With the much talked about and awaited Saldanha 800m Drags done and dusted, all that’s left is the dusty memories, either somewhere stored on a SD card or photo album but was definitely another one for the record breaking books. Gates opened the Friday evening just after 6 and was already lively with rides standing in queues outside the main gate and some people camping on the inside next to the airstrip. Over 10 000 people made their way through the gates to witness the 130 cars and bikes that shred some tire on the airstrip the next day. With the entertainment provided, the vibe was lively throughout the night. The event kicked off at 10 the morning of 1st December with a quick driver briefing by the chairman, Lawton Van Oordt, followed by a parade of all participating cars. The weather also played its part with the luck of the cars and bikes riding with the wind direction. A number of familiar branded sponsored cars from JDM Worx, Mikes Place, West Coast Racing, and STO Chip Tuning came out to battle for pride and the title of the fastest top end car and bike. The best time recorded for the fastest 4 wheeler was clocked by Schalk’s Conversions with their 2jzgte 3l twin turbo Corolla. This man ran an insane speed of 284km/h but it was Aggies that actually ran the best speed of 301km/h with his 2 wheeler, a Suzuki Hayabusa. I think everyone was disappointed not to see the monstrous XR8 TT on the strip as this car was the topic of the Saldanha’s Top End Drags since Easter weekend of this year. Adie in his blue SSS “Sin Bin” was surely a crowd teaser and really loved to do some wheel spins, also running a nice speed of 212.9km/h before retiring with mechanical problems. A number of cars broke just before the day ended but like they say, if you want to stay in the limiter you have to spend over the limit. The day ended without any hiccups with the prize giving happening just after 4.
The fastest cars for the day:
Schalk’s Conversions – 284km/h- Toyota Slant front
S. Barmania – 267.8km/h- Lumina SS Bakkie
K. Burgess – 257.7km/h- BMW
S. Petersen – 250km/h- Toyota Slant front with a Super Boss conversion
A. Brink -248.4km/h- Nissan The fastest bike times:
A. Israel – 301.5km/h- Suzuki Hayabusa Air-tech
G. Slamat – 296.6km/h- Suzuki
A. Alawie – 289 km/h- Hayabusa (Black)
F. Ariefdien -288.4km/h- BMW
From West Coast Racing and SSJ Concepts, a special thanks to all sponsors, Monster drinks, R2K for trophies, Mike’s Place and Alie’s Wheels, not forgetting all the drivers who participated and spectators that came out to witness the fastest speeds on the West Coast.