It’s been a few years since the history-rich Krugersdorp Hillclimb has been put together properly, and as you’d expect it was our mates at the Volkswagen Club of SA that pulled it off. Usually when the club holds something performance related I have to find a nice way of kakking on people for not supporting properly and then still complaining that there aren’t enough events for fast cars. At this particular event, around 80 drivers made the effort and the result was an awesome event that had everyone asking one common question by lunchtime: “When’s the next one?”. Sure, not all the entrants were club members, but there were a few taking up entry spots among the field of absolutely awesome cars. What I did see though was that so many members came through to spectate, something I hope continues for future events because it was great.

The cars taking up the entry list were quite varied, of course there were a few decent VWs in play, some purpose-built track cars which makes sense, and others fast daily drives. A few Audis, some Porsches and a Mini or two were competing along with two GTRs. One of the most impressive cars to not only see in action, but to stare at while parked was Willie de Beer’s monster Porsche. Built to tame any stretch of road with ridiculous power on tap. The car did struggle a little to get on boost because it has a pair of turbos the size of my head, but it was still the second fastest of the day, and is in fact a previous winner at the hill at a different event a while back. Another impressive car to watch was the DRD Caddy driven by Wikus Dippenaar, the normally aspirated 16-valve is built to tackle the corners and it did so in impressive style, so much so that it secured a N/A FWD Class win with a 51-second run. Another Mk1 took another class, Paul Van Niekerk’s TurboTrix Golf seemed to have a little more boost than seen on track when it competes in Inland Championships and the years of racing experience showed in a 47-second pass winning the Turbo FWD class. 

This was one proper event, and I’m willing to bet anything that word of mouth will have people hounding the VWCSA to put another one of these events together ASAP. Things ran super smooth, huge shoutout to Chairman Ian Foat for working his man bits off to get approval for the event, and to the rest of the club’s committee for making sure things ran like clockwork. As for the fastest of the day, well that went to Gerardo Cammarta in his monster GTR, he obliterated the course record with a 43-second run! Now we need to see some of the 1st in SA AWD Golfs enter and see if they can turn as well as they go in a straight line…

Annns the usual end off – the album of pics will be on the VAG Cafe Facebook page soonest…

 

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