The Sound of V8 Thunder Comes Alive At Tony Rust

THE THUNDEROUS sound of V8 racing engines could be heard rumbling over the surrounding Khomas hills when Saturday’s Ford amp Friends circuit racing festival held at the Tony Rust Track, saw some of South Africa’s best contenders in jaw-dropping action.

Low slung, colourful mean machines spitting exhaust flames as they sped past at break neck speeds, entertained an impressive turnout of exhuberant spectators who were treated to first class international circuit racing and drags under the Namibian sky.

A Windhoek Motor Club organised event, staged for the second year running, left no doubt in anyone’s mind that our Windhoek motorsport committee can host a show second to none, with more than enough action, competition, classes and racing cars to fill a two day racing car festival.

There was a heavy presence from the Western Province Racing Club, with the guys unleashing their V8 Mustangs as well as a large field of Spaceframe Supercars, which raised the roof. A total of 29 cars in total participated from South Africa.

Reigning SA V8 Mastercar Champion Marcel Angel (64.56 seconds) shone in the Gold Class driving an awesome 500hp pucker racing Mustang machine who thundered down the straights at deafening speeds ahead of rival Paulo Cavaliere in second. The V8 Mastercar Silver Class was won by British racing driver Stephen Young, who proudly sported the British flag on the rear end of his metallic blue racing car.

A total of 28 of Namibia’s best racing drivers competed in the Clubman’s Category – with a total of 46 entries over the two days, topped up by the Karts, Oval Quads.

With the Namibian championships up for grabs the dice was on. Ruaan Viviers in his BMW was on top form, and won the Clubmans A Class, with Walvis Bay ‘boytjie’ Allan Martin breathing down his neck in his VW Golf to finish second.

Young Mark Sternagel who was leading the championships unfortunately wrote his car off in the qualifying lap early in the morning, and didn’t make the start.

Melvin Gous and Wilro Dippenaar with Michel Rust in the B Class put on a sizzling dice as they chased points to the chequered flag.

There were five hair-raising crashes earlier in the day which added oil to flames, with four cars dramatically crashing into the barriers and one rolling – causing hearts in the spectator gallery to skip a beat. All in all, the cars suffered severe body and engine damage as well as a few dented egos, but miraculously the drivers escaped unharmed. It is reported that three of these vehicles are total right off’s.

The back-to-back programme which started off with Friday nights’ blistering drag racing attracted 60 entries including a few dozen hotted up drag cars from Klerksdorp Racing Club who also drove up to Namibia to join in the action, which that night sported drifting, oval quads, and even a spinning demo from our Namtol guys.

“The Ford amp Friends Racing Festival was the definitely the highlight of our racing season, and the event was spectacular,” said Christiaan Liebenberg (Chairperson Windhoek Motor Club). “The event was very well organised, with an action filled programme that drew a huge entry list and spectators. “The club would like to thank all the sponsors, the competitors and everyone who worked so hard to make this two day-event possible.”


Clubman’s Class A

1st – Ruaan Viviers

Clubmans Class B

1st – Melvin Gous

Clubmans Class C

1st – Michael van Zyl

Clubmans Class D

1st – Sven Schweidenberger

Clubmans Class E

1st – Giel Kruger

Clubmans Class F

1st – Andy Williams

Clubmans Class X

1st – Jaco Nel

SA SuperCars

Class Gold

1st – Nick Adcock

Class Silver

1st – Vito Marzocca

Class Bronze

1st – Craig Nunns

V8 Masters

Class Gold

1st – Marcel Angel

Class Silver

1st – Stephen Young



1st – Guido Bidoli


1st – Richie Slamet

Junior Max

1st – JayDee Kessler

Senior Max

1st – Athi Mankonkwana

Quad Ovals

1st – Marnus Byleveld


V8 Master winners Marcel Angel multiple V8 Masters champ, with Gold Class rival Paolo Caviliere who finished in 2nd place, with v8 Silver Class winner Stephen Young

Action at the two-day Ford amp Friends Racing Festival was a roaring success with well over 100 cars and racing machines in the various classes and categories making this the highlight of the of the Namibian racing season. (Photos Donna Collins and Carla Havenga)

Clubman’s Class A winner, Ruaan Viviers is chasing the champion title

The behind-the-scene service crew A SA driver who crashed into the barriers inspects the damage

Donna Collins

Source : New Era