E-Blower Vol.12

Please see link below to the latest E-Blower Vol 12 (A) – (with pictures).

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The E-Blower       Vol. 12(A).                               

Managing editor: IM Nobody.
Chief Sub (editor not marine): Robin P Emslie.                                                                                                                                     
Director: J Colin Brown (with assists from Funky Franky).                                                                                                                        
Chief Investigative Reporter: PK Nelson.                                                                                                                                       
International Editor: Cedric M Selzer.   

Editorial.

With so much bad news doing the rounds, while the E-Blower is not going to shirk its responsibility, we remain cheerful and see no reason why we shouldn’t adhere to our positive lifestyle reporting policy.  

In this regard we all remember (and admire), the irrepressible Peter Gough. And although the former double South African champion is no longer as active on the track as he once was, his intellect and business acumen remains as sharp as ever.

Many in the press room here have enjoyed being socially associated with Peter for many long years. So despite the risk of being labeled as voyeurs, we felt the story of the Cape’s most trendy Escort agency deserves to be told – albeit briefly and without any unnecessary details.

Then our second Diners, Drive-ins and Dives story refers: Because apart from their tyres, Michelin’s other claim to fame in Europe — and a few other selected countries — is the coveted star rating they have been awarding to top restaurants since the early 1900’s.  Now although this scheme doesn’t operate in South Africa, we are planning an investigation to determine whether our own Trackside Pub and Grill might possibly be worthy of a Hoosier Slick star — or something similar. We’ll keep you informed.    

The Cape Argus seemed to like a story we submitted about two of our senior do-it-yourself members and they splashed it across a page of their Motoring section. So in case you missed that one, we have reprinted it (with the pictures), a little further on. 

There are other contributions including our own Miss Motor Racing and an excellent action picture taken back in 1948. But we’re starting with our neighbours feelings about our circuit of dreams, and why we’ve been making headlines for all the wrong reasons.   

So, how do our neighbours feel about us?

With civilization in Table View having reached the western bank of the Diep Rivier, we have been asked to cut back on noise pollution. Nothing new about that, we started long ago. The high earth bank alongside the river, that we’re told will eventually contribute to an approximate 19 dB drop in sound levels on the other side, was begun during the late Brian Smith’s term of office.  

However with the cooperation of club members, we have now stepped up the pace. There is no more high speed activity on Sundays while the MSA decibel peaks at race meetings have been strictly enforced and although we have not yet had final confirmation from the council, is now well within the MSA limits.

Then our northern neighbours in Dunoon recently staged a mass march past the circuit while on their way to the Blaauwberg council chambers in Milnerton. There they presented their demands that the City provide decent houses, improve water and sanitation, provide better solid waste management and look at ways to make the community safer and more secure.

 There was no specific reference about a move into Killarney despite a rumour that the club’s lease was due to expire in 18 months time. However there were rumbles that this would provide an answer to more than one of their problems.

 The march was followed by a Cape Talk 567 radio interview on the subject, hosted by Kieno Kammies, It began with the City Council’s Director for Human Settlement saying that Dunoon was considered to have reached its maximum capacity when a figure of 9000 was issued after the 2001 census. However it is estimated that this number had now grown to more than 40,000.

Andele Peter, the spokesperson for the Dunoon residents, who participated in the discussion, said that they did not necessarily want to claim Killarney. What they needed was land to expand and if the City Council had no other plan they felt the complex was available. He added that they had made several suggestions to the Council but these had all been turned down. However if the council came up with a better plan, they would consider it.   

The Council’s Director replied that the City has a massive housing backlog and he quoted a figure of 350,000, adding that the challenge is bigger than Dunoon, but that it is currently receiving their full attention. They are looking for suitable land and are committed to finding a solution.

So far three parcels have been identified, but are not necessarily ideal. They were also in mediation with several areas, but issues like biodiversity, transport and proximity to economic and business zones all need to be considered. He added that they do have a grand plan and he felt that within about two months they would have an answer.

However he also emphasized that Killarney was not one of them. The rumours that the WPMC’s lease of the property would expire in a little more than a year were not true. The clubs lease was valid until 2022.

In closing Kieno asked whether Killarney in its present form was of any benefit to the Dunoon residents. Were any of them employed at the circuit, or allowed to sell (say), boerewors rolls there, on race days.

While there was no definitive reply to that one, our Editor has since established that the majority of our working staff are resident in Dunoon.

 It has subsequently emerged that SANCO (the South African National Civic Organisation), then called a mass meeting at Dunoon on Sunday (Aug. 25). It had to be held outdoors to accommodate the many thousands who attended.

When the occupation of Killarney came up for discussion, Mr Peter said the residents wanted to occupy the area. However the leaders had made it clear that this was not an option.

Instead they are hoping to engage in a discussion with the Western Cape Premier Helen Zille. Mr Peter felt she may be able to provide a better solution than they were being offered by the City.

 “It is not in our interest to make the area ungovernable. We don’t want to cause havoc. That is not our mission. Our mission is for our people to get houses and services.”

