Following last year’s very popular 1km ODI 1km Top End Run, we featured it again on the calendar and due to various requests, this time with more focus on 1km Top End Runs rather than Quarter Miles runs as well as no vehicle restrictions being enforced as well as allowing Superbikes. This year we had more than 60 cars and bikes that entertained spectators for most of the rather hot and dry day out at ODI which is about 25km from the BMW SA Plant in Rosslyn.
To speed proceedings up this year and maximise the number of 1km Top End runs for participants, cars were scrutineered and numbered sequentially as they arrived. Vehicles were then individually set off for their 1km Top Ends runs in Groups of 20, with the 20th participant bringing back their group of 20 who would wait at the end of the track for the next Group of 20 to be set off. This speeded up the runs substantially and by 1pm, Gerhard the announcer had to beg for more cars to do Top End runs as it takes 30 minutes to change the track from 1km Top End Runs to Quarter Mile Runs.
1km Top End Runs are all about speed, with participants seeing the fastest speed their vehicle can travel by the 1km marker. Quarter Miles races are focussed on time, the shortest time to cover 400m is winner.
There was a great variety of vehicles both current and soon to be classic– with many sporting the Blue and White Propeller Badge (of course). I was quite impressive to see how fast some of the stock BMW Motorsport models such as the M5 and M3 are. There were also some lesser-spotted vehicles such as the McLaren MC12, Audi R8 GT, Ultima GT and Chev CanAm.
For the 1km Top End Runs, we were treated to some impressive machinery showcasing what they can do with the fastest BMW recording a staggeringly quick 300km/h – 1km/h faster than the fastest superbike on the day.
A big thank you to our sponsors Bridgestone and Monaco Motors who made the day possible. Thank you to Wally and Westley Pappas from Motorsport South Africa, Ivan from ODI and all our members and the spectators who made the day so successful.
Watch out for our next Top End Run which will incorporate the feedback we received of having a morning event rather than a full day event as well as running the event in Winter for cooler temperatures and faster speeds.