Kop Hill Climb – 2015…..

I’d never heard of the Kop Hill Climb before, let alone attended the event – but I’m glad I finally did and eventually did!

Kop Hill is a steep climb (at the halfway point it reaches a 1 in 6 gradient) on the outskirts of Prince Risborough, a small town in Buckinghamshire at the foot of the Chilterns. The climb was originally established in 1910 but due to a minor accident involving a spectator on the public road that formed the hillclimb, the last competitive event was actually held on 28 March 1925. Following the accident the RAC banned all motorsport on public roads, making the Kop Hill Climb the last of its kind to be run on the public highways in the UK.

In 2009 the Kop Hill Climb underwent a revival with the aim of the event being to raise money for local charities and good causes. More recently Kop Hill Climb’s stunning location, historical importance and appeal for the whole family had ensured that it’s a ‘must see’ event on the historical motor sport calendar. I have huge admiration for all the volunteers and helpers who make Kop Hill Climb the success that it is today ensuring that its legacy lives on and raises significant funds for charity each year.

The atmosphere at the event is both informal and relaxed (the paddock is an open paddock with no access limitations to see all of the vehicles) and as such the entrants have the time to chat and share their stories and passion for their vehicles. Even if you have even the smallest interest in classic and historic vehicles, both the 2 wheel and 4 wheel varieties – I recommend you pay the Kop Hill Climb a visit next year I can guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.

A few images from my day there…. click an image for a larger view. (all images © Scott Dennis)

 

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