King of the Fort – Gravity Racing

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King of the Fort

King of the Fort is the name of an annual gravity racing event held in the shadow of the Voortrekker Monument, in Groenkloof, Pretoria. While I am not even worthy of the title novice when it comes to watching gravity racing, or downhill skating, as it is sometimes referred to, I can categorically state that this is an awesome event.

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The course is a standard road on a hill opposite the Voortrekker Monument. Approximately a mile long and obviously downhill, the riders launch themselves towards the finish line on their boards in various forms of the sport (luge etc.) The twisty bits make for the best viewing for spectators as the riders attempt to slow down their progress just prior to the turns. Steering is done by lifting a wheel and shifting your body weight but there are plenty of times the hay bails are disturbed by flying boards, and riders. This all makes for an entertaining show!

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Two things that pull crowds, girls and crashes!

The event was well organised with drinks, food and seating provided for the spectators in the best spot on the course. Medics were in attendance to bandage the bruised and bleeding but the atmosphere was electric and everyone, except maybe some of the crash victims, had an absolute blast. I highly recommend attending this event in 2013!

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Many more images in our gallery and keep a look out for the video!

Results:

King of The Fort 2012 Final Finishing Positions:

Downhill Skateboard Open:

  • 1 – Raoul Van Den Bergh
  • 2 – Paul Du Plessis
  • 3 – Nick Hook
  • 4 – Lloyd Clark
  • 5 – Tom Ruscovich
  • 6 – Camden Lategaan
  • 7 – Richard Dweza
  • 8 – Matt Aderne
  • 9 – Murray Chandler
  • 10 – Tom Lautenbach
  • 11 – Kent Lingeveldt
  • 12 – Danillo Deletic

Downhill Skateboard Junior 2 (14 – 18):

  • 1 – Tom Ruschovich
  • 2 – Angus Burns
  • 3 – James Jager
  • 4 – Adam Lincoln-Lews
  • 5 – Camden Lategaan
  • 6 – Micheal Mciver
  • 7 – Micheal Hardham
  • 8 – Paulu Joubert

Downhill Skateboard Junior 1 (8 – 13):

  • 1 – Tom Jakins
  • 2 – Hadrien Ramondi
  • 3 – Nicholas Taylor
  • 4 – Oscar Stubs
  • 5 – Slias Bhalig

Street Luge:

  • 1 – Andries Haasbroek
  • 2 – GLenn Phillips
  • 3 – Nikki Caromba
  • 4 – Marco Caromba
  • 5 – Jonathon Herbts
  • 6 – Bradley Pinto
  • 7 – Johan Aucamp
  • 8 – Franco Megannon

Classic Luge:

  • 1 – Andries Hassboroek
  • 2 – Bradley Pinto
  • 3 – Glenn Phillips
  • 4 – Jonathon Herbst
  • 5 – Marco Caromba
  • 6 – Phillip Du Plessis
  • 7 – Tyne Laws
  • 8 – Jaco De Villiers

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