E Blower 14, events at Killarney in December.

This from the Killarney press office.
Hi All, 
Please see link below to the latest WPMC E-Blower Vol 14 and a half or you can find the info at the bottom (without pictures).
Additional info below includes:
# MSA Drags on Saturday 14th December
# All Bike Race Day on Monday 16th December
# Street2Strip on Friday 20th December
# Streetcar Track Day on Saturday 21st December
# StreetFest at Killarney  on Saturday 28th December
On Saturday 14th December Killarney race track will host its final round of the WPMC Drag racing championship for cars and motorcycles.  Cape Town best quartermile experts are expected to use this as their final chance to prepare for the end of the year "Streetfest" at Killarney on Saturday 28th December.
Added attractions on Saturday will include an 8 hour endurance race for motorcycles on short circuit as well as Cape Hell Drivers on the oval from 2.30pm.
Tickets will cost R50 per person to get in and the gates open at 7am.
Race entries for MSA Drags will be at the main gate caravan till 10am., MSA social licences available for streetcars from R250. 

Mon 16th December 2013

Killarney sees the return of the ALL BIKE RACE DAY on Monday 16th December 2013 with action on the track from 8am till 5pm, this years event is again proudly sponsored by Mike Hopkins Motorcycles.

The days racing will start off with 8 lap sprint racing events for various categories with the highlights expected to be the (Yamaha Helderberg sponsored) Breakfast Run race where anyone who has held a motorcycle competition licence before is prohibited from joining, making this a true streetracers category. Also keep an eye on the (Royal Enfield sponsored) HMG parades taking place during the day as well as other categories including:

(Eagle Hard Chrome sponsored) Powersport / Classics / Singles / Clubmans
(Motorcycle & Bits sponsored) CBR 150’s
(Trac-Mac sponsored) NSF 100’s
(PJ1 sponsored) Unlimited Superbikes
(Trac-Mac sponsored) Super Karts

During the lunch interval there will be a Triumph parade and there will also be a wheelie competition held later in the day.

The days on track action will end off with the Mike Hopkins Motorcycle sponsored 1hour endurance race starting at 4pm.

Action off the track will include exhibits and stalls while the clubhouse will be the final location for the prizegiving after all the track action has ended.

For entry forms, rules and general Killarney related queries please email admin@wpmc.co.za or call 021 557-1639.

Tickets cost R50 per adult and scholar under the ago of 16 pay R10. Gates open at 7am, racing action from 8am.


KILLARNEY STREET2STRIP INFO: Friday 20th December 2013

Entries from +-5pm, limited to the first 200 entries only. On track from 6.00pm till 10pm.

So if you or anyone you know has ever wanted to put their streetcar onto the Killarney main straight this is the perfect opportunity.

Want to know more:

· Entries (main gate caravan – times above) – show SA Drivers license and complete required paperwork / indemnity. R20 admin fee to participate on the track, this excludes your ticket to get into the facility.
· Vehicle check (go around Turn 5 and turn right into back of scrutineering building) – all wheel bolts required, battery must be fastened down properly and everything must be in general good working order. Required safety gear include long pants & top, closed shoes and SABS approved type crash helmet.
· NOTE: Always drive slowly on the access roads and circuit while not participating.
· Vehicles that have run quicker than a 13 second run are not permitted at Street2Strip events for safety reasons.

No excessively loud vehicles allowed at all. The organizers will be conducting sound tests and reserve the right to stop further participation if, in the organizers sole opinion, your car is excessively loud.
The idea of the Street2Strip events is to provide the facility at a nominal fee to street racers who are racing in and around Cape Town. As there will be no formal competition and this is aimed purely at the Street racers, no competition license will be required however indemnities will have to be completed. The timing lights will be in place however there will be no results posted nor prizes awarded at the end of the evening.

This event is aimed specifically at the streetcar street racers with RSA driver’s licenses. So with that in mind there will be no motorcycles on the evening, no interruptions from the Club drag competitors, just a queue of streetcars wanting to take one another on down the strip. We plan to have many more of these types of events in future, however to ensure we can do so, and comply with noise pollution laws, we will not allow any vehicle even moderately too loud to participate. This includes some drifting practice at the oval side of the circuit when approved to run. So if you have an after-market exhaust, don’t worry unless it is very noisy. Straight through exhaust will have a problem so please do be aware of the situation.

(Please note that rain could cause the event to be delayed, cancelled or postponed. Unfortunately there are no refunds and right of admission is reserved. Times could also change as the organizers see fit to do so if required.)



