Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb
Located at the seaside resort of Watergate Bay, Cornwall, Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb is a landmark motorsport event which will see around 90 cars and competitors compete against the clock along the B3276 coast road between Padstow and Newquay. Starting just yards from the Atlantic shoreline, the course winds its way up the 720-metre climb in this innovative motorsport weekend. This exciting speed event will become the first closed public-road Hillclimb to take place in England.
Jointly organised by Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club, the event will mark a first for Cornwall and the UK thanks to the passing of a new law in Parliament which enables the suspension of the Road Traffic Act for motorsport events. It will be sanctioned by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) which governs the sport in the UK.
From an idea in 2013 by Truro Motor Club Competition Secretary and now Deputy Event Director of Watergate Bay Hillclimb Dave Brenton, the concept has grown significantly in strength and has gained support from a wealth of local businesses who are keen to see the event become an annual event.
Organisers will also ensure local charities benefit from the weekend, with all profits being donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Food Foundation, which includes Jamie Oliver’s apprentice training scheme at the nearby Fifteen restaurant. Since the announcement earlier in the year, competitors from across the UK have been marking their intention to contest the hillclimb and organisers are anticipating a packed entry in September.