Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters
—Red Army "Class of 2015".
Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters
—Red Army in action.
Pieter De Vos #17
Graeme Van Breda #41
André Denoon #58
Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters: RECYCLE(D) MEN
“I hope to be afraid one day.” —Mischo Erban (80.83 mph/130.08 kph on a longboard). YouTube it here: (?)
/Welcome to your life/ there's no turning back/ Even while we sleep/ ...
(plays the Tears for Fears verse out loud on the radio.)
... / So understand/ Don't waste your time always searching for those wasted years/ Face up, make your stand/ And realise you're living in the golden years/ ... —Iron Maiden, Wasted Years. (?)
It is not always easy to find great topics for my Red Square Kawasaki features. Well, I try my best to keep it interesting, enthralling, and never had any complaints yet :-)
I hold an ice cold Red Square in my left hand, at the back of the bottle it reads: SERVE CHILLED (and that is exactly how every Kawasaki ZX10R race meeting is served); Not for sale to anyone under the age of 18; ALCOHOL IS ADDICTIVE. So too (I thought for a moment) is motorcycle racing, especially THIS Club—the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters. What really caught my eye was: the Green Dot symbol at the back of the bottle. (The basic idea of the Green Dot is that consumers who see the logo know that the manufacturer of the product contributes to the cost of recovery and recycling.)(?)
Most products these days display some kind of PLEASE RECYCLE symbol, or notice on the back. But, do WE truly take it to heart?
As humans (not all of us), we try our best to save what is left of our beloved planet—by RECYCLING: cardboard boxes, glass, plastic, etc.
Never read anything about recycling humans. Maybe, if I Google this profound question, strange answers might appear. Let’s rather not go there.
—You are 35 (or older), have a good vocation, a nice place to stay, maybe running your own business, or, placed up high on the hierarchy of the capitalist economic wheel. Late at night you deepen your "rear" imprint on a posh leather couch, whilst working the DSTV remote to a knob. Sometimes the gym sees your mug (if Mauritius is not calling), or on weekends you side step the wife, by going jogging, but not always.
At the back of your mind you feel the urge to do something unequivocal, where the masses will know your name and applaud you for the man you deserve to be; sometimes I have that same feeling. I know such a place, and it is not your local Golf course, or any of the reruns of Cheers, it is the thunder you yearn for—the Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters.
The perfect equation (for your life) exists: Kawasaki ZX10R superbike + Red Square Reload + Bridgestone R10 Battlax + SuperSport 8 + Spectators + Camaraderie + Friday (after practice) Braai, Beer and Band + Yourself. You can curb that feeling, in exchange for something real.
You can STOP the hurt right now (trusting that you can race a superbike, or sort of), by becoming a member of this amazing Club (or if you would like to get involved in sponsorship), PLEASE then phone Johan- or Lynette Fourie of Silverton Bolt & Nut at: +27 (0) 12 804 1974; or complete the online form, and I will see that they get it. It is time—you get RECYCLED.
There are 10 exciting superbike racing events planned for the year, stretching as far as Killarney in Cape Town; Red Star, near Delmas; Kyalami (Midrand); Aldo Scribante (PE); Zwartkops Raceway; BMSC (East London); Phakisa Freeway (Welkom, Free State).
The next big one is happening on 12 & 13 June (2015), at Aldo Scribante, Port Elizabeth. Other entries include: the National Production Car series (Audi + BMW + Chev + VW + Ford ...); Engen Volkswagen Cup; Comsol VW Challenge ... Admission: R100 (per person), U12—FREE.
There is a "SELL BY" date on this exciting Extreme Festival and it is TODAY; USED BY: 13/06/2015.
The heat is on for the—top—Red Square Masters, with Pieter "the Terrier" De Vos on 136 points, followed narrowly in second by Graeme Van Breda, on 130. Will Graeme recycle some past thoughts; maybe work on a new racing-strategy, placing Pieter in a lower order on the starting grid, or even on the podium? We’ll see.
Then there is Kyle Robinson in third, with 84 points. Will we see more of him at Aldo Scribante? I believe so. The last we spoke, he was almost back to true from—the true character of a great Master. In the double digits are: Tony Klem, on 74; Johan Le Roux, 68; and in sixth, André Denoon, on 60.
