Despite the cold and windy weather that welcomed the beginning of the Pick ‘n Pay Knysna Oyster festival, all of its excitement and fun was not lost.
Feet were placed firmly on the action accelerator during the Gymkhana Car Race that took place at Loerie Park on Saturday, July 2. This CX Sound and Motorsport in collaboration with the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival event proved to be a success for the third year running.
With approximately 12 entries and 80 spectators, Jacques Bower, CX Sound and Motorsport chairman said that he definitely believes the event has a promising future.
Drivers as young as 6 years-of-age showed their mettle in the four categories determined by engine sizes.
Young Jacques-Junior Bower (6) was thrilled that his father, Jacques had managed to complete his kit mini Lotus 7 in time for the race.
“His father finished the car at 01:00 this morning [race day],” said his mother, Charma. According to his parents his face lit up when he noticed that not only was the car complete but Shabby T’s, the sticker manufacturers had managed to apply their handiwork in time for the race.
“Fortunately I could take Jacques-Junior for a drive in the car before he competed on race-day,” said his father. According to both Chama and Jacques their son started to drive once his tippy-toes could reach the three peddles.
The category winners were as follows:
Front Wheel – 4 Cylinder first place, fastest of the day and in first place in his FW-4 category – Willie Stander – White Opel Kadett (SuperBoss) (43.12 Seconds) and 2nd place – Tony Lyon-Lewis – MG Club – Green 1964 Austin Mini Cooper S (48.69 Seconds)
Front Wheel– 6 Cylinder first place, class of his own - Adrian Pofadder – Navy Blue Mk 3 Golf VR6 (45.75 Seconds)
Rear Wheel – 4 Cylinder - Ron Hollis from the Knysna MG Club took first place in his white 1964 MG Midget (44.66 Seconds), and in second place was Jacques Bower – CX Sound and Motor Club Chairman – Maroon Mk 2 Ford Escort (47.16 Seconds)
Rear Wheel – 6 Cylinder - Local Policeman, Francois Cowley in his Brown E30 “Boxie” BMW (45.72), and in second Place, Charlon Appels – White 5 Series BMW (52.71)
The trophies were manufactured by Club members using upcycled old engine parts.
This year’s entry cost a mere R10 and all proceeds will be donated to local charities. “The purpose of this event is to provide a safe and controlled space for street racers to do what they love. It is further acts as platform to train these drivers and provide them with the skills they need,” concluded Jacques.