Classic car enthusiasts, along with automotive and motorsport fans are in for a treat when this year’s Simola Hillclimb action kicks off on 3 September 2021, as the Classic Car Friday line-up will feature a stunning array of legendary road and race cars spanning more than six decades.
A total of 30 manufacturers will be represented on the 74-strong entry list – the largest yet for Classic Car Friday. Among the marques that will be present, Ford is the most prolific with 14 entrants, while Porsche is a close-run second with 13 entries. Jaguar, MG and Austin have four entries each, and the line-up includes a long list of other illustrious names such as Morgan, Lotus, AC, Ferrari, Austin-Healey, McLaren, Chevron, Alfa Romeo, BMW, Shelby, Chevrolet, Ginetta and Lola.
“Classic Car Friday is a unique opportunity to see some of the most significant road and race cars of all types dating back as far back as 1928, gathered together for a fantastic celebration of automotive history,” says Simola Hillclimb sporting director, Geoff Goddard.
The driver line-up is equally impressive, with many past and present top South African racing drivers relishing the opportunity to be part of the Simola Hillclimb, which is widely regarded as South Africa’s premier motoring and motorsport lifestyle event.
Hillclimb regular Greig Smith’s Austin Seven is the oldest car in the field. It relies on a tiny 750cc engine and stripped-down chassis derived from the ‘Baby Austin’ – a compact road car that provided affordable mobility for the British market and abroad during the 1920s and 1930s. Following WWII, many of these cars were stripped and rebuilt into affordable race cars and competed the world over – and Smith’s 1928 model is a fantastic example.