Kop Hill Climb®

Fundraising for the local community

Running the hill

Seeking to run the hill?

If you have a road-registered car or bike built between 1900 and 1981, or something exotic, then 16,000 spectators would love to see you join the hundreds of other drivers and riders in action on the hill in 2021. Untimed and non-competitive, it’s the perfect weekend to whip the dust covers off. There’s all you’d expect and more at the UK’s best, most relaxed but action packed, classic festival.

Be aware, the hill runs in particular get booked up really fast! We are always oversubscribed so do get your request to run or show in as early as you can after the 19th April. The final selections for hill runs take place at the end of May.

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Will your vehicle qualify?

Kop Hill accepts applications from applicants with vehicles up to 1981, with some priority for older ones. At the bottom of the page are links to our automated booking system.

We do exhibit a few recent special vehicles too (e.g. super cars/bikes, those with a special technical interest or with a race history). If you think you can meet these stringent requirements please send details to [email protected] You cannot use the automated system.

What do you get?

1. A morning and afternoon run up the hill.
2. Parking in the paddock with easy access to all the facilities, entertainment, activities for which the Kop Hill Festival is renown.
3. Kop Hill Climb event plaque and Program.

Pre-war vehicles can book for both days. Post-war vehicles are allowed only one day of hill runs even if they come on display on the other. This reflects this historic hill climb’s priority given to older vehicles reflecting its origin and a sharing out of the hill climb experience to as many as we can from the many post-war applicants

What does it cost?

For cars;
£45 on one day (including one passenger)
£60 on both days (including one passenger)
For bikes;
£20 for a bike on one day (rider only)
£30 for a bike on both days (rider only)

Extra passengers or pillions are £10. 18’s and under are £3 and under 5s are free coming in your vehicle and can be paid for at booking. If they are coming under their own steam please go to “Tickets” on our home page.

How do I get Selected?

Due to the popularity of Kop Hill Climb we are always massively oversubscribed. This means it is important our Entrants Team get a photograph and brief details and history of your vehicle to help make the selection. If you do not send these items do not be too surprised if you are not selected. The Entrants team has the job of ensuring a wide variety of vehicles for the spectators, with not

too many of the same make or type. We try to give some priority to applicants new to Kop Hill over those who have been many times before. This can mean that some vehicles do not get in. If you are unlucky do try again next year when we start again.

Even if you don’t get selected, if you applied early we do run a hill standby list to cover for no shows. Other than that, you can always apply to display your vehicle in the paddock. There’s a separate section on this web site called Paddock Display dedicated to those who would like to bring their bike or car to show.

Automated Booking

If you have been to Kop Hill Climb before click here
If you are new to Kop Hill Climb click here


Pre-war cars and bikes get priority. It’s only fair as this is where it all started – and finished, when competitive events were banned in 1925!

Post War

Post-war cars and bikes. The vehicles most of us grew up with – this is fast becoming the most well-attended sector.