Kop Hill Climb returns for Seventh Revival


August 15, 2015 By Mike Lee
Last updated on August 15, 2015

Kop Hill Climb returns for Seventh Revival
Would you like to spend a day or two in the rolling Chiltern Hills amongst hundreds of outstanding vintage, classic and modern vehicles and motorcycles? Take in the sights and sounds of the Paddock whilst fundraising for the local community?

Well you can on the 19th and 20th September when Kop Hill Climb returns for the revival of the original event, which takes place annually in Princes Risborough, and is now in its seventh year.

From the event’s revival in 2009 it has grown into an internationally recognised weekend for enthusiasts and families alike, and attendance figures have climbed steadily each year, topping 15,000 in 2014. This is great news for local charities, which benefitted last year from £48,500 in donations.

The event returns this year with over 400 historic cars and motorcycles taking on the famous hill, and many more displaying in the Paddock.  Vehicles range in age from the early 1900’s to modern day exotics, so whatever your preference there will be something for all.

This is not just a static display, but also a recreation of Kop Hill’s glorious past. Both days will have morning and afternoon sessions where you can see the cars and motorcycles storming the hill.  Moving history right before your eyes, especially from one of the Grandstands, which gives a unique vantage point.

An amazing crowd puller in 2013, the Napier-Railton from Brooklands Museum will appear on Saturday 19th. This huge 24 litre, two-ton goliath is a sight to behold. With a top speed of 165mph plus, it should have no trouble in taking on the famous hill. New for 2015, the 1922 Isle of Man TT winning Sunbeam Grand Prix car, will appear on Sunday 20th. To make up a quartet of superlative racing cars they will be joined by the 1936. 6.7ltr Cummins-Railton Special, replica of, and tribute to, the Napier-Railton, and the 1922 7.2ltr Leyland-Thomas No.1 recreation.

Choosing Kop Hill Climb for its first street legal appearance in the UK is the VŪHL 05 lightweight supercar. The all-carbon bodywork weighs a mere 695kg, with 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and top speed of over 150mph. Go to www.vuhlautomotive.com to fully appreciate this remarkable car.

With some surprises during the lunch time break in the form of a celebration of the 60’s mods and rockers culture on both days, and the children from Princes Risborough School trying leg power rather than horse power in a race up the hill on Saturday, there will be plenty to keep visitors entertained for the day.

The legendary Ace Café, London is organizing a drive out on the Saturday and a ride out on the Sunday from its iconic venue in Stonebridge, north London.

This year’s children’s area will be turned into a family area as there is something for adults and youngsters alike.  Kop Hill Climb is thrilled to play host to a vintage steam fair, and centre stage will be a 50ft high helter-skelter – perfect for gaining a good vantage point of the whole event.

Back by popular demand are Haurel and Lardy, recreating the legendary double act and bringing with them this year none other than…. Charlie Chaplin! Enter if you dare the Wall of Death, entertaining the crowds since the 1920’s in a thrilling display of skill.  You’ve seen them on the BBC – now experience it in real life.

The Soapbox Challenge is open to competitors aged 10 to 17 to design, construct and compete in their own gravity-powered soapbox cart, with the competition running throughout the weekend. Budding racers will try to cover the greatest distance to win the coveted Beaumont Cup.

The Paddock stage will host a programme of entertainers including Soundforce Big Band, The Anderson Sisters and The Loops, all with their unique style of entertaining the crowds.

Kop Hill is one of the oldest Hill Climb venues in England. The first recorded races were in 1910. It became a major event on the motorsports car and motorcycle calendar and many famous drivers and riders of the time, including Malcolm Campbell, Raymond Mays, Henry Seagrave and Count Zborowski raced up the hill. The last event was in 1925, when as a result of an accident to a spectator, the RAC banned all motorsport on public roads.  Today Kop Hill is a public road, and is closed to traffic during the event.

The objective of the Kop Hill Climb revival is to raise money for local charities.  All the organising team and helpers are volunteers, and the event is managed as a part of the Heart of Bucks Community Foundation.  Over £240,000 has been raised since the revival started in 2009. Come and be a part of this very special event, and help local community projects and charities.