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Knysna Simola Hillclimb 2021

Is that your engine revving? Maybe it’s just our hearts pounding with excitement to welcome back the 11th annual Simola Hillclimb. This undisputed premier local racing event held in Knysna, South Africa will be taking place from 3 – 5 September 2021.

Visitors to and residents of the Garden Route can look forward to jam-packed action that will transform the much-loved town of Knysna into a racing extravaganza: car displays, races and even opportunities to come dressed in theme for the willing and daring.

From its take-off in 2009, the Simola Hillclimb team were warned of the danger of expecting a motorsport event to thrive in the sleepy town of Knysna. It very quickly grew to most impressive numbers with 2019’s event attracting more than 17 200 people from all around the world! Not merely limited to the speed-lover family, this phenomenal event is known for its unforgettable atmosphere that even regular drivers will enjoy, with many people returning year after year.

Due to the postponement of last year owing to Covid-19, racers and petrol-heads are more excited than ever to flex their motor muscles at this year’s event. To ensure a safe event for all, event organisers are working under strict measures that will not allow for spectators at this year’s event. This, unfortunately, means that recognizable fan-favourite activities from over the years, such as the fan fest and street parade, will not be allowed this year.

Although the passion and energy of the fans and spectators will be greatly missed, event organisers are working hard to bring the best of the on-track action to everyone via television, live streaming, traditional and social media. This means that you won’t have to miss a single hair-raising moment, from the comfort of your home, as drivers prepare to bring the heat, prove their motor skills and dominate the track. This year’s virtual crowd can still look forward to the very best of the Simola Hillclimb with the two main events – Classic Car Friday and King of the Hill Shootout.

For first time spectators, Classic Car Friday is the traditional opening for the Simola Hillclimb competition and is a showcase catering exclusively for perfectly preserved historic, classic and vintage cars. Spectators can expect to see some truly fascinating vehicles dating from the pre-war way back in 1928 all the way up to 1990 with drivers encouraged to dress in period. We’re already excited for the possibility of seeing a few snazzy waistcoats, glorious perms and maybe a leg warmer or two. This year’s car display is the biggest yet with 74 vintage cars scheduled for display across 30 manufacturers and will include a 1972 Chevron B26 and a 1989 Minardi M189.

While the classic car display is enough to excite even those of us with only a novice understanding of the intricacies of car beauty, the true star of the Simola Hillclimb is the King of the Hill Shootout. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the best of the best will duel it out on Simola Hill as drivers push their cars to the limit for the privilege of earning the King of the Hill title. Due to the event’s impressive growth over the years, the competition had to be split into three categories to ensure all cars were given a fair chance at winning in their division. There are 84 cars scheduled to compete this year across categories – the Supercar Shootout, Modified Saloons, Sports Cars and Single Seaters.

Although no spectators will be allowed, the Simola Hillclimb may still be the perfect excuse you’ve been looking for to plan your Knysna getaway and indulge in a visit to the Knysna Elephant Park or whale watching going out from the famous Knysna Heads. Book accommodation in Knysna or the much-loved nearby sea-side town of Plettenberg Bay from a wide variety of accommodation options that are ready to suit your needs. You may miss out on the race, but you don’t have to miss out on the fun. From all of us at Hello Garden Route – Your Friendly Experts in Garden Route Getaways, the race is on!

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