Middle order includes: Raymond Keel, Stuart Russel, Jaco Gous, Sid Farinha, Stewie Christie, Hennie Du Plessis, Peter Clark, Rodney McLachlan, Michael Smit, Hannes De Vos and Appanna Ganapathy.
The lower order includes: Abrie Marais, JB Schoeman, Hano Van Der Merwe, Ian Harwood, Craig Luck, Chris Marais, Henk Schuiling, and closing the gate: Banie van Dyk.
With 25 Red Army Members on the books, how can this not be exciting?
On track: animosity is rife (even in the middle and lower order). Remember: it is about points, honour, and other brave stuff; off track: camaraderie, friendship and days of our lives. And, they can swig a cold one just like you and me. So! Don’t appreciate from afar, if you find yourself in the vicinity, do remember to come say hi; Mark (Weitz), might even offer you an ice cold Red Square Reload.
With their previous excursion, three Red Square Masters took bad spills at Phakisa Freeway (don’t be discouraged now, life happens): Peter Clark #64 (he took the worst of them all); Allen Maguire #11, and Rodney McLachlan #42. By the time of publication, they were still out of the next race meeting, recovering very well, I must say. Peter however informed me that he will be a spectator on race day—please "Give that man a Bell’s" ... or a Red Square!
My imagination drifts away for a while, conjuring up a crazy idea, of how we could "recycle" all these intrepid moments, turning/bottling it into something like: Red Square—Kawasaki Liquid Thunder. Is it possible?
As the masses, we experience the thunder, the action, the hurt, the excitement. We stand in awe to this thunder-cloud, and appreciate every split second of it, enthralled to the end.
From behind the visors: the speed these Masters throttle out, the turns they negotiate, the sweat that pearls just before the red lights drop, the raised heartbeats, the podium moments ...
For a moment I entertain this BOLD idea ... Wouldn’t it be nice to pour ice cold—recycled—Kawasaki Liquid Thunder down an arid throat?
I ask the man, when was the last time he saw a crocodile in the placid? "Can’t remember", he said, and laughed out loud ... I stand myself upright, the sun has just disappeared behind the horizon, creating this very beautiful black and orange contrast, making a fence out of the tree-line.
On the surface of the water drifts the most beautiful Red Lotus. They say it represents love and compassion. I’ve eyed the flower since this afternoon when the sun was still up high, never actually had the courage to go pluck it, but now I have, at this hour. The brown murky water makes me slip on my Adidas Slides. I don’t want to step on anything moving down there ...
I slog slowly forward through the murky brown water, only imaging what could be lurking under the surface. Then, Poseidon (the "God of the Sea") got hold of my legs, I feel the strain, what is he doing out here? I’m sinking slowly into this abyss of black mud. There is a metre between me and the Red Lotus, it feels like much more; with the water up to my neck, I eventually reached it ... and then, I got stuck ...
With my pocket knife I cut the stem of the Red Lotus just at the right length, placing it carefully in an empty Red Square Reload bottle. In some sense I’ve taken from one place and recycled in another, and I felt courageously good.
"Growing old is inevitable; growing up is optional", reads the caption, of two old goats messing about on a motorcycle with a sidecar.
Welcome to your life; there’s really no turning back ... It wasn’t my decision to be here; nor have I any say in when the final curtain will drop. BUT! I can RECYCLE myself to be the best me, in the time I have left.
Even though the PLEASE RECYCLE is not that prominent on the Red Square- Reload and Spirit Cooler bottles, they—Red Square—do an amazing job in RECYCLING lacklustre Men—into SUPER Kawasaki ZX10R Masters.
In conclusion: The ancient Viking wisdom of Hávamál states: "Heimskur er heimakaer" or "Stupid is the one who stays at home."(?)
See you all at the next big one and, remember—to RECYCLE (yourself). —Godspeed! •
Ian Harwood #24
Mike McSkimming #71
Red Square Kawasaki ZX10R Masters, Aldo Scribante Race Circuit, South African Motorsport, 2015/06/07. Mischo Erban. Tears for Fears, Everybody Wants to Rule the World. Iron Maiden, Wasted Years. Wikipedia, Green Dot. Iceland Review.