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The short answer is that we simply don't know. Under the revised Level 3 Risk Adjustment Regulations announced by the president on 25 June, certain sports are permitted to resume, under very strict Covid-19 protocols and restrictions. Motorsport, however, is not one of them, so we...

Brian Hoskins is arguably the most knowledgeable and experienced Clerk of the Course in South African motorsport. As a former motorcycle racer and the father of a former motorcycle racer, Brian's focus at Killarney has always been to run the safest possible race meetings with the...

Armien Levy has loved fast cars all his life. As a child he dismantled a clockwork toy car his father had given him and modified the mechanism to make it go faster and by the time he was 12 he knew he wanted to be...

Newly qualified architect and keen amateur racing driver Denis Joubert was elected as secretary of the Metropolitan Motorcycle and Car Club in 1959 and was pitchforked almost immediately into the negotiations that resulted in a loan of £20 000 from the then Divisional Council of...

Adrian Pheiffer was the man primarily responsible for the formation of the Western Province Motor Club, the ‘ideas man’ who saved the Killarney circuit from almost certain closure in 1965 and who devoted most of his adult life to motorsport in the Western Cape -...

Short Circuit racing is one of Killarney's best kept secrets; it's not only entry-level budget racing at its best, it also provides some of the closest and most exciting racing you'll ever see, in an arena format that gives you a view of almost the...

In this new series about the motorsport giants that have left an indelible mark on Killarney's racing heritage we begin with an engineer and car builder extraordinaire best known as the designer and builder of the cars used in our two one-make series, the Makita...

Drag racing is one of the oldest forms of motorsport – indeed, as far as this venue is concerned it is the oldest. What is now Killarney International Raceway began in 1947 as a series of informal 'sprint' races along a disused section of the...

Racing drivers need fuel just as much as their vehicles do. No sooner had a section of the disused road from Milnerton to Malmesbury been extended in the early 1950s from a primitive drag strip to an even more primitive circuit by building a loop...

Kart racing, or simply karting (don't call them go-karts!) began more than 50 years ago as an entry-level sport for primitive little vehicles devoid of suspension or bodywork, driven by Briggs & Stratton lawnmower engines, but has developed into one of the most competitive and...

They're always there in the background, at the gates and at every crowd control point, always ready when needed but so unobtrusive that many Killarney spectators don't even notice them, despite their distinctive red jackets. CP Security have been providing security personnel for almost every event...

In order to present a motorsport event at Killarney, an extraordinary number of arrangements have to be coordinated, from sending out the Supplementary Regulations (the format sent out to competitors ahead of the meeting, inviting them to enter), to correlating the entries, drawing up the...

All the maintenance, repairs, housekeeping and building works at Killarney International Raceway are carried out by a crew of less than 20 people, who accomplish an extraordinarily varied set of tasks, under stringent budget constraints, almost unnoticed by competitors and motorsport fans alike. Before each event,...

The overriding responsibility of the scrutineers is the safety of the competitors. It is their job to ensure that each competitor's car or motorcycle conforms to all the safety requirements laid down in the regulations for that class, and for racing in general by Motorsport...

Late in 1968 the South African Honda distributors brought three standard 49cc Fury Honda four-stroke singles to Killarney in an attempt to set a new 12 Hour Endurance Record for 50cc motorcycles. The Fury was no moped; it had a single overhead camshaft engine that delivered...

Clerk of the course Brian Hoskins recalls that the first Clerks' office was in a caravan – the same caravan that now stands on the left as you come in at Gate 1 – while events on the motocross circuit were run from a double-decker...

The Western Province Motor Club marshals at Killarney International Raceway stand out on the circuit all day on race and practice days, in all conditions and in all weathers, ensuring the safety of the competitors. Without them, race events would not be possible. The WPMC marshals...

Picture: Colin Brown During main-circuit events the race control office at the base of Killarney's control tower looks like a cross between an outside broadcast unit and launch control at the Kennedy Space Centre, with banks of TV monitors, computers and radio microphones. The comparison is in...

No motorsport is possible without marshals. Their flag signals warn competitors of changing track conditions, problems around the next corner, slow moving vehicles ahead of you and faster moving vehicles coming up behind you. Each post is also in constant contact with race control, to warn...

It is with unfathomable sadness and deep regret we have to announce the passing of Donny Lamola. Donny was admitted to hospital and sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning. Donny overcame so much and was such an inspiration to so many...

Western Province Motor Club stalwart Rico Barlow has donated 500 surgical face-masks to the club to help protect the staff living on the premises, and those returning to work, as they continue with vital maintenance work and security patrols while the circuit is shut down...

Formula One icon Stirling Moss, who died on Easter Sunday at the age of 90, was renowned for answering all his fan mail personally. Here is his reply to a request in August 1971 for an autographed photograph, from a young fan in Cape Town named...

BRAGGING RIGHTS VIBE ROCKS KILLARNEY 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...

