E Blower Vol.20 and other club info.

The info below includes:

# Trackside Pub and Grill - Friday is Braai day and other specials
 
# Improved Security Procedures at Killarney
 

  

# Link below to the E-Blower Vol 20 or find the edited copy below (without pictures) at the end of this mail
 
 
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Changes to access at Killarney:

As part of improving the security at Killarney, the following steps have been implemented:

On Mondays to Fridays, the access gate opposite Silverstone Road will only open for business at 07h30 and will close at21h30. A valid reason will be required to gain access outside of these times.

This gate will be closed on Sundays and will only be opened to allow access/egress on presentation of membership books/access cards or windscreen discs.

The normal gate procedures at this and the other access gates will be applicable on the Saturday of events.

Please ensure that you have the necessary membership books/access cards or windscreen discs (discs are not valid for entry to events) to gain access to the premises. If you cannot produce any of the above, please be prepared to fill in the register – the guards have been instructed to enforce this rule and there will be no exceptions.

Should you have any concerns/encounter problems with the above security, kindly contact Paul Lehmann.

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The E-Blower. Vol 20.

The (un)official voice of the WPMC.

Managing editor: IM Nobody. Chief sub-editor: Robin P Emslie. Art Director: J Colin Brown. Motorcycle editor and pride of the Hells Angels: Dave D Abrahams. War correspondent: Jo King.

Editorial:

This is a health warning!

Because while we thought we had covered the modus operandi of all the bad guys in the two previous issues of this publication, those were no more than interesting stories about gentle conmen known to most of us and who were operating from the inside.

It has since become obvious that in this troubled day and age, the bad guys from the outside are more crooked than a V12 exhaust manifold — and far more dangerous. Paul Kelly, of the clubhouse, while opening the venue very early on an October Monday morning when nobody was around, was confronted by intruders and the Clubhouse was robbed of the weekend’s takings.

Fortunately he was not injured. Then we also have adequate insurance, so the club will not suffer any financial loss. But there has been a general tightening of security as we take more precautions. So for example, if you have to wait a little longer to get in or out of the complex, please bear with us, we assure you we’re acting your best interest.

Then our photographic contribution in this issue includes some images that may be misleading, with explanations as to how this came about. Others are really as dramatic as they appear to be.

There are also good news as well as bad news stories, together with a highly critical newspaper clipping about one of our less successful race meetings in days long gone.

But first:

Meet the Classic Car sponsors: Mutlu Batteries and Keith Andrews.

While Mutlu Batteries, the sponsor of the Classic Car category — through the good offices of Keith Andrews – are still not particularly well known in these parts, the company has played a major role in the development of the Turkish economy in both import and export markets.

Exports have increased to a figure of $20 million and the company has become the largest battery manufacturer in Turkey, the Middle East and Eastern Europe. Their production capacity has reached 3.5 million units a year due to their modern and automated production facility and they are original equipment suppliers to Fiat, Toyota, Renault, M.A.N and other manufacturers. They are also the preferred supplier of batteries to the Lada and Moskovitz manufacturers in the USSR.

Mutlu quality sealed calcium batteries meet both German and Turkish approval standards and are sold with a two year guarantee.

When Keith Andrews first became involved with Mutlu through his parts business, he was pleasantly surprised with both the price and the quality of the product and their association flourished. It also led to the Classic Car sponsorship deal that is also still flourishing.

Keith grew up in a motorsport world. His cheerful father Chris — whose ever present smile would have been visible from space (had satellites been orbiting our planet in those days), won the 1955 Van Riebeeck Trophy at Eersterivier in a Studebaker engined single seater. He was also a Borgward works driver back in the days when the German manufacturer was dominating local motorsport.

Although the son started later in life, he soon clinched his first Western Province Classic title. That was in 2006 at the wheel of an Alfa Berlina. Problems with that car led to a switch to a sleeker Alfetta GTV. The result was two more titles in 2010 and 2011, followed by a narrow miss in 2012. There were no problems in 2013 however when he nailed his fourth championship.

The trusty Alfetta is currently being offered for sale to make way for an Alfa GTA that is expected to make its Killarney debut before the end of the year.

Does our Masters V8 category deserve international status?

Well it certainly does in two respects. Because Rene Dalais who has entered two rounds of the current championship is a French citizen and (almost), a permanent resident in that country, while Stephen Young lives in England.

Now it would obviously be hugely expensive for any private entry to commute from Europe to the Cape on a regular basis, for just two eight lap races per visit.

But Rene is no ordinary Frenchman. He’s a pilot with Air France and when things go his way he can touch down at the Cape Town International Airport on a Thursday and fly out again on Sunday, as part of his job description.

