• The Simola Hillclimb returned in 2021 - the first time since 2019.
• Covid-19 has meant that fans could not attend this adrenaline-fueled event.
• Suzuki had a massive impact on this year's event.
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The Simola Hillclimb made a spectacular return in 2021 and lived up to the hype and promise associated with previous events after a two-year absence. Wheels24 contributor Calvin Fisher tells us all about it, and why this little bit of petrolhead heaven means so much to him in the video above.
Fisher says: "Man, it felt good to be back at the Simola Hillclimb! The atmosphere, even without the spectators, was intense, familiar. It's hard to believe that two and a half years have passed since the last one. Screw you, Covid.
"It was also great to see something on two wheels at the Hillclimb. And that it's no less than the new Suzuki Hayabusa was simply unbelievable. AJ Venter, the quickest south African ever to lap the Isle of Man TT, is the man making all the smoke on the white Hayabusa.
"Suzuki had quite the presence at this year's Hillclimb. Monster Tania and his crazy Vitara and SX4 rally beats have long conquered Pikes Peak, which must be the most infamous Hillclimb on the planet. Then, locally, there's the fact that some of the single-seaters at Simola are also running Hayabusa engines, including Franco Scribante's winning Chevron B26.
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Missing the crowd
Sadly, I missed having a lekker big crowd this year, but there's still all the noise and petrol and wings and things, so I'm thrilled to have been there. It's been as exciting as ever.
To watch more of Fisher's awesome content, visit his YouTube channel here.