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Proposed 24 Hour Endurance race – 3/4 December at Red Star
« on: August 12, 2011, 10:56:10 am »
I'm fully aware that tar racing isn't exactly adventure riding (even if it can be somewhat adventurous), but perhaps some people may be interested in SA's first ever 24 Hour endurance race, especially after the WD Track Day this weekend. Everything is well from the organisation and sponsorship side of things, but all we need to do is convince Motorsport South Africa that it is a good idea. Below is an article that appeared in Bike SA, followed by a letter from Grant Shearer from Motorsport SA.

Bike SA Story:


It was to be a 24 hour at Zwartkops, with MS2000 club‚s 3rd December usual 3 hour race being changed to a 24 hour. The club‚s Sue Le Roux was happy, track owner Peter Du Toit was happy but there were noise problems with neighbours. This is understandable as the 3am cacophony of many exhausts is not conducive to nearby neighbours‚ sleep.

Sue and Peter both agreed to the change to Red Star, Jacques of Red Star was excited with the idea and now the organising part starts.
There are still authorities‚ permissions and blessings to consider plus the usual financial implications.
Bike SA, with Offroad & Adventure SA (this is going to be some adventure) will be the main sponsor. But, in the end of year holiday spirit, this should be a celebration for everybody and the co-riders of our bike is envisaged to be Clinton Pienaar of Superbike Magazine and Robbie Portman of Motorcycling SA (MCSA) with our Donovan Fourie and student/journalist Craig Watson. Simon will be too busy helping with organising.

Envisaged Rules:
Starts Saturday December 3 at 12 noon, ends Sunday 12 noon.
Minimum of 4 riders per bike. Riders will ride grouped to ride in the same time slot in speed groups. Only one National rider per team allowed and at least one slower Breakfast Run/Club rider must be included. The other two, or however many will be riding, will be Regional type or faster Breakfast Run or track school guys. The slow group is to encourage people to take up the sport and to encourage dad or your boss to let you and your mates use his bike (and tyres and petrol) and he can also have fun. The National group riding separately is so that dad also has fun and doesn‚t get lapped every three laps.
And, rider changes every half hour, to keep things interesting for riders and spectators, with above riders riding together, National with National, Regional with Regional etc.

It should be fun. There will be a tent with music and refreshments for spectators and the usual stalls and things and camping to add to the atmosphere. Spectators can come and go and need not stay for the entire period. They can, for example, watch the Le Mans type start and the early racing on Saturday, go home to watch sport on TV, have supper, come back to watch some night racing and socialise and listen to music and have a few beers before going home to sleep.
In the morning he can go on the breakfast run or to church and come back to watch the finish.
Thus far there has been much interest amongst the riders canvassed and it seems that a grid of 20 to 30 is possible.

Letter From Grant Shearer:

MSA is in the process of making a decision regarding the viability of the event. While the sponsors have committed to covering the costs for the event there is a question as to hoe many riders/teams will actually be able to afford to take part in the event.

It is estimated that the running costs will be in the region of R30,000 per team once you have taken tyres, fuel, spares, preparation etc. into account.

In order for the event to be a success we will need to have at least 20 teams on the grid at the start of the event (preferably 30). So now comes the big question, how many riders/teams will actually have the sponsors and/or resources to take part?

So the bottom line is that the event is pending subject to serious interest from riders.

Will those teams who actually to take part in the event please let me know by return email before 5pm on Friday 26th August.

Should there be enough interest shown by competitors MSA will then issue a permit for the event and regulations will be published. By 30th September a final decision will be taken as to whether the event goes ahead based on the number of entries that have been received (and entry fees paid).

Please share this with fellow competitors, get your teams together and then lets get the entries in and make the event happens. It`s all up to you!

Regards

Grant
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Re: Proposed 24 Hour Endurance race – 3/4 December at Red Star
« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2011, 11:10:21 am »
Can't believe they're concerned about noise, it's really out theeeere in the sticks. But a cool idea.


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Re: Proposed 24 Hour Endurance race – 3/4 December at Red Star
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2011, 03:49:37 pm »
The latest press release:

24 Hour At Red Star Raceway
December 3
Saturday 1pm to Sunday 1pm.
Let us know that you will definitely be there by end of September.

