The weekend’s weather was as up and down as the Kop Hill Climb itself as vintage car and bike enthusiasts enjoyed mixed fortunes at Princes Risborough.
Saturday saw blues skies, glorious sunshine and 10,000 visitors, plus a Spitfire flypast - ‘the perfect day’, according to organisers. But torrential rain which descended from mid morning the following day saw less than a third of that number attend Buckinghamshire’s historic rally, with only around 3,000 enthusiasts venturing out.
For the first time, the event also featured a highly successful Chevrolet-sponsored soapbox challenge featuring home-made vehicles for the 10-17 age group, with an artificial slope providing the platform for a 16-team competition as to who could travel furthest. The Modena trophy was claimed by The Snails from 1st Stewkley Scouts, with Wendover Whizzkids taking the ‘spirit of the event’ award.
Event spokesman Sara Beaumont said: “Saturday was absolutely fabulous - it was the perfect day. We couldn’t improve on it and the only drawback was that the surrounding roads were gridlocked with traffic.”
Classic car and bike owners from as far away as Cumbria travelled to the Princes Risborough site which first saw car testing on the steep Kop Hill as far back as 1010.
Despite the vagaries of the weather, a total of 405 vehicles of all descriptions took on the challenge of the climb on each day.
Around 30 marshalls and 200 stewards ensured the climb ran smoothly and organisers are now totalling up the profits, which go to local charities.
For a special report by motoring editor Alan Candy, including his experiences with a 1926 Vauxhall OE-type 30/98 and a 1975 Vauxhall Firenza ‘Droopsnoot’, see Wednesday’s Bucks Herald.