Kyalami is Kyalami – 22nd April 2017
Kyalami is a Grand Prix Circuit – it is fast, challenging and calls for patience. We
had some 32 entries with 27 making it to the line… Jonathan (Chevron), Mark
(Lola), Keegan Campos and Peter Bailey heading the first two rows of the grid.
Jonathan made a poor start and fell back to fifth whilst Mark’s Lola T70 took the
advantage and quickly built up a good lead only to lose it on the 3rd lap when a
fuel line in the tank broke. It was then over to Jonathan and Keegan. Jonathan
thought that he could just bide his time. This was a mistake as Keegan knows how
to defend. Jonathan only managed on the last lap to get through when Keegan
was blocked by a group of back markers.
The second heat was the same story except that Ben Morgenrood joined the party
and he is not easy to pass. Jono managed to get through but Keegan and Ben
touched putting the Porsche into the sand trap.
Mark recovered from the back of the grid in the Lola which now also had serious
breaking problems. This did not hinder him in settling the fastest race time of the
day at 1,56! Peter Bailey spun out in the 1st heat but made 4th in the second.
Richard Schukardt had a lonely race but won class C ISP. Most impressive was
Thomas Falkiner in Mustang 111 which claimed overall honours for class B Pre’66
Sports & GT. Wynand van der Merwe came 2nd after Mark Lauth’s blue Lola T70
Coupe stopped with an electrical problem in the second heat.
The real battle which caught the public and television cameras was the
spectacular U2 class with the Alfa’s – Patrick, Marc, Francesco, Roger, Shaun,
Gerald, the Volvo’s Alan Poulter and Alan Garrow then the P1800 of Vic plus
Chad’s VPW and the lone Ford Cortina of Wayne all together. The competition
was fierce and in my opinion the most intense crowd of makes all together and
racing on the day! This was Legends at its best. There were also penalties for time
breaks which resulted in Gerald Campher winning the first U2 heat and Alan
Poulter the second. Overall it was Patrick Gearing who took the win.
Chad, Vic, Ishmael won their respective classes. Chris Carlisle-Kitz had a maiden
win in the Corsair (swopped after the U2 Anglia had problems in practice. Last but
not least, Chris Visagie (Anglia) and Mark van Rooyen (KZN) – Sunbeam Alpine had
a good dice in class G. The Legends put up a commendable event at Kyalami
but Kyalami is Kyalami. There was the pit issue and the logistics and accessibility
issues. This will be resolved in one way or another at our next Kyalami event.
Our next Event:
Zwartkops – 16th/17th June 2017 – Extreme Festival weekend.
We will have separate events for U2/Little Giants, Legends/Sports>. Start
preparing your cars. This is a major event and we will be in good company with all
the National Competitors.
Fact: In 2002 the Legends of the 9 Hour Series was born. We had some 12 eligible
cars at the time. Today we have register of:
· Pre’1966 Legends Production Cars (Big Cars) – 17
· Pre’1966 U2 (Under 2 Litres) – 18
· Pre’1966 Sports & GT – 25
· Pre’1974 Trans-Am – 21
· Pre’1974 ISP – 27
· Pre’1962 LITTLE Giants – 15
· Pre’1966/68 LITTLE Giants – 58
SUB TOTAL – 181
Silent Cars – 58
TOTAL – 239
This is a formidable register, however many of the cars are concentrated in a few
hands, some are now collectables and then a good number are owned by folk
who have for one reason or another not racing.
See you at Zwartkops in June. YOUTH DAY. Remember racing drivers are forever
young and do not grow old – they simply go a little slower…
OUR NEXT MEETING/NOGGIN: Tuesday, 30th May – DUIMPIES HANGER – 6:30PM
Points table will be circulated shortly.