Emerald Speed Festival

All the details you need for a weekend of racing action

The Emerald Resort and Casino will come alive with roaring action from 28 February – 1 March 2020 when the first Emerald Speed Festival takes place. A line-up of celebratory hill-climb competitors has everyone wondering who will take home the inaugural Master of the Mile Championship Trophy.

Emerald Speed Festival races will feature heavy-weight contenders, Franco Scribante and André Bezuidenhout, who have each won the Knysna King of the Hill on three occasions. Franco says: “We’ve been waiting for an event like this to take place in Gauteng for a long time. I’m excited about the challenge because it’s an even playing field as none of us has raced on this high downforce circuit before”.  Scribante will take on the 1.6-kilometer custom-built track with his Nissan GT-R 35. If you’ve only seen photos of this beast in action it’s well worth the ticket price to see it up close. Even more so if you’re a Nissan GT-R fan.

His Team Perfect Circle co-driver, André Bezuidenhout, entered his Martini Porsche RSR in the Historic racing category and said: “The organizers of this event have gone out of their way to attract a quality field and all the competitors are really looking forward to show their skills and equipment. I predict that the event will go from strength to strength.”  Other exciting competitors to keep an eye on are Reghard Roets, Wilhelm Baard and previous Mobil 1 V8 Super Car Champion, Franco Di Matteo. These are just some of the 80 plus competitors who will bring roaring power to the Vaal this weekend.

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So much more than just racing!

Emerald Speed Fest promises to be a fun-filled day for the whole family, with five racing classes to thrill motorsport fanatics: Historic cars, Road Performance and Supercars, Modified Saloon Cars, Sports Cars and the much-anticipated Master of the Mile Championship.

Visitors can also expect classic car displays, lifestyle exhibitors, live music and a beer garden to keep everyone entertained in between the racing action. Take a seat and watch the race on big screens around the track so you never miss a second of the high-octane action.

The Emerald Resort and Casino has plenty of activities to choose from to keep the entire family entertained for the weekend.  Activities include Putt-Putt, heated-swimming pools in the Aquadome, enjoying a game of Ten Pin Bowling and so much more.

Interactive Pit Area

The pit area is open to the public the whole weekend, allowing everyone to get up close and personal with the competitors and their machines. Enthusiasts shall have the opportunity to observe race crew execute aerodynamic changes to the cars, tyre changes, and suspension set-ups.

Classic Car Displays and Exhibits

Cars expected at the Car Clubs area at the inaugural Emerald Speed Fest will vary from very old to very exotic. A variety of car clubs will have a selection of their beauties on display including Vaal Old Wheels Club, Inex Legends Club and SA Car Clubs Magazine.

Vaal Old Wheels Club will showcase a themed variety of cars from each decade starting in the 1920s up to the 1970s. Inex Legends Club will have some of their amazing Legends on display, while SA Car Clubs Magazine will also have a few South African legends on display, namely the 1991 BMW M3.

Emerald Speed Festival: five action-packed racing classes:

Historic Cars

Historic racing is one of the fastest-growing and most popular forms of motorsport worldwide. The values of original classics have increased dramatically, and many competitors have built recreations of the iconic race cars. Race competitors will compete in three classes for overall honors.

Road Performance and Supercars

This is the largest class at Emeral Speed Festival. Competitors in this class range from 4-cylinder saloon cars to V8 Supercars.

Modified Saloon Cars

The winner of the Master of the Mile (fastest recorded time) will most likely come from this category. This class allows for high-performance modifications, built specifically for this type of motorsport event.

Sports Cars

This category has 3 classes catering to purpose-built sports cars. This category presents some of the loudest, fastest and most spectacular cars competing.

Master of the Mile

Competitors competing in the various categories can enter for the Master of the Mile competition. The winner will be determined by the fastest times recorded and will walk away with the Master of the Mile Trophy as well as a trip for two to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

Don’t miss out on the action of three fun-filled days.

Tickets range from R20 – R135 and are on sale here.

Tickets are also available at the gate on the days of the event.

For more information visit Emerald Speed Festival.


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