Bobby Nitro has a 3 000 horsepower announcement to make, and you heard it first right here.
Not only will the upcoming Bragging Rights event at Killarney bring us the biggest money challenge in the recent history of local drifting, but, and here it is, the awesome Pro Mod drag cars are coming to our very own race track.
That’s right, 3000HP purpose built race cars capable of running the quarter mile in six seconds, will be blasting down the straight next weekend at speeds over 300km/h , bringing a class of dragster never before seen in Cape Town. Definitely not to be missed.
Organiser and race master Raziek Rajah called Bobby first after he got the go-ahead from the City for the slightly increased noise these cars will make.
Pro Mods are the fastest drag cars with doors that still open, basically a chrome moly chassis cloaked in replica street car bodies ranging in style from the 1930s to present day. Motors are either NOS injected running on race fuel, or supercharged methanol motors, with capacities right at the top end of the scale. Proper monsters.
At Bragging Rights on Saturday March 14, two cars are coming out of Klerksdorp, and two from Joburg. Riaan Meyer arrives with his son Rancan, and a 10-litre twin turbo Ford Mustang replica called The Judge, as well as an Escort called Thunder. Craig Czank brings a Supra and Fanie Peters drives an Anglia called Angribird.
Raziek, whose series Drift Outlaws is organising this event in conjunction with RaceSA, says: “We want to run heads-up racing, where the guy who crosses the line first wins. It’s racing in its raw form and brings a whole lot more excitement than racing against the clock.
“With a Pro Mod, you have to be able to really feel the car, they are so fast, hitting a hundred in about 1.5 seconds, that the driver’s reaction time has to be like a Formula One driver, besides the fact that there is serious money poured into these cars.
Because the run-off distance is rather short at the race track, the Pro Mods will be running a 200m gauntlet, to allow for stopping distance.
JP Smith, will be launching the Pro Mods, as a start to a Pro Series in Cape Town. With about 50 regular drag cars coming from out of town, the strip is going to be on fire in a showdown of note, never seen before at Killarney.
On the day, expect high stakes at the drift oval. For those who don’t yet know, recently outspoken local Shane Green called out drifter Juan Stemmet, who was selected to the FIA Intercontinental Drifting Cup in Japan last year. Shane reckons Juan was the “wrong person” to go, and a heated chat erupted on a live Facebook interview that ends in the two putting their cash on the table, and deciding to settle this once and for all with a R20k winner-takes-all challenge at Bragging Rights. Yoh.
Shane has never had the luxury of an expensive motor, but neither has Juan. What Shane is saying here actually, is my skill is better than yours.
Looking at Juan, there is the consistency that got him to Japan, while Shane has worked his way up through the ranks.
Raziek has warned these guys to behave on the track. Bottom line is, Juan has got everything to lose, reputation wise, and Shane has got everything to win. And the punters are going to love it.
Raziek adds: “On the drag strip, Cape Town’s fastest car the Suspect Lumina has been called out by ICE Motorsport from Joburg, which also has a Hilux bakkie. ICE is tight lipped about what they are doing with their bakkie, while Suspect claims an 8.7 second run.”
Suspect carries the Cape Town name, so if he loses we’ll never hear the end of it from the Joburg guys.