Competitor application process opens for 11th Simola Hillclimb

  • Competitor entry application process has opened for 2020 edition of SA’s premier motorsport and motoring lifestyle event
  • Event takes place in Knysna from 7 to 10 May 2020
  • Classes for Classic Car Friday are unchanged
  • Minor tweaks for King of the Hill Single-Seater and Sports Prototype classes

KNYSNA, South Africa, 2 October 2019 – As South Africa’s premier motorsport and motoring lifestyle event, the 2020 Simola Hillclimb is scheduled to roar into life from 7 to 10 May. It will mark the start of the second decade of this truly exceptional automotive extravaganza.

Quite simply, there’s no other event on the calendar that attracts such a vast and diverse range of iconic cars and legendary drivers from all eras competing for glory on the challenging 1.9 km Simola Hill course – thus making it the must-attend event of the year for enthusiasts and competitors alike.

Due to its unrivalled popularity, the Simola Hillclimb remains an invitational event. The ‘Request for Invitation’ process opened on 1 October 2019 for competitors hoping to participate in next year’s event, and closes on 31 January 2020.

Based on the success of the changes to some classes for the 2019 event, the organisers have kept the categories and classes unchanged for 2020, except for minor adjustments to classes C1 and C5. Previously these classes were for cars with forced induction engines only, but they now allow for unlimited modifications, opening it up to a wider spread of contestants.

Competitors wishing to lodge a Request for Invitation with their chosen competition car are requested to register online at Request for Invitation applications will be evaluated by the organisers who will then issue a formal invitation to compete to successful applicants.

“Request for invitations are not accepted on a first come first serve basis, but purely according to organisers’ criteria,” says sporting director Geoff Goddard. “Each year we have the very difficult task of selecting the final entries for the event and there is always disappointment among those that don’t make the cut.

“The event is significantly over-subscribed each year, and while we understand prospective participants’ desire to participate, and their frustration if they don’t make the final selection, our single most important consideration is what is best for the event as a whole. It’s by following this principle over the years that we have been able to create the high-level experience for competitors and spectators alike that has made this event such a success,” Goddard explains.

Part of the organising team’s objective is to is to keep the show fresh, and this includes showcasing cars and drivers that have not participated previously. Therefore, as wide a spread of applications as possible is encouraged, and every applicant can be assured that they will be evaluated fairly according to the Simola Hillclimb criteria.

“For the 2020 Simola Hilclimb there is great potential to grow the class that caters for Sports Prototype vehicles, and the changes to the regulations are designed to facilitate this. We look forward to receiving the applications in preparation for another exceptional event next year,” Goddard adds.

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Release compiled by Colin Mileman (082-897-6145