2012 10 03Tarlton set alight by Nissan GTR_Z Club
The Tarlton International Raceway played host to the third round of Nismomania on 30 September 2012. Hosted by the Nissan GTR_Z Club, the day saw a variety of fast cars, fast drivers and fun in every direction for event attendees. With MC Vic Pardal (host of Channel O’s Mzansi Ridez) on hand to get the crowds cheering, the event was action-packed from start to finish.
Super cars and super stars
With the cult following that Nissan’s performance cars have generated over the years, the GTR_Z Club produced a stellar cast of race entrants – from new Nissan GT-Rs and 370Zs to older Nissan Sabres, Skyline GTRs and even a Datsun GX – making the day any Nissan fan’s dream date. Other brands also lined up to race, with highlights in the form of a new BMW M5, an Audi RS3, various Mercedes-Benz AMG models, a super-fast Mitsubishi Lancer EVO IX, an Opel Kadett – which was completely kitted out with the engine, suspension and drivetrain from a Nissan GTR – and even a Lamborghini Gallardo.
Heads-up racing provided show-stopping entertainment for the crowds as one by one each car proved its mettle down the strip. Immensely quick cars were in abundance and a few ten-second cars seemed to provide the day’s fastest times initially, but some stellar runs later in the day had the enthusiastic audience on the edges of their seats. A purpose-built drag car, which attended Nismomania as a showcase rather than a competitor, the No Sweat Nissan Skyline GTR (R33) went on to run an 8.98-second ¼ mile, crossing the line at a ludicrous 266 km/h.
10.37 seconds at 228 km/h wins the day
The fastest Nissan of the day was the Nissan R32 Skyline which posted a best ¼ mile (400 metres) time of 11.12 seconds. The overall winner of the event however was Adriaan van den Berg competing in the Open Class, who went on to cross the line in just 10.37 seconds, taking the honours at the event.
“We are very pleased with our results and the event was great, but we know there is still more to come out of the Evo,” commented an elated van den Berg after his win.
Batteries and a propeller also hit the strip
As an added bonus for event attendees, the drag strip wasn’t only the meeting place for horsepower and sticky tyres. Champion aerobatics pilot Nigel Hopkins made a grand entrance at lunch time at the event, showing off his skills in his super-agile stunt plane. An Airbus A320 training pilot for SAA, Hopkins owed the crowd with his daring manoeuvres and low-flying stunts – even “drifting” his plane in the air.
The Traxxas XO-1 RC car from Custom Hobbies was also on hand to provide some entertainment, going up against the No Sweat GTR in a 200 metre drag race. Even with a 0-100 km/h time of just 3.3 seconds, the sleek and slim radio-controlled car was simply no match for the might of “Godzilla”.
Besides the racing action, various GT-R exhibits, hobby stalls, jumping castles and the Nissan Juke simulator were on hand, the latter of which with its strong blast of air to simulate driving at high speed with no windscreen, rearranged the facial muscles and hair styles of those who gave it a go.
GTR_Z backed by Nissan SA
Fully supported by Nissan South Africa, Global Nissan and Nissan Melrose, the GTR_Z Club has seen phenomenal growth over the last two years, bringing many different people together who have an undying passion for the Nissan brand.
Sikhumbuzo Mzele, Product Manager for Passenger Vehicles at Nissan SA commented: “Nissan’s performance vehicles are world class sports cars and continue to innovate, pioneering many new technologies globally in the world of performance cars. It was awesome to see the passion and drive from the club members. The third instalment of Nismomania did not disappoint at all, filling all spectators and car enthusiasts with excitement. It was certainly an adrenalin rush for all who attended.”
Chairman of the GTR_Z Club Chris Dahl, said he was overwhelmed by the day’s success and is pleased everyone had so much fun. “It was an epic day that was thoroughly enjoyed by all those involved, racers and spectators alike. It was a day that could not have been made possible without the support of Nissan SA, and without all the hard work put in by the newly formed committee of the GTR_ Z Owners Club. It was indeed a proud moment.”
During the year, a multitude of events are organised and attended by the Club, including track days, breakfast runs, community and social development initiatives, Nissan dealer events, the National Z-Run, the Wonderboom Airshow, the Nissan Christmas Party at the Good Hope Orphanage (one of Nissan SA’s supported orphanages) and the Nissan Christmas Party at Menlyn Park in Pretoria.