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The Organisation

Kop Hill Climb is organised by a group of volunteers working for the Buckinghamshire Community Foundation (BCF), a local charity which goes under the name of Heart of Bucks. Heart of Bucks has a long history of supporting local charitable organisations.

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Volunteers are key to what Kop Hill Climb aims to achieve: Fundraising for the local community. Given the astonishing success of the event from its beginnings in 2009, the team is now not just much larger, it is also busier, with work on next year's event starting just as the current year's event finishes.

During this time our volunteers help with all aspects of the organisation, including stewarding, marketing, social media, charity liaison, sponsorship, promotions, exhibitors, competitors, marshalling, security, IT and technical and legal support, as well as helping out on the day at the Information Point and Soap Box Rally, and generally ensuring everyone has a great day (or two!). You can see we need helpers for all aspects of a well run event and if you would like to learn more just click the link below.

Our Patrons

Heart of Bucks thanks the Kop Hill patrons for their support and encouragement. We are proud to have them associated with our event.

Paddy Hopkirk, is our local Buckinghamshire Motor Sport Legend, famous for being outright winner of the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally in his Mini Cooper. He is a well-known spokesperson for the motor industry being a Vice President of the British Racing Drivers Club. Paddy is patron for WheelPower based at Stoke Mandeville, which promotes opportunities for thousands of children and young adults with disabilities to participate in recreational and competitive wheelchair sport he is also patron for the International Association of Motor Theft Investigators.
Graham Schultz is Chairman of the Modena Group of companies. The Modena Group represents a diverse range of companies in the automotive field involved in Motorsport and specialist automotive services. Team Modena operates at the very top of sports car racing competing and winning races around the world in GT 1 GT 2 GT 3 format with Aston Martin Ferrari and Lamborghini. Modena has successfully completed the Le Mans 24 Hour Race for the 4th consecutive year achieving their highest placed position of 8th overall. Graham has been a long-term supporter and sponsor of Kop Hill Climb. Graham is also a Buckinghamshire Ambassador for automotive technology.
Dick Skipworth, a retired businessman and farmer, is a well known motorsport driver and enthusiast. Until 2013 he owned the famous collection of Ecurie Ecosse racing jaguars from the fifties and bought and restored the iconic Ecurie Ecosse racing transporter, seen at many motorport events both in the UK and Europe. The last time this collection was seen in public before its sale was at Kop Hill.
Mike Bushell, presents the sport on BBC Breakfast and covers a wide range of different pursuits for the show. As well as presenting the main sports bulletins of the day he has profiled and personally sampled nearly 400 different sports and activities during his Saturday morning slot on Breakfast; apparently a world record! He is an ardent supporter of Kop Hill Climb and appears each year to commentate on the Soap Box event.
The Countess Howe attended the Kop Hill Centenary event in 2010 as High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire and presented a High Sheriff’s Community Award during her tenure in office. Her husband’s predecessor, the fifth Earl Howe, was the well-known Brooklands racing driver at the height of its fame as a Grand Prix circuit in the 1920s and 1930s. As Chairman of Trustees at Heart of Bucks she has seen the relationship forge between Kop Hill Climb and Heart of Bucks in order for the two organisations to work together to ensure the most needy groups in the county can benefit from the generosity of the event supporters.
Sir Stuart Hampson is best known for his 14 years as Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, and he continues to be a passionate advocate of 'the John Lewis model' of employee engagement. Although nominally retired, he now chairs The Crown Estate - the £11bn portfolio of commercial property, farmland and seabed owned by HM The Queen but passing all its profits to the Treasury for the benefit of the nation. Sir Stuart was High Sheriff of Buckinghamshire in 2013/14 and is now one of the County's Deputy Lieutenants.

Lord Hollenden, represents the Trustees of the Hampden Estate, who give permission to use their land for the spectator viewing areas and car parking facilities, both of which are essential for the running of the revival of the Kop Hill Climb.