Cape Town - Used to be the Killarney International Raceway was reserved for petrolheads, but these days it’s a much more family-friendly venue, with top-class facilities for moms and kids, and a whole day of events that have nothing to do with motorsport planned for Sunday 16 September.

They include the first ever Killarney All-terrain Mountain Bike Challenge, a joint effort by the Western Province Motor Club, the Rotary Club of Blouberg and the Western Province Cycling Association. It’s a fun ‘trail’ ride over an eight kilometre route, run in laps, using most of the access roads, the earth bank, the off-road areas and part of the main circuit.

There will be races for adults and children under 15 over this quite demanding circuit, and track sessions over a shorter, easier section for kids under eight years old. Since this is intended as a fun family day in a safe environment, most of the prizes will be given away as spot prizes.

You can enter on the day, and all proceeds will go to the Tygerberg Children’s Hospital; for more details and to register, visit the Western Province Cycling website at www.wpcycling.com or call Menno on 082 888 2480.

Truckers Charity Convoy

But the loudest event of the day will be the arrival of the 2018 Truckers Charity Convoy, for Kids fighting Cancer. The trucks will meet at Engen One Stop on the N1 before driving in convoy to the circuit, to arrive at about 9am.

More than 150 trucks are expected to take part, so be there early to be part of the huge buzz when they arrive - and bring a toy to swell the donations they’ll be bringing; there will be collection points at the circuit behind the new pits.

Spring Market

The new pits is also where the Spring Market will be held - all day! - with a huge variety of displays and food vendors for the whole family, as well as kiddies’ rides, live music and more.

Free Entry

That’s right - it won’t cost you anything to get in. Even if you don’t push pedals yourself, be there to cheer on family and friends in the Mountain Bike Challenge, chat with the truckers and browse the displays and stalls at the market, under cover in the spacious new pits - even if it rains!

More information from the Western Province Motor Club website