• The Simola Hillclimb in Knysna takes place once a year.
• Andre Bezuidenhout holds the overall lap record with a time of 35.528 seconds.
• No spectators will be present at the event.
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It's that time of the year again when drivers and their high-performance machines from all over the country descend upon the quaint Garden Route town of Knysna for the annual Simola Hillclimb event that takes place this weekend.
Even though no spectators will be in attendance, it remains to be seen if anyone can break Andre Bezuidenhout's overall lap record of 35.528 seconds, set in his Gould McClaren GR55 back in 2018.
The entry list features some stiff competition in the form of Clinton Laurens in a 1984 Jaguar XJS, Nadia Viljoen in a 1967 Morris Mini 1275, Janus Janse Van Rensburg in a Nissan Skyline GT-R R32, Willem Baard in a Nissan GT-R R35 as well as Pikes Peak contender Cole Powelson of the USA.
Becoming the king
The 'battle of the bakkies' also sees some cool machinery like a supercharged V8 Savage 660 Ford Ranger, which will see Paige Lindenberg go head-to-head against first-timer Francois Fritz in a 2011 Toyota Hilux featuring a twin-turbocharged 5.0-litre V12 engine.
There is also a bit of history attached to this year's event, as it takes place exactly 50 years after Motul launched the first-ever fully synthetic oil in the automotive market. The flagship lubricant known as 300V launched at the recently concluded 24 Hour of Le Mans, and will be available in South Africa early next year.
Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa, says: "The Simola Hillclimb is one of SA's most exciting events. It's a real test for both cars and drivers, and a real proving ground for Motul products."