A race like no other in Vanderbijlpark this weekend

By Motorsport Reporter Time of article published Feb 27, 2020

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Vanderbijlpark - Experience the thrill and excitement of the Emerald Speed Festival this weekend as high-performance cars, modern road-cars, historic race cars and supercars compete against “time” along a 1.6km custom-made racetrack at the Emerald Resort and Casino in Vanderbijlpark from Friday until Sunday.

The pit area, open to the public across all three days, allows for visitor interaction, to hear the powerful engines and experience the speed of race cars competing.

Classic cars will be on display, and there will be a retail area to shop for the vehicles from various car dealerships.

Racing legends

Excitement is building around the on-track battle between teams such as Mercedes-AMG, Toyota Gazoo Racing, FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), Roush and Shelby South Africa.

The participating OEM teams will be present to support their drivers competing for the fastest time on the 1-mile asphalt strip and the winner ultimately crowned the “Master of the Mile”.

Lots to race for

Emerald Speed Fest offers competitors prizes totalling R500 000 in value, the organisers say.

Participants in the Master of the Mile category this year include Franco Scribante (Nissan GT-R), leader of the 2019 super car championship competing in motorsport for more than 15 years; James Forbes in his ADR MCE3 sports racing car; as well as Franco Di Matteo racing his Jaguar XKR-R.

Key information

Visitors can also expect various family focused features and attractions, including live music entertainment, a beer garden and access to the casino for the adults. Children will be able to enjoy the aqua-dome, animal kingdom, wall climbing and adventure golf.

Camping tickets, which include leisure vouchers and weekend passes, are available for R50-R135 from Computicket.

* For more information visit the ESF website: www.emeraldspeedfest.com

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