Fantastic turnout for revived Kop Hill Climb


Hundreds of classics and more than 15,000 people visited the recent Kop Hill Climb.

Showcasing 11 decades of motoring history, the non-competitive event centres around twice daily runs of 400-plus classics up the Buckinghamshire hill, which can trace its motor sport past back to 1910.

Star guests this year were Paddy Hopkirk and Lord Howe – who flagged away an ex-Lord Howe 1931 Talbot – and the motoring highlight was undoubtedly an appearance by the ex-John Cobb 24-litre Napier-Railton.

Off the hill, another 200 classics were in club displays, while there centenary celebrations for Aston Martin and the Vauxhall 30-98.

Aston Martin Heritage's A3, the oldest surviving Aston Martin in existence and a car in which Lionel Martin took class honours at Kop Hill in 1922, was on show, while several 30-98s were also on site, including Vauxhall Heritage's 1926 OE-Type Velox Tourer (OE268). 

A lone Scottish piper heralded the arrival of the Dick Skipworth Ecurie Ecosse collection to the start-line where C, D & E-Type Jaguars lit up their tyres in celebration of their last public appearance before being auctioned at Bonhams on 1 December.

There was also a busy trade village, a Battle of Britain Flypast, a wall of death, soapbox racing and a guest appearance by Jaguar test driver Norman Dewis.

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