Event Overview

The 2017 Simola Hillclimb will run over four days – from Thursday 4 May to Sunday 7 May and will include the following elements (listed in chronological order):

Classic Car Friday Town Parade and Car Display

Our Classic Car Friday town parade will take place on Thursday afternoon at 14h45 after scrutineering at the Waterfront Car Park which starts at 09h00. This will be the third time that the Classic Cars have their own parade through the town and it will create a superb spectacle for the public.

Classic Car Friday

Classic Car Friday opens competitive proceedings for the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb on Friday 5 May 2017 and caters exclusively for historic, classic and vintage cars.

Glorious cars from pre-war to 1985 will grace the hill during the course of the day, while drivers, friends and spectators are encouraged to attend in period dress.

Classic Car Friday offers a unique atmosphere and a collection of cars that is not to be missed.

Track action is from 08h30-15h00 with the field limited to 60 cars.

King of the Hill Town Parade and Car Display

The town exhibition for the King of the Hill competitors will take place on Friday. The cars will drive from the Waterfront Car Park to be presented to the public in Main Street, which will be closed to traffic. This will be limited to participating cars only and has proven to be one of Knysna town’s annual highlights. .

As with the classic car competitors, the King of the Hill cars will start assembling from 09h00 on Friday morning for scrutineering at the Knysna Waterfront car park, after which they are obliged to enter into a dedicated area where they are held and put on display for the public to view and meet-and-greet the drivers as a precursor to the Main Street exhibition.

The King of the Hill Shootout

Saturday and Sunday’s action has been dubbed the King of the Hill Shootout and is where the country’s fastest machinery will duel it out on the hill. With entries in the Shootout limited to 84 cars, demand for places in the event is oversubscribed with all spots allocated well before the closing date for entries.

The event has become an invitation event for competitors. Previous winners, competitors that have competed in all events and selected others are pre-invited. All other drivers are then invited to express an interest in entering the event. All applicants are evaluated by a committee to determine whether car driver and/or machinery meet the set criteria.

Preference will be given to competitors and cars with a strong motorsport history and/or heritage and/or spectator value. These do not have to be the most expensive cars, just the most interesting. This is to ensure that fans will witness some of the country’s meanest, sleekest, prettiest and most spectacular cars taking to the track during the weekend.

The identified list of potential entries will then be invited to enter the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb.