5 Interesting Facts About Simola HillClimb
With only 6 months to go until the 2023 Simola HillClimb, we thought it a great idea to introduce you to some interesting facts about the event you might not have known!
Simola HillClimb is strictly an invitational event
Held in the highest regard amongst competitors and spectators alike, the event has grown in support across South Africa and internationally. Competitors submit an application form which goes under review, if selected they will receive a formal invitation.
Current track record, 34161 seconds per lap!
The current track record was set by Andre Bezuidenhout in Gould GR55 in the Single Seaters and Sportscars Shootout at Simola Hillclimb 2022 with a new lap record of 34.161 seconds at an average speed of 200.228 km/h
2022 Livestream reached 295 000 views delivering 2,551 million minutes
The average viewing time was 25 minutes, with the Simola Hillclimb website attracting 26 968 unique users during May. If that was not impressive enough, the Simola Hillclimb You Tube page delivered over 162 510 views excluding the live stream element.
From humble beginnings to high-profile celebrities
First staged in 2009, the Simola Hillclimb has rapidly grown to be one of the must-attend motorsport events of the year, attracting the likes of Hollywood star Sharlto Copley, Miss South Africa and Miss Universe winner; Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters as well as several Springbok rugby players including Eben Etzebeth.
Donated more than R680 000 to local charities
From its inception, the hillclimb has supported various charities such as Knysna Animal Welfare, Knysna Hospice, Greenpop, Born2Care crèche and the Knysna Sports Academy. In 2018, Simola Hillclimb received the Motorsport South Africa Environmental Award for their campaign during the Regreen the Garden Route Festival of Action with Greenpop.