Genevieve stars at Kop Hill Climb

Kop Hill Climb

The Kop Hill team of volunteers have been working hard to bring an historic event to life again in September, when the ninth revival of the early 1900’s motoring event takes place.

The action is at Kop Hill in Princes Risborough on September 16th and 17th, and all the fun, thrills and hard work contribute to raise funds for local charities and good causes on behalf of Heart of Bucks – the Community Foundation of Buckinghamshire. Last year exceeded all records, with more than £100,000 being raised over the weekend, and 32 local projects supported.

 The event returns with a celebration of motoring through the ages, with more than 400 historic cars and motorcycles each day taking on the famous hill. Many more will be on display in the paddock.  Vehicles range in age from the early 1900s to modern day exotics, so there will be something for everyone.

This is not just a static display, but also a recreation of Kop Hill’s glorious past. Both days will have morning and afternoon sessions where visitors can see the cars and motorcycles storming the hill. It’s moving history right before your eyes, especially from one of the grandstands, which gives a unique vantage point.

This year sees a visit from the iconic ‘Genevieve’, the car that was the star of the 1953 film of the same name, and a regular participant in the annual London to Brighton run. Fans can have their photo taken with this wonderful car, and enter a raffle for a ride up Kop Hill in her.

There is also a planned fly-past by WW2 aircraft from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on each day, weather permitting.

The children’s area will be packed, with plenty to see and do. A vintage steam fair, with helter-skelter, dodgems and carousel, soft play fun bus and face painter, along with the Racing Bug track racing game will give younger visitors a day to remember.

The Soapbox Challenge is a nail-biting competition, with teams of budding racers aged 10 to 17 trying to go the greatest distance down the purpose built ramp, chicane and obstacles to try to win the Beaumont Cup.

With so much to see and do a break for some food and drink will definitely be in order. So people can relax in the food court while taking in the sounds of the stage with an impressive line-up this year, including G-Elvis, Rob Oakley – swinging like Frank Sinatra – and The James Manders Trio featuring a performance of eight-year-old Jack Manders on the drums. Soundforce Big Band will make a return, and setting the atmosphere in the paddock will be the roving Melody Jazz Band. Then visitors can browse the many exhibitors and indulge in a spot of retail therapy.

Info: For full event details, or if you would like to volunteer your time to help over the weekend, visit

If you buy advance tickets now via the website, they are at last year’s prices – adult day ticket still £10.

Ticket prices on the day:

Adult £15
Under 16’s £5
Children under 5 go free

Grandstand tickets:
£5 per half-day session.
Entry ticket must also be bought.

Parking: Parking is free.

Times: Spectator gates open at 9am each day.
Kop Hill runs from 9.45am to 1pm and 2pm to 5.15pm each day.

August 5, 2017