There has been much interest in this lot, but will riders please note that, as Grant Shearer of Motorsport rightly pointed out, entries will have to have a firm deadline of the end of September.
“Should there - hopefully not - not be enough interest and a call is made to revert to the 3 hour at Zwartkops we need to be fair and give them October and November to prepare for the event.
“Please get the message across that we are looking for definite, firm commitments.”
And it is only fair to riders and organisers that they know well in advance so that they can start preparing bikes and track.
So please E-mail Grant Shearer - grant@northernregionsracing.co.za
And write - “Dear nice man Grant, “I have the budget/sponsor and WILL be there. Herewith details...” and give names of riders, bike details, sponsors and your e-mail address and phone number.

Envisaged Rules:
Starts Saturday December 3 at 1pm, ends Sunday 1pm.

Riders: Minimum of 4 riders per bike. Four groups, ABCD, riders will ride grouped in the same half hour time slot, A riding with only A, D with only D etc. The rider changes every half hour will keep things interesting for riders and spectators.
 Only one National rider per team allowed and at least one slower Breakfast Run/Club rider must be included in the D group. The two middle groups could be Regional type or faster Breakfast Run or track school guys. The D group is to encourage people to take up the sport and to encourage dad or your boss to let you and your mates use his bike (and tyres and petrol) and maybe let him ride in the D group. The speed groups being separated is so that dad/sponsor also has fun and doesn’t get lapped every three laps. And, remember, while the A group will have the honour of starting the race, the D group will have the glory of finishing it and getting the chequered flag and champagne and swooning girls...

Type Of Bikes: All makes of production-based bikes (minimum capacity to be decided), with any mods except special quick release wheels, and must have efficient headlight and tail-light. The whole track will be floodlit.

Who Is Behind It: Bike SA, with Offroad & Adventure SA (this is going to be some adventure) will be the main sponsor and financial underwriter. But, in the end of year holiday spirit, this will be a celebration for everybody and the co-riders of our TEAM ILLITERATE bike is envisaged to be Clinton Pienaar of Superbike Magazine and Robbie Portman of Motorcycling SA (MCSA) with our Donovan Fourie and student/journalist Craig Watson. Simon will be too busy helping with organising to ride.

Cost of the expenses of running the race - could be as much as R30000 per bike for 8 rear tyres, 4 front, 2400km of petrol...
But shared between riders (minimum 4, no maximum) and sponsor and family (use your dad’s bike - let him ride in the D slot) it sounds better. With all the hype of this first in the history of South African motorcycling, sponsors and fathers and family will want to get involved.

Will a good engine be stuffed afterwards? Definitely not. Simon Fourie’s Boxer Cup, for example, did many thousand of track kilometres in races, practices, track schools and open track days. He then (as he usually does with his ex race bikes) put it back on the road and it now has 33984km on the clock.
The engine must be good to start with, though.
A good idea, especially if you are in the market for a new bike, is to get one at a discounted price from a dealer (he can ask the importer to also give him a special price) and keep it afterwards. Just don’t let the team practice for 48 hours on it beforehand. You will of course put on a cheaper after market race fairing and things, paint the dealer/sponsor’s name all over it, and put it back to standard afterwards.
Or you could sell it at the same price you bought it. We can ask the CMA to set up a church tent and you can get your mom to ride it there afterwards and you can advertise it - “As new. Only two days old. Ridden by a little old lady to church.”   

Names of Teams - Make up your own team name. TEAM ILLITERATE is already taken by the magazines entry, but think up a good one. At the last three hour we had teams like Old Dogs Racing, Swaers, Stunderstruck, Morphine and Two Nervous Newbies & a Plonker

It should be fun. There will be a tent with music and refreshments for spectators and the usual stalls and things and camping to add to the atmosphere. Spectators can come and go and need not stay for the entire period. They can, for example, watch the Le Mans type start and the early racing on Saturday, go home to watch sport on TV, have supper, come back to watch some night racing and socialise and listen to music and have a few beers before going home to sleep.
In the morning he can go on the breakfast run or to church and come back to watch the finish.
We are trying to get a petrol tanker on site and tyres available for sale at a good price, both for convenience and saving money so that teams do not overstock on petrol or tyres, especially if they retire prematurely.

