Gear up for the Knysna Speed Festival | Jaguar Simola Hill Climb

The Knysna Speed Festival 2019 kicks into high gear from 2 – 5 May, promising a long weekend filled with high adrenaline, even higher revs and side-line rivalry for all. This year is the festival’s 10th Anniversary, so we’re sure its going to be bigger and better than ever before. Find all the details about the weekend events below.

knysna speed festival 2019

The Knysna Speed Festival or the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb attracts motor enthusiasts from all over South Africa to this usually sleepy holiday town.  Last year’s event saw roughly 17 000 people, including the likes of actress Amanda Du Pont, singer Bobby van Jaarsveld, and Springbok rugby player Eben Etzebeth, continued to draw unparalleled interest in South African motorsport. Word of the event has continued to spread far and wide, with not only South African interest reaching new heights, but international recognition growing too.

2019 knysna speed festival

The 2018 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb

From its humble beginnings as just one event in 2009, the Simola Hillclimb initiative has grown to become one of the most popular festivals in Knysna. Last year, videographers Jeremy Heslup and Nima Karamati travelled from the USA to shoot a documentary and multiple world record holding stuntman, Terry Grant spun his magic with the crowds driving a Jaguar F-Pace all the way up the hill on two wheels.

Competitors Vance Kearney from the UK, Steve Kimpton and Kai Goddard from the USA, Alexander Krahe’, Andrea Linke and Geoff Goddard Jr from Germany returned to their countries of origin after the event bubbling with enthusiasm and will surely spread the word far and wide. The primary purpose of the Knysna Speed Festival is to attract visitors to Knysna, and ultimately become South Africa’s premier motor event.

jaguar simola hillclimb

Over the years, the format has changed several times, adding and dropping features as it has grown.  This year, the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb will run over four days – from Thursday 2 May to Sunday 5 May. Activity kicks off on Thursday with the Classic Car Display and Parade in Hedge Street. Don’t miss the following events listed in chronological order:

Friday 3 May | Classic Car Friday
Saturday 4 May | King of the Hill Car Display and Waterfront Drive Parade
Sunday 5 May | The King of the Hill Shootout

Whether you are a petrol head, speed lover or just someone who loves a good time, the Hillclimb is an enthralling spectacle.

As usual, Simola Golf and Country Estate, hosts a charity golf day on Thursday 2 May, followed by a glittering line up of classic cars parading through the town on Friday.  Some of these old timers will also take part in the Simola Hill Climb, and the King of the Hill cars will be on display in the Waterfront car park all day.

Eighty specially selected vehicles will participate in the main events, when motor-enthusiasts can see the fastest and most interesting machines participate in numerous sudden death challenges, in order to qualify for the King of the Hill Shootout on the Sunday.  Some of the beauties that have participated before include the Porsche 956 and 917, a 1961 Formula 1 vehicle, the Lamborghini Gallardo, the Jaguar Coupé, and the Ariel Atom.

Throughout the weekend, there will also be aerobatic shows, motorcycle demonstrations, and displays by Jaguar, who have sponsored the Knysna Speed Festival for many years. If you are looking for accommodation during this premier event, look no further than the Turbine Hotel & Spa, which ensures luxury and exclusivity close to all the main attractions of the town.

Do you have a need for speed?  Make your booking for a fast and furious Knysna weekend by calling +27 (0) 44 302 5746 or emailing

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