Fantastic Racing, a South African motor racing events company was established over 10 years ago and offer you the ultimate thrill in Motor Racing and Karting. All events, from Corporate Race Days, Conferences, Networking, Team-building Activities and International Racing Adventures are tailor-made to suit specific requirements. We cater for both individual and corporate motor racing events.
Our fleet of cars conform to the highest standards of safety and performance and is meticulously maintained by our dedicated team of mechanics. You can opt to drive a regular super car or one of our racing cars at any one of our top Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and KZN circuits. You also have the option to procure a motor racing car of your own. Contact us for more information in this regard. The Fantastic Racing team comprises five Shelby PRO racing drivers. These professional racing drivers are from Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Knysna. Their Shelby racing cars are managed and maintained by the crew at the Fantastic Racing workshop. This team participates in both the Extreme Festival and African Endurance Series. Fantasticracing.com owns two Shelby cars that are hired out to select clients.
Among our other packages, Fantastic Racing have “Arrive and Drive” packages for sprint or endurance racing for those who prefer it.
Counted amongst our regular clients are high profile celebrities like John H Bryant from the USA who, apart from being a passionate Motor Sports enthusiast, owns Bryant Motor Sports Group (BMG) and is the founding member of the HOPE FOUNDATION, Steven Young, a Palmer Motorsport racing instructor and Paulo Silva who hails from Angola.
Fantastic Racing is a COMPLETE racing experience. We offer the ultimate in individual and corporate racing events in South Africa giving you the unique opportunity of experiencing, racing and owning awesome race cars at top Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and KZN race track.
Fantastic Racing offers the very best in motor racing events with packages that include corporate race days, conferences, networking, team-building activities, international racing adventures, individual race days fuelled with adrenalin for driving enthusiasts.
Having experienced the excitement and adrenalin at Fantastic Racing you will return time and time again, safe in the knowledge that there will always be a race-ready car waiting for you.
Our fleet is meticulously maintained by our dedicated team of mechanics and adheres to the highest standards of safety and performance.
We take you far beyond the realm of normal driving… Fantastic Racing is racing!
The Birkin S3 is our Instructor car. Despite its size, the Birkin S3 race car is a superb speedster and much faster than the vast majority of racing cars in South Africa.
This little two-seater is a delight for lovers of classic racing cars. It is a reproduction of the Lotus Seven Series 3 which was designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman and has been considered the embodiment of the brand’s philosophy of fun and performance with its low weight and simplicity. Although the Birkin S3 is a legal road-car, one can only appreciate its speed and racing beauty on a race track.
The Birkin S3 is commonly used for our ‘Hot Lap Drive Along’ experience and is available to drive on a purchased gift Voucher.
The Reynard single-seat race car gives you an unforgettable experience of racing cars in South Africa. These open-wheeled racing cars are not only aesthetically appealing but also designed for the high-speed Oval Racing Tracks in the USA where the emphasis remains on speed and stability.
The Reynard was originally manufactured by Adrian Reynard in the UK and was raced in the Barber Dodge race series, a feeder series for the US Champ Car Series. Racing legend Juan Pablo Montoya won the Barber Dodge series in one of our cars before going on to dominate F1.
Launched in April 1991 and designed by the well-respected Norman Thersby, the original GSi Opel Sports 2000 was an innovative and competitive sports racing car that came at an affordable price.
The Sports 2000 was manufactured by CC Motorsport, a company owned by Chris Costas. The concept of the ACD Nardini 104 was to fit a sports car body to a single seater chassis. Composites specialists, Auto Composites & Design designed and built the first body which was used on a 1992 Swift formula GTi running gear. Built by Legend Cars Motorsport, four of these cars were made in one batch, the most successful of which has won the SRA championship numerous times since it was launched in 2005.
Some key changes were made to the 1992 Swift, among which were that the body included two long range tanks capable of one hour running time and the use of wider (8″ Front, 10″ Rear) tyres, while most cars retained their 2 Litre-8 valve golf engine with electronic fuel injection.
