Roy Hesketh tribute day for racing champ Billy Scheepers cancelled

2014-02-14 00:00

THE Roy Hesketh Motor Racing Foundation yesterday cancelled a planned tribute day that was to be held at the historic circuit in Pietermaritzburg tomorrow.

Witness Wheels yesterday published the news that monthly family-day events were being planned at the track.

Tomorrow’s event would have seen a maximum of 45 drivers allowed the rare opportunity to do exhibition runs in their private, production cars around the track in tribute to the KZN’s international racing champion from the late 1960s, Billy Scheepers.

Organiser of the tribute run, Wesley le Roux from We Are Driven, told Witness Wheels the lucky few drivers who would be allowed to go around the circuit on a first-come-first-serve basis would not be allowed to race, but only to drive around the track in exhibition runs 30 seconds apart, in tribute to a legend who had put South African racing on the map.

But last night, MD of the Roy Hesketh Motor Racing Foundation Mike Fogg told The Witness even such exhibition runs could be seen as motor racing, which the foundation had to agree would never happen at the circuit again before the Msunduzi Municipality would permit the foundation to stage other types of automotive events at the track.

Le Roux said they have cancelled all arrangements for tomorrow and would structure future family fun days at the historic track to comply with the rules laid down by the council and the foundation.

He said following the article in Witness Wheels, one Hayfields resident had called to confirm the noise would be kept down below 100 decibels, but many more car enthusiasts had called him for details on the exhibition runs.

“There is clearly a huge desire among motoring enthusiasts to experience KZN’s most historic track,” he said.

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