Saturday 9 - Sunday 10, June 2018, 9.00am - 5.00pm
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What is a Hillclimb?
Hillclimbing (also known as hill climbing, speed hillclimbing or speed hill climbing) is a branch of motorsport in which drivers compete against the clock to complete an uphill course on tarmac. It is one of the oldest forms of motorsport, since the first known hillclimb at La Turbie near Nice, France took place as long ago as 31 January 1897. The hillclimb held at Shelsley Walsh is the world’s oldest continuously staged motorsport event still staged on its original course, having been first run in 1905.
What is an XK?
The XK120 was launched in open two-seater or (US) roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a testbed and show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. The display car was the first prototype, chassis number 660001. The roadster caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The XK engine was subsequently fitted in many other Jaguar cars.
What time will the gates open?
The general public will be admitted from 9am. Hillclimb competitors on Saturday will be admitted earlier and will be advised accordingly. Exhibitors will be permitted on site from 7am on both days.
The day-time activities will draw to a close at about 5pm each day.
Can I bring my dog?
No, sorry. No animals are allowed on site, other than assistance dogs.
What facilities will be on site?
You’ll find toilets in the paddock, courtyard, restaurant, and by the spectator stands on the hill.
In the courtyard, the Stratstone restaurant will be open, as will the Pit Stop burger and tea hut in the paddock. In addition we will have plenty of food and drink concessions by the retail village.
Bars will be open in the paddock and in the retail village.
Will you have facilities for disabled visitors?
Blue Badge holders will have advance parking, and there will be disabled toilet facilities. Due to the rural nature of the site, walking surfaces will be uneven.
Do I have to own an XK to attend?
No! Everyone is welcome, whatever car you drive.
Can I buy a ticket on the gate?
Yes, tickets each day will be £25 per adult on the gate (£20 in advance) with accompaniesd ‘Under 16s’ being admitted free of charge.
Will there be car parking?
Yes, plenty of FREE parking
Will there be baby changing facilities?
Yes, there will!
Can I bring a picnic?
Yes, you’re welcome to bring a picnic, although there will be plenty of varied food outlets on site.
Will there be activities for children?
A Vintage Fairground will be on site to entertain children and adults alike, along with giant Scalextric, a treasure hunt and much more besides.
Can we camp overnight?
Camping in the orchard at Shelsley is available Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights for only £10 per pitch per night. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
If I don’t camp, where can I stay?
Please see the two accommodation lists on the XK70 website.
Which exhibitors will be at the event?
Please see the list on the XK70 website.
Will there be First Aid provision?
Yes, there will be First Aiders on site at all times over the weekend.
Will there be security if I leave my car on site overnight?
24 hour security will be in operation.
What is the minimum age for taking part in the Hillclimb competition?
The minimum age is 18.
Can anyone book for the 1948 Party?
Yes! You can book on line on the XK70 website or by calling the XK Club office on +44 (0) 1584 781588.
Are activities on both days the same?
The Hillclimb competition will be on Saturday (practice and then timed runs) with prize-giving on Sunday afternoon. Otherwise, Hillclimb activity will be demonstrations, cavalcades and runs by ace drivers over both days.
Exhibitors, food and drink outlets, competitions and all other activities will be the same on both days. A full programme will be available to purchase at the event.