21 August 2012

Northern Cape revs up for an African 1st

Speed enthusiasts will get the opportunity of a lifetime to test the speed of their cars at the inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek.

Kalahari Desert Speedweek takes place in the Northern Cape in September Kalahari Desert Speedweek takes place in the Northern Cape in September

The event offers a unique experience for drivers and spectators alike. We’ve already had confirmation from some of the most prestigious motoring clubs in the country and some international entries - Jan Els, Speedweek SA.

Kalahari Desert Speedweek, taking place at Haksteenpan in the Northern Cape from 22-30 September 2012.

Speedweek SA together with the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and the Northern Cape Tourism Authority are hosting the inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek.

The Kalahari Desert Speedweek event will see different classes of vehicles and motorcycles, pre-war classics to modern-day supercars and superbikes racing against the clock to achieve their fastest times.

The 9-day event, which will emulate the legendary Bonneville Speedweek hosted in Utah, USA, will see between 50 and 60 cars timed per day.

Jan Els from Speedweek SA said the event offers a unique experience for drivers and spectators alike.  ‘We’ve already had confirmation from some of the most prestigious motoring clubs in the country and some international entries and believe the event will grow from strength to strength,’ he commented.

The province has a unique appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and Hakskeenspan is fast becoming world-renowned for its exceptional offerings to motoring enthusiasts and scientists.

Local community members around the Halkskeenpan area will directly benefit from Speedweek. Some will be trained as marshals and scrutineers.

The Speedweek organisers have invested in the installation of a reverse osmosis water purifier to kick-start a water bottling project, owned and managed by the Mier Community Trust Fund. 

A percentage of the net profits will also be donated to the fund, which has been established for the local community.

Kalahari Desert Speedweek shares its Hakskeenspan location with the global Bloodhound Project, which will attempt to set a new world land-speed record of 1600km per hour in 2014.

For more information and to book a space at Speedweek, visit the Speedweek website. Day visitors are also welcome and need not book in advance.

For more information, contact:
Wendy Meyers (Club secretary)
Tel: 27 (0)83 653 1487
wendy@speedweeksa.com