SPONSOR TRIBUTE – MASTERDRIVE:
Masterdrive is an advanced driver training organization, established in 1999, that specialises in helping companies in managing driver risk interventions. They have three branches in South Africa – in Johannesburg, Durban and at Cape Town’s Killarney International Raceway, where they occupy the training centre at our skid-pan.
They’re also staunch supporters of World Rallycross at Killarney, as well as our road safety initiatives, particularly our Road Safety Youth Open Day, hosted by the Western Cape Department of Transport and Public Works and Killarney International Raceway.
Masterdrive provided the two activations that made the deepest impression. In the first an instructor demonstrated just how long it takes to stop a vehicle travelling at 60, and then 120km/h, leaving most of the participants astonished by how badly they had underestimated the stopping distance required.
In the second the notorious ‘Skid Monster’ – a small hatchback with castor-mounted rear wheels – showed just how quickly even a modern car can get out of control when the wheels break traction. On a spinning pitch, it’s great fun; on the public road, it’s a recipe for disaster, something that wasn’t lost on the (slightly seasick) passengers after their rides.
Masterdrive instructors believe that if even one young life is saved through these activations, they are worth the effort; we salute their dedication to road safety and thank them for their support.