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Ticket sales open for 2023 Simola Hillclimb

For more than a decade, the annual Simola Hillclimb has been regarded as South Africa’s premier motoring and motorsport lifestyle event, and the 2023 edition will be no different, making it the must-attend event of the year for enthusiasts.

Located in the scenic Garden Route town of Knysna, the 13th edition of the Simola Hillclimb takes place from 4 to 7 May 2023 and promises even more spectacular cars, esteemed drivers and non-stop action to enthral fans, young and old.

Tickets are now for sale via the event website, and the great news is that prices for General Entry remain unchanged from the 2022 event.

“The Simola Hillclimb is one of the most accessible and exciting automotive lifestyle events on the calendar, and our goal is always to deliver a truly world-class showcase of the very best cars and drivers in one of the most beautiful locations in the country,” says Ian Shrosbree, MD of Knysna Speed Festival which owns the Simola Hillclimb.

“We know that the current economic climate continues to impact consumers heavily, so we made the decision not to increase the General Entry ticket prices for next year,” Shrosbree says. “Spectators still have the option to build their own Simola Hillclimb packages with optional upgrades and extras, including Pit Access tickets, Turn 2 Grandstand seating and VIP Parking.”

General Entry tickets are R150 per day when purchased online, or R160 at the gate, while the 3 Day Pass encompasses all the action from Friday to Sunday and offers exceptional value at R380 online, or R420 at the gate.

Pit Access tickets are limited in the interests of safety, and allow fans to get into the heart of the bustling pitlane action to view the cars and drivers up close. Tickets cost R220 per day, or R600 for the 3-Day Pass (or R240 and R640 respectively at the gate, although these are likely to sell out well before the event). VIP parking near the pitlane is recommended for those who have upgraded their tickets to include Pit Access, and can only be secured online at R120 per day.

The Turn 2 Grandstand provides a superb vantage point to see the cars charging off the start line, through the first two corners and up the first part of the steep Simola Hill. Ticket prices remain unchanged at R230 per day or R600 for the 3-Day Pass (or R260 and R680 respectively at the gate).

“Our exclusive VIP hospitality packages provide the ultimate five-star Simola Hillclimb experience, and are usually sold out well before the event so book early to avoid missing out,” Shrosbree says.

The all-inclusive Le Mans Hospitality Lounge tickets include first-class catering, a spectacular viewing point overlooking the start line, as well as General Entry and Pit Access. Prices start at R3 000 per person for Classic Car Friday, and R3 500 each for King of the Hill on Saturday or Sunday. Two-day tickets are available for Saturday and Sunday at R6 500 per person, or R8 500 each for the full three-day programme. The VIP hospitality cost for children under the age of 12 is R950 per day.

The 13th edition of the Simola Hillclimb takes place from 4 to 7 May 2023.

More information on the Simola Hillclimb is available on the website:


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