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Record numbers see vintage cars roar up Kop Hill in Princes Risborough
THOUSANDS have flocked to Princes Risborough this weekend to see more than 100 years of motoring history take on the Kop Hill Climb.
The event attracted a single-day record of 12,000 people yesterday, and thousands more turned out today despite the dismal weather.
The event featured more than 400 cars and motorcycles ranging from Edwardian racers to modern supercars.
Arthur LaCour, one of the organisers, said: “Despite the weather today we’ve still had a great turnout. But yesterday we did roughly what we did last year over the whole weekend.
“It was amazing...The viewing platforms and grandstands were completely filled out. And many of the catering facilities sold out of food and had to run down to Tesco to stock up. It was way beyond our expectations for a single day.”
The 46-year-old from Prestwood added: “My personal highlight was a trip up the hill in a 1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.
“There were five of us in the car and it pulled up the hill without hesitation...And he did it all the way in third gear. I felt like a film star in the thing with everybody in the grandstand waving.”
Arthur said Jamiroquai singer Jay Kay, who lives nearby, had been spotted among the weekend crowds, with former Monte Carlo Rally winner Paddy Hopkirk also attending.
The famous Kop Hill was one of the country’s premier racing venues from 1910, but a nasty accident during the 1925 Climb brought about a ban for all motor sport on public roads.
But the event was reborn in 2009 as a non-competitive showcase event and since raised £90,000 for charity.