It’s Simola Hillclimb week, and the excitement and anticipation are building for what is guaranteed to be the most spectacular event yet. For fans who aren’t able to attend the thrilling three days of competition, starting with Classic Car Friday on 4 May 2023, and followed by King of the Hill on Saturday and Sunday, the next best thing will be to watch the event online via the official Simola Hillclimb livestream, or on SABC Plus.
“There has been significant growth over the past two years in the number of people from around the world that join the Simola Hillclimb online,” says Ian Shrosbree, MD of the Knysna Speed Festival which owns the Simola Hillclimb. “This year we’re expecting a big leap in the number of local and international viewers due to the top-calibre drivers that will be competing, comprising F1 star Mika Salo, along with WRC and WRX champion Petter Solberg and his well-known brother, Henning, who also enjoyed a long career in both formulas.”
The Simola Hillclimb livestream will be available throughout all three days of the event via the website (www.simolahillclimb.com), and will be hosted by popular radio DJ and F1 presenter Sasha Martinengo, along with Cars.co.za presenter Ciro de Siena. Raceday TV’s Colin Hastie will be focusing on the intense action in the bustling pitlane, including regular interviews with the drivers and organisers.
“We are delighted to have an international flavour amongst our presenters too, as Rodrigo de Oliviera, who runs the popular Hillclimb Monsters channels on social media, will be joining the broadcast remotely from Portugal to add global hillclimb insight and knowledge to the commentary team,” Shrosbree says.
The Hillclimb Monsters Facebook page is one of the world’s leading sources for hillclimb racing events, with almost a million followers. “It will be a pleasure to be part of the Simola Hillclimb which is near and dear to my heart, as it has contributed to my success with Hillclimb Monsters,” De Oliviera says. “I rate the Simola Hillclimb very highly, as there is so much variety at this event with a large number of the cars being high-powered machines.”
Along with the official livestream, the Simola Hillclimb will once again be featured on SABC, which is the event’s national free-to-air broadcast partner through to 2024. “The exposure we receive on SABC helps the Simola Hillclimb reach an even broader local audience that goes beyond the traditional die-hard motoring and motorsport enthusiasts, and adds great value for our partners, sponsors and competitors,” Shrosbree says.
For the 2023 edition, SABC Sports Channel will broadcast the Simola Hillclimb on the SABC Plus app which can be downloaded free from your device’s app store, or it can be accessed on the website: https://www.sabcplus.com/. The package includes live coverage of Classic Car Friday from 14h00 to 15h30, while the opening day of King of the Hill will be featured from 19h30 to 20h50 on Saturday night. The exciting Sunday action is scheduled for 16h00 to 18h00 that evening.
Purchase your tickets online
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