Mmabatho, North West - Though the popular Kalahari Desert Speedweek has been officially cancelled for the second consecutive year, speed-chasers can still look forward to the All Tar Speedweek scheduled to be run at the Mahikeng (Mmabatho) Airport on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 October.
The second running of the top speed run event will be held in memory of Speedweek organiser Jan Els, who died in September from of a heart attack. The original All Tar Speedweek was held in 2013 at the Upington Airport, but for this instalment will move to the North West province. Mahikeng’s runway is 4.5km long, and top speeds will be professionally recorded at the 3km mark with 1.5km reserved for slow down and runoff.
A new format for one-kilometre ‘short bursts’ will also be added for All Tar Speedweek 2016, along with an exciting 3km top end night run dubbed the “Moonshine Run”.
Spectators and day visitors are welcome to attend, as the airport has excellent vantage points for everybody to witness the action. There will also be food stalls and entertainment throughout the event.
A limited number of camping stands will also be available but priority will be given to event participants and must be booked in advance.
Friday, October 14
9am to 1pm: 3km top end runs
2pm to 5.30pm: 1km top end runs
6pm to late: Light entertainment and socialising
7pm: Opening Ceremony and light entertainment
9pm to 10.30pm:Moonshine Run
Saturday, October 15
7am to 12pm: 3km top end runs
12pm to 5.30pm:1km top end runs
5.30pm to late: End of event celebration and light entertainment
8pm to 9.30pm: Moonshine Run
1km top ends only : R1250 per driver (unlimited runs on both days but subject to capacity and must be booked online or via email/telephone in advance)
3km top ends : R2750 per driver (unlimited runs both days and includes 1km runs but subject to capacity and must be booked online or via email/telephone in advance)
Spectators: Adults R20, under-12s R10.