ALL TAR RALLY
October 2012 | Photos: RaceMasteR J | Story: Nashrene Schloss
Killarney Race Track, Cape Town.
Few racing events require
your balls to have their own msa license, but ‘if you want
to roll with the big dogs don’t piss like a puppy’
and while hardened rally drivers might consider it just another
day at the office us mere mortals require a lot more mechanical,
physical and mental (valium) preparation.
The CCMCC’s Fix-A-Smash All Tar Rally on the 20th October
forms part of the 2012 Western Province Rally Sprint Series, and
contrary to other rallies this one is unique in that it combines
racing and rallying. They are also generous enough to allow full
circuit disciplines like Clubman’s and Challenge to partake
in the fun (Racing versus Rally class)… at their own risk
of course and that of Killarney’s long standing building
This is Killarney the unofficial tour, I couldn’t help but
find the ‘slow down’ sign as you flat-foot down the
old pit lane onto the track both humorous and contradictory to
our intentions. Its down and dirty, viewed at angles (upside down
in the case of Lourens van Rensburg and Kesevan Naidoo in their
Ford Escort BDA) and speeds no sane person would ever wish to
encounter. Every bump, gutter and crevice an assault on your senses,
recent msa members and strained-to-the-limit piece of machinery
you have foolishly entrusted your life upon.
Every wall, fence, office and even the tighter-than-Kylie’s-butt
subway an obstacle that needs to veered past or driven though.
I’ve known Paul Simon for quite a few years but this is
the first time I’ve screamed his name repeatedly and in
earnest - as “Paul’s office” became a navigational
landmark which needed to NOT be driven into. He might have been
flattered were he not so busy fighting his own navigational demons
with Gary Meyer as driver in the MKI ‘behind’ us.
Forecasting had us prepared to get wet, very wet (some race drivers
consider windscreen rubber a non-necessity) but the weather cleared
and all 6 tarmac special stages were completed in sunny albeit
windy conditions. 40 cars started on the grid with 17 falling
along the wayside due to various mechanical hard-driving induced
failings, evidence of which could be found spewed alongside the
track at various intervals. 70 km’s of raw unadulterated
adrenaline, pushing both man and machine way past the limit(er).
Rally class had legend Mike Nathan (with co-driver Graig Gray)
doing what he does best, drive the crap out of his car and reaffirmed
his alpha dog status with an extremely dominating performance
in the ex_fernando Rueda GP N4 specification Mitsibishi Lancer
Evo 9 Turbo 4x4. Clinching first amongst the Race cars were Gavin
Cerff and Ernest Roos in their MKI 2L. So convincing in fact was
their performance that they would have achieved 2nd overall behind
Mike had the two disciplines been combined.
And so it was that Killarney Raceway survived yet another All-Tar
Rally, testament to her strong foundation, resistance to abuse
and excellent event organisation that provided safe yet exciting
entertainment for the loyal spectators and ball-breaking challenges
for the brave competitors. Thanks to the sponsor’s and organisors
who made it all possible, and here’s hoping we continue
this insane and magnificent tradition for many more years to come.
Fix-a-Smash Specialists in Collision Repair, Freightmore Road
& Freight Specialists, Yossi Signage, Inside Sports Lounge
and Cuisine, The Burner, G&A Promotions, Popeye Trucking,
DMG Autoglass, M&L Panelbeaters, Kodec Auto Electrical &
Mechanical, Bikers Delight Racing, Moose Engineering, Dinesh Auto
Trimmers, Silkuni Importers & Distributors and Magnum Radiators.
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