Unfortunately as he explains, the fairest Cape is also a favorite stopover for all the pilots, so it’s not easy to get any of his colleagues to swap flights with him. However he has managed it this week so we look forward to seeing him in action on Saturday.

The enthusiastic Stephen Young has been arriving passenger class from Heathrow all season. During that time he has been in fine form and is currently lying second behind Franco Donadio in the silver class.

There’s no dispute about “National” recognition for the Masters however. Because Eddie Keizan, Fabio Tafani, Oliver Delais and Paolo Cavalieri are all Mine Dump Country ratepayers who commute to each event. However they do have the advantage of having their big V8s stored and maintained at our circuit.

And what about the girls?

While on the subject of compartmentalizing the drivers, we have to refer to the sometimes controversial subject of gender equality.

Yes, girls have been on the tracks for a long time. Mrs Kay Petre who was here for the Grosvenor Grand Prix at Pollsmoor in 1937 was one of the first. However South Africa’s Desire Wilson remains the only woman to have ever won a F1 race. Her victory in a round of the 1985 British F1 Aurora Championship at Brands Hatch impressed the organizers so much they named a grandstand after her.

Then there’s America’s glamorous Danica Patrick, whose $18 million this year, makes her the fourth highest paid woman athlete in the world – in any sport. Incidentally, it’s interesting that the three ahead of her are all tennis players, with not a golfer in sight.

Yet as far as sheer volume is concerned, we believe the highest percentage of skirts in a category belongs to the local stock cars, where an incredible 50% (six out of 12), of the current entries in the one make Access Auto Mini class on Killarney’s Engen Oval, are young ladies.

The word “young” is used advisedly. The Mini class is a tightly controlled entry level category for competitors aged from 10 to 18, who will hopefully progress to mix it with the seniors one day.

Leading ladies include the attractive 17 year old Kayla Jones who almost took the premier award during her rookie season. At the other end, 12 year old newcomer Ciara van Niekerk who survived a crash during the most recent meeting did well to rejoin the fray and finish joint fourth

The boys and girls in this one, all drive hard and provide a spectacle as exciting as any other class.

And finally, the cars are as safe as our new security drop-safes and have the added (rare), advantage of being affordable.

 

“Motorsport het Saterdag verloor.”

While we believe competitors get a pretty fair shake from the motoring press these days, we came across this highly critical article published in Die Burger (and reprinted here), in July 1986, that seems to indicate it wasn’t always that way.

For those who don’t understand Afrikaans, the headline claims motorsport lost on Saturday. Other remarks we have translated include:

“A bored, small crowd attended a boring small meeting. That is the best description possible about Saturday’sregional meeting at Killarney.”

“Even the Group N events were poor as only about half the local competitors in the Stannic Coastal Championship took part.”

“If I were to name the drivers who didn’t participate in the Group N races, the list would be longer than this report. It was extremely disappointing and they should hang their heads in shame. It appears as if the Western Province championship is not good enough for some drivers whose only interest seems to be in prestige events.”

“If we abandon motorsport at club level in this manner, a dark future awaits South African motorsport.”

On the other hand we weren’t there that day and just maybe the comment – although harsh — was justified to an extent.

By contrast, here’s a “happy ending” story.

Elisma Schutte our new admin secretary at Killarney, was in the club office during the recent Power Series meeting when she heard about a distraught little boy apparently about 5 years of age, who had appeared there suddenly. He’d arrived alone, was obviously lost and seemed in desperate need of someone to reconnect him to whoever was responsible for his well-being.

So she immediately donned her Sherlock Holmes speurder outfit and got down to business. After asking the commentators to put out the story, she made radio contact with the marshals, in case any of them knew anything about the lad’s plight. None of them did.

Next problem: Her linguistic skills don’t extend to Xhosa and the child couldn’t speak English. However after a long session of sign language to which he responded by nodding his head when appropriate, she got him to take her to the Cape Town Corner (Turn 5), where he had apparently been sitting.

Once there, other spectators told her he had been with three older kortbroek boys, who had since also wandered off.

Fortunately Kleintjie Piet then happened on the scene at an opportune moment. At the wheel of the club’s Golden Grove tractor, he was trailing the revoltingly aromatic tanker the club uses to remove the effluent from the septic tanks under our toilet blocks.

Using his Xhosa education to good effect it was established the child’s name was William and that he lived in Dunoon.

Then because they had already been doing a lot of walking during their search and there was no sense in staying there, Kleintjie Piet was also able to offer them a lift back to their starting point.

Once there William was given a large Coke that was downed in record time, while Elisma pondered about how to get someone to find his home in the hugely overcrowded, no-name brand (streets or houses), suburban Dunoon.

Track manager Leon Corbitt was next to come to her aid. He arranged for Charlie, who is resident in Dunoon and was on duty in the pits, to walk William home at the cessation of hostilities on the track.

