Kalahari speedweek goes all-tar

2013-02-18 14:56

The Kalahari Desert Speedweek organisers has given in to public demand for an all-tar event. The Upington International Airport will play host to a bunch of crazy speedfreaks come April 28 to 30.

Speeding legally as fast as you possibly can in your car, or bike, is every petrolhead’s dream. The Kalahari Desert Speedweek organisers made that fantasy a reality in 2012 and they’ll be doing it again for 2013, with two separate events.

Andrew Van Zyl clocked the fastest time at the first Kalahari Deset Speedweek in September 2012 with 321km/h on his Suzuki Hayabusa, while Greg Parton reached 308km/h in his Lamborghini Aventador.


Not to be confused with the fast-growing Hakskeen Pan event, the speedweek organisers have pulled some strings much to the delight of some avid speedsters.

Organiser Jan Els said: “We had to do something about the never-ending requests for an all-tar event. We had to find a strip long enough to accommodate excessive speeds, so big negotiations came into play to get the Upington International Airport for a few days.”
The Upington airstrip is 5.5km long - one of the longest in the world. According to Els, timing will be done at 4km to leave a 1.5km braking section. “We’re only allowing 40 to60 vehicles - including bikes - on a first-come, first-served basis. One of the 2012 competitors already booked 15 spots for himself and 14 other friends, so it’s very limited."

He added that there’s already a motocycle driver who recorded a speed of 393km/h at a distance of 1.6km, but unfortunatley the driver could not particpate at the Hakskeen Pan event because he could not get any traction.

"You can't miss this one. Anybody and everybody is welcome, as long as you register before the event. Visitors are also welcome to come and watch," said Els.

Each entry (at R3500 a pop) gets four turns, and only 140 runs will be allowed during the three days. Participants will receive a commemorative certificate with an action photograph and the driver's/rider’s fastest speed displayed on it according to Els.

“They’ll also receive a Kalahari Desert all-tar speedweek metal badge engraved with his/her maximum speed.”
No camping at the grounds will be allowed this time, but various hotels and B&B facilities are avilable for bookings in the surrounding areas.

Visit the speedweek website here for more info.