E-Blower.Vol 14.

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The E-Blower.Vol 14.

The (un)official voice of the WPMC.

Managing Editor: IM Nobody. Chief Sub (editor, not marine): Robin P Emslie. Art Director: J Colin Brown (with assist from Funky Franki).
Motorcycle editor: Dave Abrahams. Chief Investigative Reporter: PK Nelson. Scrutineers report: Pieter Smal. For more info on the E blower content, contact the club office on 021 557 1639

Editorial.

Let’s start with the Killarney International Raceway.From the new signage you will have deduced there has been a subtle name change. And if that needs any justification, we’re happy to report that after missing out on our traditional international sports car get-together earlier this year, it is due to be revived on the 2014 calendar as a one day meeting on Feb 8. But in a change from the past, it is also going to include events for Extreme Supercars and possibly even one or two regional categories. This is in addition to the traditional Historic events.

Then, as we get closer to Santa time and those lazy days on the beach or around the braai, we can look back and ponder on what has undoubtedly been the most turbulent year in the history of the WPMC. We cover this period in “The Year That Was.” We also pass on what we have been hearing about noise pollution in other parts of the world.

This E-Blower includes an appeal for help from Pieter Smal, our Chief Scrutineer. Now scrutineers are essential to the success of our sport and we need more of them, so if you qualify we would really appreciate your assistance.

We’d like tointroduce and welcomeYvette Wolverson,ourperky new clubhouse manager who took over a couple of weeks ago.More details in “Meet the Workers.”

And we couldn’t ignore our Art Director, J Colin Brown, who we like to think, can possibly be compared with the late Louis Klementaski, that eccentric Polish genius who was the first to perfect the art of motor racing photography. While everyone has seen Colin’s work, not many are aware of his background and long association with Killarney. Oh, and we have also included a collage of a few of his more spectacular images. They’re worth seeing.

Then we’ve revived the short-and-to-the-point,Blips ‘n Pieces column that was last seen in the Drivetimes some 20 years ago. All of which contributes to this being easily the largest and most comprehensive lifestyle E-Blower since our entry into cyberspace.

The year that was.

The editorial comment about the club’s most turbulent year was technically correct.Older members will point out thatthere was an equally rocky period in the early 1960’s, when Killarney wasin dire financial straits after a disastrous international GP we staged on what was then our “new” home. We were faced with the threat ofeviction and the loss of the circuit. But that sword hung over the head of the Mets, the club that built Killarney and later played a leading role in the amalgamation that led to the formation of the WPMC.

But as the Mets, we buckled down and staged a hugely successful motor show that enabled us to settle our debts. However all we had to do then was to come up with the money — which we did.

With the city having grown around us since then, the current situation is very different. It is nowabout the relationship with our neighbours and the land occupied by amotorsport circuit that some seem to think is better suited for other purposes.We have also been accused of not complying with the terms of our lease. And despite it having being proved effective, the sound deadening wall we erected along the river bank has been criticized. The fire department demanded radical changes to our fuel storage facilities and our rates bill has skyrocketed.

Yet as far as the general picture is concerned, we have always felt we have a strong case. So much so that we recently held an open meeting in our clubhouse, to which the public was invited. We were open to discussion about the results of a recent noise impact study and wanted to inform the public about new controls that have been implemented by the club.

However despite ads in the local community press and banners on telegraph poles in the area, the meeting was very poorly attended. Now while we take that as a positive reaction from the public, the contest certainly hasn’t been won yet.

But there is no doubt that we have made long strides in the right direction. We have a noise management plan and we appreciate the understanding and support we have received from club members that has helped reduce the noise pollution dramatically.

There have been no negative comments from spectators about lack of exhaust melodies, while our landlord, who represents the city council, seems well satisfied with our progress.

However certain Super Series entries during the recent national were definitely too loud and because we have already grown accustomed to a lower decibel count, these transgressors became even more noticeable.The club has written to MSA asking for the noise restrictions stipulated by them, to be enforced at every circuit.

After all, decibel emissions havelittle to do with performance. A F1 car makes that magnificent piercingly painful cracklebecause it revs to 19,000rpm and pushes out around 750 horsepower. The sound comes afterwards –it plays no part in the creation of these factors.

But that wasn’t all.

There was also the new MyCiTi bus route that while not as serious as a typhoon in the Phillipines, effectively left us virtually cut off for months at a time.In addition, the extra security we needed, plus the new guardhouse and boundary walls came at a considerable cost to us.

