The famous Speed Climb venue of Kop Hill that saw such motoring luminaries such as Raymond Mays, Lionel Martin, Noel Macklin, Major Seagrave, and Captain Malcolm Campbell to name but a few, has come alive again with the 2009 Kop Hill Revival. Organised by Tony Davies with much support, the event attracted a splendid gathering of cars that ranged from Gilbert Graces’ 1903 Humberette to Steve Hayes’ new Bugatti Veyron. Nowadays the Hill is 903 yards long and rises over 304 feet with the steepest gradient being 1:4. Entrant categories were Pre-War Motor Cycles, Veteran Motorcars up to 1918, Vintage & Post Vintage Motorcars 1918-1939 and Classic Motorcars 1940-1973. Runs weren’t actually timed on this occasion, the weekend was all about recalling the glorious racing past of Kop Hill, the first time since 1925, though the Bean Motor Club did organise a smaller event in 1999 as part of the Princes Risborough Festival. Between 1910-1925 Kop Hill was used to hillclimb both cars and motorcycles and the last event was marred when a Bugatti veered off the track into the crowd which resulted in a local man suffering a broken leg. The last event at Kop Hill will be better remembered for F.W. Dixon famously completing a ‘wheelie’ at the top on winning a class!For 2009 local boy and famous racer and rally driver Paddy Hopkirk opened the hill driving a new Mini S Cabriolet and was closely followed by Paddy’s 1964 Monte Carlo Rally winning Mini Cooper. “It’s terrific and absolutely wonderful that this event is going again, and I’m honoured to be invited to open the hill this morning,” enthused Paddy. Jamiroquai’s frontman Jay Kay brought along his 1955 Maserati sporting bodywork by Frua. Stephen Forsey of Swiss watchmakers Greuble-Forsey, brought along his 1926 Bentley 3.0 litre that was making its post restoration show debut having only picked up an MoT three days previously. It’s a recreation of one of the cars that entered the 1922 IOM TT Races that went onto win the Team Prize. Stephen’s Bentley chassis N082 was taken off the road in 1937, dismantled and then stored until around six years ago when all the necessary parts had been sourced in order to complete the rebuild. In addition to the fabulous variety of both cars and motorcycles parked in the paddock, other visiting classic cars were located in a stubble field adjacent to the Hill. Avid motorsport enthusiasts and competitors Pia and Tony Bianchi arrived in their highly desirable competition prepared Porsche 356 and 1958 Farellac-Allard race car respectively. Pia says her Porsche has always been competed, has loads of history, been everywhere, really well known by everyone and is simply a fantastic car to own and drive. Tony’s 6.5 litre Cadillac V8 powered Farellac-Allard has an excellent continuous racing history, literally from being conceived. It’s currently fitted with silencers for the road, though Tony joked tongue in cheek that years spent behind the wheel on race circuits has made him deaf! That mellifluous roar from the engine and exhaust note is pretty damned intoxicating when on full chat!