Following on the success of the inaugural Knysna Hillclimb in 2009, the scenic Western Cape town of Knysna will host its second annual motorsport hillclimb on the weekend of 22-24 October 2010.
Drawing competitors from across the country, the 2009 event saw a wonderful mix of 47 modern and classic cars compete for the honour of the King of the Hill title. It was an accolade eventually won by South African motorsport legend Sarel van der Merwe who took the honours by just 0.3 sec as he reached speeds of over 240 km/h.
This years event will be held on a slightly lengthened 2 km section of public road running up to the acclaimed Simola Estate and Golf Course. With more interest in this year’s event, the organisers have decided to add an extra day to the program to accommodate all the entries, which will once again cater for modern, classic and historic road, sports and race cars.
Pre-entries include 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 driven by Rod Green, the Dave Alexander 1934 Riley Ulster Imp and the 1952 MG Single Seater of Roger Lewis. Official entries will open on 1 July. Modern and exotic cars already entered include a Ferrari F430 race version, Porsche GT3 RS, Nissan 370Z, KTM X-Bow and an Ariel Atom.
With the event extend to three days, pre-qualification for new contestants will take place on Friday the 22nd October. Participants from 2009, plus special invites, will be guaranteed entries for Saturday (23rd) and Sunday’s (24th) racing.
While the pre-qualification is in progress, the guaranteed entries will kick off their activities with a drive through Knysna at lunch time (13h00 – 14h00) on Friday followed by a public viewing of the cars in the afternoon (14h00 – 16h00) at the Knysna Yacht Club and Waterfront.
Practice and qualifying runs will take place on Saturday and Sunday morning, before the finals on Sunday afternoon. Track activity will be from 9am to 4.30pm on Saturday and 9am to 3.00pm on Sunday.
As per the inaugural event, the goal of the event is for it to contribute to the Knysna community via not only attracting visitors to the town, but also by contributing to local charities. The Knysna Municipality and Knysna Tourism have once again embraced the event and given it their full support and backing.
For further information, supplementary regulations and entry forms visit www.speedfestival.co.za.