Kop a load of this! Thousands expected to watch moving museum of motoring history

The Ecurie Ecosse team
The Ecurie Ecosse team

The fifth revival of the Kop Hill Climb motor rally takes place this weekend in Princes Risborough.

The historic hill climb revival is back this year with a record number of entrants taking on the famous hill.

More than 700 different vehicles will take to the hill over the weekend – with a spectacular fly-past of second World War planes on the Sunday.

This year’s event will be hosting, for the last time, the iconic Dick Skipworth Ecurie Ecosse race team collection.

The eight vintage vehicles, including the famous restored double-decker car transporter, will be auctioned at Bonhams in London in December.

Ecurie Ecosse was a Scottish motor racing team that won back-to-back Le Mans 24 hour races in 1956 and 1957.

It was founded by a Scottish businessman, and run on a shoestring budget. Dick Skipworth, a long-time Ecurie Ecosse fan, is a local resident and has been a major supporter and patron of Kop Hill Climb since the first revival in 2009.

This year’s entries span 11 decades of motoring.

Kop Hill Climb is a unique moving museum of motoring history, and nowhere else can such a wide collection of vehicles in action be experienced.

The original Kop Hill climb attracted both motorcycle and motor car entries and was a major name on the hill climb calendar. It was first run in 1910 and was stopped in 1925 owing to an accident on the hill involving Francis Giveen in his ex-Raymond Mays Bugatti Cordon Bleu and a spectator.

A 1914 Marlborough 8/10hp hails from Aylesbury, as does the 1926 Bentley 3 Litre Supersports, while the vintage 1929 Morgan Threewheeler is from Princes Risborough.

For those with a more modern taste, Kop Hill’s sponsors are running several exotic models, including a 6.3-litre Mercedes-Benz SLS and the Jaguar XK and F-Type.

Gates open at 9am and the first event sees the children of Princes Risborough School racing up Kop Hill on foot.

The morning session of hill runs on Saturday, September 21, will be opened at 10am by the ex-Earl Howe 1931 Talbot team car GO 54, flagged off by the present Earl and Countess Howe. Bloodhound SSC will be present to update everyone on its project to build the fastest car in the world.

On Sunday BBC Sports presenter Mike Bushell will commentate on the soapbox challenge from 11am, and will be signing copies of his new book “Bushell’s Best Bits” in the afternoon. Also on Sunday is a spectacular Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, starting at 3.15pm.

DETAILS

Visit www.kophillclimb.org.uk

On the day tickets – adult £10/children 12 and under free.

Parking is free

One complimentary programme per group

Grandstand tickets £5 for half day session