Our Sports 2000 is commonly used for “Arrive and Drive” motor racing.
South African Motor Racing started in the early 1930s after the municipality constructed a circular road on the West Bank of East London.
Mr. Brud Bishop, the motoring editor of the local newspaper, The Daily Dispatch, on a Sunday drive around the route decided to hold a race there.
Born in England where his career began, together with his position at The Daily Dispatch and with all his contacts, international and local racing entries began filtering through for this racing competition.
Initially, this racing event was local and went under the name of the “Border Hundred”. However, with the widespread local and global support and especially the eagerness of the South African public to see a road race, it turned into a national event and subsequently into an international event. This competition became known as The South African Grand Prix.
On 27 December 1934, the South African Grand Prix Motor Car Road Race took place on the magnificent Marine Drive Circuit, only a few kilometres from the heart of the city. Eighteen of the finest drivers from South Africa, America and Great Britain competed over six laps of the 15.2mile (24.5km) course. The first prize was 250 pounds and the 100 guinea Barnes’ Silver Trophy.
This competition and the interest generated was one of the most thrilling experiences in the annals of South African sport. Approximately 65 000 people attended this event.
The race was won by Whitney Straight, an American millionaire sportsman, who flew out from England to compete in his Maserati racing car. Second place went to JH Case, a popular Queenstown entrant and Michael Straight, brother of Whitney Straight took third place.
Whitney set up a World Record for road races steering his Maserati to victory at an average speed of 95.43miles (153.58km) per hour. During the race, he reached a top speed of 152 miles (244.62km) per hour, only 4miles (6.44km) below the top speed that the Maserati was capable of. This was the fastest he had ever driven in his famous racing shell.
He was so pleased with the Marine Drive as a Grand Prix Circuit that he declared he would be back to defend his title. “South Africa has been placed on the calendar of International Racing Sport, and will in future receive recognition as such from the world’s aces”, were his parting words to the country.
The official South African Grand Prix was born!
The South African Grand Prix continued to take place from 1936 to 1939 after Potters Pass was introduced to avoid racing through the township of the West Bank. This shortened the track to 11 miles and 57 yards and was then named The Prince George Circuit.
When the old circuit was affected by the introduction of the new airport after the war, interest in motor racing was kept alive by racing on the Esplanade in East London.
1959 saw the opening of the new Grand Prix Circuit as we know it today. It measured 2.4miles (3.86km) in length.
The 6th South African Grand Prix in January 1960 on the new track drew a crowd of 50 000. The 7th race took place in December 1960, while the 8th was in December 1961 and drew 67 000 spectators. The 9th Grand Prix occurred in December 1962 and was to be the decider for the World Championship. It drew 90 000 spectators. 1963 saw the 10th Grand Prix which drew a crowd of 40,000, while the 11th race in January 1965 drew 50 000 spectators. The 12th and final Grand Prix took place in January 1966.
The Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone is a 2.5km circuit and is the only Motorsport South Africa (MSA) approved racing track in KZN.
Set within the scenic and unspoiled beauty of the KZN South Coast, this state-of-the-art raceway includes two purpose built drift tracks built on what was once an airfield. The track includes two drift circuits which, together, offers eight possible variations including the ability to race in two directions, entering from either side and track elevations. A stretch of high-speed corners join the two drift tracks to form the full circuit.
The Dezzi Invitational Time Attack held annually since the track’s inception, attracts over 55 of SA’s top drivers from around the country. This event generally takes place from 3 to 5 July with all the drivers competing in the International Time Attack format.
At this motor racing competition, spectators are treated to a visual feast of a series of top racing cars ranging in rand value from 3M to 5M, including brands like as Ferraris, McLarens, and Lamborghinis.
The Dezzi Raceway provides racing fans with all the amenities to make their day at the races unforgettable. These include two sets of open pits, one lock-up pit, an aeroplane hangar, viewing decks and banks, marshalling towers, hospitality zones, a timing office, briefing room, showers and toilets and a large entertainment area (currently under construction).
