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Little Classics News: 16 October 2013

Kop Hill Climb 2013 Wows Record Crowd

Kop Hill Climb 2013Kop Hill Climb 2013Now enjoying ‘must attend’ status on the historic motoring calendar, the Kop Hill Climb (September 21st & 22nd) showcased over a century of motoring history spanning the pioneering automobiles of the veteran era to the latest supercars.

The result, a record 15,000 motoring enthusiasts and families flocked to the Chiltern Hills to join in the fun and celebrations raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities, thus sealing Kop Hill Climb 2013’s place as a finalist in the International Motoring Awards Historic Motor Event of the Year category.

Kop Hill Climb 2013 Classic MotorcyclesOn the hill the morning sessions of the twice daily runs of 400+ vehicles where kicked off by the current Lord Howe and Paddy Hopkirk, Kop Hill Climb Patron, waving the 1931 ex-Lord Howe racing Talbot GO54 off the line.

The crowds were held spellbound as the drivers of the country’s most iconic sporting marques demonstrated the prowess and style of their magnificent machines with spirited runs commemorating the glory days of the original 1910 – 1925 speed hill climb events. Back in the paddock a further 200 static club vehicles were ready to entertain, eagerly awaiting the crowd’s attentions.

Kop Hill Climb 2013 Napier-RailtonThe biggest draw on the hill was undoubtedly the Brooklands Museum’s recording breaking 1933 John Cobb commissioned Napier-Railton. The iconic classic racing car, which has to be push started, announced its arrival at the start-line with a sharp crack as its 24 litre Napier aero engine roared to life sending a tingle down the spine before holding the drama for seven nail-biting minutes while the engine came up to operating temperature before launching itself up the hill consuming five gallons of fuel per mile!

The Kop Hill Climb celebrated a brace of centenary celebrations in 2013. Both Aston Martin and Vauxhall’s 30-98 celebrated their 100th Anniversaries. To mark the occasion Aston Martin Heritages A3, the oldest surviving Aston Martin in existence, was on show. It was in the A3 back in 1922 that Lionel Martin took a class win at Kop Hill, so it was a welcome homecoming.

The Vauxhall 30-98, also an accomplished hill climber with Kop Hill heritage, was celebrated with several examples of the extraordinary make including the ultra-rare Vauxhall Heritage - owned 1926 OE-Type Velox Tourer (OE268).

Kop Hill Climb 2013 Ecurie EcosseKop Hill Climb 2013 Acurie EcosseIt was an event full of emotion as a lone Scottish piper poignantly piped the stunning Dick Skipworth Ecurie Ecosse collection to the start-line where, in a last hurrah, the collection’s C, D & E-Type Jaguars lit up their tyres in celebration of their last ever public appearance before being auctioned at the Bonham’s 1st of December sale.

Keeping the excitement at boiling point was Dave West’s team of expert race mechanics from the Risborough Service & 4x4 Centre as they stepped up to the challenge of building an Aston Martin GT in time for the Sunday afternoon run up the hill while raising money for charity.

On Sunday afternoon the crowds fell silent as the distinctive throb of Merlin engines could be heard approaching fast as a Hurricane and Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Flypast Team strafed the paddock in an exciting aerial display.

Kop Hill Climb 2013 Jaguar XJ13At lunchtime the stage came alive playing host to motorsport legends Norman Dewis the famous Jaguar test driver who attended Kop Hill with the one-off Jaguar XJ13.

In all, the 2013 Kop Hill Climb was a phenomenal success, with Climb-goers already talking with excitement and anticipation about next year’s event. The provisional date for the 2014 Kop Hill Climb is the weekend of the 20th-21st of September, confirmed dates will be announced in the coming months, with advance tickets going on sale in early 2014.


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