What is the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb?
The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is widely regarded as South Africa’s premier annual motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, delivering an unparalleled mix of high-adrenaline action in an accessible and enthralling format designed for the whole family.
First staged in 2009, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb has rapidly grown from humble beginnings to become the must-attend event of the year for spectators and many of the biggest names in motorsport. It also attracts high-profile celebrities, having hosted the likes of Hollywood star Sharlto Copley, Miss South Africa and newly crowned Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, as well as several Springbok rugby players including captain Eben Etzebeth.
The ninth edition of the Hillclimb takes place from 4 to 6 May 2018 in the beautiful Garden Route town of Knysna. Tickets can be purchased online, offering exceptional value for General Entry, Pit Access and Weekend Passes. Exclusive VIP Hospitality packages are also available.
Where is the Simola Hill?
The Simola Hill is on Old Cape Road which is the road to the Simola Golf and Country Estate in Knysna, Western Cape, South Africa.
From the N2 on the George/Western side of Knysna, follow signs up the Old Cape Road to get to the event.
Click here to open a Google Map.
General Entry tickets allow you access into the event grounds but does not allow access to:
- The Pits
- Turn 2 Grandstand
- All Hospitality facilities
Pit Access Tickets
Pit Access tickets allow you access into the event grounds and the Pits but does not allow access to:
- Turn 2 Grandstand
- Hospitality facilities
All Hospitality tickets allow access to the Pits, as well as the applicable hospitality facility. For more information about what is offered at these facilities, please click here for a brochure.
Le Mans VIP Lounge and Piston Club ticket holders will be required to collect their access wristbands at the Welcome Center which is located at the Knysna High School Sports Field in Trotter Street, Knysna. The Welcome Center will be open from Wednesday 2 May for VIP collections.
**Please note that if you have a Hospitality ticket and would like Turn 2 Grandstand or Pit Priority Parking tickets, they are available to purchase online.
Turn 2 Grandstand Tickets
Upgrade any ticket to enable access to the un-reserved seating on the Turn 2 Grandstand.
** Please note that you will have to first buy an entry ticket of your choice (General Entry, Pit Access or Hospitality) before adding the Turn 2 Grandstand as an upgrade.
HOW DO I ADD A TURN 2 GRANDSTAND UPGRADE/EXTRA?
Please Note: Only the main purchaser using the email used to purchase the ticket(s) can purchase “Upgrade/Extras” by following these easy steps:
Log into the account that the ticket(s) were purchased with.
Click on the “Orders” tab at the top.
The Orders tab will display the ticket(s) that where purchased, click the “Add Extra” button for the order you wish to add extras for.
Select the upgrade/extras you would like to purchase and complete the step-by-step purchasing process.
IMPORTANT NOTE: If the ticket has been “transferred” you will not be able to add upgrades/extras and you will need to contact the original ticket purchaser that transferred the ticket to you and request them to add the products you wish to have added.
Parking is available in the Public Parking area near the event. The parking is on a grass field and not suitable for low vehicles.
After purchasing/redeeming your entry tickets, proceed via the bridge into Gasoline Alley (see Spectator map here).
**Should there be rain, we encourage passenger cars to make use of the shuttle service from the Knysna High School Sports field, in Trotter Street. The shuttles will run directly to the Main Entrance and Pit Entrance ticket gates. The cost is R25 return per person. Click here for a Shuttle map.
Pit Priority Parking
PIT PRIORITY PARKING stickers must be collected from the Pit Priority Parking collection point outside Muse restaurant on Old Cape Road, shortly after turning off the N2. It will be clearly signposted.
Please have your printed Pit Priority Parking tickets and any other tickets ready for scanning. You will be issued with a parking sticker which you need to attach to your car windscreen.
If you have purchased General Entry, Pit Access and/or Turn 2 Grandstand tickets you will be able to collect your access band at this point too.
All other ticket holders will need to walk from the Pit Priority Parking to the Pit Ticket Entrance Gate to buy General Entry tickets.
Once at the track, we suggest you drop off elderly people and young children at the circle near the Pit Ticket Entrance before proceeding to the Pit Priority Parking.
PLEASE NOTE: If you do not have a printed QR code ticket or a copy of the QR code on your phone, you will not gain access.
Le Mans VIP Lounge Parking
The Le Mans VIP Lounge parking area is at the Knysna High School Sports Field. From here a Shuttle will take you to the Pit Ticket Entrance, which is a short walk away from the VIP facility.
The Piston Club Parking
Proceed to the Shuttles which will take you to the Pit Ticket Entrance gate (R25 per person return). From here please catch the complimentary Piston Club Shuttle which will drop you at The Piston Club.
Drive to Simola Hotel. Follow the signs to P9.
PLEASE NOTE: Access to The Piston Club is on a steep dirt road. It is not recommended for low vehicles or if it is raining.
What are the opening hours?
Gates open at 7.30am. Please note that Hospitality facilities will open at 9am.
What are the opening hours of the Welcome Center?
Welcome Center Opening Times
Wednesday 2 May | 09h00 – 17h00
Thursday 3 May | 09h00 – 19h00
Friday 4 May | 07h00 – 19h00
Saturday 5 May | 07h00 – 17h00
Sunday 6 May | 07h00 – 12h00
What is the daily itinerary?
Cars will be on track from 8.30am to 3pm (Friday), 9am to 5pm (Saturday) and 4pm (Sunday) with a one hour lunch break. Please see the event schedule here.
Where can I buy a Hillclimb Magazine with a programme?
The Hillclimb Magazine will be available at the Main Ticket entrance and the Pit Ticket entrance points.
Is food and drink available?
Yes, there will be various food stalls available in the following areas:
- The general public area near the Pits;
- Turn 2 near the Grandstand;
- Gasoline Alley;
- Near The Piston Club at the Esses.
PLEASE NOTE: No alcohol can be brought into the event. Alcohol is available for purchase at the bars in the above mentioned areas.
How does the cashless system work?
The 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will be a completely cashless event, meaning that you will use your Access wristband or a Howler Loaded Card to transact within the entire event. From merchandise to food and beverages, all will be available at the tap of your wristband or card!
For more information about the cashless system, please click here.
Can I bring chairs and umbrellas?
Where do I view the action?
The action can be viewed all along the track. The most popular areas are:
- The area above the pits is generally accessible and spectators will be able to see the pit activity and the start line action;
- Turn 2 where you can see the car leave the start, negotiate corners 1 and 2 and then blast up the hill to their maximum speeds;
- Turn 3 (Bridge corner) at Gasoline Alley where you will see the cars enter at high speed, negotiate a tight left handed off-camber corner and then accelerate up the hill;
- The Esses banking where you will see the cars exit turn 3, accelerate to over 200km/h (certain cars) and then negotiate the “S” bends.
Is there a disabled viewing deck?
Yes. It is a specially constructed deck offering good viewing of the track. It is located between turns 5 and 6 (The Esses banking) with parking close by. There is shade, and a disabled toilet on the deck.
Should I bring ear protection?
It is not essential, but recommended for sensitive ears. Hearing protection will be available for purchase from the Merchandise stands in Gasoline Alley and near the Pits.
Are there medical facilities?
We will have paramedics on site at both the Pits and Gasoline Alley.
Is there a dress code in the VIP Hospitality facility?
No, but don’t come naked!
However, for Classic Car Friday we are encouraging our guests to dress up in 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s outfits. Pick the era of your favourite car and dress up in support. Just choose any period for the fun of it.
For security reasons, dogs and drones are not allowed at the event.