WINTERFEST DRAG RACING
16 JUNE 2016
The asphalt luminaries will once again descend upon their old stomping grounds at Tarlton International Raceway as the venue hosts the third round of the 2016 SA National Drag Racing Championship on thursday, 16 June 2016. Their agenda is dual in purpose, firstly to pay homage to the oldest and finest track in South Africa and secondly to set a whole lot of speed records whilst hopefully creating a little bit of history themselves.
With these goals in mind, topping the ladder will be the iconic ground-pounding conflict of Tarlton’s Top Eliminator category. These stunning cars generate speeds in excess of 340kph. They are prose in motion and come complete with a deafening sting in the tail. Leading the Top Eliminator mine field is Nico van Rensburg (Top Alcohol Funny car “Lethal Weapon”) and Dalmain Hattingh who has switched his allegiance from his A-Dragster to the wilder side of Funny car racing as an exhibition.
Reaching speeds of 260+kph over the quarter mile within a bracket of 6.90 to 8.40 seconds, the Senior Eliminator category stands apart showcasing the most awesome hard-core altered cars in the country. The only recognizable features of these vehicles are their production bodies although even they have been tweaked to max out their performance. Entrants include 2015 National and Regional Champion, Gavin Wilkins in his Twin Turbo fed V8 “Turbo Direct/SKF Mustang”, Nico van Rensburg’s Supercharged Ford Thunderbird “Adrenalize” and Kobus Kruger in the Turbo charged Mazda R8 Rotary to name a few.
The Super Competition Eliminator category consists of a field of the most dazzling altereds and top pro-street cars that jam the traps at anything between 8.20 and 11.20 seconds with consummate ease. That equates to around 230kph over the quarter mile. Competition Eliminator showcases the turbulent brilliance of altered and pro-street action. Vehicles accepted in this field run between 9.00 and 13.50 seconds and spectators will be treated to some serious savage straight line racing.
Leading the street scene are the jaw dropping 8, 6 and 4 cylinder street modified and normally aspirated cars and for die-hard bike fanatics, there will be a host of exquisite speed equipment ridden by the likes of 2015 National and Regional title holder, Peter de la Rey along with Wayne Heasman, Zafar Hoosen, Jerry Lombard and many others.
A day at Tarlton would not be complete without their J34 Westinghouse Jet Dragster lining up to blast the crowd out of the grandstands. Joining the exhibition fun, Marius Coetzee in the Leyland Matador, 12litre Twin Turbo V8 Drag Truck along with Simon Slooten in the Twin Turbocharged Ford Cargo V8 Drag Truck cannot be missed while they fight it out on the black top.
Gates open at 07h00 and tickets are available for purchase at the gate on the day or at Computicket beforehand. Entry for adults is R150 p/p and R80 for kids between the ages of 6-12.
Tarlton has take-away food and refreshments from their restaurants, bars alongside many food, sweets and nostalgia stalls with lots of free parking, so bring the family for one of the most explosive days on the motorsport calendar. Should the event rain out, it will be re-scheduled for Sunday, 19 June.