BMW enthusiasts from across Gauteng gathered at the Red Star Raceway in Delmas to celebrate the automotive brand’s centenary with a track day. The event, held on Saturday 20 August under the auspices of the BMW Car Club of Gauteng, saw no less than 147 cars and 256 motorcycles participate in a centenary parade in honour of the marque.
The Bridgestone BMW Track School and Hot Lap sessions provided plenty of excitement for drivers, as well as for those passengers who were brave enough to be hustled around the tight, technical racetrack by some of the experienced hands. “It really was a day to remember,” said Bridgestone PR Officer, Kelly Fester. “There were plenty spotless BMWs on display, with non-stop entertainment on the racetrack!”
After the centenary parade, the Bridgestone Track Challenge sessions gave the opportunity for drivers to give their all in search of the fastest lap time of the day. The top dog was Leon Loubser, who turned in an impressive lap of 2:00.393 in his E92 335i.
Away from the on-track action, Bridgestone took the opportunity to promote its well-known Pink Valve Caps Project in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Assisted by a handful of University of Pretoria Marketing Management student’s to raise awareness and experience a day at the track with Bridgestone Team.
The throng of BMW supporters came through with all flags flying, allowing the Pink Valve Caps Project to collect more than R10 000 in three hours. Bridgestone will be announcing the beneficiaries of its fundraising efforts later in the year.
“We are privileged to have been able to share this day with the BMW Car Club of Gauteng,” Fester said. “Their support of the Pink Valve Caps Project was wonderful and all of us at Bridgestone South Africa wish BMW well as it enters its second century,” she concluded.