Talha Daniels and Barrascort, his amazing MK1 Escort with its force-fed Barramundi straight six built at the Ford plant in Geelong, Australia (hence the name) powered to the fastest time of the day at the MSA Drag Racing event on Saturday 6 May with a best effort of 8.77673 seconds at 241.81km/h – quicker even than the best of the bikes!

He was also nearly a second quicker than his closest competitor, Jody van Schoor’s fire-engine red Volkswagen Golf 1 ‘Sweet 16’, in which he posted a 9.62286 second run at 243.47 km/h – after breaking a half-shaft during a particularly brutal launch and replacing it! Third in the open OS Class was another Golf, Rudy Roode’s all-wheel drive ‘Megatron’, with a creditable 10.27885 second pass at 228,51 km/h.

Class OA for naturally aspirated hot rods belonged to Saud Bassa and his Toyota Conquest; he nailed it down with a best run of 11.58383 seconds at 194.68km/h, just ahead of Geo Maneveld’s Golf 1, which ran 11.83344 seconds at 187.24km/h. Third in class was Riaaz Petersen’s Toyota Corolla, on 12.17237 seconds and 176.07km/h.

Class 6S, as expected, was the playground of the Nissan GTR R35’s, led by Yaseen Ebrahim (9.52569 seconds at 245.12km/h) and Waghied Jappie (9.67938 seconds at 237.44km/h) with Abdul Hadi Ismail keeping them honest in his Audi TTRS at 9.81164 seconds and 236.13km/h.  VAG products also took care of Class 4S, with Amien Mowzer in an Audi TT (10.88898 seconds at 207.55km/h) leading the Golf 7’s of Rahziek Hermanus (11.54751 seconds at 209.08km/h) and Tawfiq Adriaanse (13.31534 seconds at 171.09).

Both entrants in Class 4A were disqualified for tyre-related misdemeanours, but Niaz Khan requalified his Honda K24 Ballade with legal tyres and posted a 13.44887 second pass at 182.35km/h to take class honours.

Thaakier Abrahams was the quickest on two wheels at 8.83671 seconds and 251,67km/h, marginally ahead of Wynand van den Berg (8.94312 seconds at 242.66km/h) whose Suzuki GSX-R1000 was the only litre-class bike entered that was NOT a BMW S1000RR! Third was Mas’ood Reynolds, nephew of drag-racing star Sharief Reynolds, with a very respectable 9.25956 second pass at 243.52km/h. Class MB was an all-BMW affair, with Ricardo Visagie (8.95857 seconds at 251.67km/h) taking the class win from David  Wilson (9.14903 seconds at 244.13km/h) and Ameer Naicker (9.29936 seconds at 241.85km/h), but there were no BMW’s in Class MD, where Uzair Kamies and his Kawasaki ZX636 had to work hard (10.64009 seconds at 215.75km/h) to beat the day’s only lady contestant, Kim Carr, who posted a best effort of 11.04328 seconds at 206.55km/h seconds on her Honda CBR600RR.