The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

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

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.

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.

7 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,



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