Knysna Speed Festival (Simola HillClimb)

Pure Adrenalin!

Knysna, the heart of the Garden Route, will once again play host to the Knysna Speed Festival, an event that is sure to entertain speed lovers from all across South Africa. Accepted as the South African equivalent of the renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed held annually in the UK, this event offers a week of pure adrenalin and fun filled action for the whole family.

The festival started in 2009 with the first running of the Simola HillClimb, an event which saw some of the finest drivers and cars in the country taking part. These included legends such as Sarel van der Merwe, winner in 2009, Ian and Jaki Scheckter, Frenchman Jean-Michel Bayle, Franco Scribante, Charles Arton and many more. The list of beautiful cars that have participated in the past include Porche 956 and 917, a 1961 LDS Formula 1, a more modern 1989 Formula 1 Dallara, a variety of Ferrari’s, Lamborghini Gallardo, Jaguar XKR Coupe, Ariel Atom and a new McLaren MP4-12C.

While the HillClimb will always remain the core event, the Knysna Speed Festival has grown into an event that is more than just a single motorsport race and offers exciting activities for both participants and spectators. Classic Car Friday exclusively features pe-1975 vehicles and participants and spectators are encouraged to attend in period dress. For 2017, the King of the Hill Challenge has been split into three categories, Super Car Shootout, Modified Saloons and Sports Cars and Single Seaters.

Last year saw 14 206 people through the gate, so whether you a petrol head, speed lover or someone who just loves a good festival, don’t miss this premier event on the motorsport scene, we guarantee you will leave satisfied!


  • Classic Car Friday Town Parade & Car Display
  • Classic Car Friday Competitive Proceedings
  • King of the Hill Town Parade & Car Display
  • The King of the Hill Shootout
  • Jaguar Simola HillCLimb
  • Simola Golf Day Challenge


Dates : Thursday, 4 May to Sunday, 7 May 2017

Times : 07h30 to 16h30

Venue : Simola Golf & Country Estate, 1 Old Cape Road & the Waterfront Car Park,  Knysna

Tickets : can be purchased at the gate or online at

Prices  : Day Tickets, Adults R100, Children U12 Free per day

              Day & Pits Access Tickets, Adults R220, Children U12 R100 per day

              Weekend Passes, Adult General Entry Only Sat & Sun R180

              Weekend Passes, Adult General Entry & Pitt Access Sat & Sun R400

              Weekend Passes, Child U12 General Entry & Pitt Access Sat & Sun R180

              Le Mans VIP Hospitality Tickets between R500 (U12) and R5000 (VIP 3 Day pass)

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