Kop Hill Climb returns in three weeks

Kop Hill Climb returns in three weeks

Kop Hill Climb returns in three weeks

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

THE popular Kop Hill Climb returns in three weeks time for a weekend of unique motor cars.

It takes place in Princes Risborough and was reintroduced in 2009, after a 84-year break.

Since then it has raised nearly £200,000 for charities in the area and is run on a voluntary basis.

This year it takes place on September 20 and 21 and there will be a marquee which will present the Best of British from yesteryear.

The centrepiece will be the 1924 GP Sunbeam- this is the outright holder of the Kop Hill Climb record established in 1925 and driven by Sir Henry Seagrave, one of the foremost racing drivers of the day.

The GP Sunbeam will be joined by the 1914 Rolls Royce Alpine Eagle, a motor car which could have seen active service in the First World War and represents part of the KHC tribute to the centenary this year.

Both cars have been generously provided by the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu and are sponsored by Millers Oils.

Joining these unique cars on display will be three English Racing Automobiles.

Only 24 cars were produced, of which 23 are still running very competitively today.

Each car had a designated number- R3A owned by KHC patron, Dick Skipworth, R8C owned by Guy Spollen and R4A owned by Nick Topliss will be at the event.

ERA was founded by Raymond Mays, Humphrey Cook and Peter Berthon.

They started production of single seat racing cars in November 1933 based in Bourne, Lincolnshire.

The cars were designed to compete with Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Delage and others but ERA was to become the dominant force in English voiturette racing, winning many races from 1934 until after the Second World War, upholding British prestige in continental racing.

The presentation is also hoping to include the only two known surviving Cubitt cars, made in the 1920s in Aylesbury.

For full details about the event go to http://www.kophillclimb.org.uk/

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