On the positive side, in addition to the abovementioned items, there have been a number of other improvements:

*More than 5000 tyres have been assembled as safety barriers and located around the circuit, while a new runoff area has been constructed in Turn 5 and kerbing has been added in Turn 1. *That slick Ford Falcon bakkie operated by the marshals, has become a high speed auxiliary fire truck, with a 600 litre water tank, pump and foam unit.*A fence around the kart circuit now allows karters to practice on race days. * A new pit area has been opened on the edge of the track where the old Goodyear Bridge once was. * The drag strip has been widened to take two cars in tandem and the run-off has been improved.
* The toilets in the clubhouse and pit area have been revamped.
* Additional debris fencing has been erected and general painting and maintenance is ongoing. * The prime motard area between Turns 2 and 3 has been converted into spectator parking. *A sound testing booth has been installed. * We have purchased radios for contact with the marshals. *Immovable “trommels” for the storage of valuables, have been installed in the open pit area. * There have also been a number of other changes to the clubhouse, where the entrance has come in for particular attention.

Meanwhile a positive economic assessment has revealed that Killarney adds to the economic value of the area and hasalso been responsible for considerable job creation.

Is this the end of Mallory Park?

As mentioned before, noise pollutionis universal motorsport problem, with the well known Mallory Park in Britain being the latest to apply for administration.

This after a chain of events that began with villagers of Kirkby Mallory asking council officials to enforce a 1985 legal notice that restricted the number of noisy race days to 44 per year, with testing only permissible on Wednesdays. The track operator then applied for administration, arguing that the 28 year old terms did not allow the business to run profitably in 2013.

The situation became ugly after that, with some villagers saying they had been threatened and intimidated by race fans. Theyclaimed it was a situation that left them fearing for their safety. In reply, a spokesman for the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club), that has been involved at the circuit, said: “That sort of behavior cannot be condoned under any circumstances.”

Meanwhile the administrators are currently in discussion with the circuit owners and the track operator, over the terms on which racing could be allowed to continue at the circuit.

It will be extremely sad if nothing comes of this. Mallory Park has been in operation since shortly after World War 2. It has hosted FIM World Championship Motocross meetings, as well as non-championship F1, International F2, European Formula 5000, British F3, British Touring Car, British Superbikes and the motorcycle “Race of the Year.” There was even a “Festival of Sidecars.” It’s a proud record.

Major events have been won by greats like John Surtees, who raced against his father there, as well as Jim Clark, Mike Hailwood and Jody Scheckter.

Meanwhile Peter Little told us about discussions he had with circuit operators in New Zealand about noise, during a recent visit there. They all assured him that as far as testing is concerned, competing units were measured at near max revs, while out on the fastest stretch of any track.

Meet the workers:

The club has been fortunate to secure the services of Yvette Wolverson, who took over as the new clubhouse manager at the beginning of the month. Because, despite her not having a motorsport background she comes to us with a wealth of managerial experience in the restaurant and catering profession. And that’s what she is going to have to cope with in the clubhouse, while the racing remains relatively remote and unseen (by her anyway), on the outside.

Yvette grew up and was educated in Durban and was in business there before relocating to Cape Town. She is now resident in nearby Parklands and her most recent experience has been acquired during periods at restaurants in the Table View area.

We wish her well.

Your present from the Trackside Pub and Grill

One of Yvette’s first tasks when she took over in front, was to assist our resident cookies Gean and Karen who were busy in the kitchen, streamlining the pub’s menu. Patrons will be pleased to hear that the R60 cheese and mushroom burger with chips, has now been reduced to R57.90. Other examples include the “Big Boy” Rump for R124.90 (was R130), Spare Ribs R84.90 (was R90) and a Calamari/Hake combo R79.90 (was R85). Coffeeis now available as an extra with the breakfasts. Here prices have also been cut, with the twitter breakfast down to R24.50 (was R36).

It must be emphasized that there’sno change in quality or size. And it’s going to apply right down the line.Try it for yourself. And don’t forget the pub’s 5 to 7 pm “Happy Hour,” through from Tuesday to Friday.

Meanwhile the VIP Lounge, with its magnificent view from four floors up on top of the Admin block, has been receiving compliments for the improved quality of the lunches there. Popular items include the Black EyedPea Soup (in winter) and the traditional Golden Grove Chicken Curry. Then although Heineken remains a sort after brand name, the Apple and Grape tizers (somewhat surprisingly), leave the help-yourself racks at a higher rate of knots.

And now meet our lensman:

J Colin Brown is actually a fitter and turner by trade – one the Cape’s best by the way. Before that he was educated in Fish Hoek, where he matured as the kind of kreef and perlemoen diverthat even the sharks were scared of.