Saturday 21st December 2013 1.30pm – 6pm.

Drivers briefing 15 minutes before the start of the event.
No loud or excessively noisy vehicles allowed at Killarney.
R300 per driver, 2013 WPMC members R200 (must produce membership book), R50 for passengers.
Helmets available for hire, R80 excl deposit. 0215571639

Points to note for drivers: First timers must be present for the safety brief at the start of the event.
Your entry can be rejected if you are not present at the briefing at the start of the event.
R300 per driver
R200 for WPMC members (membership book must be produced at entries / documentation)
R50 for passengers
Drivers will be separated into three groups:
Group 1: Easy group – No passing under brakes / single file in the corners.
Group 2: Experienced group – Out braking is allowed / No overtaking in the corners.
Group 3: Pro Group – This is for the very experienced driver and race vehicles at race pace.

No excessively loud vehicles allowed at all. The organizers will be conducting sound tests and reserve the right to stop further participation if, in the organizers sole opinion, your car is excessively loud.

All vehicles will be subject to a safety check, everything must be in good working order. No cracks in the brake disks, battery to be securely fastened.
Drivers & passengers: Long sleeve tops, long pants, closed shoes and an SABS approved helmet are required for passengers and drivers. Helmets are available for hire on the day, R80 each excl deposit.

For more information Killarney events please call 021 557-1639 or email admin@wpmc.co.za


KILLARNEY STREETFEST – 28th December 2013 (Rain date is 29th Dec)

The final event of the year will be the Killarney “StreetFest” taking place on Saturday 28th December. This exciting event will include Drag racing for cars and motorcycles, Street2Strip for streetcars, drifting and racing on the half main while off track activities will include a Soundoff competition, Stance display, exhibits, displays, food court and much more fun for the whole family.

Action is scheduled to kick off on the Killarney main straight with MSA Drag racing between 9am and 5pm. Catch the Capes top local quarter mile experts taking each other on for top honours and their portion of the R20 000 prize money up for grabs. Added attractions making their way down to Cape Town to challenge the locals include:

Jannie & Jannie Jnr Badenhorst in their Turbo powered front wheel drive machines, said to be the strongest front wheel drive vehicles in the country. Jannie Snr will be piloting his Branchworx Opel Corsa, best ET of 9,7 seconds. Jannie Jnr will be piloting his Opel powered Branchworx VW Golf, having a best ET of 9,4 seconds.
They will be joined by Janus Terburgh in his “Black” VW Mk1 Golf, this Naturally Aspirated car is expected to run in the low 11 second bracket as the low altitude will be in his favour.
Theo Knipe has also indicated that he will once again be joining us for this end of year event to take on Cape Towns best.

Local drag racing competitors to keep an eye out for include:

Bradley van Rooi (Bad Brad) from ProFit exhausts, recently Brad achieved his best time of 11 seconds flat over the quarter mile. Since then Brad has strengthened the driveshaft’s and been working on fuelling issues, and we hope to see Bad Brad run in the 10 second bracket soon. Michael Kayser will also be making a return in his highly powered Nissan bakkie, expect to see Michael running in the 9 second bracket. Also keep an eye on Ralph Kumbier (9,115 second Chevy Firenza), Eugene Wicomb (Mikes Place 11 second Supra). Top competitors running with 4 cylinders include:
Sergio Hendricks (11 second Nissan bakkie), Oebeid Dante (11,6 second Toyota Corrola) and Jody van Schoor in his lightning quick N/A powered VW Golf running 12,3 seconds at the last event.
The quickest times of the day should be done on two wheels, top compettiors to keep an eye out for here include:
Sharief Reynalds (8,956 second Kawasaki 1440), Ebbie Abrahams (9,3 second Suzuki GSX), Heinrich Slamet (9,2 second Suzuki GSX) and Ralton Ryan Syce (9,3 second Suzuki)

With up to 20 slidemasters expected on the oval for drifting, Cape Town’s top drifters will include:
Shane Green in his BMW E30 (1JZ motor), Faheem Salie in his E36 BMW (2JZ motor), Gianni Crowster in his Toyota Supra, Sean February in his spectacular E30 BMW (1JZ motor) and the impressive rookie driver, Jade Bailey throwing mad angles in his 1JZ powered Nissan S13.

Other on track action during the day will take place on the Killarney “half main” and “oval” circuits between 10am and 6pm. These will include Cape Towns top drifters taking each other on as well as a “time attack” for sports, exotic and supercars.

The off track action will include a Soundoff hosted by Autopunks, kiddies corner, exhibits, stalls and much more for the whole family. There will also be vehicle displays and a Cape Stance show, where the lowest car of the day wins.

The day will end off with Street2Strip on the main straight running from 6pm till 10pm. This will be limited to 150 cars only to allow shorter queues for those taking part and less congestion in the pit area.

Race entries for MSA Drags, Street2Strip and the “half main” attractions (including drifting) will be done at Killarney race track on Saturday 21st December, in the main pit area, from 11am till 1pm.

Gates open at 7am and tickets will cost R60 per person, under 16 R40 and under 12 free. For more info visit www.wpmc.co.za or email admin@wpmc.co.za

Food vendors, exhibitors, stall holders and potential sponsors can contact Jody Powell on ljpowell32@yahoo.com



The E-Blower Vol. 14 and a half.

The (un)official voice of the WPMC


Yes, we know we said that volume 14 earlier this month was the last of the year. And we have also always claimed to be a lifestyle publication and not carry hard news. But because there are exceptions to everything, we’re sending a word of congratulations to the 2013 main circuit winners.

And having introduced Yvette (our new Clubhouse manager), in volume 14, we thought you’d like to know how she’s progressing.

Then there were stories in the Cape Argus, the Cape Times and the local community newspaper, the Table Talk. However you may have missed them and anyway because space is limited at this time of year they were edited. So where necessary we’ve filled the gaps and gone the whole 9 yards. Incidentally, The Cape Torque appears on the Cape Argus sports pages that have a largely different readership to the motoring section.

Oh, and we did tell the Table Talk that Killarney opened in the 1950’s and not the 1930’s as they claimed in the caption under the picture.

Then what perplexes us about the new road and bus route past Killarney, is why, with plenty of space available, the municipal road planners found it necessary to switch from double to single lanes and then back again – and again – in a wacky kind of zig-zag pattern. But as the Ed. says, we’re lucky they’re not involved in our circuit planning.

Then ironically, as we are about to close on the last day of business — comes easily the best news of the year. Read on…….

The Best News of the Year!

As you are probably aware, the municipal valuation of the Killarney facility has increased by 1132% to R114m. And with the rates having escalated accordingly, the club has been paying an additional R120k per month since July 2013.

Although the Club immediately challenged the valuation, achieving any result has been a slow process. However we are happy to advise that after initially declining our application for a rebate against the rates as we are an amateur sporting facility, the City has now reconsidered and has granted the club the rebate for the period July 2013 to June 2014.

This is going to assist us in the short term while we continue our dispute over the final valuation of the property.

Meet the Champions.


Midas Clubman: Andre Johnson.

Midas Clubman Junior: John Craig Jnr.

Big Foot Express Sports and GT Cars: Dawie Joubert.

Jive GTi Challenge: Christopher Swart.

Mutlu Batteries Classic Cars: Keith Andrews.

V8 Masters Series: Marcel Angel.

Makita Supercars: Nick Adcock.

Charl Electrical Eng. Fine Cars: Des Erasmus.




Mike Hopkins Superbikes: Ronald Slamet.

Mike Hopkins Powersport: Alan Kessell.

Mike Hopkins Clubman: Wessel Kruger.

Mike Hopkins 600’s: Result pending.

Mike Hopkins Classics: Kevin Spratley.



And this is from:

yvette wolverson

Clubhouse manager

The happy 2 hours from 5 – 7pm is picking up. Of course, while the hopes were that it would be even more well received than it has been, a positive feature is that there has been a return of some old faces, which is nice to see.

We are very excited to be introducing themed evenings at the Clubhouse in the near future: look out for Tequila Tuesdays, Wacky Wednesdays, Thirsty Thursdays and Funky Fridays, with drinks specials kicking in after the Happy 2 hours, and loads more – watch this space and face book prompts for more details in the new year!

Race Day saw the introduction of the craft and food market with vendors selling clothing, jewellery, novelty goods, bric-a-brac, craft beer, kiddies toys, fruits and nuts, xs energy drinks, Indian delights and much more. The market will be moved to start at the front lawn in future in order to capture more of the passing trade, but all in all was well received by the public and a refreshing addition to the enhanced family day experience on race day.

As always our cookies, Gean and Karen did a superb job in the kitchen, and the specials of curry and rice, and springbok medallions and the likes was well supported by all. The specials on the toasted sandwiches, now served with chips on race day was introduced and enjoyed by many.

Our 1st Trivia Evening was held at the Clubhouse on Wednesday 4th of December and was a great success. There was a buzz of excitement as we started, a few scratching heads as we rolled into the nights questions, and then the evening turned into a competitive, exciting atmosphere as the first scores were announced on the leader board. (There were even non-entrants who hastily asked for a piece of paper, who jotted down their answers, picking up on the energy of the night).

