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Little Classics News: 15 August 2015

Classics Hit the Track Once Again at Kop Hill

Kopp Hill Start Line

On the 19th and 20th September Kop Hill Climb returns for the revival of its 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 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.

Classic Aston Martin at Kop Hill

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.

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.

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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.

Vintage cars at Kop Hill

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, 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.

Classic racing car

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.


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