Renault Simola Hillclimb 2012 - Petrolhead Temptation


Temptation for petrolheads comes in many forms, but none as insatiable as the Knysna Speed Festival that culminates with the epic Renault Simola Hillclimb. In 2012, the Knysna Speed festival is a week-long ‘jamboree’ of everything fun about motoring. It includes events such as the Knysna Kart Grand Prix, Knysna Motor Show, Knysna Soap Box Derby, Knysna Speed Festival Golf Day, Knysna Slot Car Challenge, Town Parade and Car Display, and two 4x4 events, the 4x4 Challenge and the 4x4 Elephant Trail.

The Renault Simola Hillclimb is the main event of the Knysna Speed Week and it comprises the Classic Car Friday and the King of The Hill Shootout. For me, this is where the fun starts as all sorts of machinery and man come to compete against the clock, the hill and the elements. Last year, the King of the Hill went to a man named Wilhelm Baard who drove a Nissan GTR for every scientific penny it is worth.

For this year, some of the cars that will be competing in the hillclimb are as follows: McLaren MP412C (2012 model – make a mental note of this one). We have a Porsche 917 Le Mans Replica, Porsche 993GT2R, Nissan GTR and GTR R35, Ferrari F360 Challenge, Ferrari 458 Italia, Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Renault Megane R26 and RS250 Cup, Bentley 4.25 Blower Special, 1933 Alfa Romeo Monza and a 1927 Bugatti T37. This is what is so epic about the Renault Simola Hillclimb – there is none of this same size fits all racing. It’s an array of everything from Classics to Sports vehicles, from hot hatches to racing machines and exotics, barrelling up the twisty and treacherous Simola Hill in a quest to set the quickest time.

I will be joining Renault South Africa as they launch not 1 or 2 but three new vehicles at this event. I’ll also be dashing up the hill in these incredible cars that I’ve had such a close relationship with for the past few years. I’ll bring you all the action, all the highlights and of course, I’ll get you as close to the black stuff as possible.

Here’s a very cool idea: Visit Renault South Africa’s Facebook page, click on the Renault Simola Hillclimb app, and enter the competition. You could WIN a package to the Hillclimb with a partner and get to experience the Renault Sport technology that I’ve always raved about. Click here to enter.

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