“This track is a big milestone for us and KZN,” said track owners Des and Louise Gutzeit, track owner. “It’s a privilege and honour to be able to share it with the country and contribute to the growth of motorsports in South Africa. We are looking forward to huge things in the future.” Killarney is a classic racetrack ideal for novices but also a stern challenge for those wanting to push their limits to the extreme.
This 3.2km circuit hosted the F1 Cape Grand Prix in the early 1960’s and put the likes of Jim Clark and Stirling Moss through their fabled paces. Since then it has developed every facet of circuit racing, including Motocross, Karting, Super Motards, Stock Cars and Drag Racing – but most importantly, Fantastic Racing!
Just 30 minutes north of Cape Town city centre in South Africa, the track boasts magnificent views of Table Mountain.
Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit is a world-class racetrack with a rich motorsport heritage. It has played host to no less than 21 Formula 1 Grand Prix’s as well as five rounds of the World Superbike series.
The 4.2km circuit consists of long straights and a heady mix of fast and slow corners – not to mention the infamous mine shaft – providing an exhilarating challenge that continues to test the technical skill of the world’s top racing drivers.
The 16-turn, 4.522km anti – clockwise FIA graded circuit takes advantage of the naturally undulating landscape creating a challenging blend of sweeping, fast sections and tight, technical corners which makes Kyalami legendary.
Kyalami is located 30 minutes from the heart of Sandton, the financial hub of Johannesburg, South Africa. Phakisa Freeway is a motor racing circuit located in Welkom, South Africa. From 1999 to 2004, the venue hosted the South African motorcycle Grand Prix of the MotoGP championship. It has a capacity of 60,000 spectators and opened in 1999. The track has a 4.24 km road course and a 2.4-kilometre (1.5 mi) oval course. The oval track is an exact copy of Las Vegas Motor Speedway from 1997.
Red Star raceway is used for Corporate Events that require a track for Skid Panning and Karting. Unfortunately, we do not race cars here as the track is designed for motorcycles.
Red Star track is designed with 13 turns built into the 4km track. This is ideal for the those adventurous riders who want to push their limits to the extreme and experience a most exciting and challenging ride!
At 2.4km, Zwartkops racetrack is short on length but definitely not on excitement and racing challenges.
The racetrack comprises eight corners, including three fast bends and one 180° hairpin turn. Above all, the “Big Z” is designed to be a driver’s circuit that tests the technical ability to the max.
Zwartkops is located midway between Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa.
It’s time to experience the heart-stopping thrill of motor racing for yourself.
Fantastic Racing puts you behind the wheel of a range of cars – from high-speed road options to our incredible bespoke racing cars.
Corporate hosting and team building have never been so thrilling.
Fantastic Racing blends the electrifying experience of high-speed motor racing with unashamedly upmarket corporate hospitality. If your company enjoys hosting high-level networking affairs, conferences for discerning clients, corporate hospitality days – or the ultimate team-building events, then we welcome you.
Fantastic Racing also caters for individuals or groups who seek the exhilaration of an adrenalin-fuelled day on a world-class race track.
Our Silver and Platinum packages have been carefully designed to accommodate everyone.
If you are hosting a corporate event then you can expect to have all your needs met – from arrival drinks to race gear hire, full hospitality to a champagne drenched awards ceremony. And of course, not forgetting your track session in the superlative Reynard – our blistering single-seater race car. Your memorable day will be preserved by our professional photographer and available online.
Group events can also take the shape of a Motorsport Max package. This vigorous and fully hands-on package takes you through every racing activity – from the simulator to the pit. Your day will be spent learning tactical driving techniques…and then putting them to the test in a blaze of tires and adrenalin on one of our world-class race tracks.
Whether you are seeking the ultimate bachelor’s function, a gift for a significant other, or a mind-blowing, unforgettable – and totally impressive – corporate event, you have come to the right place.
Fantastic Racing promises a fantastic day to remember.