The happy ending is that Elisma had a call from the child’s father later that evening to thank her for what she had done.

We would like to echo that sentiment, while also extending thanks to everyone else who was involved. We feel it was a spontaneous reaction in an unfamiliar situation that ultimately became a fine club effort.

While every picture tells a story – they can sometimes be misleading.

A newspaper review of the national Super Series at Killarney in September featured this rather spectacular picture of John Craig Jnr up on two wheels and seemingly about to finish on his roof during the first Engen VW Cup race during our national Super Series meeting.

What was not reported was that front runners Daniel Rowe and Shaun La Reservee had tangled earlier and gone off onto the grass. However they were able to rejoin the field, with Rowe now behind the other car.

This delay allowed Craig and Jurie Swart, who were virtually side by side in a battle of their own to both pass a Rowe still in recovery mode. The three then entered Hoals Hoek (Turn 1) in close company, with Craig on the inside.

According to John, the left rear section of his car absorbed a smack from Daniel as they reached the apex of the corner. This pressure was maintained and although he attempted to correct the slide the tyres dug in as the car went off onto the dirt. It then rolled through 360 degrees in full view of our award winning Art Director, before finishing on its wheels again.

After seeing in-car camera footage of the incident, John’s team lodged a protest. This was upheld by the stewards and Rowe received a 30 second penalty for race two with the recommendation that he should also be shown a yellow card.

According to the Engen VW Cup regulations a card will result in him having to drive under observation for the next three races. It also carries an extra 20kg weight penalty.

Now here’s one that is not misleading

This image shows Dewald Brummer being helped sideways by Sheldon van der Linde in the same Engen Volkswagen Cup event, during the recent Super Series meeting.

It’s publication has resulted in the guy on the receiving end asking our Art Director if he could use it as evidence in the protest he has submitted to MSA about the 15 year old Van der Linde’s driving tracktics.

And as both drivers were in contention for the national title at the time, this was particularly important. However Van der Linde has since been able to clinch the award.

But with that round of the Super Series having taken place in late September, what we can’t understand is why it took so much time to resolve the issue.

These things happen sometimes.

While the pic of Sports and GT hotshot Steve Humble on the right, does not look particularly untoward, it must be pointed out that when it was clicked during the recent eighth round of the Power Series, Steve was actually going backwards. This happened during a hurried parade lap when he warmed his tyres a mite too enthusiastically. The other image illustrates morning practice time spent in the tyre barrier at the same meeting.

To his great credit the car was retrieved from the tyre wall and quickly repaired in time for the second race, that he went on to win in fine style.

Of course we’ve had much worse than that in the past. Like the time back in 1986, when Nigel Goodliffe rolled his (sort of) eight speed Tredia Turbo in spectacular fashion in the Malmesbury Corner (Turn 4), during the warm-up lap before a Group N event.

Before that, there was the even more entertaining story Jackie Pretorius told us over a couple of (double), Captain Morgans in the pub one evening.

Jackie was part of a large international field when the incident occurred during the parade lap before a major event on the old Kyalami circuit (and sorry, I can’t remember if it was a 9-Hour race or a F1 Grand Prix).

Anyway, ahead of them the pace car was being flamboyantly driven by Stuart Pegg, a former national champion rally navigator and a sometimes controversial character. Everything went well until Pegg unexpectedly brought the entire field to a standstill when he lost it in grand style in Clubhouse Corner.

Jackie’s lurid description of the fox-up, with all the colourful expletives he was so well known for, would have done credit to even an acknowledged master like Paul Hawkins.

And what about next year?

Well, with 2015’s dates being changed on a fairly regular basis, at this stage we’re not too sure. However we can confirm the international Passion for Speed meeting for Historics and X-treme Supercars on February 7.

The old national Super Series now becomes the Extreme Festival Series, in which we have two dates. One that was originally scheduled for late February will now take place on April 11, a far better time slot.

A kart national in March will be followed by a motorcycle national organized by Gas Sport, as well as an All-Africa 3-Hour race, that is due to be held in conjunction with a round of the Power Series in May.

Where are they now?

We hear that Richard Webb has left town. Richard was the publisher of “Killarney’s 50 Golden Racing Years,” a 400 page coffee table book that goes beyond its title and is actually a compilation of stories about motor racing and motoring personalities in the Cape, from the time of the first event in Green Point in 1903.

He was subsequently also responsible for a similar book about the Cape Argus Cycle Tour.

Apparently Richard has left South Africa and moved north to London. And sorry, we do not have a forwarding address. However we do still have four copies of the book in stock if anyone is interested in a present for the festive season.

Obituary. Lucia Napoli (86), the sister of the late Cecil and John Barata and mother of Mutlu Batteries Classic Car chairman Mike Napoli, passed away on October 12 after a short illness.

 

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