The 2019 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb was quite a varied affair. This 10th year of hillclimb at Knysna was a real celebration of the decade leading up to it.
I thought the viewing spot just above the Castrol stand between turns 2 and 3 was the best for viewing the runs, except for the Mitchell’s beer stall which was disgraceful. They kept selling vouchers after they knew their equipment was broken but refused to do refunds. Needless to say never a Mitchell’s for me again.
But enough of that. Felt so sorry for Charl Joubert in his Lotus Honda. He lost it in turn three.
Fortunately he could walk away.
Franco Scribante went on to win the King of the Hill in Class B5 in his 2016 Nissan R35 GT-R with hectic wings on the front. The car not only looked menacing but made quite a noise. Loads of bang for your buck.
The I-Pace EV400 electric 294kW Jaguars caused quite a stir as they almost silently pranced up the hill. But without any real sound or smell it just does not do it for me. Call me old school.
Full results at: https://www.speedfestival.co.za/category/results/2019-results/
The Simola Hillclimb is really worth visiting.
There is so much else to see around Knysna that you should stay for two weeks. We stayed at Jungalo guest house in the neighbouring village of Sedgefield, which has a wonderful market to keep the ladies occupied while the lads hit the hill.