The highlight of Bragging Rights presented by Killarney International Raceway in partnership with the City of Cape Town, RaceSA, Razor Customs and Airvengers on Saturday 14 March wasn’t Ralph Kumbier’s fastest run of the day in his new Pro Gas class Camaro SS.

That only lasted 8.962 seconds.

The real highlight was the vibe – the camaraderie between the competitors, who came from all around South Africa and beyond to be part of this invitation-only event, and the roars of delight from the huge crowd every time somebody pulled a big burnout on the Drag Racing startline, threw it sideways into G Energy corner in the Drifting arena, or stepped up to collect a trophy in the Show ‘n Shine competition.

In his opening speech Alderman JP Smith, Mayoral Committee member for safety and security, hinted that this might be the last major event in Cape Town for some time, and Cape Town’s petrolheads certainly made the most of it.

Kumbier’s thundering Camaro posted the fastest time of the day but the highest speed at the end of the quarter mile (402 metres) was recorded by Zanil Satar of Team Maputo in a Nissan GTR R33, who tripped the lights at 254.45km/h, significantly faster than Kumbier’s 224.35km/h.

Satar’s 9.485 second run topped Class 6AWD for six-cylinder all-wheel drive vehicles, ahead of Waghied Jappie and Nivan Maistry, each in a GTR R35. Class 6B for six-cylinder rear-wheel drive vehicles, usually the preserve of the BMW E30s, went to Jonathan Facrie’s Toyota Corolla (10.324 seconds at 183.58km/h), from BMW pilots Mansoor Parker (11.333 seconds at 212.78km/h) and Stoil Michaylov (12.024 seconds at 212.63km/h).

Rameez Ebrahim aced Class 5AWD in his Audi TTRS at 9.702 seconds and 241.45km/h, well ahead of Julian van der Watt (Unitronics TTRS) on 11.309 seconds and 196.88km/h. Class 4 AWD was dominated as always by Golf R models, led by Preshen Naicker with a 10.386 second run at 215.81km/h, Naeem Logday (10.620 seconds at 210.66km/h) and Faris Manan (10.890 seconds at 213.76km/h).

Willie Nel and his legendary Chev Can-Am came out of retirement to win Class 8EX for modified eight-cylinder vehicles with a 10.172 second pass at 212.58, followed at a respectful distance by the Mercedes C63 AMGs of Rohan Munien (10.913 seconds at 208.88km/h) and Paresh Williams (11.127 seconds at 203.40km/h).

Hermann Mostert and his Toyota Corolla took no prisoners in Class 6EX, posting a 9.012 second run at 231.82km/h to beat the Nissan GTRs of Viswa Williams (9.540 seconds at 253.08km/h) and Terance Naidoo (10.069 seconds at 224.33km/h), and the Kwiklee TTRS of tiny Yurisa Naidoo, the fastest lady on the day with a best effort of 10.220 seconds at 225.09km/h.

Finally, Shaun Zurich and his beautifully prepared Honda Civic ripped the roof off everything in Class 4AX for naturally aspirated four-cylinder cars with a 9.427 second pass at 238.69km/h.

The Drifting competition on the Tar Oval came down to a one-on-one final between Christopher Long in the 2JZ VVti powered Mikes Place Toyota Supra and the Lexus V8-engined Toyota Corolla of Izak van Zyl.

In the end, however, bragging rights for the day went to Long after a superb final run.

The Airvengers Show ‘n Shine competition in the New Pits pulled together some of the finest modified, custom and stance cars in the Western Cape. For sheer inventiveness, thinking out of the box (literally!) and breathtaking attention to detail, Zuheir Mowlana’s Toyota Quantum pick-up was the deserved winner of Best in Show.

Yes, we know there is no such thing as a Quantum pick-up; that’s the point.