Quarter-mile action captivates crowd in historic KZN drag racing thrill fest

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Quintin van Jaarsveld

Dezzi South Coast Raceway witnessed blazing fast runs when it hosted the first-ever two-day drag racing event in KwaZulu-Natal at the weekend.

The historic thrill fest presented by KZN Drag Racing and Gas Magazine attracted 3000 spectators over the two days who watched as 187 cars ranging from Ford Escorts to Nissan Skyline GT-Rs were unleashed on the purpose built 400m drag strip.

The action got underway with old school vehicles reminding all of their vintage power on Saturday whilst Sunday featured a variety of production cars.

The magnitude of the event saw a number of veteran racers come out of retirement including Andre Pillay with his turbocharged Mk1 VW Golf and Marlin Naicker with his Ford RS2000.

Lee Naidoo did a 9.7-second quarter mile, the fastest time of the event, in his Nissan Skyline GT-R, while Malcolm Perunar’s 10.9-second run made him the fastest Golf 7R in the country.

“It was an awesome event on all fronts,” event organiser Darren Lewis told eHowzit.

“We had good times, an average of six runs per driver, which is really good, and great crowds. Everything went smoothly and everyone had a great time.”

Harry Naidoo, owner of Gas Magazine, added: “It was a highly successful event. We weren’t quite sure what to expect from our first two-day event but the entries show that it can be done.

“The basis of the event was to get more drivers off the street and involved in a legal race. In a one-day event, you’re restricted to just below a 100 cars, so we achieved what we wanted to.

“It’s a dream working with Darren as we both share similar visions, that being growing drag racing in KZN at a safe environment. Dezzi South Coast Raceway provides that platform and as the only purpose built drag strip in KZN, its value to motorsport is priceless.”

The next drag racing event at the venue will be held in October.

Photos by Trevor Pillay

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