This year's Simola Hillclimb has been postponed to 2021

10 June 2020 - 12:51 By Motoring Reporter
Andre Bezuidenhout and his 1975 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo in action during the 2019 Simola Hillclimb.
Andre Bezuidenhout and his 1975 Porsche 911 RSR Turbo in action during the 2019 Simola Hillclimb.
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Due to the ongoing impact of the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 Simola Hillclimb has been postponed to May 6-9 2021.

The Hillclimb, held in Knysna over the past decade, has become SA’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with about 17,000 people from around the globe attending, and over 250,000 livestream views over the weekend.

“It is with a great deal of sadness that we have been forced to make this decision,” the organiser, Knysna Speed Festival, said on Wednesday. “It was our intention to run the event in September this year, and we had put plans in place to do so, but it has become apparent in our ongoing discussions with all role players that it will not be possible to host the event during that time.

“As things stand there is no certainty as to what the situation will be in September but all indications are that mass gatherings will still not be allowed by then. Our local authorities have informed us that they expect the effects of the virus to remain significant in September, and they therefore cannot support the event taking place.

“The uncertainty also impacts our international competitors and visitors who may not be allowed to travel, sponsor partners who would not be able to host staff and guests if the health risk is high or if leisure travel is still banned, and the Simola Hotel which is unsure if it will be allowed to open by then.

“With so much uncertainty, combined with the real health risks that visitors to the event could still be exposed to, there is unfortunately no other option but to postpone the event to 2021. The health of our employees, sponsor staff, competitors and their support crew, spectators, suppliers and the Knysna residents is the most important issue to consider at this time.

“We would like to thank our sponsor partners for their understanding and support with the situation we are faced with, and look forward to working with them to host a successful 2021 event,” the organiser concluded.