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2018-10-20 09:06
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Image: Supplied by Killarney International Raceway

The undoubted star of the Shatterfix Fine Car and Classic Car races at the Killarney International Raceway's Wingfield Motors Pink Power Series Round 8 on Saturday, 20 October, will be a late entry from stunt driver Deon Joubert, son of long-serving club chairman Dennis Joubert.

He'll be driving the ex-Dick Sorensen Sabat Nissan Skyline 2.8 GTX, now in the custodianship of classic car enthusiast Jan-Willem Andre de la Porte, which was originally built in 1983 by Hennie van der Linde for the premier WesBank Modified series.

Big horses on show

Van der Linde fitted the 2753cc SOHC straight six with three Weber side-draught carburettors and tuned it to the point where it was delivering more than double the horsepower that the factory gave it, driving the rear wheels via a five-speed, close ratio Nismo gearbox and an R200 limited-slip differential.

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More to the point, this was no highly-strung prima donna car. It was reliable enough to win 57 premier-class races in a row during its WesBank racing career, competing against heavyweights such as Willie Hepburn's monster V8 and Ben Morgenrood's screaming rotary - a record that is unlikely to be surpassed in South African motorsport.

Saturday's Fine Car and Classic Car racing will not be a gentlemanly parade. There are club titles at stake among a crowded field of 31 cars, including Franco Donadio's indecently quick Ford Escort Mk1, Robin Forbes' thundering 5.7 litre Corvette Stingray and the Ford V6 Capri of veteran driver Trevor Momberg - each of whom would love to be able to say that he once beat the Sabat Skyline in a straight race.

Joubert will have his work cut out for him, if he's to add another win to this legendary car's tally.

The final round of the 2018 Wingfield Motors Power Series includes races for the Burly Pro GTi Challenge, Mikes Place Clubmans, Makita Supercars, Pirelli Sports & GT, RST Suzuki South Superbikes, 600s, RST Trac Mac Classics, Clubmans and Powersport motorcycles, as well as the Shatterfix Fine Cars and Classic Cars.

The gates open at 7.30am and racing starts at 9.30am. Book at Computicket or pay at the gate; entry is R80 for adults, R20 for scholars under 16 and free for kids under 12.

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