It’s almost time for the 13th instalment of one of the best race events on the SA race calendar, the annual Simola Hillclimb. The weekend-long event has grown in leaps and bounds over the years and has even started gaining some serious international attention, making it a proper highlight for race fans. The calibre of cars and drivers seen tackling the 1.9 km-long stretch of road in picturesque Knysna is mind-blowing, we have some amazing racecar builders who call South Africa home resulting in cars that can and do compete on the international stage. As with most events, the racing is divided into a variety of categories and classes, starting off with Classic Car Friday which features a plethora of rare racecars from every era of racing you can think of (many worth an absolute fortune) trying to tame the hill. Saturday and Sunday sees the rest of the classes doing practice and qualifying up until the much-anticipated King of the Hill shootout, which is the highlight of the weekend for most who attend and those who watch live online. Our favourite class is for Modified Saloon Cars because it’s packed with some of the country’s fastest cars and drivers, some professional and some privateers - all ridiculously fast. Over the years some rivalries have also popped up and for 2023 things are as serious as it gets. Franco Scribante from the aptly-named Franco Scribante Racing is a firm favourite in this class with his R35 GT-R nicknamed “The Sherriff”. The aero on this car is amazing, and the resulting looks have seen images and videos of the car go viral before. The car has been refreshed inside and out for 2023 and is looking ready to defend its title and class-record run of 38.129 seconds.
Take a look at the YouTube video from the world's best YouTube channel covering the best of hillclimb events around the world and a media partner to the Simola Hillclimb - HillClimb Monsters - for their list of the top ten cars seen tackling the picturesque Knysna hill at 10/10ths. The cars are ridiculously quick at the hands of some absolutely amazing drivers, we're sure the cars spotted in this footage will change a few minds about the South African motoring scene: TOP 10 MONSTERS || Simola HillClimb KING OF THE HILL 2022 | HillClimb Monsters
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