After graduating as a top class F&T, he was soon recruited by Owen Ashley to jointhe Proteam at Killarney, under the overall command of that laid back charmer, Marius van der Westhuizen. The team originally campaigned with 5-Series BMWs for John Round and Ernst Viljoen.

Then after preparing factory sponsored BMW’s for Group N Coastal and Combined national events, the Ashley gang went on to set up 5-Series Beemers for Wesbank racing, thatwere driven by Deon Joubert and Tony Viana. There were also Ashley designed Formula GTi single seaters that proved as good, or better than the Gauteng based DAW racers.

Eventually his love of nature, as well as dogs and koi (fish), induced Colin to relocate to his well equipped workshop at home from where he still operates. There was also a period as a dog trainer and then the evolution of a secondary photographic career.

A camera equipped Colin and his talented wife June (who’s in the movie business when she’s not out with him), now spend every weekend on the road searching for clickable subjects. Motor racing naturally takes preference, but that apart, they’re ready for (almost) anything.

How about becoming a scrutineer?

The scrutineering of race vehicles is provided for in the rules of motorsport and is divided into two catagories – safety scrutineering and eligibility scrutinering.

Eligibility scrutineering ensures that race vehicles conform to the regulations applicable to a specific catagory or formula and refers to technical regulations like engine capacity, wheel and tyre size and other specific requirements which are required for a vehicle to be eligible to compete in a certain catagory of racing. This form of scrutineering is mainly done by Technical Consultants whilst there is an overlap with safety scrutineering.

The rules have specific requirements applicable to all catagories for the promotion of safety. The use and installation of safety harnesses, seats, wheels and tyres, fire protection equipment, fuel tanks, drivers and rider's safety equipment and the like are controlled by the regulations and it is the responsibility of the Scrutineers to ensure that these requirements are met before a vehicle is allowed to compete.

Scrutineers must have a good understanding of technical issues and how they relate to safety – not only the safety of competitors but also of spectators and other race officials. Above all they must have a passion for motorsport – the hours can be long and the rewards do not come in an envelope – they come from your involvement in the sport and from the exposure to people you would otherwise not be in contact with.

Scrutineering is based on the inside of Turn 5 at Killarney – we are there on Friday before race day from 14h00 and on race day from 07h30 – please pop in an we can show you around.

Let’s drink to this one.

While the local sporting world is in a state of shock about the proposed total ban on liquor advertising in South Africa, this may be one sucker punch that hits us on the crash helmet rather than flush on the jaw.

Because unlike the ban on tobacco products when revered names like Gunston, Lucky Strike, Texan, Lexington, Rothmans and many others, disappeared from our cars, bikes, programs and advertising banners, motorsport has never enjoyed much support from the alcohol dispensers.

By contrast, SA Breweries (for example), is the premier sponsors of Bafana Bafana and our national cricket team, the Castle Lager Proteas. They are the associated sponsor of the Springbok rugby team and the official beer supplier to the Premier Soccer League as well as the South African leg of the Rugby Sevens World Series.

Whew! And all that from just one organization.

The total amount the corporate liquor companies spent on sporting sponsorship rose from R63 million in 1985 to a whopping R4.3 billion in 2011. And all we get at Killarney is the small return after purchase, from the beer, wine and hard tack sales in our clubhouse.

But then the less you have, the less you lose.

Incidentally, while researching our poster memorabilia (see Blips ‘n Pieces), we discovered that the first tobacco involvement in motorsport probably occurred back in 1929. Because that was when the wealthy cigarette manufacturer Antony Noghes formed the Automobile Club de Monaco with some of his business friends and set up the first Grand Prix there.

An over exploited indication of SUPERiority.

A baby Superman probably started it all when he arrived on Earth in 1933, after his dad launched him into spacefrom the doomed planet Krypton. Maturing as the newspaper reporter Clark Kent, he used to become a superhero when he changed into his Superman outfit in the nearest telephone booth.

Unfortunately, the name has becomeaccepted as being descriptive of something extraordinary and has been mimicked by terminology like supertax, superpower, supernatural, supertankers, supersonic, supermarket, superstructure, Super Sport on TV and so on – and on. We even heard the USA described during a serious TV political program as being: “more than a super power today – it is now a super- duper power.”

All these superlatives (oops!), aside and closer to our way of life, the supercharger, first patented in 1860 for use in blast furnaces, led a secluded life until old Gottlieb Daimler bolted one onto an internal combustion engine. In more modern times Basil van Rooyen coined the Superformance motorsport business title and we have rally super special stages, superbikes, superstock,supersport 1000 (also bikes), and superpole positions.

