Following last year’s non-event in the wake of Renault’s withdrawal of support, Jaguar has stepped in and signed-up as headline sponsor for the annual Knysna hillclimb for the next three years. No titled the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, the event is once again earmarked to be the highlight of the year for Garden Route motoring enthusiasts and prove to be a powerful magnet for motor sport competitors and fans throughout South Africa.

The event takes place from 16th to 18th May on the challenging two-kilometre hill up to the Simola Golf and Country Estate and will again include the popular Classic Car Friday, followed by Saturday’s practice and qualifying runs for the eagerly anticipated King of the Hill feature event on Sunday.

Cars eligible for the Classic Car Friday event will fall into six classes: pre-war cars will compete in Class H1, pre-1966 road cars in H2 and pre-1975 road cars in H3. Pre-’66 and ’75 pukka racing machinery will be in classes H4 and H5 repectively. Re-created cars, often mistakenly called ‘replicas’, will fill Class H6. Spectators and drivers attending Classic Car Friday are encouraged to wear period dress to help create a true historic race meeting atmosphere. The organisers are offering prizes for the best-dressed male and female spectators on the day. The modern big guns fall into a variety of classes which cater both for standard road cars to 750kW to purpose-built hillclimb specials.

In order to keep the event manageable, only 50 entries will be accepted for Classic Car Friday and 80 cars will be accommodated for the feature King of the Hill event.

Entries close on 31st March 2014 and an online entry facility can be found at For more information on the event please go to or Facebook at

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