dates : 13th March 2005
17th March 2005
Racing is an ideal entrťe into the bright, brash world
of tin-top club racing, so called because unlike
open-wheeler cars, these have steel roofs. And in the
Gauteng area Silvercup is going from strength to
To the layman thereís nothing fancy about twenty
year-old Golfs, Corollas and panel vans. But make no
mistake, thereís some serious hardware in Silvercup
There are various classes within the formula, and these
cars represent the top turbo class, middle-of-the road
Class C, and the Class D entry-level category designed
for novice racers.
Believe it or not, the Turbo panel van is the car to
beat, the Corolla is a strong midfielder, and the Golf
generally battles it out towards the rear the field.
The tyre rule enables an emphasis on driving talent
rather than big budgets. Peter Horne believes the core
of Silvercup racing is in Class C for 1800 cc cars.
From the hard-core veterans like Dawie Olivier, to the
rookies in the tiddler class, Silvercupís main
attraction is that youíll always have someone to play
with out on the track. Itís satisfying setting quick
lap times on your own, but nothing beats a good dice.
engine on Andre Olivierís Golf is a thirteen-hundred
cc unit that has very few internal modifications. A
three-hundred degree racing camshaft allows it to scream
Deep breathing is aided by a pair of gulping forty-four
millimeter sidedraught Weber carburetors, a branch
manifold and straight-through exhaust.
But if itís horsepower your after, check out Dawieís
Turbo panel van!
Dawie Olivierís unlikely-looking Corolla van has twice
won the daunting Ceres Hill-climb, beating the likes of
Porsche GT2s, Subarus and Lamborghinis.
The average person might conclude that the appearance
needs a little work, but to the race fan, there are
signs that it has The Right Stuff!
The special pistons fitted to the Toyota Twin Cam motor
drop the compression ratio enough to allow serious
levels of boost from the turbocharger.
has also switched from fuel injection to the carburetors
in the interests of better flow and simplicity, and he
says they are very reliable. Power is in the two-hundred
kiloWatts plus region, depending on the boost levels
Hornís Corolla is an archetypal Silvercup racing
machine. The attention to detail on Peterís car is
excellent, with the re-fabricated dash, dials, roll cage
and seats neatly laid out.
Obviously lots of effort has gone into producing a neat
race-car. And he chose the old rear-drive Corolla for
The Toyota Twin Cam engine fitted to the original RSi
Conquests and Corolla is a legendary unit amongst both
drag and circuit racers.
as the 4A-GE motor, it can spin to eight-thousand rpm
happily, especially with a few tweaks such as Weber
This is an ex-Serge Damseaux rally motor, and it also
uses Nissan pistons to pump it up to seventeen-hundred
The Silvercup racers agree that running costs are as low
as one-thousand Rand per race meeting. And motor racing
doesnít come much cheaper than that!!
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