Bridgestone Kyalami Track and Race Day: 18 February 2012
Race Series sponsored by G&H Transport, MBS Carriers and IFC
It was quite hard to believe that we were at Kyalami only two months before, 2012 seems to be flying past us rather quickly. Our track days and particularly those held at Kyalami always require a massive logistical effort and are generally quite successful so they remain etched in your memory for quite some time.
Stress and panic levels were at an all time high in the two weeks leading up to the event. Firstly, the current lease holders at Kyalami decided to increase our track hire fees by 30%, immediately putting a strain on the whole event. Many cars weren’t ready for the February event which means entries were very slow to come in adding even more stress. And just to add insult to injury, the safety of the track was called into question just three days before so you can well imagine how we felt when we had to consider the possibility that the day would not happen.
I really should not have stressed at all in hindsight. We often need to be reminded that our club is not made up of members, but of people who care and only want to see the best for the BMW brand as a whole and for the club. After a few frantic calls, emails, SMS’s and one or two meetings, all was back on track with BMW Car Club stalwarts Bridgestone confirmed as our title sponsor, Ryan Herd and Wally Pappas sorting out the safety issues with pace and aggression, and finally 50% of our entries coming in at the 11th hour- the Kyalami Track and Race Day was a go!
BMW South Africa also came to the party as part of an aggressive marketing campaign for BMW M Performance Parts (read the magazine for more on this), Zambesi Auto erected a mobile Lifestyle Store, AKRAPOVIC were out in fierce support as were ADF Motorsport with a fleet of race cars for our entertainment.
Read the full report in the upcoming magazine, as well as Paul Louw’s unique ‘behind the scenes’ view of what happens when you are not looking.