Kop Hill Climb

Date: 17 September, 2016

Location: Kop Hill Road, Princes Risborough, Bucks, HP27 0LB

Few hill climbs are older than the one that takes place on Kop Hill in the Chilterns.

With a 1-in-4 gradient at its sharpest, the slope rises 304ft in 3,848ft on the outskirts of Princes Risborough in the heart of the Buckinghamshire countryside.

And spectators get their chance to see the old course in all its glory when the Kop Hill Climb (September 17-18) returns this autumn.

Famous drivers who have attempted the 106-year-old course include Malcolm Campbell, Count Zborowski and Raymond Mays.

They graced the hill in a 12 horse power Talbot Bluebird, eight-cylinder Ballot and Bugatti respectively.

The charity event raised around £75,000 for local good causes last year.

Preening paddocks and hair-raising hill climbs

No fewer than 800 vehicles across the spectrum will be strutting their stuff in The Paddock. Whether your thing is classic cars or moderns, there is something for everyone stretching back over a century.

But there’s no doubt that the weekend revolves around the Kop Hill Climb, when you can also get up and close and personal with the vehicles and even chat with their drivers.

Hill runs run from 9.45am-1pm and 2pm-5.15pm. For many, the highlight will come when history is brought to life with the 24-litre Napier Railton. This iconic model will bring each hill climb session to a close as it makes its own assault on the daunting ascent.

Don’t leave without…

Glimpsing the Soapbox Challenge: This event will leave you on the edge of your seat. Teams of would-be racers attempt to navigate their way through the course’s chicane, obstacles and purpose-built ramp

• Seeing the spectacular Wall of Death: This incredible stunt never fails to amaze old and young visitors alike

• Catching the Children’s Zone: Nostalgic funfair attractions include a dodgem ride from the 1930s and an old-school carousel

• Taking part in the raffle: Who knows? You could win the chance to get in a classic Porsche 911 and drive up the famous hill

• Catching the Laurel and Hardy impersonators: They’ll be on stage and driving a Model T round the event


Advance adult tickets cost £10 for one day or £15 for both. Children (aged 17 and under) go for £5 per day or £7.50 for both. Under-5s are allowed in free. There are also half-price half-day deals available. Gates open at 9am.