But worst of all, it’s easy to be confused (and this applies particularly to the man in the street), by Killarney’s own Supercars, Australian V8 Supercars, the Dotsure Extreme Supercars that visited Killarney recently and the national Super Series. Because, the name apart, there’s really no genuine family resemblance and they’re certainly not joined by any hidden umbilical cord.

So, as none of the aforementioned are ever likely to relinquish their title there’s really nothing we can do about it, except try our best to explain the differences to any perplexed guys we may find.

The best laid plans of mice and McFlash…..

When David ‘McFlash’ McFadden left Cape Town at the beginning of the 2013 season with a workable budget (thanks partly to huge support from fans at Killarney) and a Ten Kate Superstock 1000 ride in his back pocket, you’d have thought all he had to do was learn to speak Dutch and ride the works-supported CBR1000RR as if the Devil himself was slipstreaming him. No problem for the 2011 SA Supersport champion, right? No, not quite.

The Ten Kate crew, after more than two decades at the top of the Honda pecking order in world championship production-based racing, regard themselves, quite rightly, as the experts when it comesto making Hondas go fast. They don’t take kindly to rookies, however talented, telling them how to do their job.

McFadden, on the other hand, started his racing career as a ‘Dankie, Pa’ racer, with only his family to back him; he and his late brother Mark became a superlative technical team, simply because they had to, always working together to set the bikes up exactly right for David to do what he does best: win races.

So, from the start, there was a communication gap between team and rider; McFlash would explain in detail what needed to be done to set the bike up for his riding style, and the technicians would go ahead and set the bike up according to the telemetry readings. Not surprisingly, neither was happy with the results and after two very difficult race meetings McFadden made the painful decision to leave Ten Kate and strike out on his own.

A one-off ride on a privateer BWG Kawasaki at Monza ended not with a bang but with a whimper, as a traction control wire broke and sent the bike into limp mode, forcing an early retirement. It was time for McFlash to set up his own team.

He bought a BMW S1000 RR HP4 (and secured the loan of a second bike), had them rebuilt to Superstock regulations by Alpha Racing in Germany and signed an agreement with a French tuner to provide infrastructure at the circuits and transport for the bikes between meetings.

At first all went well, but after two very promising outings at Portimao and Imola, the tuner (who shall remain nameless for his own safety) began presenting outrageous additional bills. When McFadden refused to pay the extra, the tuner suddenly stopped answering his phone and didn’t pitch up for Round 6 at Silverstone, leaving McFlash without his bike (it has not been recovered yet), and obviously without a ride.

A court case against the tuner is still outstanding – and it’s apparently not the only one.

A agreement to fill in for injured World Supersport rider David Linortner at Team Honda PTR for the final three races of the season fell through after one race at Istanbul, while an invitation to join top endurance team DG Sport on a Yamaha R1 for the Le Mans 24 Hour, was great fun and a phenomenal learning curve but did not help him get back into Superstock.

He missed another race before BWG came to the rescue again with a Kawasaki ZX-10R for the final race of the season at Jerez, where he tailed home 23rd out of 26 finishers. A sad end to a season that started with such high hopes – but it’s not the end of the story; stay tuned for the next episode in 2014.

Blips ‘n Pieces.

1: The cost of climbing the racing ladder:People keep asking why no-one has ever emulated Jody Scheckter. OK, times have changed since those days, but providing you have the talent (and the money), it can still be done.

Our advice is that you first set yourself up in Britain. Then start with Formula Ford, where three races per weekend during an eight meeting season with a reasonable team will set you back about Euro100,000 (R1.31 million). Then providing you keep winning, there are several other rungs that don’t all have to be negotiated. Let’s say you miss a couple and settle on the F3 Euro Series where you’ll need E600,000 (R7.86 m) for a similar deal.

Now it’s becoming serious because a successful season in GP2 will definitely get you noticed – providing you can cough with the necessary E1.8m (R23.5m). It then gets even tougher after that, because even if you only get to make it as a lower order “pay driver” in F1, you’ll need telephone numbers. Or you could emulate Max Chilton who is selling shares in himself, in the same way as a public company does on the stock market. Investors (like his multi-millionaire dad), are expecting to show a profit when he starts earning the big bucks. They’re going to have to wait a while though. Despite a trouble free run, Max and his Marussia finished stone last, more than two laps behind Vettal, in the recent Abu Dhabi GP.

2: But we do have one contender: Because despite what is documentedabove, young Aston Hare, winner of the 2012 Asian JK Racing Series, and a guy who has family connections with our club, has secured a drive in 2014, in the ATS Formula 3 Cup in Germany. We’ll certainly follow that one.

