The 2024 Simola Hillclimb will run over four days – from Thursday 2 May to Sunday 5 May and will include the following elements (listed in chronological order):
The Fan Fest will run over four days from Thursday to Sunday on the Knysna High School sports fields in central Knysna. The Fan Fest will incorporate the race car scrutineering, public display and parade (Thursday and Friday only), more exciting FanFest activities to be announced in the near future – please subscribe to our newsletter below to be kept abreast of what is in store and/or keep an eye on the website and media for more info.
Classic Car Friday
Classic Car Friday, catering exclusively for historic, classic and vintage cars, kicks off on Thursday at the Fan Fest where cars will be scrutineered and on public display until it closed with the very popular and entertaining parade in Waterfront Drive.
The glorious cars from pre-war to 1995 will grace the hill on Friday while drivers, friends and spectators are encouraged to attend in period dress.
As with the King of the Hill entries, the event is an invitational and we are always oversubscribed for Classic Car Friday. The same entry procedure is followed with drivers invited to express an interest in entering the event. All applicants are evaluated by a committee to determine whether car driver and/or machinery meet the set criteria.
Classic Car Friday offers a unique atmosphere and a collection of cars that is not to be missed.
Track action is from 08h00-15h05 with the field limited to 65 cars.
The King of the Hill Shootout
While the Classic Car Friday competitors are in action on the hill, the King of the Hill cars will be scrutineered and on display at the Fan Fest on Friday. The parade for these tyre smoking, roaring cars closes proceedings in front of thousands of spectators lining the road.
Saturday and Sunday’s action is dubbed the King of the Hill Shootout and is where the country’s fastest machinery will duel it out on the Simola hill. With entries in the Shootout limited to 84 cars, demand for places in the event is oversubscribed with all spots allocated well before the closing date for entries.
The event is an invitation event for competitors. Drivers are invited to express an interest in entering the event. All applicants are evaluated by a committee to determine whether car driver and/or machinery meet the set criteria.
Preference will be given to competitors and cars with a strong motorsport history and/or heritage and/or spectator value. These do not have to be the most expensive cars, just the most interesting. This is to ensure that fans will witness some of the country’s meanest, sleekest, prettiest and most spectacular cars taking to the track during the weekend.
The identified list of potential entries will then be invited to enter the Simola Hillclimb.
Track action is from 09h00-16h45 on Saturday and 09h00-15h35 on Sunday.