hp, and is similar specification to the Evo that Jade used last year, although possibly not quite as light,” Mortimer says.

As they say in the classics, “that’s not all, folks!” While this epic clash between these mighty men and their remarkable machines unfolds, spectators will also be treated to the spine-tingling sights and sounds of the first-ever Formula One car to compete at the 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb. The burning question is, could it trounce them all?

Entered and driven by Andre Bezuidenhout, this 1989 Dallara F189 has true F1 pedigree, having finished third at the 1989 Canadian Grand Prix with Andrea de Cesaris behind the wheel, as part of the BMS Scuderia Italia team.

Bezuidenhout has certainly proven its potential on the track, and holds the lap record of 58.839 sec at Zwartkops Raceway, set in March 2008.

“I know the car very well, but I’ve never raced it on the road and I’ve never been to the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, so all of this will be completely new to me,” Bezuidenhout says. “The key will be getting the suspension setup right to cope with the bumpy surface, but I’m really looking forward to the race.”

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

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The 2016 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will host the country’s largest and most spectacular gathering of road and race cars when Knysna is transformed into South Africa’s motorsport capital from 6 to 8 May 2016.

Of particular interest to motorsport enthusiasts from far and wide is the King of the Hill challenge, along with the all-new SuperCar Shootout, which sees a jaw-dropping line-up of over 80 cars from 30 manufacturers being driven up the 1.9 km hillclimb course at simply breathtaking speeds on the Saturday and Sunday. The entries include everything from hot hatchbacks to performance sedans, exotic supercars and even Le Mans and Formula One racers.

• 30 manufacturers represented, including Jaguar, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche
• Over 80 entries spanning eight classes, road and race cars
• New SuperCar Shootout for exotic sports cars and supercars
• Des Gutzeit back to defend King of the Hill title in radical Nissan GT-R
• Current 40.148 sec lap record under threat from numerous challengers

The current lap record of 40.148 sec was set by last year’s winner, Des Gutzeit, in his highly modified 1 400 hp Nissan GT-R, achieving a staggering average speed of over 170 km/h from a standing start for the challenging 1.9 km road course.

While Dezzi will be back to defend his title and aims to break the 40 sec barrier, he will face off against a brace of rivals, including Anton Cronje and Geoff Mortimer in their heavily modified Mitsubishi Lancer Evos in Class B1 for four-cylinder turbocharged cars. Cronje finished a close second to Sarel van der Merwe in 2009, while Mortimer won the event in 2010 thus they will both be formidable competitors.

Once again Nissan GT-Rs will be out in force in Class B2 for modified six-cylinder racing cars. Des Gutzeit will be going up against 2011 winner Wilhelm Baard, last year’s third-placed finisher Darron Gudmanz, as well as Reghardt Roets – all driving highly tuned GT-Rs with around 1 400 hp on tap! 2015 runner-up Sav Gualtieri will also be back in his rapid BMW 335i racer.

Class B3 caters for turbocharged and supercharged eight-cylinder vehicles, and features the wild Jaguar XJR (otherwise known as ‘The Beast’) driven by Rory Beattie, along with Thouca Mechanicos in his raucous and distinctive chrome Mercedes-Benz C55 AMG, and Paige Lindenberg in a new Shelby Super Snake Ford Mustang GT.

A wide range of cars are spread across classes B4 to B6 for four, six and eight-cylinder race cars respectively. The latter class includes the thundering WesBank Modifieds-era 6.3-litre V8 Opel Rekord of Willie Hepburn, and rally ace Enzo Kuun in a Ford-powered V8 Masters car.

Single-seater and sports racing cars make up Class C, spread across five categories based on engine size. The main interest will be focused on Class C5 with 2014 champion Franco Scribante launching his bid for a second King of the Hill title in a 1972 Chevron B29. This lightweight sports racer is powered by a specially developed 2.9-litre V8 derived from two Suzuki motorcycle engines.

Another headline act is the first-ever Formula One car to take on the Simola Hill. Avid motorsport enthusiast and racer Andre Bezuidenhout will make his hillclimb debut in a 1989 Dallara F189, powered 3.5-litre Ford V8 engine – a special treat for F1 fans!

