What to expect from this year’s Kop Hill Climb
PUBLISHED: 12:19 14 September 2015 | UPDATED: 12:26 14 September 2015
Thrills, and hopefully no spills, this two day event provides lots of excitement and an opportunity to see very rare vehicles close up
Would you like to spend a day or two in the rolling Chilterns, amongst hundreds of outstanding vintage, classic and modern vehicles and motorcycles? Take in the sights and sounds of the Paddock whilst fundraising for the local community?
Well you can on the 19 and 20 September when Kop Hill Climb returns for the revival of the original event, which takes place annually in Princes Risborough, and is now in its seventh year.
From the event’s revival in 2009 it has grown into an internationally recognised weekend for enthusiasts and families alike, and attendance figures have climbed steadily each year, topping 15,000 in 2014. This is great news for local charities, which benefitted last year from £48,500 in donations.
The event returns this year with over 400 historic cars and motorcycles taking on the famous hill, and many more displaying in the Paddock. Vehicles range in age from the early 1900s to modern day exotics, so whatever your preference there will be something for all.
This is not just a static display, but also a recreation of Kop Hill’s glorious past. Both days will have morning and afternoon sessions where you can see the cars and motorcycles storming the hill. It’s a chance to enjoy moving history right before your eyes, especially from one of the grandstands, which give a unique vantage point.
An amazing crowd puller in 2013, the Napier-Railton from Brooklands Museum will appear on Saturday, 19th. This huge 24 litre, two-ton goliath is a sight to behold. With a top speed of 165mph plus, it should have no trouble in taking on the famous hill. New for 2015, the 1922 Isle of Man TT winning Sunbeam Grand Prix car, will appear on Sunday, 20th. To make up a quartet of superlative racing cars they will be joined by the 1936 6.7ltr Cummins-Railton Special, replica of, and tribute to, the Napier-Railton, and the 1922 7.2ltr Leyland-Thomas No1 recreation.
Choosing Kop Hill Climb for its first street legal appearance in the UK is the VŪHL 05 lightweight supercar. The all-carbon bodywork weighs a mere 695kg, with 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and top speed of over 150mph. Go to www.vuhlautomotive.com to fully appreciate this remarkable car.
To see more about the climb go to www.kophillclimb.org.uk.
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