- From exclusive Shelby Mustangs to a McLaren 720s, Audi R8 V10 Plus and Mercedes-AMG GT R, there’s some serious muscle at this year’s Simola Hillclimb
- Line-up also includes a Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Alfa Romeo Giulia QV, BMW M3 and MINI John Cooper Works – for an eclectic mix of entries
KNYSNA, South Africa, 6 August 2021
The Simola Hillclimb is a unique test of driver and machine on a short but intense 1.9 km closed public road that demands nerves of steel. The competition for this year’s Road and Supercar King of the Hill title will be among a wide variety of entries, ranging from mild-to-wild in terms of performance, and with a long list of Simola Hillclimb regulars and previous winners.
The category comprises five classes this year, starting off with A1 for four-cylinder front or rear-wheel drive cars. It’s a case of old versus new, with Jacques Bower having competed in all 10 Simola events to date in his 1977 Ford Escort. He will be joined by Willie Stander in his iconic 1990 Opel Kadett 16v SuperBoss, a car made famous in Group N racing by the legendary Mike Briggs. Stander has owned his much-loved SuperBoss for 20 years, and will be participating in his sixth Hillclimb this year. Representing the modern era are Jared Yeo in a 2017 Porsche 718 Cayman S and Arnold du Plessis in a MINI John Cooper Works Edition.
There’s a single entry in A3 for force-fed six-cylinder rear-wheel drive cars, featuring Piet Potgieter once again in the rapid 2017 Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio (QV) – a Top 10 Shootout contender in 2019, and he will no doubt be challenging some of the other powerful cars for fastest times.
Next up is A5 for naturally aspirated six-cylinder machines, with an eclectic ensemble of entries. It includes JP van der Walt in a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, Feroz Ebrahim’s 2008 BMW Z4M Coupé, Francois van Tonder in his 1996 Audi Quattro 2.8E and Francois Cowley in a 1989 BMW 3-Series.
Class A6 for naturally aspirated eight-cylinder cars and above will see Gordon Nicholson competing at the Simola Hillclimb for the sixth time, driving a 2017 Audi R8 V10 Plus. His challenge will come from Martin Wiid in a V8-powered E92 BMW M3.
The power stakes are raised significantly for class A7, which will see a mighty quartet of V8s vying for glory. Peter Lindenberg has a long racing pedigree in South Africa, and has been a fervent supporter of the Simola Hillclimb for many years. His steed for 2021 will be the very exclusive 2016 Terlingua, Shelby’s most track-inspired Mustang to date which was built as a tribute to the Terlingua Racing Team and its Trans Am championship victory in 1967. Only 50 cars were produced in 2015-16, with just five allocated to South Africa. Boasting around 800 hp (almost 600 kW) and an extensive range of Shelby and Ford Performance upgrades, it will be a formidable beast to tame on the 1.9 km Simola Hill.
“I was the first person to really put SUVs to the test at the Simola Hillclimb’s King of the Hill, and it has been such a privilege to steal the show in the most unusual hillclimb cars,” Lindenberg says. “I had a good few years in the Range Rovers and then entered in our supercharged, V8 Ford Ranger bakkie. These are cars that I would never have expected to have ‘raced up a hill’ but we did some great times and really gave the crowd a good show.
“This year I will be driving the Terlingua and I can’t wait to see what I can do in a Shelby Mustang up the hill,” he says. “The Simola Hillclimb event is one our team look so forward to every year. We love the vibe, the change and the challenge of racing against yourself and your time.”
Lindenberg will have a Shelby Mustang wingman in the form of Charles Needham who will be competing for the second year in a row in his supercharged 2017 Shelby Super Snake. They will have to fend off an assault from the 2017 Mercedes-AMG GT R of Johan Pretorius, and another very quick car of the same year – a McLaren 720s, driven by Garth Mackintosh.
“I did a time of 46.7 seconds in the Ferrari 458 in 2018, so I’m hoping to go under 45 seconds in the McLaren,” Mackintosh says. “The Simola Hillclimb is a really fun event with a wide variety of vehicles. It’s also a great opportunity to drive the car to the maximum of its capabilities.”
The 2021 Simola Hillclimb takes place from 3 to 5 September 2021, starting with Classic Car Friday, followed by King of the Hill on the Saturday and Sunday. Due to COVID-19 regulations, no spectators are allowed, but the entire event will be livestreamed.
For more information on the event visit: www.simolahillclimb.com #SimolaHillclimb
Release compiled by Colin Mileman (082-897-6145 firstname.lastname@example.org)
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