While the dazzling array of race-bred machinery will dominate the overall fastest times throughout the weekend, there’s plenty on offer from the road car field too. Class A1 for four-cylinder two-wheel drive cars features the all-new Jaguar XE sports sedan that was unveiled at the Hillclimb last year, and will be driven a selection of SA’s fastest motoring journalists.

A2 caters for faster two or four-wheel drive four-cylinder entries, and includes two modified VW Golf Rs, a Porsche 944 Turbo and a Subaru Impreza WRX STi. With no entries for A3, next up is Class A4, which is dominated by road-legal Nissan GT-Rs.

Class A5 is home to normally aspirated four-cylinder models, while A6 is for six-cylinder non-boosted entries such as the Porsche 911 GT3. Exclusivity steps up several notches in Class A7 which is the playground of the exotics, comprising a Lamborghini Aventador, Ferrari 458 Italia and Mercedes-Benz CLK63 Black.

Turbocharged and supercharged sports cars are grouped in Class A8, headed by the two official Jaguar F-Type Coupé R entries, driven by Dawie Olivier and Gary Formato. The class also features a McLaren 650s and, for a bit of a twist, a supercharged 5.0-litre V8 Shelby Ford Ranger pickup driven by Peter Lindenberg. New to this year’s event is Class A9 for hybrid cars, which features the BMW i8.

An exciting addition to this year’s Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is the SuperCar Shootout, which runs in conjunction with King of the Hill. On completion of the respective class finals, drivers of road going, street legal, supercars that have registered to compete in this special category instead of the King of the Hill will take to the hill, thus creating a whole new level of excitement as the exotic supercars battle it out for glory.

For more information on the event visit: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.co.za #JaguarSHC
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The event will take place on Sunday May 1 , 2016 in Knysna and will be located on the Knysna High School sports fields on Waterfront Drive. Gates open to the public from 09:30 to 16:00 and the entrance charge is R40 for adults , R10 for scholars 12 to 18 and no charge for children under 12 

Peter Pretorius , Chairman of the Garden Route Motor Club , invites all auto enthusiasts , the public and their families to come and experience a prestigious and exciting motor show. With beautiful surroundings , fantastic cars and motorcycles , great people , delicious food and beer garden all set in a country style atmosphere , it is no wonder that the organisers are excited . In addition new car dealers and related trade stands will be placed strategically among the car and motorcycle displays. The planning for the motor show is well on target and all indications are that it will again be an awesome motor show and one not to be missed .You have to be there to enjoy the experience!!!.

Over the past 4 years the motor show has grown exponentially and is recognised as one of the premier motor shows, attracting some of the best 300 to 400 cars and motorcycles in South Africa. Many accolades in this regard were received in 2015. The objective for 2016 is to again lift the standard , providing an opportunity for owners of high quality unique cars and motorcycles to be part of the display. The motor show is all about quality and not volume. To ensure that this vision is realised all cars and motor cycles displayed are personally invited and selected. With the popularity of the Knysna motor show growing, it is estimated that in excess of 5000 visitors will come and enjoy the amazing display. The Motor show’s car and motorcycle classification will be :
- Classic cars with a bias towards sports cars
- Modern potential classic cars , sports and super cars
- Veteran and vintage cars and post vintage cars build prior to 1940.
- Motorcycles – veteran , vintage and classic road and racing motorcycles.

Classic Car Africa will once again sponsor two “ Concours d’Elegance “ floating trophies . In addition Auto Glym will sponsor the “ Style et luxe “ floating trophy for the most elegant and luxurious car on view . The winners of these trophies will be selected by independent judges. The motorcycle floating trophy, sponsored by All Sound Security, will be awarded to the best motorcycle on display

Besides providing the fellowship enjoyed by likeminded people , exhibitors and the public , the motor show has been the source of much needed funds for local charities . Over the past 4 years close to R200,000 has been distributed to Hospice, Animal Welfare , E-Pap ( ( Children feeding scheme ) , Knysna High School bursary fund and FAMSA . The drive this year will again be to raise monies for these charities , while enjoying an unforgettable day at the motor show.

This mega event is a spectacular celebration of all things that make a petrolhead’s hearts beat faster and definitely a “ must attend “ motor show. For more information about the Knysna motor show you can contact Peter Pretorius on 082 321 4724 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For further information also visit the website www.grmc.co.za or Facebook www.facebook.com/knysnamotorshow

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