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All roads lead to Dezzi South Coast Raceway for the inaugural South African Drag Fest on Sunday.
The event, presented by KZN Drag Racing and Gas Magazine and sanctioned by Motorsport South Africa, promises intense drag racing featuring a slew of the fastest cars in the country.
Reduced from two days to a single-day event due to erratic weather patterns, Sunday will see top-notch drag racing, a show-and-shine and a sound off, with gates opening at 8am.
Harry Naidoo, Motorsport South Africa (MSA) drag racing representative for KwaZulu-Natal, said the inaugural event, like all MSA-sanctioned KZN Drag Racing events, “are a really important part of tidying up the image of drag racing.”
He commented: “The more events we can hold, the more we can encourage people to race professionally and the more it helps towards lessening illegal street racing because fans get to watch actual competitive racing.
“Many people want more opportunities to watch and take part in the sport that they love. It’s like loving football and there are never football games to watch on TV or live. You’d start to organise your own football meets on any patch of grass you could find. The same applies for drag racing.
“For the drivers, they too get their fix and get to record official times for their cars. We ensure that for each event we include people who have never raced professionally before, so that they can get a taste for racing with lights and to a timer.
“We also make sure the pits are open to the public, so the street guys can mix with the professionals who encourage them to take part at the next event.
“KZN people are real enthusiasts, whether they have a car or love watching cars race, so the more events we can put on, the more we can scratch that itch and keep people from creating their own ‘private events’ so to speak.”
KZN Drag Racing, Gas Magazine and Grounded Nation invite the whole family to the event, therefore no alcohol, weapons, food, cooler boxes or open fires will be allowed. Patrons may, however, bring camping chairs and non-branded gazebos. There will be exhibitors, a Halaal food court, full security and toilet facilities.
Watch teaser clip, prior to the event being cut to one day, below.
Tickets: R90 for adults – R50 for Pensioners and free for Kids under 12.
Grandstand tickets are limited and can be purchased at the grandstands for an additional R50.
Gates are open from 8am-5pm.
Get your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Limited pre-sold tickets can be purchased from Computicket.
For general enquiries:
Prethiven Naidoo (c) 072 398 0316 , (e) firstname.lastname@example.org
Darren Lewis (c) 079 513 4311, (e) email@example.com