3; If you can’t beat ‘em – then bump ‘em: Danish driver Nicolaj Madsen, who competed against Kelvin van der Linde in the VW Scirocco R-Cup Championship in Europe earlier this year, was a guest driver in the recent national Engen VW Cup events at Kyalami. This is his conclusion, after his first racing experience in South Africa:

“I found the drivers approach to racing here, very different to what I am used to in Europe. There’s so much more contact between cars – drivers are not scared to rub bodywork and there are big fights to get into the corners first. Yet afterwards everybody remains friendly towards one another. I enjoyed this. In Europe there is far less contact, otherwise there would be great unhappiness.”

4; How to make friends and satisfy the workers: With the approach of the festive season there is at least one boss who has come up with an innovative alternative to the traditional office party. Because it ties in with his acquirement of the latest 6.5litre V12 Lamborghini Aventador that we believe carries a price tag of R5.7m. and is naturally much admired by his staff members.

So he hired Killarney for a morning recently and took each of them for a couple of crash hat hold-your-breath laps around the track. In addition to being a huge success with the workers, it allowed him to spend a few hours circulating at high speed with no possibility of any police interference. Great idea!

5: Movie revues: If you despair after reading about the cost of F1 then the animated “Turbo,” a high velocity comedy about a garden snail who dreams about being a champion racing driver, could be just the movie for you. It’s long story. First he becomes incredibly fast after being sucked into a dragster’s supercharger. Then with the help of his friends Whiplash and Skidmark, he is eventually able to put his body and shell on the line in the Indy 500. Of course there’s a happy ending, because despite being smashed into the retaining wall by the bad guy, he somehow manages to win the race. If that sort of humour is your cup of rooibos, you’ll love it.

Then there’s “Rush” that is currently on circuit. This is the true story (with Hollywood embroidery), of the fierce rivalry between Niki Lauda and James Hunt during their battle for the F1 world title in 1976. Of course Hunt’s playboy lifestyle and Lauda’s dramatic crash during the German GP when he almost burnt to death, help make it ideal movie material. It comes highly recommended.

6: Book revues: It must be said that Derek Jacobs (pronounced Ja-kops in Afrikaans), has done incredibly well to research, write and fund:Against the Clock — and everything else. It’s the first book of its kind about rallying in South Africa and as stated on the flyleaf, is all you wanted to know about rallying but didn’t know who to ask.

Despite a foreword by multiple former champion Ewold van Bergen, it’s a detailed explanation of what the sport is all about, rather than any sort of history – local or international. If you’re interested, it fills 166 pages, with several pages of pictures and is available for R200, from Print on Demand on 021 552 0683. For more info,punch 082 7301672 to contact the bilingual Derek.

Then, hot off the press there’s “If You Have Come Second, You Have Lost,” which is about winning the Formula 1 world championship with Jim Clark.

It’s written by Cedric Selzer, a local boykie who first became known when he rolled his 850cc Morris Minor at Killarney during his first race. However he soon realized it was time to cut his ties withthe rough company he was keeping here. So he relocated to London where he met Colin Chapman through an intro from Stirling Moss and began his long and productive association with Jim Clark.

We haven’t read the book yet, there are no copies here and we don’t have a price. However Cedric will be in the Cape with a consignment during the coming holiday period. We’ll keep you posted.

Then there are still a few copies of Killarney – 50 Golden Racing Years, that actually goes back to the Cape’s first race in Green Point in 1903. It’s coffee table quality with hundreds of pics at a reduced price of R298.

7: Memorabilia:Our Ed. was thrilled when a magnificent glossy poster announcing an exhibition of his motorsport work by the renowned English artist Dave Fernley at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco in 1992, was discovered in the club’s archives. The poster features a Fernley painting of the 1929 Monaco GP, with the winner “Williams” in his Bugatti 35B alongside Rudolf Caracciola’s Mercedes Benz SSK.It’s going to be framed and displayed on the wall in the VIP Lounge.

8:Strange Names in Sport:While Killarney has a close association with local characters who sharemonikers with more famous folk — like Paul Simon, James Deane and Michelle Pheiffer, we’renot as way out as some other sports. Graham Onions (now that’s a name that makes us cry), is a former England cricketer for instance, while in rugbyDave and John Moonlight have both represented Canada and Leigh Halfpenny is a star in the Welsh national team. Then there’s Billy Twelvetrees who made his debut for England last month as a centre (so he was also number 12). However, while Billy doesn’t play for the well known Sevenoaks club, the wood in the family goes back to his father who is a professional tree surgeon.

9: Finally:The compliments of the season to all of you from all of us. Have a good one — and drive carefully!

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