Off the back of a hugely successful 2023 season, Prescott Hill Climb has unveiled an ambitious 2024 calendar that offers something for everyone.
The Bugatti Owners Club will organise the majority of events taking place on the hill, which they have owned since 1938, but will also welcome a variety of events organised by visiting clubs.
Action on the hill will get underway on Saturday 6th April with a test day enabling drivers to try out their new machinery or just get back into the swing of thing for the season ahead, while the following day will see members from a variety of different car clubs tackling the famous hill.
Meanwhile, the weekend of April 20th and 21st will see the first visit of the season to Prescott by the prestigious British Hillclimb Championship where a wide array of cars running in different classes will include single seater racing cars which can accelerate faster than Formula One cars.
The weekend will also feature the Midland Hillclimb Championship which sees drivers of sports, saloon and racing cars competing across the season at Loton Park and Shelsley Walsh as well as Prescott.
Italy is renowned for producing some of the most glamorous cars in automotive history and a wide variety of the those will be in action on Saturday May 11th at Prescott Italia, supported by Auto Italia Magazine, with the following day seeing the clocks being turned back for Classics at Prescott, organised by Winchcombe Rotary.
Prescott Historique has established a reputation for attracting a wide array of iconic competition cars including machines that first competed on the hill in the early days of its competition history. Such has been its success that the Bugatti Owners’ Club have taken the decision to expand it to a two-day event on the bank holiday weekend of May 25th and 26th. We can anticipate a variety of truly historic machinery taking to the hill across the weekend.
June opens with the Mid-Summer Meeting on the 8th and 9th while the focus switches to two wheels on June 23rd when Prescott Bikefest takes place. There will be a Members’ Hillclimb on Saturday June 29th while the following day’s Garden Party will be open exclusively to members of the Bugatti Owners’ Club.
Pugfest on Sunday July 7th will see the focus on the Peugeot marque. The French manufacturer has a long competition history, initially in racing and later in rallying. There will be a club meeting on July 13th while the 14th will see the second visit of the year by the Midland Hillclimb Championship. Meanwhile, the Saab Owners’ Club will be visiting the hill on Sunday July 28th for their own event.
One of the highlights of the year for many is Vintage Prescott weekend; a two-day meeting on August 3rd and 4th which takes place over the so-called short course, which is the layout that was used by all events until the 1960’s when an additional loop taking in Ettore’s hairpin was added.
The Steeleford Super Car Hill Climb on August 11th should see some truly exotic road cars in action with only eligible super cars permitted to participate.
September opens with the second visit of the year by the British Hillclimb Championship and the season long series should be heading towards a thrilling climax. The two-day meeting takes place on September 7th and 8th and competitors in the super powerful single seaters will be keen to better the outright hill record which currently stands at 34.65 seconds for the 1127-yard-long course, which rises by over 200 feet. Competition will be equally fierce in all the classes, however, and the weekend will also feature another round of the Midland Hillclimb Championship.
Vintage machines return to the Hill for a one-day meeting on 28th September, seeing competitors this time tackling the hill’s long course. The following day will feature Prescott’s second Car Club Day of the year.
The Season Finale on October 5th and 6th will feature the conclusion of a variety of championships including the Bugatti Owners’ Club’s own Fassi Classic Speed Championship and the New Barn Land Rover Speed Championship.
Meanwhile, a unique event will once again round off the season when Rallye Prescott takes place on November 2nd. This will be the fourth running of the event which has grown each season so far. It features rally cars of all types and eras tackling the hill both in daylight and with the help of lights, throughout the early evening and is hugely popular with competitors and spectators alike.
Full details of all the events are available HERE, with discounted early bird tickets already available for most events. It’s worth remembering that admission to the events organised by the Bugatti Owners’ Club is free for club members. You don’t have to own a Bugatti to join, just be an enthusiast. If you would like to join the club click HERE