In conclusion, the message from the club is that we’re here to stay.

Meet the Workers    No. 11. 

James J “Gentleman Jim” Corbitt was renowned for winning the world heavyweight title (and changing the art of boxing forever), back in 1892.

Now while Leon Corbitt is no relation, he is better known – and far more useful to us here at Killarney – than James J could ever have been. Leon has served the club for 16 years, and was first employed by Denis Joubert after he answered an ad for a building foreman. At the time Denis was impressed that he had found someone who was able to read an architect’s plan. Leon’s building team has since been responsible for a huge amount of work over the years. This has included the construction of additional pits and other buildings as well as alterations and improvements to the clubhouse and admin block.   

 And although Brian Smith changed his title to Circuit Foreman and increased his responsibility and workload, as well as his interest in our sport, after Bert Spring retired, he is one of a small band with no previous involvement in motor racing.

 As a prominent former player, his recreational involvement remains with soccer and he is currently on the lookout for the next Gareth Bale or Wayne Rooney as he coaches the Edgemead club’s formidable under 11 team.         

Meet our own Miss Motor Racing

Held at the clubhouse during our recent highly successful Ladies Day meeting, the contest attracted entries from many attractive young ladies. 

This picture of the finalists includes the winner, Shannon Stevens. She’s the girl in the bikers jacket, fourth from the left. As a reward, Shannon and her partner are now going to be the Guests of Honour in the VIP Lounge where they will be able to enjoy a champagne lunch and a panoramic view of the racing, during the final South African championship meeting of the year on October 5.  

The Cape’s most groovy Escort agency

Mr Peter Gough, a Non Executive Director of the Cape’s most trendy Escort agency has always ensured that his leading field agents, the silky smooth Louis Powell and Neil Hawkins, who where necessary are also surreptitious investigators, are properly equipped for their sometimes dangerous undercover activity.

Posing as everyday run-of-the-mill Escorts that hardly rate a second glance and are only out to entertain the agency’s fun loving clients, not many have been aware of the side arms and the other weaponry concealed under their individual cloaks of innocence.

The Powell unit for instance, is a meticulous replica of an original shapely Gough model, down to even the dipstick and lipstick, with the driver officially empowered to emulate it even further, by copying the original 007 type systems code number — Y151.

Other less visible but hugely effective implants in this mover and shaker include a choice of urge from either a 2-litre Pinto RS powerplant, circa 1970,  or a single OHC Ford Mexico engine.    

The Hawkins projectile includes an Escort Mexico 2-litre, part Cosworth motor that, with the assistance of a close ratio ZF gearbox, feeds 160kW of raw power to the back wheels.

When coupled to their ability to swing around corners with a degree of skill that other pole dancers find difficult to match, these features have resulted in their services always being very much in demand.

 

Diners, Drive-ins and Dives (chapter 2).

Working on extensive plans to ensure our clubhouse — the place where friends meet — becomes even more customer friendly, the management is beginning with the Trackside Pub and Grill. So from the time you read this, the breakfast hours will have been extended to begin at 09h.00, which is after all a very sensible time for the first meal of the day.  But if that’s not convenient, it’s available all day, anyway.

And the choice of content is aimed at your tummy and/or hip pocket.  Starting with a Brekkie Bun (a bacon and egg roll), with coffee or tea, for R27, it gets bigger and better with a Twitter, a Clubhouse or an intimidatingly large Farmhouse platter.   

After reading through their recently revised menu, our Editor was pleasantly surprised by the variety on offer. And having been involved in that line of nutritional gratification at motorsport venues for more than 50 years, Ed thinks he knows a bit about what it entails.

He says his raised eyebrows were based on the limited work space in the engine room and the modest equipment at their disposal.  Also that Gean and his wife are man (and woman) alone – though there is admittedly a little help from their friends.  Another positive is that Paul Kelly is going to become more involved in future.

However there’s also the timing, with relatively tranquil weekdays often splintered by sometimes virtually nonstop activity during race day (and night), weekends.

But back to the menu, with its seven (spaced), A4 size, foolscap pages. Firstly the breakfasts have already been mentioned. And as the kitchen’s area of influence bounds onto two pubs, with non-stop TV, It also features lists of Nibbles (items like a garlic roll or chicken wings) and Snack Baskets (meat, seafood or vegetarian).

The variety of fast food includes a mix of burgers as well as boerewors, Prego and Russian rolls, plus a host of toasted sandwich all-sorts. Turning over the page and moving higher up the line, we then come to the “knife ‘n fork,” steaks and spare ribs.

Other main courses include beef or chicken served Cordon Bleu or in Schnitzel form and crumbed pork chops. There is also a seafood selection.

It goes on – Combo’s, Pita’s, Wrap’s and several salads. There is even a brief kiddies menu.

So if you complicate your order and have to wait a wee while for it to be prepared the way you want it, you’ll understand why.        

And finally, because of the afore-mentioned traffic volume, its fast food (only), to go with the fast cars and fast bikes on race days. 