Congratulations to the Sports and GT Old Timers on their win! (Steve Humble, Jo Humble, Louis de Jager, Moira de Jager and Geoff Woods), 2nd place was taken by Change of Surface and 3rd by Mike and the Mechanics.

A big thanks goes out to Gary for hosting the evening, Dodge for the music, all staff and all those that supported us at the Clubhouse. Many thanks to Sean Snyman from Midas and the WPMC for sponsoring prizes. So, the Sports and GT Old Timers are the ones to beat at the next Trivia Evening and we will, by popular demand, be repeating this event early next year. Anybody ready to challenge the champions???




Now Here’s a Trucking Good Story!


“Too good to be true.” That’s a hackneyed old cliché generally accepted as meaning that whatever has been described is seriously overhyped and really isn’t so.

But in this case it is true. The “it” is a proposed new one-make racing formula that is going to feature a field of V8 powered “bakkies” – to be described as pickup trucks in future in deference to the American originators, where this type of racing has proved hugely popular.

The urge for the little truckers is being provided by Lexus UZ 4-litre V8 engines. This all-alloy, 32 valve, quad overhead camshaft, 90 degree V8 unit, with its six bolt cross mains and over square configuration, bears a strong resemblance to a racing platform. The engine management system for the motor and gearbox is being supplied and controlled by SPITRONIC.

The engines are normally aspirated, with a compression ratio of 10:1. This has the added advantage of allowing them to run on pump fuel with easily manageable stress levels.

The power is channeled back through an automatic transmission to the limited slip differential and then onto the track by way of 15 inch wheels and semi-slick racing tyres. These components are all connected by a tubular space frame encased in bodywork from a lightened Toyota Hilux with OEM steel and plastic body panels, that stands much lower on the ground than the original.

The full package includes a racing seat and harness, an approved roll bar, a permanent cover over the load box and a rear wing.

But now we come to the punch-line. Because this proposed series is genuinely aimed at cheap and affordable racing – that mythical factor that until now has always rapidly degenerated into the impossible dream.

The originators of the idea, the father and son team of Abe and Gunter Drotschie at G&A Promotions, have been involved in motorsport development in South Africa for many years. Abie in fact began as a founder member of the Cape Hell Drivers in the Goodwood days.

In more recent times they have spent well over three years on the evolvement of the truck racing project. This has included visits to the USA where they saw plenty of live action and studied all aspects of the popular NASCAR Camping World, Pickup Truck Series.

They claim the cheap racing goal can be achieved by strict control, the easy (and quick) replacement of damaged or worn sections and the convenience and lower cost of pump fuel. In addition a team is only going to be allowed one extra tyre per meeting. Another important factor is the low engine stress level, while the maximum exhaust emission of 86 decibels is well within the strict local limits.

But best of all, is that while “affordable” is a loose and often abused term that means different things to different folk, the Drotschies have put their money where their product is and are offering the complete unit at a start-up price of under a hundred thousand rand (R100,000), plus vat.

Two prototype have been built so far with the second embodying several design changes, including a switch to RHD from the original LHD. Both have already logged up many hours of successful high speed testing in the hands of the experienced Dirk Kruger, who is the appointed test pilot.

The trucks are currently being assembled here in Cape Town at the rate of four a month and are expected to make their competitive debut at Killarney once they can be fitted into the local circuit’s crowded program some time later in the new year.


It’s a long drive to the top.


The ultimate test for any sportsman is when he first moves off his home turf and attempts to make his mark on a new, more important and more aggressive playing field.

And this is exactly what’s happening to recently matriculated teenager John Craig Jnr., the newly crowned regional Midas Clubman Junior Champion, who has been offered a place in the prestigious 2014 national Engen VW Cup competition. He could possibly also compete regionally in the proposed Showroom Stock Series for standard cars, should this one get off the ground and a suitable vehicle was made available to him.

Thinking even further ahead, John’s ultimate ambition is to eventually move north, through one of the international Renault Clio Championships and use it as a stepping stone to a seat in the British Touring Car (BTCC), title chase.

With that in prospect, his experience this year should prove invaluable. Because it certainly wasn’t an effortless cruise around the track. The problems began when his chosen VW Polo Cup car blew up spectacularly in the second round. He then missed the next meeting before being forced to resurrect an older Mk2 VW Golf GTi, for the balance of the championship.

