The event, which grew tremendously in the four years that it
was run and had become one of South Africa’s premier motorsport
events, has been unable to secure a title sponsor following
the withdrawal of its previous sponsor, necessitating this decision.
Unfortunately our previous sponsor unexpectedly withdrew very
late in the day leaving us with little time to find a replacement.
We tried our best, but unfortunately most of the companies that
were interested had already committed their budgets to other
marketing initiatives. As the event has grown so much in recent
years, and the cars have become faster, we could not compromise
on competitor or spectator safety and infrastructure, hence
we had to make the hard decision to cancel the event.
We are aware that a number of competitors and spectators have
already booked accommodation, and made travel and leave arrangements
to attend the Hillclimb. We would like to sincerely apologise
for any inconvenience caused as a result of having to cancel
at this late stage. Ideally, we would have preferred to make
the announcement earlier, but while there was a chance of saving
the event we believed that we had to pursue all options.
The organisers have every hope
of reviving the event in 2014.
Knysna Speed Festival Team
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