You'll Never Drive Alone
Taking place in the Chiltern Hills, the Kop Hill Climb 2013 took place on September 21-22 and showcased 11 decades of motoring history, from the initial pioneers and trailblazers right through to the formidable supercars of today.
A record 15,000 people attended the event, in doing so raising tens of thousands of pounds for local charities. It's for this reason that the Kop Hill Climb 2013 is a finalist in the International Motoring Awards Historic Motor Event of the Year category.
Kop Hill Climb 2013 – A Vintage Year
Over 400 vehicles a day undertook the Kop Hill Climb during the 2013 event. Kicking off proceedings were the current Lord Howe and Paddy Hopkirk, a Kop Hill Climb Patron, who together waved off the 1931 ex-Lord Howe racing Talbot GO54 off the line.
Arguably the biggest draw of the whole event was the Brooklands Museum's record breaking 1933 John Cobb commissioned Napier-Railton. This car had to be push-started, but it announced its arrival at the start-line with a resounding crack as its 24 litre Napier aero engine came to life. What followed were seven tense minutes, as the crowd awaited for the engine to reach operating temperature. This achieved, the Napier-Railton roared up the hill, consuming, as it went, some five gallons of fuel per mile.
A Cause For Celebration
Both Aston martin and Vauxhall's 30-98 are celebrating their centenaries in 2013, and the Kop Hill Climb marked both occasions. The oldest serving Aston Martin in existence, the Heritages A3, was on display, the very vehicle in which Lionel Martin enjoyed a class win at Kop Hill in 1922.
Also waving the flag for Aston Martin were Dave West's team of crack race mechanics from the Risborough Service Centre. Having been challenged to build an Aston Martin GT race car in time for a Sunday afternoon run up the hill, they more than delivered.
Meanwhile, the Vauxhall 30-98, itself a veteran of hill climbing, was represented by several examples of this legendary vehicle, including the supremely rare 1926 OE-Type Velox Tourer.
In a more poignant moment, the end of an era was recognised, as the Dick Skipworth Ecurie Ecosse collection of C, D and E-Type Jaguars made their last ever public appearance to the accompaniment if a lone Scottish piper. On December 1st, they're to be auctioned at a Bonham's sale. It was a fitting goodbye.
With the 2013 event being such a resounding success, expectation is already mounting for next year's event. The provisional date for the 2014 Kop Hill Climb is the weekend of September 20-21. Exact dates will be announced in the coming months, whilst advanced tickets will go on sale early next year.