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With championship titles hanging in the balance, the fifth and final round of the 2020 Regional Short Circuit series at Killarney on Saturday 21 November was always going to be intense – but it seemed almost as if the frustrations of an incredibly difficult year...

Mike Jay writes: This event was a great finale to what has been a rather strange year. Our normal field was increased by some great up-country cars, namely Franco Scribante’s ultra-quick Porsche 997, fresh from wins at Zwartkops the previous weekend, as well as Marcel Angel...

Round 6 of Power Series racing presented by Wingfield Motors and Kfm 94.5 at Killarney on Saturday 14 November delivered the closest and most exciting racing of the season, with a number of red-flag incidents as some of the drivers tried a little too hard...

Round 6 of Power Series racing presented by Wingfield Motors and Kfm 94.5 at Killarney on Saturday 14 November delivered some of the closest and most exciting Superbike racing yet seen at this circuit, with winning margins measured in hundredths of a second or less. A...

Killarney's motorsport fans, watching on livestream worldwide, were treated to a glimpse of what international Sports & GT class racing is like at Round 5 of the Power Series presented by Wingfield Motors and Kfm 94.5 on Saturday 24 October, in the headline Ons Huisie...

The penultimate round of the Short Circuit Racing season at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 31 October places the emphasis firmly back on the CBR150 category, the largest in numbers and the most closely contested of all the classes in this rapid-fire format. Although there are...

Round 4 of the Power Series presented by Wingfield Motors and Kfm 94.5 at Killarney International Raceway on Saturday 26 September delivered superb racing in conditions that could most charitably be described as unpredictable. Heavy rain during qualifying persuaded a number of competitors to play it...

Even the weather gods approved as the 'big dogs' of Killarney, the thundering V8 Masters, came out for the Power Series event presented by Wingfield Motors and Kfm 94.5 on Saturday 12 September. They were accompanied as always by the Makita Supercars and there are...

The RST Trac-Mac Superbike riders celebrated their return to racing at the Power Series presented by Wingfield Motors and Kfm 94.5 on Saturday 12 September with three sizzling races. There were epic dices throughout the field, but all eyes were at the sharp end, where the...

Willie Meissner didn't drive many races at Killarney but the cars he built, and even more so the engines he built to power them to victory, have become the stuff of legend. The son of a Paarl dentist, Willie entered Stellenbosch University as a first-year mechanical...

Motor racing returned to Killarney International Raceway after nearly six months of lockdown on Saturday 22 August as the Short Circuit categories led the way with a day of tightly fought contests. With no less than 20 entries, the CBR150 riders provided action and excitement throughout...

As a teenager in the years directly following the Second World War Jacobus 'Koos' Swanepoel would ride his bicycle through the bush to the outer ring road of a new industrial area to the south of Pinelands called Epping. At weekends the ring road, patriotically named...

Brian Peek (Peekus Minimus!), the Godfather of the Killarney commentary team for many years, was much more than a commentator – he was a successful racing driver, a kart designer and builder, a timekeeper, one of the founding fathers of the WPMC marshals and above...

In a career spanning only 11 years Mike Cameron achieved two Western Province 50cc championships and an interprovincial 100cc championship, a national 250cc title, the 1977 SA Production Motorcycle championship and a surprisingly successful 1979 international campaign after a desperately difficult debut season in the...

Most of us remember Peter Gough as a tall, friendly gentleman with a lot of old burn scars, who could pedal a Porsche around Killarney faster than most drivers half his age – but there's a lot more to his story than that. Peter was born...

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...

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