Nation’s top racers already booking out the town for Natal Open Hotrod Champs

2012-11-27 00:00

THE Richards Bay Hotrod Club will be hosting two massive events in December after successfully staging the Imperial Nissan Zululand Championship over the weekend.

Both the Natal Open Hotrod Championship and the national Champion of Champions are expected to draw the country’s top amateur racing drivers in various classes to the club’s oval track within the ZCBF Showgrounds.

The Richards Bay club’s spokesperson Michelle Loosemore said the local drivers used the Zululand champs as a warm-up for the big up-coming events. “On any given club day we have 50 to 57 cars taking to the track.

“My entire family races and there are other families that take to the track on a regular basis. For a small coastal town we are the second largest club in the country, behind Pretoria,” said Loosemore.

She said this weekend their members will be heading to Pretoria to compete in the SA champs in the Stockrod, Pinto and 1600 Saloon classes.

“Recently we claimed the entire podium in a hotrod class in a race in Mpumalanga. We have committed members who want to excel. The speeds our drivers are reaching are phenomenal. My husband Neville for instance has recorded a time of 12,9 seconds on our 350-metre oval track before. For all of us involved it is a hobby,” said Loosemore.

And at R250 000 a pop for a hotrod, it is an expensive hobby.

“We live in an area with mechanically minded people so racing fits in with our lifestyles. The economic benefit of this type of racing to the area is massive. The drivers for the festive events have reported that they are battling to find adequate accommodation,” said Loosemore.

The Natal Champs will be hosted on December 15 at 6 pm and the Champions of Champions, which will also feature the V8 Sprint cars, will take place on December 29 at 6 pm. For more information phone 035 789 7116.

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