Plans to develop Hesketh back on track

2014-06-30 00:00

IN the next two years, by 2016, Mike Fogg, MD of the Hesketh Motor Club and Country Estate, hopes to see the long-held dream of a “suburb for petrol heads” realised with the development of the historic Hesketh race track in Hayfields, Pietermaritzburg.

Fogg, a former champion motorcycle racer and pioneer of vehicle maintenance leases in South Africa, yesterday told The Witness the development plans, which had first been touted “just in time for the world recession” in 2008, were now firmly back on track. “The economy has recovered significantly,” said Fogg, adding the time was now ripe to create a venue where vehicles could be not just showed, but experienced.

“We feel it is time to start selling vehicles differently, not just showing a car, but selling the lifestyle of the car in a setting for which it was designed,” he said.

Fogg said the Hesketh track has recently seen R300 000 spent on it to fix cracks and built a clubhouse, but the next phase aimed to establish a motoring venue with a skidpan, a 4x4 track, display areas, a museum, and plots for private homes overlooking the track. These will sell from R3 million.

Fogg said there will still not be any racing at the Hesketh track, as he had promised the council when he bought the track. “We have a 96 decibel limit, which is as loud as a motorbike at full bore. We strictly monitor all events and have in the past ten years only had to remove three vehicles for being too loud.”

However, one day a year the track can host an event with no sound restrictions, and Fogg says he hopes to use this day to create in KZN a national event similar to the UK’s famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. “We will call our’s a Festival of Wheels,” Fogg said.

• alwyn.viljoen@witness.co.za

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