But it all worked out and in the end he won seven of the 14 events in which he competed and with good places in the others, managed to finish 13 points clear of the opposition that included many potentially superior cars.

With visiting Danish driver Nicolaj Madsen having mentioned after his first Engen VW Cup drive at Kyalami recently that South Africans were not scared of “rubbing” opponents bodywork and diving deeper into corners, than their counterparts in Europe, John’s national initiation is going require mental toughness as well as a superior physical ability.

But with a father who enjoyed a highly successful national motorsport career during his years as an officially contracted Nissan works driver, he certainly has the right background.


The Cape Torque.


2013 had its ups and downs but left a happy family at a spruced up Killarney


With the final round of the 2013 Western Cape main circuit championship due to be held at Killarney on Saturday, it’s worth taking a look at the motorsport year that was – specifically in these parts.

The Western Province Motor Club has been fortunate in that it continues to enjoy a level of enthusiasm amongst its competitors and officials that — as is happening again this weekend — has allowed it to stage meetings with as many as 18 races in a wide variety of categories. And unlike Eccles, who seems content to overload the Formula 1 world title chase to the discomfort of the players, the general feeling at the local club is that 18 is probably a sustainable maximum and in the best interests of all concerned.

The dedication of the drivers and riders is especially commendable in view of the off-track hiccups the sport has encountered in recent times. These include noise pollution, stricter safety controls, a dramatic increase in operating costs and the new My CiTi bus route that is still under construction along the length of the circuit’s main street boundary.

Noise pollution is a world problem, with circuits on every continent having to adhere to certain restrictions or face possible closure. This is currently happening to Mallory Park, a famous British venue that has hosted world championship motocross meetings, as well as a variety of national British car and motorcycle title events. Mallory is currently under administration, with the authorities and the circuit controllers deadlocked as they attempt to arrive at a compromise.

What many enthusiasts don’t understand is that while music to their ears, decibel emissions actually have little to do with a car’s performance. A Formula 1 engine makes that piercingly painful crackle because it revs to 19,000 rpm (it was 20,000 until a short while ago). It also pushes out around 750 horsepower. While these factors are responsible for the sound, that crescendo plays no part in their creation.

For those who still doubt this, the big Masters V8’s that are one of Saturday’s main attractions, have all had a standardized new exhaust system fitted. It includes four silencers, two for each bank of cylinders and has lowered the decibel output by close to 20 %. This has been established after tests were carried out in the club’s new sound booth.

Now I am pretty certain the cars are not going to be any slower than they were during the most recent meeting, when Marcel Angel set a new Master’s lap record. Anyway we’ll report back on that one.

As far as safety is concerned, the club was made to install a new fireproof fuel store, some distance from the crowded pit area that had to be approved by the fire department. It has also commissioned a high speed auxiliary fire truck, with a 600 litre water tank and pump, as well as a foam unit.

More than 5000 tyres have been linked in the corners to serve as crash barriers, while the kerbing and run-off areas have been improved on other sections of the circuit. More debris fencing has been erected along spectator areas. In addition, the drag strip has been widened and had its run-off improved.

There was also the new My CiTi bus route that while not as serious as a typhoon in the Phillipines, resulted in the circuit being effectively cut off for several months at a time. Fortunately it is now nearing completion and will eventually leave us with a new exit that is ironically almost exactly where the original point of entry was located when Killarney first came on stream over 60 years ago.

And although new perimeter walls and guardhouses have involved the club in considerable expense, the finished product with traffic lights and an avenue of tropical palm trees – well they will look the part once they mature – is going to leave Killarney far better off than it was before.


Quieting Thunder !



And a word about that Arab delicacy – dates: The club office closes today (Dec. 13) and reopens on Jan. 13. Tomorrow (Dec 14) is for stock cars, drags and the 8-Hour Bike Race. Monday Dec 16 is the All Bike Race day. Friday Dec 20 is street-2-strip and finally Saturday Dec 28 is the Blockbuster big one.

2014 begins on January 25 with morning main circuit practice and oval track racing in the afternoon / evening, followed by a street-2-strip on January 31. February begins with a main circuit practice on the 1st. The International Historic meeting is on February 8.

Finally: We’d like to join our fellow South Africans, as well as the rest of the world, in celebrating the magnificent example set by our iconic former President Nelson Mandela, who took his final chequered flag on 5 December.

And also express our sympathy with the Slamet family after the death of the brothers Renfred and Romano Slamet, who were cousins of our new Superbike champion Ronald Slamet. The pair died in a motorcycle accident on Sunday December 1, the day after the final main circuit meeting.

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