Motorsport South Africa’s (MSA) Women In Motorsport Panel (WIM) will host their annual Women’s Day event at Zwartkops raceway in Pretoria West on 9 August 2011. This annual event has grown year-by-year, and 2011 promises to be the biggest and best yet.
With free entry on the day and a full spectrum of motorsport activities to take part in, the event has become a highlight of Women’s Month. The objective of the day is to showcase motorsport as a sport where women can compete on equal footing with their male counterparts, while also having an enormous amount of fun.
Clare Vale, President of MSA’s Women in Motorsport Panel, said: “It’s gratifying to see how the motor industry and private individuals come on board to support this event, and exciting to see how the number of ladies attending increases every year. This is the Panel’s flagship event and goes a long way towards meeting our objective of promoting women in motorsport.
“We have seen many ladies enquiring about getting involved in motorsport at previous events. For example, Ann Mdiniso attended last year’s event, having never ridden a motorcycle in her life before, and is now a regular MX competitor who is progressing well.”
The day is well supported by the major motor manufacturers and dealers, with cars on track from Subaru SA, Renault Centurion, Honda SA, Pretoria Noord Toyota, Backdraft Cobra and Ferrari (courtesy of Adrenalin Specialised Driving).
There will also be action on the skidpan, with instructors and cars from Renault Centurion offering fun driver training, and the boys from XS Drift will be giving exciting sideways passenger rides. Honda SA will have instructors on hand for lady riders from novice to experienced, with some of their latest models available for test rides on the track.
Kawasaki, Aprilia and Triumph will have displays and there will be Supermoto action and karts available for ladies on the kart track. The event caters for the whole family, with some of SA’s top Sound Cars on show, Playstation consoles and a racing simulator to test your racing skills, a wheelie machine and the challenging Enduro World Xtreme Enduro race featuring top National riders. A motorcycle dyno and wheelie machine will also be on hand.
The day is a family fun day, and with free entry for all and all activities free for ladies, the focus is on encouraging women to experience a full range of motorsport activities. Gates open at 08h30. Please contact Clare Vale [email protected] or Elvene Coetzee [email protected] for more information.
An MX, Enduro and Quad Bike Training Day will also be held at Zeeman’s in Alberton on Sunday August 14th. The day offers four hours of training for lady riders of all levels, from novice to advanced, with breakfast and lunch provided.
Pre-registration is essential for this event and forms can be downloaded from www.mxsa.co.za. There is no admission fee and training is free to all ladies. Registration commences at 08h00. Please contact Nelina Brand [email protected] (MX and Quads) or Martine Sanderson [email protected] (Enduro) for more information.