 

A trip down memory lane – at speed!

From the Cape Argus, Aug.20.

With the top honours in regional sports car racing currently contested mainly by a selection of high speed, super reliable Porsches, together with a sprinkling of other imported exotics, the days of the home made ”specials” that used to dominate the South African circuits appear to be long gone.

Well not quite. Because, providing you look hard enough they can still be found. Specifically, here at Killarney there are two that are worthy of mention. What’s more they are operated by a pair of grysbaarde from the old school who are competing against one another at a pace just off that of the more modern front runners.

During the most recent regional championship round, the overall class B victory went to the 2002 Sports Car champion, veteran Louis de Jager in his Lola T212 replica. He was followed by a Mazda powered FvH 7 driven by Peter Little, with Matt Kreeve in one of the afore mentioned Porsche GT3 Cup cars having to settle for third.      

So how can one of Eric Broadley’s prizewinning 1971 Lola T212’s – a mid engined monocoque design — be termed a “special”? Well it came about that when Louis was wanting to upgrade he heard of a fiberglass T212 body that was available in Mine Dump Country.

A quick trip up north sealed the deal and he was then left with finding mechanicals to fit inside the sleek silhouette. He solved this one with a little help from his friends that resulted in a home-made space frame chassis being constructed to enclose a Toyota powerplant (currently a 2-litre, 16 valve Lexus unit), all supported on a suspension setup with a percentage of Formula Ford ancestry.

Peter Little also has a distinguished record at Killarney. Winner of the 1975 Argus Saloon Car title in a Mini Cooper S, he later proved his versatility at the wheel of a rare historic motorcycle engined Cooper Mk 9 single seater. Switching to sports cars he was a regular championship leader in the years before the forced induction from Porsche.

Although his car is another Lotus 7 lookalike it currently bears little mechanical resemblance to the original 1957 1172cc side valve Ford engined model that embodied Colin Chapman’s original philosophy of performance from lightness and simplicity. Peter’s version was built at Killarney by Fred van Heerden who actually produced about 30 identical FvH’s before his death.

Urged on by a powerful but notoriously noisy Mazda rotary motor, Peter has added a resonator box next to the silencer to conform to the latest noise restrictions at the circuit. He proudly claims it was well under the new decibel limit when tested before the most recent event.   

Always driven hard, the cars are a credit to their owners and well worth watching during their next Killarney outing.         

And another memorable picture.

Rodney Frewen’s obituary in a recent Blower, included mention of his father Walter, one of the great characters in the old Mets club. Remember it was the Mets that discovered Killarney and then later formed a leg of the amalgamation that created the WPMC.

Anyway, the obit resulted in Richard Thomas, one of our senior members who knew the Frewen family well, sending us this graphic picture. Snapped by Richard himself at the Parow Hill Climb in 1948, it shows marshals (one of whom is his brother), and spectators, scattering in panic as Walter Frewen (without a helmet or seatbelt), demolishes an oil drum and heads straight for them. This happened after he had missed the corner in his original Frewen Special.  Fortunately the drum helped stop him in time and no-one got hurt.

We also had a call from Kevin, the current owner of the Fireman’s Arms Pub in Mechau Street. Now in the 1950’s, Walter’s panelbeating workshop was not far away, also in Mechau Street and he used to spend (very) many happy hours at the Fireman’s.

Unfortunately Kevin has only been “mine host” at the pub for the last 23 years, so he never had a chance to meet Walter. However he tells us all the old motor racing pictures and memorabilia are still in the corner where the Mets guys used to meet. Must remember to drop in there some time.

Run for your lives guys, Walter’s after you.

 

It’s a moer’se big TV screen.

That extravagantly large TV screen – OK let’s not exaggerate, it’s actually smaller than a tennis court but it is a fair whack bigger than a snooker table. Anyway it drew favorable comment when it was set up on a bakkie in front of the clubhouse balcony during the two most recent race meetings, where it offered the viewers live transmissions of the day’s racing.

As a result of the positive feedback we have booked it for the seventh championship leg on September 7, as well. The plan this time, is to set it up inside Hoals Hoek (Turn 1), where it will cover the action in Turns 2 & 5 (Engen Corner and the Cape Town Corner), and can be seen by even more people. We’ll then try it somewhere else later in the year.

Meanwhile, we’d welcome your opinion about its spectator value. We also have advertising space available on the screen and anyone interested is invited to contact Paul at the club office.  

The clubhouse deck is not being neglected however and a slightly smaller screen covering the same live action is going to be set up there.

 

Help us please!

We have always believed we kept an up to date record of our members, their e-mail addresses and other essential info. However now it appears that there are a few who have not been on the receiving end.

There are possible reasons for this. The handwriting on the form could have been misread. We are on Graphicmail as are many major corporations, but others may not be. It may even be attributed to spam or anti- virus firewalls.

But regardless of the reason, if any reader hears of, or knows a member who doesn’t receive the E-Blower – and any of the other correspondence from the club, we’d be pleased to hear about it. 

 

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