August. The month synonymous with women.The month synonymous with icy and wet weather. The month synonymous with the Fastest in the land.
This RACESA event has become a highlight on every petrolhead’s calendar, as it is the premier Top End event in the country. Competitors and spectators alike, flock to ODI Raceway in Pretoria to see the fastest cars on our shores, and some from other shores, in action. This year’s event, happening on Sunday 6th August, will be more special than before, as everyone will be racing for Ivan. Ivan Tolley of ODI Raceway was instrumental in pioneering this event, and sadly passed away earlier this week, after a tragic motorbike crash. I first met Ivan after the inaugural Fastest in the Land, where I gave the venue quite a roasting. As you know, my frankness cause me to have many “haters”, but not Ivan. He contacted me, asked me what I would like to see improved on, and asked for suggestions, as he wanted to help grow not just this event, but the sport he so loved. On behalf of myself, the Speed and Sound family, and all our readers, I would like to express my sincere condolences to his wife, Rachel, his children and extended family.
I spoke to Nazeer Loonat, the head honcho at RACESA, shortly after the tragic news broke, and Nazzy, along with the family, had decided that the event should continue, as that was Ivan’s wish. He loved racing, and the show had to go on, no matter what.
As I’ve mentioned before, this is the premier Top End event, and the cars participating range from very quick Mk1 Golfs to R5million supercars. This year it is also more exciting as there are a number of challenges or public”call outs”. Kirschlee Naidoo in his Motronix-tuned R35, dubbed “TMTZILLA” is up against Abdool Carrim Hasim’s Mclaren 650S, while Sulaiman Effendi in his ICE Motorsport/Kamp1 2JZ-powered E30 is also up against the R35 pairing of Tariq Dada and Kirschlee. Obviously there are an array of R35’s in the lineup, too many to mention, but it also includes the country’s fastest car, the event record holder, with a speed of 346.7kmh over the kilo, belonging Stellios Sissou. Will he be dethroned? If so, who will it be? A Supra from the ICE Motorsport stable? Another R35? I must be honest, I have a bit of inside info on most of the cars, and I’m looking especially forward to see what Team Suspect will achieve.
The ex-cover feature Lumina UTE has had some extensive work done, and is set to reach that magical 350kmh mark, but we know how racing is. The Performance Solutions team just arrived in Jozi with an array of Supra’s, which include Cape Town’s fastest car, Waleed Bassadien’s black beauty. They have worked around the clock this past week to get the car race ready, and are gunning for a new personal best. Other Cape Town entrants include the very popular twin turbo XR8 of Zain Ryland, Fatima Sulaman’s very quick G7R and I was pleasantly surprised to see John Block’s name on the entry list.
His little MK1 Turbo Golf was off the scene for while, but it is one of the fastest Golf’s Cape Town has ever seen. Speaking of fast Golfs, the Joburg Auto Tech Golf, which was the talk of the town, or rather the country, after its first time out, will be representing, as well as a few other cars from the most loved racing team.
This ain’t just about fast cars. Nutters on two wheels are well represented too, and the Kampi1 guys from the Cape have quite a few names on the list. Of course, there’s Mr Barebum too. The King of Kawa’s, Jaleel Firfirey, was rather quiet of late, but that can only mean that he is prepping a few Infinity horses for the storm.
ODI Raceway is the place you want to be this coming weekend, it will not just be an exciting day of racing, of being able to see the country’s fastest cars, smackdowns, burnouts, and heads up racing, but you will be celebrating the legacy of someone who loved the sport.