Visitors to the 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb, which runs from 3 to 6 May, are in for a treat with the most spectacular line-up of cars and drivers yet in this event’s illustrious history. Acknowledged as South Africa’s premier annual motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, the Hillclimb attracted a record number of applications for its ninth edition this year, testifying to its must-attend status amongst many of the top drivers in the country, as well as several international competitors.
The number and quality of applications received this year was truly exceptional and the organising committee had the arduous task of narrowing the 220 entries down to just 64 highly prized slots for Classic Car Friday and 84 for the various categories that make up the King of the Hill challenge, which takes place on the Saturday and Sunday.
Classic Car Friday fans can look forward to 26 marques being represented, covering all eras of motoring and motorsport – from the earliest days of Grand Prix racing in the 1930s to the beautiful sportscars that defined the 1960s, and the V8-powered muscle cars that dominated the 1970s.
The ensemble for King of the Hill, which completes the weekend, is even more spectacular. For the road-based cars, encompassing street-legal and modified racing machines, more than 20 manufacturers will be featured, including big names such as Jaguar, BMW, Ferrari, Porsche, McLaren, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lotus, Shelby, Roush – and, of course, the usual armada of mild to outlandishly wild Nissan GT-R entries. The Single Seater and Sports Car category sees 13 purpose-built racing cars vying for glory on the challenging 1.9km Simola Hill course. Will Andre Bezuidenhout’s current record of 37.695 sec in the stunning Dallara F189 Formula One car be beaten?
Full details of ticket prices, hospitality packages and accommodation partners are available and online bookings can be actioned via: www.jaguarsimolahillclimb.com.