Friday Night Drags to Set Tony Rust Alight

Windhoekers with a need for speed can rejoice as the Windhoek Motor Club presents Friday night drag racing at the Tony Rust Race Track. This event is designed to give motoring enthusiasts a venue where they enjoy their favourite past time (ie. Driving fast) in a controlled environment and not have to worry about speeding fines in their pursuit of top speeds and bragging rights.

Organiser of the event Geh Visagie says “it’s just a recipe that works. Car lovers can come out with their families, have a great, fun time while stimulating local motor sport and all this is in a safe, controlled environment.”

The races take place over a quarter mile section of the track and test driver reflexes, the car’s sprinting ability and how fast it can achieve its maximum speed over the short straight. Drivers of all skill levels are encouraged to enter their vehicles and to see what’s the fastest time they can achieve.

The action starts as of sunset on Friday and the roar of the engines should carry on well into the evening. Vehicles of all sizes, types and engine capacities are welcome to enter and this does not exclude speed freaks on two or four wheels.

In order to register for the races, drivers must bring along their own helmets and pay N$50 for the first five runs and then N$10 per run thereafter. Spectators are encouraged to come out in large numbers to support the budding races as they take their vehicles to the limit on the quarter mile track.

Drag racing has become increasingly popular over recent years and the lack of events like this in the past have had racers taking over the streets for late night drag races. This is both dangerous, reckless and illegal. Drivers with a love for speed can now take their cars to the track and race against the best cars and drivers the city has to offer in a safe and controlled environment, free of the fear of speeding tickets or arrest.

Inebriated drivers will not be allowed to race and will be breathalysed if suspected of being under the influence.

Visagie goes on to clear up any uncertainty around the weather on the day. “With the rain as unpredictable as it is, we are going ahead with this Friday’s event and if we get rained out, we will be postponing the event to the following Friday. Ticket holders should simply hold on to their tickets for admittance to the rescheduled event.”

Drivers will also be getting a first hand feel for the newly refurbished track surface, which has now brought it up to international standard and should make for some interesting races.

Gates open at 17H00 and a N$20 per person entry fee will be charged.

Source : The Namibian