The picturesque Knysna region was left silent in 2020 as COVID-19 restrictions left the iconic Simola Hillclimb being postponed until 2021. While regulations are still proving this event to roar up the hill in early 2021, the event is set to be rescheduled for the weekend of 2-5 September 2021.
“It is once again with a great deal of sadness that we have been forced to make this decision to postpone the event yet again,” said the organiser, Knysna Speed Festival. “We were all set to run the event on our traditional May dates, but having engaged with all stakeholders, medical experts and other event organisers the consensus is that May poses too much of a risk for the health and safety of attendees.”
The uncertainty and possible risk impacts our international competitors and visitors who may still not be allowed to travel to the country in May, as well as sponsor partners who would not be able to host staff and guests if the health risk is high.
Indications suggest that the event will be able to run again later in the year as more and more vaccinations makes its way to Southern Africa. Therefore, there is a strong belief that the event will be able to take place in September of this year.
Should the country move back to lockdown level 5, the September date might again be postponed further. The hope will be for the Government not needing to take such drastic steps and to allow the event back with limited spectators.
Further good news is also that 2020 ticket holders, will be able to carry over their purchases for the 2021 event.
The Hillclimb, held in Knysna over the past 12 years, has become South Africa’s premier motorsport lifestyle event with approximately 17 000 people from around the globe attending, and over 250 000 livestream views over the weekend.
“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 event in September,” added the organiser.