FESTIVAL OF DRAG RACING
RaceMasteR J & Nish | Words: RaceMasteR J
The Hi-Octane Festival of
Drag Racing ended 2012 with a bang! Usually held on Boxing Day
and called Fast, Furious and the Glorious, that event clearly
had its glory days and it was time to move on, that’s when
Speed & Sound stepped in. Now obviously when a big name like
SNS comes onboard they bring other big names with them.
One of those names was Hannes Minnaar. He pilots an insanely powerful
box corolla that apparently made 700kw’s on low boost. There
was talk of this car being here a few events ago but it never
made it but this time it finally was. After a few sighting runs,
and I don’t blame him for taking his time to get used to
the strip, he managed a very impressive 8.9 second pass. Well
brother Johan was there in his Fiat X19 as well, and the car quickly
become known as the wheelie king. With the engine mounted behind
the driver there’s very little weight up front, and with
super sticky rubber at the rear, launching this car was a sight
to behold. I don’t think I’ve ever seen something
lift its front wheels in the air so high, besides a bike.
This is when Johan showed his bravery. Keeping his right foot
firmly down the car launched nose in the air and veered off lane
leaving black rubber marks and then eventually dropping back down
only to fight with the steering wheel to correct it back into
his own lane. Crazy! He eventually ran a 10.2.
Not only did this Golf 6 GTi look sweet as hell, it went like
hell too! It posted a very impressive 12.0 on street tyres!
The newly improved monstrous twin turbo V8 Motown Chev ran a 9.4.
Keep an eye out for this one, it’s only going to get quicker!
I love the look of this Evo. Something about it says time attack
beast. But it was on the strip this time and ran a well deserved
CRX’s have always been impressive little cars. This one
ran a 13.3.
sideways maniac. The Team Red Ariel Atom was all over the place
off the line but still clocked a 12.0 over the traps.
Ex Raceweb cover car of Mikey is always a crowd pleaser and ran
The Pro-Fit Golf, or rather better known now as the GONDA for
its Honda powered motor ran a 11.0. Well done guys, but I’m
sure you are pissing the Golf guys off. Haha.
Speed & Sound boss lady Annie was having a go in her Mk1 screamer.
I love the fact that you can actually see right through the Atom.
Flat Four Racing fighting to keep it on the black stuff.
Sharief Reynolds trying to beat his personal best...
Normally aspirated 4 cylinders versus supercharged V8 muscle.
Slipping and sliding almost all the way down the strip. SIDEWAYS
was the word of the day.
The universal signal for "your tyres are warm enough now"...
Brave... but I like it!
What a dramatic entrance... smoke machines and all...
Car of the day indeed! We hope to see it back in Cape Town sooner
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