Last week Speedweek happened on Hakskeenpan in the Kalahari, near the border between South Africa and Namibia. What an event!
Bike Routes went there to check out the scene and found magic. Speedweek is like Africa Burn for petrolheads, but better: a bunch of people on a dry lake with the sole aim of having fun on wheels. There’s no speed limit, but the loose, crumbling surface slows all vehicles down considerably.
Meet Nicci and her custom Suzuki GN400 (below). She reached a top speed of 140km/h. If you’ve been on the pan you will know that’s quite a feat. After relentless, full-throttle speed runs the track resembles a loose, sandy gravel road.
This is Deon and his V8 flathead pick-up (below). He was driving up and down slowly the entire day. He arrived in a greasy overall and oil covered hands, totally in his Speedweek persona.
Bike Routes will be back at Speedweek next year. We hope to see you there.