It may have been an uphill challenge for organisers of the most famous automotive event in the Bucks calendar - but they proved to be on the right road for big charity profits.
Prayers were answered for good weather at the weekend’s Kop Hill Climb after last year’s Sunday washout and thousands of spectators duly visited the Princes Risborough site to experience what has become a motoring phenomenon.
Organisers say crowds are expected to be well up on last year and are confident that last year’s £37,000 total for local charities will be bettered.
Headline grabbers were the awesome Napier-Railton 1930s supercar (‘the sound of a thousand storms’) and a number of fly-pasts from a Second World War Spitfire and Hurricane - a Lancaster was unfortunately grounded because of technical problems.
Sara Beaumont, one of the organisers, said: “The whole weekend was fantastic - we couldn’t have wished for better attendances and the weather held up.
“Many people said to us that Kop Hill is better than the Goodwood event because we have the country fair feel and people can get closer to the cars and the drivers - everywhere at Kop Hill is accessible.”
The Napier-Railton tackled the hill climb four times and had to return to base every time because its vast turning circle made it unsuitable for travelling on public roads. It appeared courtesy of Brooklands Museum.
There was also a late appearance of a McLaren supercar, celebrating the marque’s 50th anniversary.
More than 400 classic cars entered the event and at least 100 motorcycles and enthusiasts travelled from as far away as Thailand and Edinburgh specially for the event.
Proving that age is no barrier, a 94-year-old woman who once rallied with Pat Moss enjoyed a trip up the hill and was said to have felt ‘exhilarated’ by the experience.
Kop Hill Climb’s organising committee meets in November to decide how to distribute funds to local charities.