Historic vehicles roar back onto motorsport calendar

Promo for the forthcoming Kop Hill Climb - pictured are some of the cars that will take part - outside Thame Town Hall with Thame mayor Jeanette Matelot Green
Promo for the forthcoming Kop Hill Climb - pictured are some of the cars that will take part - outside Thame Town Hall with Thame mayor Jeanette Matelot Green

More than 400 classic and vintage vehicles will take part in the annual Kop Hill Climb this weekend.

The internationally recognised weekend for enthusiasts and families alike attracts huge crowds, and attendance figures last year topped 15,000 on the paddock show ground site at the top of Kop Hill.

This is not just a static display, but also a recreation of Kop Hill’s glorious past when vehicles used to actually race on public roads before the RAC banned such pursuits in 1925 following an accident.

Today, although no longer a timed motorsport event, on both days of the Kop Hill Climb, cars and motorcyles will travel the hill, giving spectators a chance to see the vehicles in motion.

The streets of Princes Risborough will be filled with visitors as the vehicles travel through the town on Saturday and Sunday.

The cars and motorbikes range in age from the early 1900s to modern day exotics, so whatever your preference there will be something for all.

Attractions at the paddock show site, where a grandstand gives fabulous views of the vintage vehicles, include the Red Arrows simulator ride, the Racing Bug race track game, a vintage steam carousel, a climbing wall and food and drink court.

The paddock stage will host a programme of entertainers including the Anderson Sisters close harmony trio and Collective Calm jazz band.

The objective of the Kop Hill Climb revival is to raise money for local charities. All the organising team and helpers are volunteers, and almost £200,000 has been raised since the revival of the climb in 2009.

Spectator gates at the paddock open at 9am each day.