DON'T LET ANYONE TELL YOU DIFFERENT – BRAGGING RIGHTS IS ON!! The first round of the 2020 regional Power Series presented by Wingfield Motors at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 7 March delivered superb motor racing in a new format, including a number...

NEW HEROES STEP UP AT KILLARNEY POWER SERIES PRESENTED BY WINGFIELD MOTORS The first round of the 2020 regional Power Series presented by Wingfield Motors at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 7 March delivered superb motor racing in a new format, including a number of surprises from new...

SHORT CIRCUIT, RALLYCROSS AND DRAGS AT KILLARNEY CARNIVAL For the first time, Killarney Carnival 1 on Saturday 29 February presents Short-Circuit Racing in the morning and Rallycross in the afternoon on the 'Half Main' – as well as MSA Drag Racing on the Main Straight all day. Short-Circuit Racing uses...

Brilliant result for Blind Navigators Few realise that Blind Navigator Rallies originated in South Africa. Born blind, Graham Pitt, was educated at the Pioneer School for the Blind and upon completion of his studies in 1947 he joined the second oldest motoring club in South Africa, the...

2020 PASSION FOR SPEED - REVIEW Thousands of spectators at the 19th annual Passion for Speed by G-Energy on Saturday 8 February at Killarney International Raceway were treated to a day of superb racing, dramatic finishes and incomparable automotive history, some of it by cars that, had they been...

2020 PASSION FOR SPEED - PREVIEW Thousands of car freaks, racing fans and just plain adrenalin junkies poured into Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 28 December for the annual StreetFest in partnership with the City of Cape Town. BIG-ENGINED V8'S LEAD THE CHARGE AT KILLARNEY'S PASSION FOR...

2019 STREETFEST - REVIEW Thousands of car freaks, racing fans and just plain adrenalin junkies poured into Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 28 December for the annual StreetFest in partnership with the City of Cape Town. It was an international celebration of car culture featuring top Drag Racers from all over...

8-HOUR 100CC MOTORCYLE ENDURO - REVIEW HUGE CRASHES AND SUDDEN RAIN ADD DRAMA TO 8 HOUR ENDURO The 37th running of the annual end-of-season endurance race for lightweight motorcycles on the one-kilometre ‘K’ circuit at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 14 December, sponsored this year for the first time by...

CELEBRATE CAPE TOWN'S CAR CULTURE AT KILLARNEY STREETFEST StreetFest on Saturday 28 December at Killarney International Raceway in partnership with the City of Cape Town is exactly what its name says: A celebration of car culture featuring Drag Racing, an IASCA Sound-Off, Show...

RED HOT RACING AT KILLARNEY DRAGS – BUT AT WHAT A COST!   The eighth round of the 2019 Drag Racing season at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 5 October produced some superb times in perfect conditions, but was also the most destructive so far this year,...

KILLARNEY GOES TO THE DOGS – FOR A GOOD CAUSE!   Barking replaced the sound of revving engines at Killarney International Raceway on the evening of Friday October 4 as hundreds of dogs of all shapes, sizes and colours, along with their equally varied humans, celebrated World...

KILLARNEY'S FIRST PERFORMANCE CAR TRACK DAY A ROARING SUCCESS The first performance car track day at Killarney International Raceway, held in perfect spring weather on Saturday 14 September drew exactly the same response from each one of the more than 50 drivers and 60 passengers on...

HOT WEATHER, HOTTER RACING AT KILLARNEY FLOWER POWER SERIES   The weather gods turned up the heat at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 7 September for the Flower Power Series sponsored by Wingfield Motors with support from media partner Kfm 94.5, and the action on the circuit...

ONE-HOUR ENDURO TOPS KILLARNEY SHORT-CIRCUIT THRILLER A close-fought one-hour endurance race topped off a full day of exciting racing at Round 7 of the Short Circuit Racing series on Saturday 24 August 2019 at Killarney International Raceway. All the teams were on identical Honda CBR150 machines,...

The Independence Day Power Series sponsored by Wingfield Motors on Saturday 6 July at Killarney International Raceway delivered more drama than a soap opera, with crashes and spins galore, and unexpected winners on a track surface that was, to put it politely, unpredictable thanks to...

  The third round of the ROK Cup South Africa national karting series, hosted by Killarney International Raceway with support from the City of Cape Town on Saturday 22 June, delivered brilliant racing despite trying weather conditions, just hours after the most destructive storm of the...

EXPL0SIVE ACTION, PLENTY OF DRAMA AT KILLARNEY POWER SERIES Round 4 of the Power Series sponsored by Wingfield Motors at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 8 June delivered explosive action – in more ways than one! - plenty of drama and world-class racing in the top...

SHORT CIRCUIT THRILLERS AT KILLARNEY ON FREEDOM DAY   The third round of the Western Province Motor Club Short Circuit Series at Killarney International Raceway on Freedom Day, Saturday 27 April, was certainly free of boredom, with tight, closely fought racing in each of the four classes...

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