You know an event is going to be absolutely incredible when you pull up on preparation day, which is a full day before the main event and there are already people who have slept out on the road, and are now standing in line. That is how it was at Saldanha Drags April 2015. As per usual the first drags for 2015 were hosted by West Coast Racing in conjunction the long Easter weekend.
Before the event began it was encouraging to have sponsors returning from the previous drags to be part of this one. We are proud to be associated with Cpi Performance Tuning, Pertamina Lubricants, MonsterEnergy, Coca Cola, and Speed and Sound Magazine. With these awesome organizations on board it really helps us improve each and every event.
When the gates opened at 5pm on the Friday evening petrol heads wasted no time securing their spot to view the adrenalin filled drags. In the past the Friday evening was just there to allow folks to enter the facility before hand and get comfortable for the main drags on the Saturday. Since the last installment West Coast Racing introduced the Outlaw Styled night time drags. This 400m drag event was successful the first time around and was even better this time. Outlaw drags kicked off at around 8pm and it allowed absolutely anyone with a street legal, or racecar to test their mettle on the racetrack and claim bragging rights. Drivers and riders really got their fair share of racing with cars making runs, returning and immediately hitting the track again. The fans were treated to a full night of high powered cars running the 400m stretch and this no doubt helped take their attention off of the biting cold wind that swept through Saldanha.
Saturday was the big day though. Fans were still rolling through the gate and drag racers were getting their cars and bikes ready to assault the 800m strip. Drivers and riders came from all over the Western Cape including a few high powered machines from up North. After the customary media and drivers briefing Saldanha Drags started with a drifting and spinning exhibition performed by Saldanha Locals and also by Cape Town’s very own Drift Squad. After filling the area with smoke and the tar with rubber it was time for what everyone was waiting for…800m drag racing mayhem. The drag racing was introduced with the customary and expected parade lap where all the entrants tore down the drag strip limiting engines and giving the petrol hungry crowd a taste of what was in store.
The fans had many favorites and this was made clear by the cheers and screams when their favorite driver took to the strip. Drag racing started with the bikes for safety reasons. The wind was gale force and the aim was to run the bikes first before the wind made it too dangerous when travelling at higher speeds. As the morning progressed this would prove to be a good decision.
Within the first few minutes Garion Slamet from Team SRD broke the track record for bikes with a blistering run of 308km/h. It was almost unbelievable because the previous track record was 302km/h and to be that much faster is incredible.
As the day progressed cars and bikes all took turns trying to break either their personal best speeds or chasing track records.
The fans were kept happy as the Monster Energy crew took to the track and started throwing t-shirts into the crowd. After a few more drift demos by Drift Squad and Saldanha Locals action was back on track. Eventually the big guns came out to play.
Local Cape Town legend took to the track and after getting hyped up by the crowd managed a top speed of 265.1km/h which was enough to secure him top spot for the day and to crown him King Of Saldanha. Zain currently has seen the podium more times than any other driver in the history of Saldanha Drags and in my opinion it could not go to a nicer, more humble person than Zain. It does however seem that the Big Guns at Saldanha are not as safe as they used to be. Drivers and teams have really brought their “A” game making more power and doing higher top end speeds than ever before.
In second place we have A. Anthony in the BMW who laid down a top speed of 262.2km/h. 3rd place goes to B Van Wyk who did a 258.3 while piloting his BMW.
All in all Saldanha Drags was a huge success. The West Coast Racing Crew would like to give thank to everyone, drivers, sponsors, staff and fans for helping us make this event a success every year. See you in November.
West Coast Racing