Our mid-year Kyalami track days have traditionally been our most well attended and our busiest event on the calendar. What we had planned for this year’s event though left us wondering if we had bitten off more than we could chew. The answer, yes we had but we chewed hard and swallowed it all!
Bridgestone South Africa had a massive presence at the day and they are time and time again showing they are more than sponsors, but partners in making this club the success that it is. Our 3 hot lap cars ran like clockwork all day, thrilling those that are perhaps new to circuit Motorsport with full-tilt laps around the 4.2km international circuit.
Cedar Isle Auto were fantastic dealer sponsors, the second time they have been involved with this event. Unfortunately Kris Budnik’s stunning E46 M3 GTR suffered from electrical issues during the day and could not take out all the Cedar Isle Auto customers who had registered for the privilege of a hot lap in this monster. Thank you to ADF Motorsport and MBS Carriers Racing team for helping out where they could.
The BMW CCG Club Racing Series once again put on a fantastic show for the crowds, with 37 race entries taken on the day. We were also honoured and privileged to have racing legends Graeme Nathan and Robbi Smith race with us, in a 3.0 CSL and the original Winfield BMW 325i Shadowline from 1986 respectively. Unfortunately the day was not without its low points; Don Salt qualified well in his recently completed E30 3.0i, but a bent valve on the 2nd lap of heat 1 meant he had to retire the car. Suspension failure during practice for Paul Munro also meant a quiet day. Then we all held our breath a little too long as a suspension failure caused Jimmy Giannoccaro to hit the wall quite hard coming into the bowl on lap 6 of the first race. The accident saw the red flag being waved, and as the 66.6% race distance had been covered the race was not restarted. Thankfully Jimmy is ok and looking forward to racing again at Phakisa on the 3rd of August.
The Time Trial guys had a blast on the day too; bringing with it some new faces who we hope to see again at our next track day at Zwartkops on 21 September. Thankfully we had no incidents here, but the dwindling Time Trial numbers at the track days are still of major concern to us. We will have a rethink about how to improve this in 2014.
The theme piece of the day was the Club’s attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest BMW Parade. Budget and time constraints meant we had to run this during one of our other events, and we had given ourselves just one hour to get it done. The previous record was 178 cars, we had originally targeted 300. With the help of our hard-working volunteers, the Kyalami Marshals Association, IMPERIAL I-Pledge and the Club Committee, we put 446 BMWs on the track and off again with time to spare. Unfortunately some of the specific requirements as set out by Guinness were not met and as such we have not submitted evidence to Guinness. This means our claim number is still open should we decide to try it again.