The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

Proposed date for 2019: Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September.

The new Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, Cornwall’s only motorsport event on a closed public road, took place on the weekend of 15 & 16 September 2018.

Take a look at all the build up and race day action on Twitter and Facebook.

Speed Hillclimb

Competitors will tackle the course one at a time to try to record the fastest time along a section of the B3276, the coast road linking Padstow and Newquay. The stretch of road will be temporarily closed to normal road traffic for the duration of the event.

The start of the course will be at Watergate Bay, one of Cornwall’s most popular tourist destinations. On each day of the event, a maximum of 90 cars will be allowed to participate.

Competitors will race in the direction of Newquay, with the breathtakingly beautiful North Cornwall coastline to their right, and cross the finish line 720 metres further up the hill.

Speed Hillclimb

The landmark event, which is being jointly organised by Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club, has been made possible by the passing of a new law that allows local motor clubs to apply for permission to temporarily close public roads and suspend the Road Traffic Act in order to host motorsport events.

It’s the first closed-road hillclimb to receive approval from the MSA, which governs four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom, and the third closed-road event in all.

Speed Hillclimb

All profits from the inaugural running of the event will be donated to the Cornwall Air Ambulance and the Cornwall Food Foundation, which includes Jamie Oliver’s apprentice training scheme at Watergate Bay’s Fifteen restaurant.

Spectator fee in for the field is £10 per person.

Speed Hillclimb

A poster advertising the event in previous years.

Speed Hillclimb

To join us at this thrilling event in September, book to stay at Watergate Bay Hotel.

17 thoughts on “The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

  1. Peter John Bullen

    Absolutely brilliant, at last we have a government that allows public roads to be used for motor sport events, does this mean that finally in this country we are getting away from the attitude that all motor vehicles should be preceded by a man with a red flag!!!

    1. frankie Post author

      Hi Kirsty,

      On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September the B3276 road between Watergate Bay and Porth will be closed both ways between 6am and 6pm for the Watergate Bay Speed Hill Climb event. If you are travelling from Newquay to get to the hotel during these times you will need to circle RAF St Mawgan on the A3059 and drive into Watergate Bay on the road past Newquay Airport and Tregurrian.

  2. Paul Barnes

    Good Afternoon,

    Really keen to enter this event. Please could you inform me as soon as the entries are available.

    Thank you very much,

    Kind regards,


  3. Michael Evans

    Could you let me have details, please,about how to apply to marshal at this event. I’m MSA registered and have loads of experience as a hill climb, rally and sprint marshal.I’m a specialist start line marshal.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards

    Mike Evans

  4. Mrs. S. Bloor

    What will happen to the Newquay to Padstow bus service, number A5, that uses this route hourly (both ways)as there are lots of holiday makers who use this route — along with those wanting to get to Newquay Airport to get their flights home ?? Have you made arrangements for these buses to get to and from the airport, and also pick up/drop off people in Tregurrian, which will otherwise be unacceptably isolated.

    1. frankie Post author

      Hi Mrs Bloor, the Speed Hillclimb is not our event, it has been organised by Truro and District Motor Club, Newquay Auto Club and Plymouth Motor Club. The licence to close the road has been issued by the council. The diversion route will be marked and goes past Tregurruian and the airport rather than the coastal road to Porth.

      Team WGB


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