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The Cape South Easter

The Cape South EasterI spent the weekend at the Cape South Easter International Historic meeting at Killarney. Its one of the biggest events on the local calender and always showcases some living legends, this year, was no different !

I was out in full support for Paul Amman in his VW Scirocco racing in the Pre-66 and Pre-77 Classics. Day 1 saw Paul running a full ten seconds off his average coming in around 1.37 with the old high altitude settings being fingered as the culprit.

Day 2 featured the Concourse De Elegance as well as the 3 lap classic parade giving spectators and enthusiasts an opportunity to showcase their cars. The GSM and Jaguar clubs had a strong showing with some rare cars on show as well.

The pit lane featured some rare and historically significant cars, the sole surving Aston Martin that raced Le Mans as well as the Red Ferrari 512 driven by Jacky Icks were crowd favorites as well the cream 500HP Biscayne that gave Super Van a hard time.

Back in the Amman camp, temperatures, tensions and tempers where all running high with the VW still not sounding right. Chaos ensued when at the last minute, the mechanic found the gremlin that was so badly affecting the cars performance. With the race cars lining up on the grid, Brian decided to call it in and retire. A rush of blood to the head is the only explanation I have for what happened next. Brain ran across to one of the garages and grabbed some spanners. He then quickly changed the timing chain - which as it turns out had skipped a tooth - and set the distributer by ear - UNHEARD OF !!! Paul sneaked his way back onto the track coming in behind the safety car.

The snap change into second out of the pits confirmed it for us. The VW was back and singing sweetly. Paul carved his way through the field finishing up 6th !!!

All in all it was an amazing fun filled weekend with thrills and spills and once again the Cape South Easter showed the fans why its an event not to be missed.




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