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2016 JAGUAR                                                                                                               THE
SIMOLA HILLCLIMB:                                                                                                    SUPERCAR
FROM OYSTERS TO                                                                                                     SHOOTOUT
FAST CARS                                                                                                             ADDS AN
                                                                                                                      EXCITING
Knysna has a well-known                The 2016 event stands out             is another first for this year’s
            reputation for having      amongst its past events, definitely   festival. “The SuperCar Shootout            NEW
            some of the best oysters   topping the charts with exciting      adds an exciting new element             ELEMENT
            in the country, so much    add-on’s. One of these is the         to the Jaguar Simola Hillclimb,           TO THE
 so that they pride themselves         inclusion of a Formula 1 car that     as it allows supercar owners to           JAGUAR
 in hosting the annual Oyster          will attempt the hill challenge.      compete against one another for           SIMOLA
 Festival. Great food, out-of-this-    Motorsport enthusiast André           Hillclimb glory,” Geoff Goddard,        HILLCLIMB,
 world scenery, and a captivating      Bezuidenhout, the proud owner of      the hillclimb’s Sporting Director.
 energy that easily lures any          the 1989 Dallara with a Cosworth-     After a few qualifying runs the             AS IT
 visitor in. This small seaside        Ford V8 engine, will himself be       top 10 competitors in this league        ALLOWS
 town’s claim to fame may have         a competitor and will take his        will proceed to the final SuperCar      SUPERCAR
 started there but most definitely     rightful place behind the steering    Shootout.                              OWNERS TO
 didn’t stop there. In 2009 the        wheel where potential history                                                  COMPETE
 Jaguar Simola Hillclimb kicked        will be made. André currently         In addition to the racing festivities    AGAINST
 off for the first time, and has       holds the lap record at Zwartkops     there will also be the Knysna
 grown in popularity over the          Raceway with an impressive            Motor Show on the 1st of May                ONE
 years attracting hundreds of          58.839 seconds for the 2.4km          where visitors can appreciate over       ANOTHER
 participants and spectators from      track. He may find it hard to beat    230 cars, from modern to some
 all over South Africa, including      reigning champion Des Gutzeit         well-known classics and also                 FOR
 some international visitors too.      in his 1500 horsepower Nissan         including some rarities.                HILLCLIMB
                                       Skyline. Gutzeit set a new lap
 6 – 8 May marks the dates of          record last year reaching speeds      So pack your bags and head to             GLORY.
 this year’s Hillclimb, and with       of over 240km/h.                      Knysna for this year’s Jaguar
 the presence of world renowned                                              Simola Hillclimb. It will be one for
 sponsors of the event, such as        As a feel good initiative and to set  the record books.
 Jaguar, Motul Lubricants and Car      the festivities off in good stead,
 Magazine to name a few, you           a charity golf day will take place
 can be sure to expect world-class     on Thursday 5 May. Horse power
 treatment and entertainment.          and torque take to the streets on
                                       the same day with the classic cars
 2015 saw the likes of a few           on display in the town and driving
 celebrities including Duane           through the streets.
 Vermeulen, Eben Etzebeth,
 Janez Vermeiren and Juan de           Classic Car Friday is the start of
 Jongh showing their support and       the event. This day is specifically
 interest in the sport by attending    set aside for historic, classic and
 the event.                            vintage car enthusiasts with the
                                       action starting at 08h00 and
 The Jaguar Simola Hillclimb is the    ending at 15h00 showcasing a
 biggest of its kind in South Africa   total of 60 classic cars not to be
 and is run over three days. Day       missed.
 one, Friday, is dedicated to classic
 and historic cars manufactured        The King of the Hill also happens
 prior to 1908, while the Saturday     on the Friday, where all the
 and Sunday feature the King of        competitors take to the streets of
 the Hill and cars which comprise      Knysna in a proud display of their
 specialist race and road cars.        talents and metal ‘hardware’.
 Jaguar South Africa joined forces
 with the event in 2014 and now        The SuperCar Shootout event
 for three consecutive years still     on the Saturday and Sunday,
 remains its proud sponsor.            run within the King of the Hill,
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