Horsepower and the hillside

Mercedes-Benz on the start line of the Knysna Hillclimb

The fifth hillclimb event in Knysna takes places from Friday to Sunday, May 16 to 18. Three days of competition with some of the fastest machinery in South Africa rising to the challenge.

Friday is all about history for competitors in this event. Classic Car Friday actually starts on Thursday with documentation and scrutineering – with six classes and nearly 50 entries divided between classes H1 and H6.

There’s some interesting cars on that list of entries, including a 1927 Bugatti T37 entered by Robert van Zyl, a 1931 Ford Model A Speedster from Brian Bruce, 1958 Porsche 356A entered by Timothy Abbot, Fred Phillips’ 1959 Austin Healey 3000, the 1968 MG C of Peter Hollis, the 1972 Ford Capri Perana of Djurk Venter and the 1965 Shelby Daytona Coupé of Peter Lindenburg.

This is a taste of the machinery that will aim their way up the hill on Friday. Saturday dawns with the start of the serious business. Getting to the top of the hill fastest is the goal for racers in the now Jaguar-sponsored Knysna Hillclimb.

Classes are A1 through A8 and B1 to B6 with the C1 to C6 classes rounding out the entries. Together the classes total 81 entries with the drivers each performing multiple runs in order to post the fastest time of the weekend.

The quickest entries on Friday will make the cut for the finals which take place on Sunday, with the fastest driver on the day being crowned “King of the Hill”.

As the new sponsor for the event, Jaguar are taking the opportunity to showcase their latest model, the Jaguar F-Type in coupé guise. A number of these will also make the run up the hill, in the hands of a select few motoring journalists.

Aside from the Jaguar entries, the competitors will bring a number of exotic automobiles to the event with Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin and Porsche entries on the list.

More information on the event is available on the hillclimb website and on their Facebook page.

You can also take a look at the included image gallery here to see some of the previous events.



Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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