The 1660 class is highly competitive and action-packed, and usually enjoys plenty of entries, from newcomers to old-hands.
Originally this class was intended to be a stepping-stone from the junior classes to the Modified or Hotrod classes, but many drivers are hooked and have never moved on. The Modified Class is essentially either a tin-top, semi-space frame or full space-frame car with an engine capacity of 2100cc maximum. This class is very fast and competitive, and slightly more expensive to compete in, but it’s well worth being part of this action.
The Hotrod class has been split into Hotrods and Super-Hotrods, although almost every track in South Africa has kept them as one class, with the split only happening during the National Championships. The Hotrods have a maximum engine capacity of 2450cc (8-Valve), 2700cc (Multi-Valve) or Rotary-powered (cc’s of the Rotary engine is a huge debate not to be entered into here ;-). The Hotrods are a huge crowd-pleaser, and racing is in this class is as competitive as it gets. The cars are loud, sideways, flame-spitting and constantly pushed to the limits.
The v8’s are sometimes split into Classic V8’s and Modified V8’s, but they mostly race together. The Classic V8’s are more affordable than the Modified V8’s or American Saloons, but both are very impressive in sound, looks and performance. The V8 class has recently seen the introduction of new chassis technology, and has become faster and more competitive than ever. The V8’s are just as impressive as they were back in the good ol’ days.
The Midgets and Super-Midgets are the fastest cars to “circle the island”, and are always a huge attraction. Midgets are more affordable than Super-Midgets, and also require excellent driving skill due to their narrower tyres. Dirt Oval even caters for Quads, which are also split into Standard Quads and Modified Quads. So…it doesn’t matter what your budget is, or what form of racing you prefer, Dirt Oval caters for you.
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