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Hillclimb fever grows in Knysna

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | By Citizen

Following on the huge success of the inaugural Knysna Hillclimb in 2009, the scenic Western Cape town will host its second annual motorsport event on the weekend of October 22 to 24.

Drawing competitors from across the country, the 2009 event saw a mix of 47 modern and classic cars compete for the King of the Hill title.

It was a title eventually won by South African motorsport legend Sarel van der Merwe. He took the honours by just 0.3 sec in a racing Mustang.

The event - to be sponsored by Renault this year - will be held on a slightly lengthened two kilometre section of public road running up to the Simola Estate and Golf Course.

With the interest in this year’s climb running at fever pitch, the organisers have extended the event to three days.


That will accommodate all the entries, which will again cater for modern, classic and historic road, sports and race cars.

Pre-entries include some historic cars such as two 1961 LDS Formula 1 cars to be driven by Brian Tyler and Fred Philips, a 1952 Formula 2 Cooper Bristol, a 1934 Riley Ulster Imp and a 1952 MG.

Modern and exotic cars already entered include a Ferrari F430 race version, Porsche GT3RS, Nissan 370Z, KTM X-Bow and an Ariel Atom.

Inaugural participants from 2009 plus special invites will be guaranteed entries for Saturday and Sunday’s racing.

As the event can only handle 75 entries, there will be pre-qualification for new contestants on October 22.