Tick tock … just two weeks left to submit entry applications for 2023 Simola Hillclimb!

Tick tock … just two weeks left to submit entry applications for 2023 Simola Hillclimb!


  • Entry applications close on 31 January 2023 for 13th edition of Simola Hillclimb
  • As a strictly invitational event, entries are limited to 65 competitors for Classic Car Friday and 84 for King of the Hill
  • Simola Hillclimb is widely regarded as South Africa’s premier motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, this year’s edition takes place from 4 to 7 May 2023


KNYSNA, South Africa, 17 January 2023 – It’s the final dash for the line for competitors hoping to participate in this year’s Simola Hillclimb – the 13th edition of what is renowned as South Africa’s premier motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, taking place from 4 to 7 May 2023.

With just two weeks to go before the application process closes on 31 January, there’s not a moment to spare for submitting entries online at www.simolahillclimb.com. As a strictly invitational event, there are limited slots available, with just 65 entries selected for Classic Car Friday, and a total of 84 competitors taking to the start line for the thrilling two days of action during King of the Hill.

“We’ve had a fantastic response from our regular competitors as well as newcomers to the event since the applications opened in October last year, and there’s no doubt that we will have a spectacular line-up this year,” says sporting director Geoff Goddard. “The calibre of entries is exceptional, and it’s remarkable how much time and effort is spent on these cars, many of which are specifically built or prepared just to compete at the Simola Hillclimb.

“I’m delighted that we are also seeing increased interest from the vehicle manufacturers and importers, which further entrenches the Simola Hillclimb’s status as one of the must-attend automotive events of the year,” Goddard says.

“However, time is running out for competitors to submit their applications, and we are once again close to being over-subscribed for both Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill,” Goddard adds. “We encourage those hoping to enter this year’s event to do so without delay, as the limited number of places are highly sought-after, and no late applications will be considered.”

Once the deadline passes, all of the submissions received are reviewed by the organisers according to strict criteria to ensure the vehicles are eligible and conform to the regulations for the various classes.

At the same time, consideration is given to keeping the line-up fresh and exciting for the competitors and spectators alike – with the bar undoubtedly being raised each year! Successful applicants will receive a formal invitation to compete by 10 February.

At the beginning of May, the scenic town of Knysna will come alive to the sights and sounds of the most eclectic and exhilarating array of cars South Africa has to offer – from icons of a bygone era to thrilling modern supercars and outrageous hillclimb beasts – all being driven to the limit on the tight and twisty 1.9km Simola Hill course.

Along with the dazzling variety of unique cars, you will find the pitlane awash with many of the biggest names in motorsport, giving fans the opportunity to meet their heroes – especially if you purchase one of the limited number of Pit Access tickets that get you into the heart of the action.

Tickets can be purchased on the event website (www.simolahillclimb.com), with the prices for General Entry remaining unchanged from last year. Upgrades are available for Pit Access, Turn 2 Grandstand seating and VIP Parking.

For the ultimate VIP experience, the Le Mans Hospitality Lounge provides mouth-watering catering, an unbeatable viewing point overlooking the start line, as well as General Entry and Pit Access.


The 13th edition of the Simola Hillclimb takes place from 4 to 7 May 2023.


More information on the Simola Hillclimb is available on the website: www.simolahillclimb.com