The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

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The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb, Cornwall’s only motorsport event on a closed public road, is back on the weekend of 14 and 15 September 2019.

The event will return to the British motorsport calendar and organisers have revealed a new look course..

Keep up to date with the build up and race day action on Twitter and Facebook.

Jointly organised by Newquay Auto Club, Plymouth Motor Club and Truro and District Motor Club, it was the first hillclimb to take place since the passing of a Parliamentary law enabled timed motorsport events to take place on closed public roads.

On 14 and 15 September the motorsport extravaganza with some exciting changes promised by the organising team. Thanks to approval from Motorsport UK, the governing body for the sport in the country, the challenging course will wind its way for 850 metres along the B3276 coast road between Padstow and Newquay, an extension of 130 metres from its original length.

Spectators will be able to get a better view of the action thanks to a change in the location of the paddock and trade areas. After feedback from 2018, motorsport fans will be able to see much more of the hill and have full access to the paddock after the move to a clifftop location.

From standard road cars, to fully modified racers, a dynamic range of cars are set to flock to the region. Last year, there was success for local crews on both days with Tavistock’s Doug Bennett taking the opening fastest time on the Saturday event in his powerful Sylva Striker kit-car, whilst Chard-based Stewart Lillington took his Radical SR4 kit-car, to the quickest run on Sunday.

The event will also be the figurehead of Cornwall Motorsport Month which takes place throughout September. The county has a rich heritage of motorsport activities taking place throughout the year which can often be overlooked thanks to being a popular destination for tourists and surfers in the busy summer months. The campaign is supported by Motorsport UK and Visit Cornwall and has been created to highlight the region as a prime destination for both tourism and motorsport.

The inaugural running of the Watergate Bay Hillclimb took place in 2018 and was dubbed a huge success after attracting a capacity entry and raising over £6,000 for the local charities Cornwall Air Ambulance and Cornwall Food Foundation. It will continue to donate its profits to both charities in 2019.


Local business have also pledged their support for the second running of the Hillclimb with the hotel being one of the first sponsors and the race beginning in the car park.  

Regulations for the second running of the Hillclimb are released along with the online entry system, on the official Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb website.

Zacry's Hillclimb Lunch

Have the best view in the house for the Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb. As close to the starting line as you can get, watch the cars race up the hill after a two-course lunch in Zacry's

Road closure

As the Speed Hillclimb is a closed-road event the B3276 between Watergate Bay and Porth will be closed from 6am to 6pm each day. If you are travelling from Newquay, you will need to use the road past Newquay Airport and through Tregurrian, rather than the coast road.