Hot Hatch Trackday & Britain's Best Hot Hatch of all time

Sunday 18th August, 2019

Autocar Magazine have recently listed their top 30 list of "Britain's Best Hot Hatch cars of all time" - see the full list below.  Included are the Williams Clio, Peugeot 205, Golf GTi, Focus RS , Civic Type R and many others that changed the world of motoring over recent decades and continue to do so.

Do you agree with their choices? Did you own a Hot Hatch when you were younger? Do you have one as your weekend pride and joy? Well we are reaching out to all the car clubs and owners who have a car that features on the Autocar list to put their car on show.  In addition, you may not agree with the chosen 30 cars and have your own thoughts as to your favourite Hot Hatch of all time. If so, you too can take part in the new and exciting gathering of everything that was and is great about these cars.

Based at a Hot Hatch Track Day, we will host a car show  in paddock with a very special twist and stir motoring memories with a gathering of cars and lunch break parade of the iconic 30 cars. But we need your help - if you have one of these cars or know of someone who has, get them to get in touch with us to be part of this special gathering. 


Advanced booking discounts apply to all pre-booked tickets either online or by phone (01383 723337).
Alternatively, tickets can be purchased on the day at the gate.

Sun 18th August
Product Advance Price QTY
Adult Ticket £13 £13.00
Conc Ticket £8 £8.00
Family £34 £34.00

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Ticket Types

Adult - Over 16 yrs
Concession - 12 to 16 yrs, OAP, Disabled, Student (with photo ID)
Family - 2 Adults + 2 Concession (not required if children are under 12 yrs)

Kids under 12 do not require a ticket, they are FREE.

Showcar Registration

We're opening our gates to some of Britains most loved hot hatches, based loosely on the list compiled by Autocar magazine of the top 30 hot hatches. On the day well be presenting our very own Scottish Top 10 hot hatches and see if you agree with our decisions. Were looking for hot hatches of all eras from this event, whether you have an old school Vauxhall Nova or a jaw-dropping Ford Fiesta ST, we want to celebrate these little pocket rockets with their own special show.

Event Information

Who is the Britain's Best Hot Hatch of all time show for?

Autocar Magazing have compiled their thoughts as to "Britain's Best Hot Hatch of all time" and we want to attract both this list of cars to be on display and appreciated, but also our Hot Hatch fans cars as well.

30. Alfa Romeo 147 GTA
29. MG Maestro Turbo
28. Suzuki Swift Sport
27. Citroen Visa GTi
26. Audi S3
25. Honda Civic VTi
24. Ford Fiesta XR2
23. Toyota Corolla GT
22. Seat Leon Cupra R
21. Nissan Sunny GTi-R
20. Renault 5 GT Turbo
19. Volkswagen Golf Mk 2
18. Peugot 306 GTi-6
17. Fiat Strada 130TC
16. Alfa Romeo Alfasud
15. Mini Cooper GP
14. Peugeot 205 Rallye
13. Talbot Sunbeam Lotus
12. BMW M140i
11. Renault Clio Williams

And the TOP TEN is;

10. Volkswagen Golf GTi
9. Ford Focus RS Mk3
8. Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk1
7. Lancia Delta Integrale Evolution 2
6. Renault Clio Sport 182 Trophy
5. Renaultsport Megane Trophy R
4. Ford Focus RS Mk1
3. Honda Civic Type R
2. Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9
1. Volkwagen Golf GTi Mk 5

Come and join us in this celebration of the Hot Hatch! If you have a Hot Hatch of your own, emai with your car and contact details and you too could be part of this unique gathering. 

What if I fancy having a go on track?

Great, we are always open to newcomers, and you’ll receive a full safety briefing before heading out on track. There are also a number of rules and flag signals you’ll need to be aware of, but we’ll give you this information on the day. Trackday sessions can be booked via our Trackday Website ( or you can simply turn up on the day and ask to head on out (subject to availability – it’s always wiser to pre-book).

Book Tracktime Here

If you have any specific Hot Hatch Trackday enquiries or need further information, simply call the Team on 01383 723337 or email:


Event News

Simulator Competition

Simulator Competition

We'll be running our popular Simulator Competition again in 2019, with the fastest times making it onto our leaderboard. Take to the track virtually and win some awesome prizes, thanks to our partner GTOmega

Show and Shine

Show and Shine

Show and Shine makes its return for 2019. With new categories and bigger prizes and some incredible showcars as our star attractions this year. Our Show and Shine events run alongside Super Lap Scotland events as well as selected Hot Hatch Trackdays making the events a true celebration of power, style and performance which attract petrolheads in their thousands, so what better place to come and show your pride and joy?

Drifting Demos

Drifting Demos

Drifting returns to Knockhill for some spectacular demo runs at the tri-oval. We’ll see top drift cars pitting their wits against the twists and turns of the Knockhill hairpin as two or more drifters race simultaneously around the course at very close quarters. Oh, and with screeching tyres and billowing smoke thrown in for good measure… it’s always an exciting watch.

Drag Race

Drag Race

Our popular Drag Races return at lunchtime to entertain the crowds, with a selection of high-powered machines battling it out to be first over the finish line. It's free to take part in and signups take place in the circuit office at 9am. Hurry as these always fill up quickly!

Track Invasion

Track Invasion

Finally, at the end of the day, we'll also be inviting those remaining on-site (drivers, spectators and show cars) to take to the Knockhill track for a unique photo opportunity. You'll get to head out onto the Knockhill track, at a safe and controlled pace, to form up on the grid alongside fellow enthusiasts for a quick photo op. Make sure you listen to announcements throughout the day on Knockhill FM - broadcasting on 87.7FM. This activity will be confirmed on the day of the event.

Gate Opening Times

Gates on Sunday open at 8.00am

How to get here

Knockhill Racing Circuit is located on the A823, for SATNAV our postcode is KY12 9TF

If travelling from East/South, head to Junction 4, M90 Kelty.

If travelling from West, please head over the new Clackmannan Bridge and head on the A977 and turn tight at Powmill.

If heading from the North, motorway signs will say exit Junction 6, you can also head to Junction 4 as an alternative route.

All routes have Tourist Board direction signage.

The drop off area for taxi's etc. will be at the main gate.


All parking is on site, you can drive all around the outside of the circuit to view from your preferred area.

Disabled Parking

For disabled spectators you can drive around the outside of the circuit and also in the disabled parking area overlooking the hairpin.

The weather

Always a topical subject at Knockhill, quite simply, come prepared for all weathers. We would say the same if the forecast was for blistering sunshine.

Drones: Due to CAA safety regulations the flying and use of drones are strictly forbidden at Knockhill Racing Circuit .

General Information

  • Knockhill FM broadcasts on 87.7FM and will be on-air all weekend.
  • If you wish to Text the Tower for a shout out, you can do so via 07941 808552.
  • No Pets or Animals will be allowed entry to the venue, please ensure you leave them at home and not left in the car.
  • The circuit office will be open from 7.30am to 5pm if you need any help or assistance, you can pop in or call on 01383 723337.
  • Official Knockhill Merchandise is available at the circuit office.
  • Mobile Food Outlets are located throughout the venue as well as our onsite restaurants, Champions Clubhouse and Kinnaird's restaurant.
  • Karting - pre-booking is advised as 'arrive and drive' is not always available.

That's all for now, but if you do require additional information, please call the Circuit Office on 01383 723337. Hopefully we will see you all here for a fab weekend of motorsport entertainment.

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