Catch the action at Speed Festival
The Knysna Speed Festival is just weeks away and is expected to be bigger and better than ever
THE organisers of the Kysna Hillclimb have brought the event forward to May this year in a bid to ensure better weather than when it was previously held in November. They have also changed the name to the Kynsna Speed Festival.
While Renault SA finalises plans to bring out an international star to compete in a Mégane RS in the feature event, the Renault Knysna Hillclimb being run on May 21 and 22, plans for the numerous other events that make up the week-long’s activities are well in hand.
On May 13 and 14 an innovative and spectacular Kart Grand Prix will be run as a day/night race (like the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix) on the town’s historic Thesen Island, creating a karting street circuit atmosphere.
Counting for both the Western Province club and Eastern Province regional karting championships, the grand prix will be a hotly-contested affair. Entries will soon be finalised but the strong Zanardi/RKT team is expected to field a number of drivers including world champion Wesleigh Orr. It is also hoped that Sandton schoolgirl Naomi Schiff will compete to take the fight to the boys.
Entry is free to spectators.
The annual Garden Route Motor Club’s car show is being held on the Knysna High School sports field on Waterfront Drive on May 15. A wealth of motoring classics will be on view, interspersed with displays from the local motor trade that has indicated its full support for the event.
The show, which is supported by Knysna Toyota and Frost Brothers, starts at 10am — the entrance fee is R10 for adults and R5 for children.
Planning of the Knysna Slot Car Club’s “scale racer” challenge from May 16-18 is well under way. With support from Jeffrey Stein Sales, half-a-dozen Ninco slot cars will be thumbed to the limit, providing plenty of thrills and spills around a challenging, purposebuilt track situated at the club’s premises in the centre of town.
May 19 is allocated to a charity golf day at the Simola Resort at which motorsport celebrities will be teamed up with regular golfers for a day of driving the fairways rather than the roads of the challenging Simola course.
Apart from the afternoon vehicle parade through the centre of Knysna, May 20 is “Free Fall Friday” when 20 of the local schools will compete in a Soapbox Derby. The schools will be pro- vided with soapbox kits donated by local businesses and it will be left to the children to assemble, paint and, ultimately, pilot their machines down the Simola hill. This gravity-driven spectacular should prove to be highly entertaining — and very competitive.
The award-winning town of Knysna is renowned for its festivals held throughout the year and a new addition to the calendar is about to set the Garden Route abuzz with four-wheeled action.
A week-long programme of motoring action never before attempted in SA, the Knysna Speed Festival is destined to become not only a tourism highlight but a premier event on the national motorsport calendar. The festival caters for all segments of the population and proceeds will benefit nominated local charities.
Further information and entry forms can be found on the festival’s website — log on to www.speedfestival.co.za.