TOP END DRAGS: EASTER 2014
date: 19 April 2014 | Words: RaceMasteR J | Photos: RaceMasteR
J & Chevan Davids |
There’s no denying
that there has been a lot of talk about the previous two Saldanha
drag events and in all honesty I wasn’t sure what this one
was going to be like. But in retrospect I am glad I went. From
pulling into the main gates, to parking, everything went smooth
and was so relaxed. Not to say that there wasn’t an atmosphere,
yes there was, but it was fueled by nitrous oxide and avgas rather
than the kind you need to be 18 years or older to purchase.
Walking around in the pits before any racing started I noticed
all the usual suspects, cheesy, yes I know. The XR8 TT, Suspect,
Shamiel with the orange box Corolla, Big Joe in his mental 2J
box Corolla, turbo charged this and nitrous that, they were all
there for the glory.
Not forgetting a whole contingent of mighty Supras, about 5 of
them. Throw into that mix a few exotics like an Audi R8 and even
a Porsche GT2. Nice!
The Air Developments NOS’d Busa was there as well trying
to take back his title, but would Laimy in his NOS’d Busa
let him? I’ve been hearing a lot of what’s happening
on the local biker rally scene and Laimy has apparently been cleaning
up. Could he do the same here? But, bikers will be bikers…
sorry, I just had to throw that in for old times’ sake.
That being said, standing on the start line reminded me of what
this event used to be like a few years back - purely about racing.
Yes the crowds admittedly weren’t what were expected, but
that was a good thing because every single person there was a
petrol head. No alcohol allowed this year was the biggest change
which saw the greatest overall improvement. Everything was just
so much more manageable, at least from my eyes.
After the mandatory parade lap by all the competitors and making
sure they warmed up their tyres as well as the mouths of every
single spectator, the single thing that everyone came here to
see started. Hard core, high powered top end drag racing!
At this year’s event, if it wasn’t an actual Supra,
it was almost certainly powered by a Supra engine, either in the
1 or 2J form. One of them was previous record breaker and holder,
the insanely quick upcountry visitor, Schalk, in his box shape
The CPI Tuning crew was here in full force as usual with their
Golf’s. Pity we didn’t see more tuners fighting it
out. Competition is always great, but not when the other person
This A45 AMG is a new comer to the strip, but doing only one run
managed a slightly disappointing speed of 201km/h. Maybe the aftermarket
wheels were too heavy?
A total shocker was seeing this, the fastest car in Cape Town,
fastest on the quarter mile that is, 8.8 seconds fast. What was
Ralph doing here? This was a top end event. I guess sometimes
400m’s just isn’t enough for some people. After changing
many drive train and gearbox parts Ralph was having boost pipe
issues but still managed a very impressive speed of 267km/h. Well
If anyone was here to win, it was last year’s winner, Shaheen
aka Suspect. This Chevy Lumina sounds like a jet fighter as it
blasts down the runway. Unfortunately he was also having boost
pipe issues but still managed an awesome speed of 273km/h.
Zain Ryland, the owner of the XR8TT was cool, calm and collected
as always. One run was good enough for him to take top honours
for the day with the winning speed of 275km/h. Well done once
Even though this Porsche only managed 235km/h, I’d still
have it every day, all day! What a stunner!
Two Suzuki Hayabusa’s, both running with Nos, both ran 290km/h.
But I think due to Sulaiman being a few kilo’s lighter,
he took the win by 0.4km/h. Well done Laimy, I hope to see you
back at the next one.
Overall, I think it was an awesome event, even though the numbers
might have been a bit down, I hope the word spreads that the next
event will be the same, if not better. To the West Coast Racing
Team, thank you guys, your hard work is paying off! We look forward
to the next one.
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