The first event on the Killarney International Raceway calendar on Saturday 8th February kickstarts the motorsport season. The Passion For Speed, with a mix of historic and modern racing to get every petrolhead’s adrenaline pumping.
Headlining the programme will the thundering Pre66/68 Sports & GT and Sports cars, beautiful big-engined beasts from the golden age of endurance racing bearing names such as McLaren, Lola and Porsche. With entries from all over South Africa and beyond, this is international historic racing at its best.
Even more prestigious, if a little less spectacular, are Pre-65 Formula 1 racers of the international FIA Historic Grand Prix Association and the Pre-74 Historic Single Seaters, offering a fascinating glimpse of what world-class motorsport was like when Killarney International Raceway was built specifically to host the first-ever Cape Grand Prix in December 1960.
Then we come bang up to date with the regional Sports & GT Cars races, featuring the ongoing David-and-Goliath rivalry between the V8 Chev-engined Maui Motorhomes Ginetta G57 and Dawie Joubert’s astonishingly agile 2.5-litre Lotus Exige. They’ll be competing against the cream of GT3 ‘gentleman racers’ and sports cars from all over South Africa and beyond – expect fireworks.
Of special interest at this event is the traditional Fan Walk during the lunch break, when spectators are invited down onto the circuit to meet the drivers and get an up-close look at some of the international entries, cars that are rarely seen in South Africa.
Fine food and ice-cold drinks are available at the revamped, upmarket Trackside Pub and Grill, upstairs at the Clubhouse, light snacks and even colder drinks at the New Pits Lounge and the Karting Clubhouse. Watch all the action, captured by cameras all around the circuit, as well as live timing, on TV screens on the Clubhouse Balcony and in the New Pits Lounge, then hop on the free Hyundai Shuttle and watch it live from vantage points all around the circuit.
Bring the whole family – there are pedal karts, jungle gyms and more for petrolheads-in-training at the Clubhouse Kiddies Korner and below the New Pits Lounge. Parents of toddlers are welcomed to the Kiddies Korner nursery, where you’ll find fridges to keep juice boxes cold, nappy-changing and breastfeeding facilities, as well as toilets and wash-up facilities for running repairs.
Gates open at 7:00am, racing begins at 9:30am. Book through Computicket or pay at the gate: Adults R90, scholars under 16 R40 and children under 12 free.