Catch the ac­tion at Speed Fes­ti­val

The Knysna Speed Fes­ti­val is just weeks away and is ex­pected to be big­ger and bet­ter than ever

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS -

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.speed­fes­ti­

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