If you are hankering to get to the top and quickly, there are just a few days left to lodge your entry for the 2024 Simola Hillclimb, whether it be in the ‘Golden Oldies’ category or that rip-snorter you have been pouring your heart and soul into.

Entries close on January 31 and slots for what will be the 14th running of the event from May 02 to 05 are filling up fast. 

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“The Simola Hillclimb is an invitational event where all of the applications are reviewed according to strict criteria to ensure we deliver an exciting and diverse line-up of cars and drivers across the various classes,” says sporting director Geoff Goddard.

“We have had a superb response from Simola Hillclimb regulars and several new competitors, which has no doubt been bolstered by the high profile and success of the 2023 even and to date we have received around 140 applications, split between Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill.

“The more applications we receive the better we are placed to choose a line-up that keeps the event fresh and engaging for the spectators that attend, as well as for the many fans around the world that watch the livestream.”

Classic Car Friday allows for a maximum of 65 competitors while King of the Hill is restricted to 84 entries. Successful applicants will receive a formal invitation by February 9.

The Simola Hillclimb showcases some of the most extreme, valuable and fastest cars in the country and an equally impressive line-up of local and international drivers. Competitors vie for glory on the tight and twisty 1,9 km Simola Hill course which is located in one of South Africa’s most scenic towns along the world-renowned Garden Route.

The event comprises Classic Car Friday on May 3 for the ‘golden oldies’, as well as two days of roaring King of the Hill action on May 4 and May 5 for modern road and race cars that range from mild to completely wild.

One of the big innovations for this year is the addition of the new class B10 for Modified Street Cars. This allows enthusiast owners with modified or tuned street-legal cars to compete for class honours.

One of the main drawcards for fans attending the Simola Hillclimb is they can get close to all the action, with numerous spectacular viewpoints located along the  course, either in the formal grandstands or the open grassed areas. For the ultimate Simola Hillclimb experience, VIP Hospitality packages are available with an unrivalled view of the start line complemented by first-class catering.

The main event is supported by an extensive array of activities and attractions to enthral fans of all ages throughout the weekend including car shows and displays, the extremely popular parade laps through Knysna, regular demonstration runs, a variety of vendors in Gasoline Alley and a delectable range of local food and beverages.

Ticket sales and upgrades are open and are all seamlessly processed through the event website for General Entry, VIP Hospitality, VIP Parking, Turn 2 Grandstand or Esses Grandstand seating, as well as Pit Access tickets.

Colin Windell