date: 28 December 2013 | Words: RaceMasteR J
Photos by: RaceMasteR J & Nishaam Ebrahim |
Killarney Race Track.
So if you’re an old
petrol head from Cape Town it would be somewhat of a norm for
you to head down to Killarney Race Track every end of December.
Reason being is to celebrate all things we racing addicts consider
good and wholesome. We come together to watch some of Cape Town’s
fastest and loudest street drag racers. This year was no surprise
in the entertainment value department however the host being Killarney
gave their yearend bash a new name calling it StreetFest.
The recipe stays the same with hardcore quarter mile drag racing
on the strip mixing it with a car show vibe in the new pits and
not forgetting drifting on the oval. This gave spectators and
fans alike a vast area to feast their eyes on from slammed and
bagged to door slamming sideways rides.
The new pit area was buzzing with people of all ages and is always
the central hub of activity at the track.
From the new pits you can either watch the 10 second dragsters
fly by you or just take a quick walk over to the oval area to
watch some side by side drifting action. Not being an actual regional
event the drifting was more on the relaxed side and gave the new
guys time to practice and perform in front of bigger crowds. It’s
a great way to build confidence.
We had some local heroes doing what they do best at the oval like
Typie Khan in his E30 BMW with his ever improving driving style.
To the bigger powered boys like Faheem Salie in his E36 BMW.
Ching’s nightrider Supra is always around and proves to
be consistent at every event.
This car is still around! Brian Canterbury’s Ford Cortina
lives up to the saying Ford is Lord because this car just refuses
Shane Green was back after his epic performance at Rev Life and
was looking on form and set to take a podium. But would Faheem
Salie let him?
Most of you won’t know this car but it’s been around
for a while now and today was its day to finally make a public
appearance. Rob’s Mazda MX5 or Miata as everyone calls it
is as cute as a button and feisty as a little husky puppy just
wanting to go. This car is still very much under powered but for
what it currently is Rob put on a great show.
Struggling with understeer initially, Rob eventually gets it to
step its tail out and smoke some rear rubber.
Tommy in his S14 was back and going sideways as ever but gremlins
eventually got the better of the 200SX and retired early.
Yaseen Damon was trying trying trying but somehow it seemed the
setup of the car just wasn’t working out as he just looked
a bit too uncomfortable. Maybe it’s the new paintjob?
Once the drifters were done shredding their rears the spinner
boys and girls came out to keep the crowds entertained. But let’s
head back to the drag strip so long.
Michael Keyser is best known for his super quick Nissan Champ
bakkie. But I was pleasantly surprised to see him in this EGi
powered Mazda RX7. He managed a very impressive 10.3 for the day.
The front wheel drive class was very stiff with guys like Riyaad
Mohamed in his sexy black Mk1 who ran a 12.6.
To old time drag racer and Opel wizard Luc Lucchesi in his this
time normally aspirated Corsa running a very, very impressive
12.7. The car is still fully loaded, door panels, carpets and
Usual suspect Jody Van Schoor is getting better and better and
ran an overall best time of 12.2 seconds.
But it was the old school 2 door Mk1 of Ikraam Bulbulia who took
the quickest time in his class with a 12.0. So close to an 11.
Representing the SNS Army from up North was Theo Knipe in yet
another never say die car, the Opel Kadette TS which ran the strip
in 12.2 seconds. The car is capable of much quicker times but
somehow things didn’t go according to plan.
But it was the Branch Worx boys from Gauteng who ran the best
front wheel drive times of the day with Jannie Bardenhorst flying
down the strip in a Mk1 Golf, or rather what’s left of a
Golf, in 10.2 seconds.
He tried again but this time in the Corsa, or rather, what’s
left of a Corsa in 10.5 seconds.
We happen to see one run with the Corsa at the end of the strip
and were shocked to see the amount of stopping distance needed.
This car uses the entire strip, all the way up to the catch nets.
Yes people, the catch nets at the end are there for a reason.
The crowds loved the Jhb performers which inevitably brought out
the local big hitters. Keith van der Poll in his bumble bee Chevy
Manta tried his foot at rolling burnouts. He got down the strip
with a best time of 10.8 seconds.
The next rolling burnout bandit was Willie Nel smoking his Chevy
Can-Am’s rears from start line all the way down to Malmesbury.
Oom Willie managed an awesome overall best time of 9.8 seconds.
But it was none other than the rolling burnout king Ralph Kumbier
in the ever so gorgeous Chevy Firenza who instantly changes the
weather without fail. Ralph wasn’t only just doing rolling
burnouts, he was doing them sideways!
Brave, brave man! Ralphs best time for the day was slightly slower
with a 9.9.
One of the oldest racers around, John Brussels who ran a 12.4.
And his old time rival Shamiel Petersen. Still one of the best
looking slant fronts around. Looking good and crossing the line
in 10.8 seconds.
The biker boys were there as always but we all missed Renfred
Slamet at the start line, may he rest in peace. The Slamet team
was present but out of respect, decided not to participate.
The rest of the 2 wheelers did however, like crazy Kat on his
super quick Suzuki GSX750 who ran a 9.9.
Ebbie Abrahams went even quicker running a 9.2 on his GSXR 1000.
But it was Sharief Reynolds on his Kawasaki ZX14R who went fastest
on the day with a time of 9.1 seconds.
Getting back to the oval for the drifting I was in awe when I
saw this ISUZU bakkie(Chevy badge on grill) going sideways like
a pro! I just couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Finding
out afterwards that it was Zack Groenewald made some sense, but
the fact that there was still an Isuzu badge on that damn thing
made it my highlight moment of the day.
After some retirements and knockouts, we were left with four remaining
drifters. From left to right, Faheem, Typie, Ching and Shane who
is not present in this pic.
Faheem was absolutely killing it but a small mistake cost him
dearly and was knocked down to battle it out for third place against
Typie. Typie did well but couldn’t compete against the more
powerful E36 of Faheem. End result, Typie 4th and Faheem 3rd.
The final battle was between Mr. consistent, Ching, up against
balls to the wall drifter Shane.
Things were going well for Shane and a top spot was almost in
sight until the little BMW’s prop shaft gave in causing
irreparable damage which saw Ching come out victorious at the
All in all it was a good day filled with a variety of action packed
segments to suit everyone’s needs and a good way to end
the 2013 year off. We look forward to what 2014 has to offer.
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