How It Went Down: The Masinga Drags and Gymkhana 2017
This event will never disappoint anyone who ever attends it. Picture this, a closed down airstrip far away from the city, surrounded by vast open lands, 60+ boosted racing machines drawn from different teams, with over 3,000 spectators all amped up or should I say revved up to see how it would all go down.
As for the drivers, freaking gladiators, it would be a showcase of their skill and how well they were in sync with their machines. The stage was set, an epic battle in the wild, this was the 2017 edition of the Masinga Drags and Gymkhana time trial event. No petrol head in their right mind would miss this.
In the 2016 event, the crowd favorites were the three Nissan GTR R35’s with one among them being tuned by renowned factory tuners NISMO.
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This year would be totally different, although 2 GTR’s came through, they were not the highlight of the event because for the first time the Tanzanians were here to play. All from Gear Tech Performance (GTP) racing team, their lineup was pretty formidable most notably the MKIV Toyota Supra, The Evo VI RS and the 3SGTE Converted Toyota Celica. For once Team Toyo had something to smile about.
As for the 254, the list was long P.A racing, Auto art racing, Dignity works, IPP racing, Goodman racing and the independents all fielded their best cars. The one that stood out was a built N14 Subaru WRX STi aptly named ‘The heart breaker’.
The event now took a turn to be a 2 in 1 dick measuring contest, Kenya Vs Tanzania and the age old duel Evo Vs STi. Bets were made, trash talk was inevitable. Ironically, the N14 Subie was Kenya’s fastest while the Evo VI RS was Tanzania’s fastest beast. What were the odds of this happening? Ask Timothy II Aperit to calculate them for you.
The track event for the first day was the Gymkhana, a timed run through a tight twisty circuit marked out by cones, the true litmus test for a good driver was skipped by the Team from TZ. Although Neema Thomas and her N8 STi would have owned that circuit, in my dreams atleast. They said they didn’t come to do corners. The event was topped by a GC8 STi driven by Ephy Wachira, the heartbreaker with all its grunt, came in third after an average of three heats although it had a best run of 1.09 which was the best time of the day. This goes on to prove that the Gymkhana is a true test of driver skill.
End of the first day, track got closed down by a street bash by the track, a great way to wind down after an adrenalin packed sunny day. The party was so good that people ended up pitching their tents and sleeping by the track!
On to the second day, the drag races. The highlight of the event. Money on the line, ego’s on the line all dependent on the outcome of the Built Mitsubishi Evo VI RS driven by Jason Frisby from the 255 versus the Built N14 Subaru WRX STi driven by George Bett. Both sporting Forged engine blocks, Aftermarket intake systems, intercoolers, turbos and hell bending aggressive maps. My bet was on Bett being a Kenyan but the Tanzanians got the best of us. Watch how the duel went down here.
Although the Tanzanians took the day, the heart breaker is yearning for a rematch and its gonna be epic since during the event, the heartbreaker had issues with the third gear. For now, Tz 1 kenya O. Tanzanians, that Evo is going down.
The other drag racers gave the crowd a good show especially the N8 with pink highlights driven by Neema Thomas. I think she was the crowd favorite (petrol head wife material).
Kenyan tuners and car owners have really upped their game from previous events and this goes to show that the Kenyan car scene is growing bigger and getting better every year. As you all know, fast cars go hand in hand with beautiful ladies… they came out in large numbers looking fly. The Tanzanians might have won the overall race spectacle, aided by the fact that the heartbreaker had mechanical problems, but our ladies are by far much more beautiful. Issa fact.
The overall event was fantastic and I am really looking forward to 2018 events and I am sure its gonna be epic. Let’s hope that this events go regional and build the sport to international standards. Special thanks to club TT Motorsports, Motul oils, the Nairobian and all other sponsors for satisfying our need for speed.