Organisers of the ground-breaking Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb in Cornwall can confirm that the motorsport weekend will become an annual event and take place for a second time on 14th/15th September 2019.
After a successful first event, promoters Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club are also looking at making changes to the hill to offer a greater challenge for competitors and better viewing for fans throughout the course.
Plans are well underway to re-create the weekend and make it bigger and better than last September’s offering. The inaugural event saw 90 drivers each day compete along the 720-metre course which winds its way along the B3276 coast road between Padstow and Newquay.
Sanctioned by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) which governs the sport in the UK, the event marked the first hillclimb to take place on a closed public road since the passing of legislation in Parliament in 2017 which enabled the suspension of the Road Traffic Act for motorsport.
Thousands of spectators and motorsport fans flocked to the seaside resort from all over the country during the weekend, which enabled the event to donate its profits to its designated charities, Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Food Foundation.
The brainchild of Truro and District Motor Club Competition Secretary Dave Brenton, Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb was a culmination of over five years of planning and he is delighted to be able to announce a date for 2019.
“It’s very exciting to be able to formally announce a date for 2019 and the return of the Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb” he says.
“The entire committee worked tirelessly to ensure the debut event was a success and I was so very proud that we managed to do that considering it was the first event of its kind in the country. We learnt very fast and that means we can now take our experiences into next year and make it bigger and better than before”.
Brenton has listened to all the feedback from competitors and spectators in September and is working on some significant changes for the second event.
“Of course, we knew there would be things that needed adapting and altering going forwards, that’s was always the intention for our first one. We now have some exciting new plans in the pipeline for competitors and spectators alike. There is a lot of work to do but if it comes off, we are sure that it will be a popular addition for all. We hope that announcing the date early gives people time to plan their diaries for next year and we look forward to seeing everyone on the North Cornwall coast in September 2019”.