Enquiries, suggestions, advice: simon@bikesa.net   Tel. Bike SA 011 782-5521 or chat to Simon or Donovan Fourie when you see them or on forums and things.

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TEAM ILLITERATE: Arnold Olivier of Triumph, Clinton Pienaar of Superbike magazine, Chris Speight of Kawasaki/Triumph/Aprilia/Arai... Robert Portman of Motorcycle SA and Donovan Fourie of Bike SA and things.
Arnold and Chris will sell the Triumph to Bike SA to be used in the 3rd December Bike SA 24 Hour Red Star endurance race by Clinton, Robert, Donovan and (not in picture) student Craig Watson.
Thereafter Simon Fourie will use it as his personal bike. “It’s my Christmas present to me,” he said.


Bike SA 24 Hour stock take of interested
riders

With more than three months to go before the 3rd December 24 Hour we have had a very encouraging response so far:
Gordon Gray says “I’m in.”
KCR are keen to do something.
Andy Blyth intends to enter a team of
Jason Wessels, Trevor White, Tito Peirera and himself.
Karen Landi, the bouncy, effervesent supreme organiser says she’ll help and we are keeping her in the loop.
Yolandi of Red Star Raceway says they are entering two teams.
Nicholas Kershaw is putting together a team consisting of himself, Michelle Marais, Claude Marais and Miguel DaSilva.
Greg Moloney says it’s a brilliant concept and would love to be involved. He has forwarded a proposal to MSA to run a team comprising of him alone to do
a charity thing as he always likes to do.
Thomas Brown says he is busy organising a team “so you can count me in.”
George Ludeke of Auto Alpina Boksburg says “This sounds brilliant, I have a big interest from our customers to do a Le-Mans type camp.”
Michael Pidermann said “I am interested and have a team ready to win, including an ex national racer- Brad Stark.”
Michael Fourie says they are six so far interested.
Stephan Enslin says he has 2 sponsors and a team almost ready and is100% sure of entry.
And, most definitely riding on a Triumph Daytona is our TEAM ILLITERATE with Clinton Pienaar of Superbike Magazine and Robbie Portman of Motorcycling SA (MCSA) with our Donovan Fourie and
student/journalist Craig Watson.
 

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Re: Proposed 24 Hour Endurance race – 3/4 December at Red Star
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2011, 05:02:19 pm »
Hmmmm Sounds AWESOME  :ricky: But will those Taxi's make it  ::)
 

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Re: Proposed 24 Hour Endurance race – 3/4 December at Red Star
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2011, 06:30:23 pm »
I am very amped about the event and I am DEFINITELY riding - I have started training already - because you gotta know 30 minutes racing every one and a half hours around RedStarRaceway..........I AM gonna be more than knackered.  :bueller:

So if there any dawgs that have a masseuse as a relative....please send them to us in the pits - we're going to need them!

Bear in mind that the organisers are going full out to make this a carnival event, such as le Mans or B'olDor - so put it in your calender and come and join the party..........watch the racing, drink, fall down, wake up, watch the racing, drink, fall down, wake up, watch the racing, drink, fall down, wake up......................you get the picture!
There will be bands, entertainment, hopefully some dancing girls.......yeah baby!  :thumleft:
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Re: Proposed 24 Hour Endurance race – 3/4 December at Red Star
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2011, 10:38:22 pm »
I am very amped about the event and I am DEFINITELY riding - I have started training already - because you gotta know 30 minutes racing every one and a half hours around RedStarRaceway..........I AM gonna be more than knackered.  :bueller:

So if there any dawgs that have a masseuse as a relative....please send them to us in the pits - we're going to need them!

Bear in mind that the organisers are going full out to make this a carnival event, such as le Mans or B'olDor - so put it in your calender and come and join the party..........watch the racing, drink, fall down, wake up, watch the racing, drink, fall down, wake up, watch the racing, drink, fall down, wake up......................you get the picture!
There will be bands, entertainment, hopefully some dancing girls.......yeah baby!  :thumleft:

We look forward to having you there, Mr King  :thumleft: