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The Watergate Bay Speed Hillclimb

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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