Midvaal Raceway always surprises us. It may not have the fancy trinkets and facilities of other circuits in Gauteng yet it always feels quite homely and hospitable. We always say it’s the people that make the club what it is and not the cars, and I think to an extent that applies here too that it’s the people that give the vibe not the venue. Vaalridge Auto have sponsored this event for 3 years on the trot and between the ENTIRE dealer staff and their customers who get involved this has provided a recipe for a very enjoyable day.
Being the last official track day on the club calendar, the time trial drivers in the hunt for championship glory held nothing back on track. Ultimately Oscar De Oliveira sealed the overall BMW Championship, while Pierre Grau after the unfortunate Kyalami incident could not chase down the Invitational Championship title. He did however take Mike Grobler’s E90 racer for a test on the day and perhaps we will see him in a BMW next year in the race series. This ultimately has given Antonio Cocciante the Invitational title despite his absence at the event.
A special word of thanks to Justin, Neal and Tanya Robertson from Big Boss Auto for catering for pretty much everyone at the track with a complimentary braai. It meant Justin played braai master, race driver, crew chief and mechanic on the day but as usual was still all smiles all day.
On a final note to end off the year, a special thank you from myself as the organiser of our track days to the following individuals for making it a memorable year:
Guthrie Blaine; Dion Ruppert; Jan Maritz; Lee Jones; Dee Payne; Jimmy Giannoccaro; Ricky Giannoccaro; Gianni Giannoccaro; Justin Robertson; Wayne Robertson; Neal Robertson; John Mayer; Eben Rabe; Shaun Sing; Diba Sing; Alex Johnstone; Brett Michaelis; Pieter Potgieter; Les Welch; Christo Evangelou; Dave Esterhuizen; Brett Cowell; Dawie Kruger; Ami Ormond; Cordell Buys; Mark Parodi; Erika Coetzer; Piet Maluleke; Thando Mazibuko; Jackie Janse; Naveen Ramparsad; Andre Furby; Tarryn du Toit; Melanie Spurr; Jonathan du Toit; Elvene Coetzee; Schultz Swanepoel; the late Andy Adendorff; Rob Webber; Stretch Bayman; Jakes Jacobs; Jack Harmse; Donevan Cooper; Wally Pappas; Westley Pappas; Ken Cromarty; Clen Cook; Chris Boontjes; Paul Blackburn; Stella Blackburn; Greg Reilly; Nino Venturi; Molema Mochudi; George Ludeke; Mark Friedman; Jacques Pretorius; Archie Rankododo; Wayne Joelson; Mark Jones; Andre de Kock; the BMW Car Club Gauteng committee and finally my long suffering wife Desre.
We hope to see you at the Dale Penney Benefit Track Day at Zwartkops on 13 December 2014 to support our good friend and attend our year end braai.