SpeedWeek to hit SA's longest runway

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IOL mot pic feb18 Kalahari Speedweek Preview 1 . Organiser Jan Els with some of the machinery that will be in action at the Kalahari Desert All-tar Speedweek at Upington Airport this weekend.

Howling down the longest runway in the Southern Hemisphere at speeds anybody else would get locked up for, is every petrolhead's dream. Well, dream no more.

The organisers of the first Kalahari Desert Speedweek, held in September 2012 at Hakskeen Pan in the Northern Cape, have come to an agreement with the authorities at the Upington International Airport to set aside the runway from Sunday April 28 to Tuesday April 30 2013 for speedfreaks to do their thing.

As organiser Jan Els put it at the announcement of the Kalahari Desert All-tar Speedweek: "You can't miss this one. Anybody and everybody is welcome, as long as you register before the event."

Visitors will also be able to come and watch the action.

The organisers will be able to time 140 runs during the three days - which means you had better get your entry in early, as they'll be handled on a first come, first served basis.

Each participant will receive a commemorative certificate with an action photograph and the driver's/rider's fastest speed, as well as a Kalahari Desert All-tar Speedweek metal badge, once again engraved with his/her maximum speed.

For more details contact Wendy at 083 653 1487, or visit the SpeedWeek SA website.

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