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Burning rubber and high-octane fuel: Easter Drag Racing promises thrills aplenty

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On Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, racers from all over the country will once again descend on Kimberley to showcase their skills and determine who has the fastest cars of the weekend on the old Bloemfontein Road quarter-mile strip.

The annual Easter Drag Racing Event is here. Are you ready? Picture: Danie van der Lith

COME one, come all! The annual Easter weekend drag racing event is revving and ready to go, and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, racers from all over the country will once again descend on Kimberley to showcase their skills and determine who has the fastest cars of the weekend on the old Bloemfontein Road quarter-mile strip.

A motorbike warms up his tyre before racing down the track. Picture: Danie van der Lith

It’s doubtful that anyone in Kimberley needs to be introduced to the sport of drag racing, where two drivers compete head-to-head on a straight, quarter-mile track, burning rubber and high octane fuel and tearing down the straight; it is, as the popularity of the sport in Kimberley testifies, a thrilling and intense sport to watch.

This weekend brings an incredible opportunity to witness some of the country’s most skilled drivers competing in high-stakes races.

One of the organisers told the DFA to remind readers not to miss out on this exciting event that is sure to get the adrenaline pumping!

And this weekend is not about a group of hotheads trying to secure bragging rights. This event is sanctioned by the Motorsport Association of South Africa (MSA) and will be timed by Truvelo, ensuring that all races are conducted fairly and efficiently.

It’s almost certain that when you arrive at the venue, you will immediately be hit with the smell of that burnt rubber and high-octane petrol. The pit area will be buzzing with activity as drivers and their pit crews work tirelessly to get their cars ready for the races.

Two cars line up to race down the 1/4 mile. Picture: Danie van der Lith

For those who are keen to participate, race fees are R500 for two days per car, which includes the driver and one pit crew member. However, MSA licence fees are to be paid online separately.

Those who prefer to watch from the sidelines should note that general stand tickets are available for R150, while children under the age of 12 can enter for just R50. For those who want to experience the action up close, pit area tickets are available for R250. A bargain, for the sensory experience it offers.

One of the cars making a burnout to warm up their tires. Picture: Danie van der Lith

This year, there will be a wide range of cars and motorcycles on display, including normally aspirated cars, turbocharged cars, and those pushing the nitrous for that extra boost.

Maybe earplugs won’t be such a bad idea, just in case.

On Sunday, there is a huge bonus for spectators with a slight change in the ticket prices. Adult tickets will be R100, while children can enter for free. The pit area will cost R200.

Racers preparing their cars before leaving the line. Picture: Danie van der Lith

There will also be a variety of food and drink stalls available, as well as merchandise stands selling all sorts of motoring paraphernalia. In addition, this weekend presents the perfect chance to meet fellow racing enthusiasts and immerse yourself in the high-octane world of drag racing.

Overall, the annual Easter weekend drag racing event in Kimberley is a must-see for anyone who loves cars and adrenaline-fueled sports. Whether you’re a die-hard racing fan or simply looking for an exciting day out, this event has something for everyone.

So mark your calendars, gather your friends and family, and get ready for a weekend of high-speed thrills!

See you there.

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